Monday, April 27, 2015

Another to do list

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks and I have barely had time to breathe.  I decided to put my thoughts to paper and get everything I can think of on a list to completed for the boat.  I have my other list that I was going over but it is far from complete.  I am going to remove the items I completed and start over with a detailed list of what is left.


  1. Interior  (The items below are really some of the last things I plan on doing. They are really the finishing touches to the whole renovation)
    1. Kitchen LED Install
    2. Cut hole for microwave power cable
    3. Finish sink/faucet/counter installation
    4. Add edge trip to the cabinets
    5. Put trim in the rear corners of the salon
    6. Touch up the interior paint
    7. Empty/clean the cuddy
    8. Secure all wires
    9. Secure the toilet pump
    10. Hang Curtain over sink
    11. Install Carpet
    12. Finish hot water tank switch
    13. Clean the upper salon flooring
  2. Engine Bay 
    1. Mount component mounting board 
      1. Will complete 4/48
    2. Mount battery charger and outlet
      1. Will complete 4/48
    3. Plumb the generator
    4. Run generator fuel lines and water separator
    5. Reinstall the rudder cutlass
      1. Will complete 4/48
    6. Install remote oil filters for engines
    7. Replace battery charging cables
    8. Replace generator starting battery
  3. Driveline
    1. Paint rudders and strut
    2. Install rudder packing glands
    3. Install rudders and strut
    4. Install shaft packing glands
    5. Install shafts
    6. Install props
    7. Perform and alignment
  4. Exterior
    1. Clean up annodes
    2. Replaced chipped sink window
    3. Add more bolts to hold the hatch
    4. Seal the deck hardware
    5. Seal kitchen window track
    6. Replace flybridge wall
    7. Fix horn
    8. Clean the carpet
    9. Clean the flybridge
    10. Paint the front roof
    11. Rivet the loose rails
    12. Add new sticker and hull number

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A large step forward

Well, today the old generator came out and the new generator went in!!!  We removed the rear hatch and rear hand rails.  Of course I forgot to take a picture of it in the boat.  It was a tight fit, and starboard oil filter changes will require a bit of work until I put a remote mounted filter on the engine.  The generator is currently just bolted in.  I am awaiting the fuel and intake hose.  I plan on waiting until I get the rest of the boat back together before I get the generator completely hooked up.  The muffler is larger than the old one so I might have to fabricate a shelf for it.  Tomorrow we will reattach the hatch and get the rear handrail back on.  I will also get the engine bay mounting boards mounted.  The rudders and strut are supposed to be in next week.  Fingers crossed that they are.  If so, I am hoping to have the boat dropped in next weekend for the sea trials.  Here are a couple videos of the old generator coming out and the new one going in.










Monday, April 20, 2015

a little RNR.

   I ended up taking the weekend off from my boat and helping out my friend with getting their docks ready and also pulling the Kingscraft for some repair work on Sunday.  After clearing my head I am refocused on my remaining tasks.  I got out of work later than I wanted to and dinner ran a little late as well.  I ran to Lowes and picked up my supplies to build the bulk head.  After getting my measurements we cut the wood to length and started mounting it. Things went pretty well except for running out of screws.  Here is a picture of the almost finished product.  I will finish screwing it down tomorrow and remount ing my paneling.  I have to remake a couple of pieces that had some water damage from the poor sealant job by the PO on the middeck rail screws.  More to come tomorrow.




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bear with me.

    Well the list is really getting down to the final stages.  Still some large items on the list left to do, but my time frame is really good.  I talked to the rudder shop yesterday and they feel I should have them back in a week.  I have attempted to contact Pluckebaum to get an ETA for my strut but I have been unable to reach anyone so far.  In the last two days I was able to remove and replace the rudder cutlass bearings as well as the one bearing in the remaining strut.  Removing the bearings was a pain and I had to sand out the tube to get them all to even think about going back in.  After having a plan of attack the overall work took me about 2-3 hours.  Most of that was chiseling out the old bearing.  The only picture I have is of an empty rudder tube.







