Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Finally Home!

Friday, March 06, 2015


Over 390 days on the hard.  I saw a post on facebook asking others if their list of things to do ever followed logic, or was ever acturate.

So here, from memory, is our list of activities.

  1. Boat was towed to Salt Creek around the first of February 2014 in order to
    1. replace the engine
    2. get a bottom job
  2. The bottom paint was adhering poorly to the barrier coat.
    1. let's shave the bottom paint, barrier coat and gelcoat off
    2. let it sit and dry
  3. Met the engine guys (Yacht Power Products are the best.  Impossible to have found a better company to work with.)
    1. They were pulling the Perkins out to replace with the Beta Marine.) $$$$$
    2. Hey, since your pulling the engine, why not pull the genset, overhaul it and paint it? $$
    3. Oh, and rebuild the drip pan below the genset $
    4. Oh what the hell, encase the genset in a soft noise reduction cover.  $$
    5. The engine room is a mess, rebuild and repaint it  $$
  4. The sides should really be restored. $$$
  5. The sides look great, you should really restore the deck and nonskid.   $$$
  6. The teak handrails are in awful shape.  Let's try replacing them all with Plasteak.
  7. The deck is going to look really good, and the hatches will stick out like sore thumbs.  Replace the hatches with new stainless ones!  $$
  8. Search for leaks!  Under the toerail!  $$$
  9. We have really wanted a swim platform, for like, forever.  can you customize one for us? and let's not do a ladder, lets do stairs...  $$$
  10. The mizzen rigging is in the way of the gate to the great new swim platform.  Let's move it to the top of the cabin housing.  $
  11. How the heck can we leave the dock with our miserable mainsail.  Let's order a new one!  $$$
  12. The through hulls are 33 years old and in poor to really poor shape.  Let's cut every one out and replace them.  And all the hoses and clamps too.  $$$$
  13. That dinghy!  No way it goes back on the boat.  Let's find a new one.  $$
  14. The new dinghy will need better rigging for the davits.  Let's redo that.  $$
  15. The hatches are great.  They need new screens!  $
  16. Carpet anyone? $
  17. What the hell all the batteries and need replacing!  $$00
  18. And on and on
Big splash scheduled for March 27  (not committing to a year yet.)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Engine Room Pictures

September Update

Deck is primed.  New stainless hatches are installed.  Aft steps are built.  New mizzen traveler is installed.
Progress is definitely being made.

Monday, July 28, 2014

July 27 Update

Met with Don at the boat yesterday.  Work on the deck is proceeding.

We decided to replace all six handrails on deck with Plasteak.  Several were damaged beyond repair and finding exact teak replacements is difficult.  Plasteak will take the old ones and use them as templates.  I am mailing them off tomorrow.  Will also use Plasteak for my four ladder steps up the swim platform.

Also figured out the swim ladder for the platform.  It will telescope off the starboard side and slide into a pocket under the platform when put away.  Will be accessible from the water should I ever fall in.

The teak rails that are used as guides for the two entry hatches have been glassed over and will be painted white.  The same color as the deck.  We are also eliminating the teak aft rail which is badly rotted.  Again, not replacing the wood and going with fiberglass.  Also going with fiberglass and no wood on the new hatches.  Hatches look great, at least as they sit in boxes in the shop.  So the amount of wood we will have to maintain is diminished.

I have no idea if the Plasteak will look good or awful.  Worst case is we replace them in a few years.

Don is going crazy finding and plugging leaks.  I think Pelican will be tighter and drier than the day it left the factory.

We have also decided to put a flying Pelican logo on the aft sides and just our name and port on the back.  I think that will give us a nice distinctive look.

Splash target is early September.

Monday, July 07, 2014

July 5 Restoration Pictures

New Accomplishments:

  1. All portlights removed, polished, and reseated.
  2. New Rudder Skeg
  3. Drainholes installed near aft port and starboard sides, plus seat over passthrough designed to remove standing water
  4. Deck has been sanded in preparation of new paint and non-skid applications
  5. New swim platform is attached.  New ladder has arrived, but not installed yet.
  6. Stainless deck hatches on order -- will replace all 5

Monday, June 02, 2014

Pelican Restoration Pictures


Monday, May 26, 2014

Sides are complete

Don Jetter did a fantastic job on the sides.  We chose Snow White Revisited for the sides and flag blue for the stripes.  It looks better than brand new, with perfectly straight lines and a really reflective hull.  We could not be happier with how it has turned out.

Next up is a new deck, new through hulls, and finally the barrier coat goes on.