05 July 2012
This has been a week of little odds and ins. I'm thinking this is a good sign that biggest projects are behind us. The KiwiGrip non-skid application was completed as of this morning- it looks and feels great.
This week he has been all over the engine compartment on both sides, above, behind and in front of our perkins diesel getting it back in good shape. We ordered a new temperature sender and replaced the old faulty one, flushed the antifreeze, bled the fuel lines, connected the mechanical tachometer, wired the new electric tachometer, installed the raw water alarm, installed the fuel gauge for the new tank, and hooked up the hoses for the fuel tank.
We did a little bit of interior work while we waited on ordered parts to arrive. In this picture is some bulkhead trim, and the box for our auxiliary DC panel right after it was cut and varnished. While not pictured (to come in a later post), some other trim work was done around the floor and in the head.
Our GPS and NavPod were mounted onto the pedestal. The NavPod above the GPS contains our raw water alarm, bilge high water alarm, and our GMI 10.
On our way back up from Miami a couple weeks ago we made a stop at E-Marine in Ft. Lauderdale. We picked up two more solar panels for an awesome price- about half of what we paid for the first two. G had to take off, rearrange, and remount the original two that we bought a year and a half ago to make room for the new ones. We will have plenty of juice, no doubt.
We have a bunch of mast work to do, including (but not limited to) installing our wind indicator, swapping out the old VHF antenna for a new one, mounting and running new wires for the anchor, steaming, deck, and spreader lights. Yesterday we began pulling out the old wires (2 out of 4), but a little storm came and rained us out of that job for the day.
After spending the day working hard around the boat, we enjoyed a few cold beers and the firework show put on right in our "back yard." Johnny got his own beer in hopes that the fireworks wouldn't upset him too much, but it was a lost cause. He spent the entire thirty minutes growling, barking, howling, and jumping trying to save us all. A big thanks to Johnny for protecting the entire dock from those evil fireworks last night! Hope that everyone had a fun and safe Fourth celebrating that beautiful thing called freedom.