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4 Days Ago 10:25 AM
deltaten
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Got 'er covered the week-end after the pull-out.. Framed the ribs from1 by 2s,as Lowe's had no regular 1 by 3 furring lath! 2 by 4 ridge and 1/2"ply gussets at the ribs. Re-used the tarps from year before last annd all went well till I tried in vain to "button" tthe plastic tarp hookks . Too cold! So I just threw 4 ratchet starp over tthe ridge and coupled ontothe toe tails each side with a few line etensions.
Visited yesterday, as it was a beautiful sunny day for a road trip
Tarp inttact and only a ggallon or so water in the bilge from deck leaks. Tried the BP; but the hose was frozen; so I simply poured a gallon of pinl stuff intoit ..
Hull looks fine.. Only a few scrapes and slight cracks in the (very) thick bottom paint.. A few chips in the bottom edges of the keel gel .. Good, considering how much time she spends in the mud! . Prop, shaft and zinc look surprisingly good; verry little growth of anything. Mostly still has patina from polishing two years ago. Zinc has the usual few "zits" but still whole and sound.
The couple of palm-sized delams I had in the sides of the keel are still there; but the raised "blisters" are gone! STill delamm'd; but flat as shouldbe. If they stay thataways till Spring, I believe I'll simply inject with resin.

The repair/refit list grows! I will wait till Spring to address most of the work, as it's already too damm'd cold to do anything. *IF* that meanns I don't get plopped back in till June or July (4th?); fine! Just so's she gets fixed. Hopefully, the house will be sold this winter/spring, so I can spend the bulk of time aboard doing repairs?

Finding it difficult to concentrate on house refit when the boat's occupying my mind so!
11-14-2014 12:52 PM
deltaten
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Got a text (Eeew!) from dock mate that boat was pulled and blocked for the Winter.
Managed to winterize the watersystem, pump out the waste tank and get the motor full a pink stuff. Only takes half an hour or so and two gallons of AF..
Was supposed to be pulled first week of Nov.; but operator thought I was to call him when ready, rather than. me requesting a call to be present..Oh well!
I dropped the mast Friday before last. No, really! Literally dropped the mast. Had it all rigged and shrouds. loose inan hour.good to go, all's ready. Started to go down,then rotated 90 degrees and angled over the Stbd side and crashed. gently to the dock. The Commodore was vidding and got a bruise when she was struck a glancing blow on he backside as it. came down. Scary stuff, watching and not being able to d. a thing awaiting catastrophy to ensue. Commodore has it all on via, including the aftermath/post-fall color commentary.
All's well that ends well , tho.
Rigging and mast are in apparent order and will receive closer scrutiny at a later date. Boat sure looks funny without the stick there
Still trying to decide how to proceed with the coach roof re-lam. Details, details!

Spent last weekend othe bottom at 34 degrees due to. NW winds and very low tides. Rather unusual walking on the leading edge of the settee, "chimney " climbing to aces other areas. Even making coffee was an exercise in gymnastics and physics

Still hafta organize the lumber and tarps for the cover-up.. Supposedly to happen this weeekend. Guess I oughta get busy with it
10-07-2014 12:30 PM
deltaten
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Hopefully, there's another w/e or so left to crack on the canvas. This past , we motored out incold, windy . conditions; and proceeded to motor back into the slip before raising any sail. Choppy, cold and uninviting, indeed!

Arranged to have the boat pulled come November. Need to get to a lot of projects that really can't be done "in"; so, out she comes. Marina wanted an additional $200 each way to pull the mast, so it's aDIY project now. I have it all suss'd out and figger it'll only Be a bit scary! . Sheave check, fitting and stay check, add a few blocks and see about the topping lift change-out. Then run new, secured and. isolated wiring, add new steaming/deck light and perhaps a tri-color and anchoring light .. Need a check the VHF antenna somehow, too..
Checked with the prop guy about. getting.mine de-rated to see if I can get the RPMs up at cruise. Then on to checking the bushings and shaft, replacing zinc/s and general maint.

Glass work was pushed back to allow more sail time Gonna be a treat to do once it gets. cold.. As much as I'd like to get the interior additions fabb'd up and installed, I believe the plate's. already full enough.
Oh! Then there's all the sewing projects that are planned! Got a pile of sunbrella freebies; enough to do all the bimmies, dodger and connector AND a lot of other covers.

Updates as they occur
09-03-2014 10:52 PM
deltaten
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Wow! Where'd the season go?

*finally* got some pix in the album. Checkum out
Lotsa projects started and a few completed. Many miles under the keel; so not as many finished as expected
Bimmie frame got blue poly onnit as template and to contemplate, too.

Dunno if I'll come out this Winter or not?! Paint's fair and she's not leaking anywhere, so.....
07-24-2014 09:54 PM
deltaten
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Tickled pink with my newly made and installed companion way hatch "doors". Spent half that night fascinatedly opening and closing with a huge grin. No more drop-boards to foul the opening. Yay!
Gluing the HDPE material with WS 655 was an exercise in goo application,. Thickened as it is; it *still* get in places it shouldn't! . Only time will. tell if it holds as adverttized. Still. haft a order "removable" hinges. but that can wait.
Parts fashioned and mostly fittedassembled for the sailpkg. foprthe WB dink. Onc. set,I'llcoat with epoxy and then varnish. Only need to get rigging sorted after that. Might just get to sail it this year!

