Daniel - Norsea 27
very toasty out there. Took my AC unit to the boat yesterday. Helped keep the cabin temperature down. Even though it got upto low 80s in the cabin, it felt cool enough to still do some things. Better still than if I was without. As soon as I turned it off to head back to the house, temperature shot up and I was sweating buckets.Went to the boat today, 93 degrees in the cabin, so I fired up the AC and within 30 minutes it was down to 78 degrees, a bit warm, but comfortable enough to get some work done. After about 30 minutes of work, I popped the top on a Coors Light, then drove home. On the way I stopped at Mc Donald's and purchased a smokey bacon burger, which was pretty darned good - I was pleasantly surprised. Its' a bit overpriced, but it was tasty.
Tomorrow, the weather forecast is for a code red air pollution alert, so I'm not leaving the ranch. Just gonna sit around and sip Jim Bean Honey Bourbon and watch big screen TV.
Be careful out there, sailors,
Yesterday was a good work day. Back when I got some work done on my mast, the rigging shop also added a tube on the mast step for wires to pass through. The opening used to be flush with the step and any water could easily get down past the wires that was only held in place with a sealant. In order to get that to fit on deck again, I had to make the hole on the top plate of the compression post bigger. Finally got the mast step to sit flush with the deck. Now, I just need to seal it and bolt it down. While I thought of using butyl that everyone seems to enjoy using, I'm thinking of going with 4200 or Sikaflex 291 instead. I don't think the mast step will be coming off the boat again for a long time.
Picture 1: tube from the top of the mast step
Picture 2: The metal part on this picture is the top plate of the compression post.
Picture 3: mast step before sanding
Picture 4: after sanding the surface
Picture 5: made the bolt holes a little wider for the sealant to compress against the bolts.
I think at this point, I could technically get the mast up but the boat still wouldn't be ready for a while. At least this is one project that's (almost) out of the way. I still have plenty to keep me busy. At least now, once the mast step is sealed up, I can get rid of the tarps covering it.
anyway. Refit continues.