Things are slowly starting to come to life down at the wharf. I learned a valuable lesson last year to get an early start on projects that need to be completed, as you do not want to be sitting on the hard in the month of June. Things have started to settle down back at work now so I will be spending most of my free time working on some major projects. First on the list is a rebuild of the cylinder head on the Yanmar SVE12 single cylinder diesel (the one lung-ah). Jason told me "you caught this just in time bro" with his usual early morning gusto. Being that he's a great mechanic, I'm going to agree with him. I brought the head to New Bedford to be machined, but the fuel injector housing seems to be permanently fused to the cylinder head; this needs to come off before the job can be done. Soaking with lubricant and applying heat with a torch are the preferred methods. Hopefully that can be sorted out by Monday so the head can be resurfaced and I can get my engine back together.
Mike and I started working on the bilge pump the other day, which needs to be upgraded to a much larger pumping capacity and then wired into my panel.
I think a good question to ask for anyone who spends time on the water is, if shit went wrong, what would you be cursing yourself for not fixing? Did you not replace that seacock? What about that chainplate..it looked a little janky, now it's blowing 30kts and you are praying it holds. If you started taking on water, could your bilge pump take it out as fast as it's coming in? So prioritizing your list is very important. Take care of the things that could kill you first is a general rule of mine.
This July I am planning to take Zennure up to Maine. Above is a very rough draft of the proposed route which includes Cuttyhunk Island, a passage through the Annisquam River, a stop in Portland, and points north if weather and time cooperate. Jason should already be up in Maine on "Low Compression" by this time, and maybe we can get Mike and new friends Becca and Josh who are up in Boston to come as well. An interesting fact is that the four of us all live on drastically different 32ft. sailboats, maybe coming up I'll discuss that a little more in depth.
Tomorrow I'm off to the US Watercraft Mid-Winter Rendezvous right here in Warren, RI. I'm continually impressed with the level of boatbuilding work being done right here in this village.
Mike Dee making a new shelf for his long time owned and soon-to-be named Rhodes 32
Rough sketch of the proposed July route