And We’re Back!

21 Jan

Ahoy! Readers of this blog will have almost certainly noticed a slight gap in posts as of late. The news is that while living on the boat in Baltimore last summer and fall we were also hard at work rebuilding a home on the foothills of the Appalachian outside of Baltimore/Washington, D.C.  After being on the water for two-plus years we decided it was time to head inland and live in the shadows of oak and poplar trees that adorn our patch of earth. 

In the same way that rebuilding a boat demands almost a singular focus, the home build took all of our energy to design, complete and pay for. The boat had to take a back seat and after pulling it out in the fall of 2017 she has sat quietly waiting for our return. 

Now that the house is finished and we’re settled into our land-based lives, it’s time to get back to work on the boat! Among the deferred maintenance that is due on any ocean-going machine, there were several projects that were on the list before the previous 5,000-mile trip was even complete. So in the march toward spring its now time to roll up our sleeves and jump it. 

Sea tiger SL555 Rebuild – I’ve had a few bolts fall out of this thing and the last time we upped anchor in Annapolis to head north it would barely ratchet. I’m actually amazed it hasn’t failed yet to be honest. I’ve come to love the simplicity and power of this windlass over the last few years. I’m going to pull it off the boat and bring it home to the shop to tear it apart and rebuild it. 

Diesel Tank Rebuild or Relocation – After we fueled up in Key West and slogged north in the short steep chop along the southern keys I noticed a diesel smell and seepage coming from the forward tank. I need to check and make sure it’s not coming from the vent hose or the access port, but this is probably going to need to be addressed. Hopefully, it’s just something that a pressure check will reveal. If it’s more serious than that, we’re going to be in rebuild territory. Now add the fact that this tank is not even in the designed location (Perry spec’d the tank to be amidships and the yard put them in the bow), we might be in rebuild and relocation territory. 

Staysail – To be blunt, we need one. We’ve used this giant, baggy, terrible genny for a long time and its just plain wore out and makes the boat less fun to sail. Need to size and order this before the springtime comes. 

Add to this list all the other things that need fixing and varnished and cleaned after a boat is sailed five thousand miles and then put on the hard for two years, and we should be pretty well fitted out for this summer’s cruise. 

It’s good to be back! 

Hold Fast.

-LC

 

This article was syndicated from Cruising – Beautiful Crazy Happiness

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