Just a heads up out there for those club members looking to buy a nice little boat of their own...well, you have to get your prospective boat surveyed. Apparently it's like when you buy a house and have it inspected (don't really know, haven't ever bought a house...mainly because they cost a quarter to a half a million bucks here in Seattle!).
When you have the survey done, probably by someone who can barely use that new crazy email (boat folks like to talk on the phone), they'll seem pretty busy most of the day. It's kinda like when you get an overpriced haircut and they go slower 'cause you're spending so much. Anyway, for all of the money you will be paying them, they won't check half of the stuff on your boat. Sails? Probably not. Engine? Nope. Force 10 indoor stove/oven? Negative.
We had tried to get our indoor stove going before, but we couldn't re-light the thing after a few minutes of use. We consulted the manual which instructed us to take the whole thing out of the boat, take some stuff apart, and check on a few things.
The stove came out and apart easy enough (just lift). A few screws here, pull on this, don't drop stuff in the water...no problem. We noticed (in the pic below) that one of the wires from the starter had mysteriously fallen apart...ok, just kidding, a mouse did it...before we took the boat over, however...
We thought maybe some of the parts in the stove switches might have been bad or need a little grease so we took them in to the stove fixer guy in town (Sure Marine)...he said it looked fine and the stove was probably in great shape. He also said he had never heard of our problem - a stove that starts and then won't re-light. So...
We took apart our Trident Marine gas switchy thingy, it seemed fine, and followed the wires out of it back to where our propane tank is stored (see below). After talking with Dan from Trident Marine, who was super-super nice, thought we should leave everything as is, try and cook a meal, and if the gas eventually runs out during the cooking, he knows what is wrong. The wires from our gas switchy thingy head back to a solenoid (what we have the wrench on in the pic below). The power coming from the wires opens the solenoid and allows gas to flow (more or less). It is sort of a safety thing. Dan said if the gas shuts off during cooking than that is the problem - we need a new solenoid.
Welp, Dan was right. We went over to fisheries supply and picked up an almost identical replacement part (for $100). Brought it back, put it on, put some soap around all of the propane connections (big bubbles mean there is a leak), and pow, it works fine. One indication of the problem was probably the oily fluid that came our of the hose when we took off the old solenoid. All and all, not too hard of a fix. I'm glad we have a pretty easy system (most boats with a propane stove probably have exactly the same set up). I learned how to completely disassemble and reassemble the stove and we didn't even end up with more parts than we started with! Also, in the pack with the new solenoid was instructions on how to clean the thing, which, I possibly could have done in the first place and if it wasn't really broken, not bought the new part (of course).
~Paul, Ann, Amber, Jon ETC
Everyone's Travel Club here with a quick post about our dear Kingsley. She sails! OK we knew that. Well, she sails fast! Or about as fast as she ever will...I think.
I thought that all displacement boats (Kingsley) had a top speed of sorts, referred to as the boat's hull speed. This was determined by a cool mathematical equation, read about it here
. Well, after reading myself, I'm a little confused.
Anyway, on a beam reach the other day with 17-20 knots, this was about as fast as we could get Kingsley to sail - 7.4 knots (Amber swears she saw 7.5). Not bad considering it's our house moving that fast!
~Paul, Amber, Jon, Ann
We weren't the only ones catching some speed - check out Little Mo!
Solar shower in the Northwest? Isn't it too cold? Apparently not.
I picked up a $12 shower from the boat store and have been experimenting with it over the summer. I like it a lot. It takes a good 5-6 Pacific Northwest summer sun hours to make it warm enough to use but it works. This one holds about 2.5 gallons of water, which is enough for me (I usually have quite a bit extra).
The wife says it's not enough to wash her hair, but she does like it because the temperature stays constant throughout the shower, unlike our normal shower (so far), which seems to be either too hot or too cold, hard to get just right. I think we'll be able to fix that soon - it might just be a matter of leaving the hot water heater on for awhile before the shower. Until then, solar it is!
The deck work continues. Along with waxing we've sanded all or our teak (not that much really). Next comes oiling it with a little teak oil so it's looking fresh.
~Paul, John, Amber ETC
P.S. Kingsley totally owes us one.
Kingsley, you owe us one! After 11 years this poor boat has a name! For some reason the previous owner of 11 years (clean your boat dude!) didn't name the vessel (which I'm pretty sure is against Coast Guard rules).
We had a debate on whether or not to paint or use a decal, we ended up going with the decals. They were a little tricky to put on, however, my neighbor was gone so we used his side of the dock to pull Kingsley away from our side. In the end they came out pretty sharp. We chose decal so we could have the exact fonts we liked in the mock-up. It's about time!
~Paul, Amber ETC
We got lucky - I didn't even measure between the window and the heater exhaust there...
From the Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou:
You think you'll want to change your name?
- No, not the Ned part.
Unless you want to.
I meant your last name. I thought you might like to let me give you mine.
- Ned Zissou.
- Ned Zissou. Exactly.
Or, if you want to, you can change the first part too.
I would have named you Kingsley, if I'd had a say in it.
Wait a minute, could all of this cleaning be for something? Oh ya, Kingsley is a sailboat...key word...sail...
We've taken her out 4-5 times so far, fixed a few little sail things, otherwise it has been smooth sailing. We'll post some pics from last month's haul-out later this week.
~Paul, Amber ETC
Dinosaurs are among us! They apparently like to go fishing. ~Paul, Amber ETC
Totally giving me the bird.
Someone recently asked, "So, you've fixed all of Kingsley's leaks?"
I said, "Yep."
My wife said, "No you didn't, what about the compression post?"
I replied, "Oh, ya, well, I've fixed all of the leaks under the boat...not the top."
Anyway, the picture above is where the compression post connects from the inside of the boat to the bottom of the mast. The compression post is in lieu of a mast that goes all the way through the boat. We were a little scared at first of purchasing a boat with one but if they are installed correctly they should do the job just fine, especially in protected waters...a.k.a. - our mast hasn't broken off yet!
But, it's slightly leaking. I suspect water is entering at the very top of the mast and running all the way down into the boat (looks like we should hoist the cat up there to check it out). I think I'll just re-fill around the inside base with some silicone or epoxy...problem is, where will the water go when I seal it from below? Hmmm, might have to go aloft soon and figure it out.
You can see the old epoxy not doing its job (white stuff).
There's some debate among Kingsley's crew about what kind of huge jellyfish we saw the other day at the dock. I'm going with a sea nettle while the Mrs. votes for a fried egg jellyfish. It could also be a lion's mane...whatever it is, it is sweet. P.S. It is a little upside-down in these pics.
~Paul, "the Mrs."
So here's the thing. Take care of your boats people. I've had to, with the help of a friend (thanks Keith!), almost completely replace the planks in Kingsley's V-berth because of a tiny little obvious leak coming from the bow rail. You see how the rail fits into the holder? Well it's not sealed. Inside of that rail are the wires from the lights on the front of Kingsley. The wires go into the boat and back to the panel. So, probably for the past 10 years (with the past owner) rainwater has trickled in that space, following the wire, down into the V-berth.
V-berth side with wood removed
So here's what you get. Rotted wood. Rotted wood that's not even supposed to rot.
The leftover rot on both sides of our V-berth...that's our water tank by the way
So, it was off to the wood shop!
The old gets stapled to the new as a pattern
Cutting out hole though the old
New with old in the background
Other replaced plank
So, half done...next we prime and paint these guys...
~Paul, Keith ETC