As we come into the new year, our boat is finally taking shape. If it weren’t for the prop shaft being lost by the diver that was supposed to replace our cutlass bearing, we would probably have already sailed to Catalina Island at few times. But that is for another story. From here and moving forward here are a few things that are on our list:
Have the arch installation completed: This weekend, tomorrow, arch man Jim will be coming down to complete the installation of our arch. I posted a video of how be brought down the almost completed arch for a test fit, and now he has everything welded together and he will be installing it this weekend.
Completing the cabinets: Cabinet man Brett will also be coming down tomorrow to finish trimming out the things he installed in the galley. This will allow us to start staining everything and prepare it for several good coats of varnish.
Have a new cutlass bearing installed: THIS is the major pain that we have been dealing with. After this weekend I will be in touch with the boatyard to schedule having our sailboat hauled out so that they can fabricate a new prop shaft and properly install a new cutlass bearing. It is because of this that we have been stuck to the dock and had to miss sailing to Catalina for Christmas and New Year’s as we do every year. This is out biggest disappointment, and I will do another short article venting what happened to cause this debacle.
Once we are past the above, and that should be within the next two weeks, we will be planning our first shakedown to test things that we have installed and upgraded. Stay along for the ride!