10 tubes of Home Depot PVC pipe

Well, no posts in April because it was only a day or two in the boat shop due to extensive work travel. And a fun Saturday at the Strictly Sail boat show in Oakland. Drew, Dad and I hit the info booths hard; navigation equipment is tricky as we search powerful auto-tillers and wind instruments with the rotating mast. But good progress was made on the engine-to-prop system, leaning towards Yanmar and a Gori prop now.

Here’s the rear deck with rudder post area now complete, ready to start fairing.


Stopped in at Home Depot for 10′ lengths of 3/4″ PVC electrical conduit to form the basis of the nets’ lashing anchor points. Epoxied them to the hulls and beams (used temp screws to hold in place), then a few hours today to fillet them for more bonding surface area. Next they’ll get glassed over with two layers of cloth. Once these tubes are all built and faired in, we’ll use a jig to cut ‘windows’ in the tubes so small rope can be looped over a small rod inserted the length of the conduit pipe.


The lashing tubes define the surface area of the starboard main net here…


And finally with a weeknight not on the road, I sat in the little engine room for an hour last night finally figuring out locations for the water tanks, fuel tank, fridge compressor, watermaker and furnace. A bit if a puzzle, but things should tuck nicely in to their spots. First up was finalizing the refridge order with the CoolBlue people in Orange County today. Good USA quality, at a decent boat-show discount. Let the systems begin!

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  1. Hi, Greg! †I’m amazed at all that highly detailed work you have done at the stern of the boat! †I guess all you have to do now is to somehow get it all smoothed out …… I discovered something crucial about that “impact driver” that I used to try (unsuccessfully) to remove †some screws on the mast you have in the shop: †The rotating collar on the gadget has no clear “stops” to set it at, †in order to select either left hand drive or right hand. I thought I had it adjusted for left hand, but it was ONLY working for RIGHT hand drive!! So, I took it apart; it has 2 small steel balls, each one of which (should!) engage right, or left drive. (They engage †either the left or right “fork” of a Y-shaped groove in the central driver). So, I simply †removed the ball for the right drive (and kept it just in case we need it), so now it only turns to the left, to loosen screws. †I figured this out trying to remove a stubborn screw on our boat (at the engine shift lever). †I’ll try it again, and if it works properly, we can try it on your mast screws. If not, I will look for a new impact driver that works properly .†

    We’re busy sorting, packing, and getting the house ready for our house-sitter, since we leave on our trip next Sunday. When we come back I’ll be able to volunteer some more time on your big project! † † Love, Dad



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