Monday, April 25, 2005

Sailing with the Dolphin Cruising Club, Boca Ciega Bay. 4/23/05

Another great shot from Mike and Barbara Hawkins

From the rear

Mainsail is reefed, I think we need a second reef point if it is really going to blow.

Boca Ciega Bay

We sponsored a photo cruise on Boca Ciega Bay with the Dolphin Cruising Club on Saturday, April 23. Five boats braved 18 knot winds with gusts to the high 20's. It proved to be a bit of challenge to keep sails full AND take pictures at the same time. We later met on Pelican, downloaded our photos and burned CDs. Over 370 pictures were taken in about 90 minutes. We have a library of 64 shots of Pelican under sail from the cruise.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Cruising out in the Gulf on a brisk Saturday afternoon. April 16, 2005.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Good Old Boat: Quit Horsing Around by Steve Christensen

Good article about maintaining stability at anchor.

Good Old Boat: Quit Horsing Around by Steve Christensen

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Sailing in the Gulf

Eric enjoying his favorite spot on Pelican. Sailing off of St. Pete Beach, FL. Posted by Hello

Monday, April 04, 2005

Completed Jobs

We have owned the boat for 8 months now and have completed the following projects:

Top Sides:
Removed old name and renamed her Pelican
Bottom job
New dock lines
Repaired stern rail
Repaired stern ladder and added teak steps
Added davits from Island Marine Product
Replaced sail covers with Doyle Stack Pack system
Replaced jib sacrificial
Replaced teflon wear patches on jib where sail meets spreader
New bimini and dodger
New side curtains and a tent over the aft cabin hatch
New winch and hatch covers
Installed 4 Folding Mast Steps to get up the mast to attend to the mainsail.
Added 4 swivel beer can holders in the cockpit
purchased an anchor snubber to take tension off the chain.
Replaced the mast boot on the mizzen

2 new fluorescent lights
Installed mast step to aid short people reaching into the fridge

New overhead light
New Bose speakers mounted for stereo
New TV, DVD and electric antenna
Replaced hardware for table
Installed a dehumidifier on the boat
Replaced 2 new clear lenses and 5 new portlight gaskets.

Aft Cabin
New fan
new overhead light
2 new reading lights on starboard side
new hammock
new memory foam pad on bunk
Removed lower port side cabinet to make bunk 18" longer
New carpeting

New fan
2 new hammocks
New carpeting

New overhead light in aft head
New teak toothbrush and soap holders in aft head
New portlight lens and gaskets in forward head
Rebuilt forward head

Installed Garmin 182C with depth, speed and temperature transducer
Retrofitted a used Raymarine ST4000+ wheel pilot and tied it into the Garmin

Engine and Electrical
Mapped the 12VDC wiring diagram for the boat
2 of 3 sets of 6 Volt batteries replaced
Plumbed oil change system into both the Perkins and the Northern Lights Generator
Replaced aft bilge pump and float switch
Added two battery desulfators to battery system

mounted new flashlights and fire extinguishers throughout the boat
New flares and safety equipment
Replaced aft bilge pump and float switch
Installed four red lights below decks of overnight passages
Repaired or replaced four sets of lifelines
New life jackets
New man overboard lifesling
Services and registered GPS EPIRB

Current Wish & Job List

1. Install shower curtain in forward head
2. Sand and Cetol the above decks teak

Overhead Lights

 Posted by Hello

Besides carpeting, I did a little wire pulling. We decided we really wanted to have a couple of overhead lights -- one in the saloon and one in the aft cabin. I thought it would be easy to pull a wire through the headliner to the side and tie it into the existing 12VDC lighting. It turned out it was much harder than I thought. While there is plenty of space to pull wire on the roof, the liner seems to be glued to the topsides at all of the corners. I learned this after cutting a 3/4" hole in the middle of the headliner. Fortunately I was able to cut another hole into the headliner behind the galley fan and fish the wire that way. With the fan in its normal position you can't tell it's been done.

Not wanting to make the same mistake in the aft cabin, I carefully checked port, starboard and aft to see if I could fish under the headliner. Same story. I was about to give up when I decided to try from the the overhead light in the aft head. I pulled that light down and fished the metal tape in. It seemed to be able to make a straight line to right where I wanted to install the overhead light. So I went ahead and punched another hole in the aft cabin liner. This time I was able to fish into the new hole without any problem. The two new overhead lights are two way. One for white light, the other for red while underway. The new lights are a very nice addition to the boat.

New Carpet

I spent the weekend recarpeting Pelican. The old carpeting was very ugly and badly worn indoor/outdoor. Since we use a dehumidifier on the boat, we think we can get away with a nice berber. The installation has turned out o.k. so far and looks much better than before. Posted by Hello

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How not to take your boat into the breakers