Week 12:Balance

It was a shorter week of boat work for us. My sisters came out from the midwest for a visit and we took a couple of days off to do sightseeing. I felt very guilty not working on Gypsy. I even felt more guilty sleeping in to 8:00 am on a Sunday morning. We are usually on the road to the boat shop at 8:00. After weeks of non stop work and boat work it was very nice having a real weekend. The itinerary included wine tasting, Columbia Gorge waterfalls and a Portlandia Tour including Voodoo Donuts and Mississippi Ave. We made up for our time off guilt by staying late on Tuesday.

If you remember back a couple of weeks we had cast the port hole openings into the cabin sides. Friday I drilled out the bolt holes for the ports and then test fit the ports to check the holes. Nina sanded the shear clamp wood so we can paint it before the bolts for the toe rail are installed. When we had returned Tuesday the cockpit drains and fore hatch had been started.

Base for the Lewmar Ocean hatch. We will get lots of light with the new hatch.
Base for the Lewmar Ocean hatch which has an aluminum frame and plexiglass top. It will be a big improvement over the old wood hatch. We will also get lots of light with the new hatch.
Cockpit drains, the 3" drains will empty the cockpit fast if we get pooped by a big wave.
Cockpit drains, the 3″ drains will not only take care of rain. They will also empty the cockpit fast if we get pooped by a big wave.
Drain tubes heading for the transom, (back of the boat).
Dual drains! pretty cool, huh?
Dual drains! pretty cool, huh?

Other stuff that also happened was our oar rack got built and Marsden polished it. Tom has also been working on the propane locker/aft deck/ and cockpit combings to finish the stern of the boat.

Locating where the oar rack will go.
Locating where the oar rack will go. The rack gained improvements that will make it stronger and more functional, but they required adjusting the location of the rack.
Aft deck and propane locker lid mold.
Aft deck and propane locker lid mold.
Monitor wind vane and the new water tank await installation.
Monitor wind vane and the new water tank await installation.
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2 thoughts on “Week 12:Balance”

  1. I’m happy to read you had some time away from work in hand. Good to recharge your batteries. Also….my out write the new drain holes are 3″. How much larger is that than before?
    Love the blog.

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    1. The old drains were 1″ in diameter. So the old drains were each about 0.8 square inches in area and the new drains are each 7 square inches in area. That’s a big improvement.

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