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10-26-2008 09:03 PM
N0NJY My smarty pants wife was so sweet after we signed the paper work.

She walked up to me and said "Here's your first kiss as Captain".

Then later she called me "Cap'n D".

Sigh.... No respect.

(I started calling her "Admiral". I think that made points.)

You know, I really HATE that restaurant too (Captain D's) - but then my students used to call me "Mr. D." and they were being respectful, so I will take it as a compliment
10-26-2008 08:51 PM
N0NJY I'll shoot for Wednesday. I'm working on the... BOAT!

I gotta boat now. I'm not sure how ham radio will fare in the next few months. lol

Cleaning out the Old | Winds of Change

Check out the blog. We picked up the boat yesterday. Wow... what an experience.

I spent all of today - from about 10:30 Am til about an hour ago ripping out a lot of the old stuff from the inside. There was a lot of things I needed to look under and see.

All in all, I bought a boat for 3500 bucks (and trailer) and she's in really good shape. I traced her "genealogy" to 1991 so far here in Colorado. Apparently she came from another state before that though I haven't been in contact yet with the original owner (I think there have been three owners, before me. I am number four).

She was well cared for at least up til the last guy. He took ok care of her, and seems pretty knowledgeable about boats, but was certainly a bachelor (60 years old) and didn't do as well as he could have.

The boat has NO LOGS at all. No one kept one. I kinda of "shamed" him into keeping one next time. He said one of his boats in the past had a log and he wasn't very good about keeping logs I guess. This one, he never bothered. It wasn't in the ocean (in Blue Mesa Reservoir).

I'm pretty happy. I went over the boat today for about seven hours finding everything I could that was WRONG with the boat and noting it in a book. I'll get a real "log book" later on and transcribe things and pass that on with the boat if and when I sell her.

I removed everything from the boat that wasn't nailed/screwed down. Cleaned the cushions (covers). Examined the portapotty and found it cleaned hehe good for me.

I removed the "ceiling carpet" - ack. I can't believe carpet on the ceiling. Anyway, was mounted on a 1/4" plywood and there was plenty of evidence of leaks from above.

I found all the points where leaks could be found.

The GOOD part was the boat interior, down in the bilge area and anywhere there were bolts and through-hull things is clean. The exception is the rudder brackets. The original wood is there from when the boat was built and there have been some minor leaks and some seepage there. I'll be replacing that wood and the bolts holding the brackets next week.

The ceiling "wood" I'll also be replacing with a nice fine-grained plywood that has been sanded, stained and properly put in (I can do wood work )

The electrical system, not much to speak of actually, is a few lights inside and the exterior running lights. I'll be rewiring all of that over the next few weeks, building a better lighting switch panel and probably replacing the battery, buying a solar panel and putting in a small AC inverter. I will likely install at least a couple of radios on the boat as well - but they will amateur radio systems and perhaps an packet email system. We'll see.

Anyway, check out the blog. I've got some pictures up on links on the side. You can click those and look at pictures.

73 to all

10-25-2008 10:14 PM
windward54 My internet was down until Saturday night! I'll be back at the boat on Wednesday. You could try on Wednesday night. I should be there around 1900 PDT. Give 14280 a try.
10-24-2008 03:51 PM
N0NJY haha it or hate it, it's usually in the way of real life.

I think I set it up so you could email me directly. I won't be home much tomorrow - going to pick up a boat.

Email me Sunday, and I'll try to remember to check my email at home and catch up with you on 40 meters. Pick a freq. I can go anywhere.
10-24-2008 03:45 PM
windward54 I'm at work! I get to check in on my breaks as I sit at a deslk most of the day. However, off to court, and it might be Friday, but no telling how long that will take.

I do have my general.
10-24-2008 03:22 PM
N0NJY Since you're on right now... I'm going home early today in about 40 - 45 minutes.

We can set up a sked if you like?

You a General? Give me a frequency and I'll look for you on twenty.


10-24-2008 02:54 PM
windward54 Darn it! Work gets in the way again. Some day I'lll have to do something about it, but it sure gets in the way of a lot of fun at times.
10-23-2008 07:01 PM
N0NJY Im on 20 meters right now. But, I see you're not connected to the site...

I'm listening to someone running a pile up on 14.167 at the moment.

Haven't caught his call yet. PJ2 portable QX not catching his actual call right now. Oh well.

Some island someplace though!
10-22-2008 05:54 PM
windward54 Just one more test to make general! It is easy now that they did away with the CW test. I'm usually on 20 meters, but I'm normally only on the air Wednesday evenings and some weekend nights. Out here on the West Coast, 40 meters gets blasted with shortwave stations from the Far East most evenings.
10-22-2008 04:17 PM
N0NJY Wife's call is KB0IRW - She's currently a tech (she JUST upgraded a few months back from Novice )
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