  1. Remove upper cabinets Completed 3/9
  2. Finish Starboard lower outlets Completed 3/9
  3. Finish port lower outlets Completed 3/17
    1. I have all but one cable ran
  4. Build new power box for new electrical panels Completed 3/28
    1. I will have to shift my 12volt connections about 3 inches so I have the proper room
  5. Remove ceiling panels for access to the AC units for rewireCompleted 3/14
    1. While these are out, I will be putting some foam board in to insulate the ceiling as well Completed 3/14
    2. I will also run the wiring for the lights above the sink/microwave as well as the outlet on the shelf in the upper salon Completed 3/9
    3. We will be installing some LED lights under the upper cabinets for lower power use and brightness Will complete week of 3/24
    4. Install new lower cabinets Completed 3/14
  6. Install power panels Completed
  7. Remove rudders Completed 3/31
    1. Both rudders are bent.  I have a shop in Dayton Ohio that will weld me a couple for a great price.  
  8. Remove prop shaft and struts  Completed 3/26
    1. Sending the prop shafts to a machine shop to straighten
    2. Sending the strut to Pluckebaum to get a new one made Completed 3/30
  9. Install new hot water tank Completed
  10. Finish Cuddy wiring Completed
  11. Remove Carpet Completed
  12. Reinstall strut, prop shafts, and rudders
  13. Replace exhaust manifolds Completed
    1. My manifolds are rusted out and the drain plugs wont go back in.  I encountered this on the Kingscraft and finding your boat to be taking on a lot of water isn't fun.
  14. Install new generator!
    1. I can't wait for this one.  This will make or break the boating season this year.
  15. Replace hull numbers
    1. I sported the registration from the former owner last year even though I had my own.  I suck at getting the hull numbers straight and they look like crap.
  16. Fix the horn
    1. The mover had to loosen bolts on the horn so the flybridge could fit on the lower deck.  The issue is that the bolt fell inside the horn assembly.  So I have to take it apart to get the bolts out.  It is also siliconed to the flybridge.
  17. Replace flybridge interior walls.
    1. For some reason Marinette used an interior panel for the interior walls of the flybridge.  This part of the boat sits directly in the weather.  So 42 years later is has now rotted through.  We will pull this paneling off and fabricate something to take its place.
  18. Seal decking screws
    1. Stop the rain from getting in!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The carousel of progress.

   Well it has been a great few days working on the boat. The weather has really started to turn to the warmer side and we ha e gotten a lot. Done.  We knocked the plumbing and exhaust manifold installs out in the last two days. Kudos to my buddy Seth who really pitched in and designed the new plumbing layout and really helped with the manifolds. Him and I have been helping each other out on each others boats for the past few years. Mostly he teaches me but I can turn a wrench and follow directions.  We were joking today that the approaching alignment will be our last think neither of us have undertaken so far.

   I am updating from my phone so it is a pain to try and update the full checklist so here are some pictures too show the progress.

This is a picture of a crazy storm just about to hit on Thursday evening. The initial wind felt like the Shockwave from a bomb.

Here is the new plumbing layout. You will notice in the 2nd picture it now doesn't cross in front of my power panels.


Here are the pictures of my new manifolds. Their install went way easier than our last experience with the Kingscraft.




Tomorrow my only goal is to really get the boat cleaned out of unneeded equipment. I have racks of stuff that I don't need to keep on the boat. I will keep one bin of necessities and take the rest home.  I also want to vacuum the vdrive hatches and get them ready for the new shafts.




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I got shafted.

