The boat work continues. It has been just over a year since we purchased this boat and we knew we would have a two year refit before we could go cruising again.
When you purchase a boat that is far below its book value, you have to expect that a lot of work is needed. We also expected to invest a lot of money in repairs and upgrades.
We are financing the boat projects with profits from the business (we never touch our savings) so projects are selected based on necessity, cost and how many man-hours are required.
Depending on which of these three we have surplus of, that’s what gets done.
Here are a couple of things we have been up to lately.
All of the batteries aboard needed replacing. Boats don’t have normal every day car batteries. No they have these extra big 160 pound batteries that are always placed in some compartment on the boat that is impossible to get to. I had four of these to replace. It took all day (and a lot of cursing) but I managed to wrestle these monsters out and replace them with more reasonable sized golf cart batteries. In 5 years we will need to replace them again.
You can see the decks in this picture. The teak decks have been removed and all of the little screw holes have been filled with epoxy. The next step is smooth the deck, put a layer of fiberglass down and then gelcoat. Replacing teak decks is a monster of a project.
Here is mom sewing our new bimini. It’s hard to get a feel for how big of a project this was but it took two of us three weekends to complete it.
Here is the new bimini installed on the boat. Mom was nervous that it wouldn’t fit but it came out perfect. It’s impossible to enjoy the summer unless you have a bimini to protect you from the sun.
When you live on a boat, there is always something breaking. This is our power cord that feeds us electricity from the pier to our boat. This plug began to burn up last Sunday. Every boat store was closed and we thought we were going to have a long night with no air conditioning. Luckily a friend of ours had some spares and saved us from a hot muggy south Louisiana night.
For some reason, that nobody understands, Tyler decided to dye his hair in a Bozo the clown fashion. When you do things like this, and you look like a rooster, you have to expect people to compare you to Foghorn Leghorn.
I think this is a good look for Tyler.