Had to give the drip seal on the prop sshaft a sixth of a twist this w/e too. I suspect that next season's opening procedures will include a new flax job on the seal..
07-10-2014 02:06 PM
deltaten
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Spent the weekend of the Fourth aboard. Wind was dicey thrs an Fri; but we managed to get out later. Sunday was perfect, so we motored off t the other side of the estuary to scope out a place to watch the fireworks.
As we approached, theexhaust sounded a different note! "Bla-a-a-p,instead of "Blu-u-urp..I checked the outlet an. saw very littlewater..Decided to. limp back toMarina; but considered better band anchored in the far mooring field.

I had the day before checked the inlet filter,so THAT couldn't be it. I pulled hoses to find the culprit and ended. that theseacock was clogged. quick swipe with the electrician's fish-tape and all was good. Went on to check the impeller and found thatbeven after a. month since last an. theslight term running. dry; i. wasfine.

By the time I hoisted the anchor, the wind was piping UP..again!. and decided to call it a day.. Pulled straight into the dock, so I could dive on the T-hull and check it. A-OK, so I went on to scrub the hull.
Boy! Does the dock-side ever get dirty!

Spent the balance of timeputtering about.. Set the mounts for the spare anchor on the stern rail, using the defunct cowl vent hole in the coaming to slide the rode/chain and shaft down into the empty space. Need a piece of three inch PVC to line it yeand a 2by four or so to separate the. rode/chain fromthey hoses and suchh.
Spare jibs from the recent purchase were hoisted at dock; but not a chance to fly 'em for real. One might workout as a 100%er, but the clew is cut relatively high. The rest are roller types and would need to be set up for hanks. oh well
Funniest moment was while cleanuing the transom, the bilgpump decided to pi$$ all over me.. Thank goodness the bilge is clean! ;

Keepin' on
06-17-2014 11:08 AM
deltaten
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Been busy the past month. Mostly sailing
Picked up a like-new F (damm'd broken key) Echs mainand a buncha other mismatched jibs and mains. Had a board-buddy from another venue gift a pile of sailing gear.
Since all on-board systems are ship-shape, I've moved on to kicking around interior additions. Gotta have *something* to do between bouts of sail time!

W/E of 6-14 was full of firsts. First overnight from dock. First longish trip; eight miles one way ! First "bridging"; in high. winds and floodcurrents. M. an! is*that* scary, even with ten feet to spare. . First docking at a strange port; let alone an end-of-T bulkhead/cage slip . Quite sucsessfully,if I do say. Departure was perfect as well. First time rowing the dink out for it's intended use, other than exercise; and back, while a few sheets let out to the wind AND staying dry ! :First meet-up with the several hearty souls at the "First Annual. Sail Net North Chessie Rendezvous and International Soiree". First trip through. the thin water at the head of The Flats, maintaining nav while motoringinto up-to 25 kt headwinds.

Other than the dunderhead PBs that near ran us down a few weeks ago and almost dumped First Mate out ta the boat....

Life (and sailing!) is good
05-10-2014 08:55 PM
deltaten
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Great ttime out the last two weekends . Last Saturday. was near perfect for an inaugural sail. Winds up to 10 sustained and near flat water. Made it over 5KT a lot and broke 5.5 kt for a bit;a new high for me and the.boat. Had to figure a new dock approach with W winds. Ended up just skid-steering it straight in the fairway, past the opposing piling and hard-about to slide right up to the floater.
Spent Sun. finishing the sewing on the new/old sailcloth cockpit gear bags. One 3x12x10 for each side lower of the companionway and one 6x6x18 for the aft coaming and the mainsheet. Even managed to make major repairs to the beat-up sail cover. It ain;;t real pretty; but should be functional.
Plans are tosailtheSummer through and put up for the winter again. Once '15 arrives, I'll make more firm plans to abscond South.
04-13-2014 09:02 PM
deltaten
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Wow! What a Winter
Moved the Chrysalis to home port on 03/31. Came in to a still-broken section.. Oh well?! Went down todyt to square her away and re-commission the water system and such.Couldn'tfigger out why the pump was giving spurts and spit till I realized the tank-to-pump line was still off. D'Oh! Then,got busy scoping out the auto-bilge switch when water trickling sound informed me the. tankage was overfilling. Good thing the bilge pump was working and the salon deck needed mopping anyway.
Sails and rigging installed and run up'n'down.. A-OK. Next was the new,re-purposed old man as a cockpit/boom tent/cover . An original main was right wore out, so I disected it and sewed it back together as a. 9x12 tarp, complete with hi-tensile nylon tape in the hem and new brass grommets. The velcro seam around the boom tag and backstay worked out perfectly! when stayed out to the tops ofthe stanchions, it covers everything within the coamin and runs from the stern coaming to ahead of the open hatch by enuf to keep all but the worst storms out. If I drop the lines down to the toe-rail, it'll pretty much storm-proof the cockpit; except for the open ends. It was a bright,breezy day and the white,filtered light was shady enough to let us cool our heels between projects. Next project is the fiberglass pole system, replacing the boom ridge, to haul it higher with the main halyard and create much more headroom ..

Looks like the week after Easter will be our 2014 inaugural sail.. Here's looking towards a greatsailing season!
03-02-2014 01:00 PM
deltaten
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Trying pic.
https://db.tt/5WRswAYy
No joy wIMG. Just a blue?

THe above pic was from several weeks ago.. We went downfor a dockmate's funeral and figger'd we'd go see tha boat.
A bit of ice on the fairway; but none aboutthe hull. All belowOK; but for a non-functioning auto-bilge switch. 2 1/2 months with only a gallon or so in bilgi is an great.

Have a deal working for a (almost) new FX main, spare 120 jib and four others.
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