Surprisingly enough, I got my new prop shafts today.  I had been bugging this machine shop to just get me a price on two new prop shafts. I received the call today that they were finished.  I said, "That is great but how much?".  In the end it was in the ball park I expected and for being done so quick I will eat a few extra dollars.  I went and picked those up and headed to the boat. I got my genset wiring harness finally ran and then ripped out the remaining carpet.  I hope to get my new plumbing laid out tomorrow and have it finished Friday. I went ahead and purchased a new pressure  tank as the other one seemed pretty bad off.  Finishing the plumbing will also finish my electrical work as the last wiring is for the new hot water tank.

I plan on getting my manifolds installed on Saturday. I have my fingers crossed I don't break any bolts off in the block but with the condition of the existing manifolds I am not that confident.

After the new manifolds are on, I want to start cleaning up the engine compartment. There is a ton of sludge build up that just needs removed.  Initially I will vacuum and scrape it out.  I am also planning to work on removing my old genset at this point.  This will allow me to really get some great access to the engine compartment and clean it out.

We are almost to the summit of this thing. Once I get all my pieces back we will be heading down off the mountain.  I am shooting for May 1st to be completed. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Getting there.

I took Easter Sunday off but I have gotten a decent amount done.  I was able to get the panels installed and all the circuits terminated to it.  I have also gotten my cuddy wiring, compressor switch, and the engine compartment outlet all completed.  I removed the old hot water tank and all the water lines.  The hot water tank was full of a grey sludge that just smelled.  After removing the tank, I am glad I did it as it was pretty rusty.  With all the gunk in it, I imagine I would have had to replace it in the near future anyways.  The only electric work left is installing the new hot water tank and its switch.  Tomorrow I plan on getting the new hot water tank placed, rip up the rest of the carpet, and possibly start working on getting an exhaust manifold out.



  1. Remove upper cabinets Completed 3/9
  2. Finish Starboard lower outlets Completed 3/9
  3. Finish port lower outlets Completed 3/17
    1. I have all but one cable ran
  4. Build new power box for new electrical panels Completed 3/28
    1. I will have to shift my 12volt connections about 3 inches so I have the proper room
  5. Remove ceiling panels for access to the AC units for rewireCompleted 3/14
    1. While these are out, I will be putting some foam board in to insulate the ceiling as well Completed 3/14
    2. I will also run the wiring for the lights above the sink/microwave as well as the outlet on the shelf in the upper salon Completed 3/9
    3. We will be installing some LED lights under the upper cabinets for lower power use and brightness 
    4. Install new lower cabinets Completed 3/14
  6. Install power panels Completed
  7. Remove rudders Completed 3/31
    1. Both rudders are bent.  I have a shop in Dayton Ohio that will weld me a couple for a great price.  
  8. Remove prop shaft and struts  Completed 3/26
    1. Sending the prop shafts to a machine shop to straighten
    2. Sending the strut to Pluckebaum to get a new one made Completed 3/30
  9. Install new hot water tank
  10. Replumb the boat.
  11. Finish Cuddy wiring Completed
  12. Remove Carpet
  13. Reinstall strut, prop shafts, and rudders
  14. Replace exhaust manifolds Ordered
    1. My manifolds are rusted out and the drain plugs wont go back in.  I encountered this on the Kingscraft and finding your boat to be taking on a lot of water isn't fun.
  15. Install new generator!
    1. I can't wait for this one.  This will make or break the boating season this year.
  16. Replace hull numbers
    1. I sported the registration from the former owner last year even though I had my own.  I suck at getting the hull numbers straight and they look like crap.
  17. Fix the horn
    1. The mover had to loosen bolts on the horn so the flybridge could fit on the lower deck.  The issue is that the bolt fell inside the horn assembly.  So I have to take it apart to get the bolts out.  It is also siliconed to the flybridge.
  18. Replace flybridge interior walls.
    1. For some reason Marinette used an interior panel for the interior walls of the flybridge.  This part of the boat sits directly in the weather.  So 42 years later is has now rotted through.  We will pull this paneling off and fabricate something to take its place.
  19. Seal decking screws
    1. Stop the rain from getting in!