The Voyage of the Swan
In the presence of genius — we meet Bill Crealock.
We installed a chain stopper mounted on a 1/4” stainless plate to spread the load, with a matching backup plate under the deck.
Bungee cords everywhere (“think upside down”).
Another bungee on a cabin sole hatch cover.
We installed several kerosene lamps for backup lighting.
Then we went sailing. Ah . . . spray.
We replaced every bulb that is routinely used with LED’s, realizing a huge savings in battery draw.
It took me six hours to replace this old impeller, which was in a very difficult spot. It was still in good shape but I replaced it anyway.
Our son James, visiting for Thanksgiving, takes a stint at the helm.
James’s wife Michelle.
We installed 150 amp ANL fuses near the battery terminals, thanks to my friend Dave Pomerantz for the specs.
The new diesel tank ready to install. Some ideas for its re-design came from my friend Dick Tietjen.
Bending the aluminum tabs to fit the bilge cavity.
All back together. I R & R’d the intake fitting with the valve closed. There was enough length in the hose to stand the twist (four turns). No bleeding!
Wedged in under the cockpit, replacing the pedestal idler plate, chain and wire. Not comfortable.
The reason I changed the idler plate. I also used the opportunity to re-epoxy the hole in the cockpit sole.
Installing the new idler plate, made of heavy aluminum. The goop on the fastenings is Tef-Gel, great stuff for making metals get along.
We added another foot pump in the galley for salt water (left), which draws on a through hull near the engine water intake.
The new mixing elbow. All the pre-voyage engine projects are now complete.
Outfitting: Last Pre-Cruise Projects
We had been slowly replacing the old rigging, piece by piece, and finally changed out the final pieces — the upper shroud tangs and through bolt (including clevis pins and cotters). We are down to the short list now. This will include replacing the aluminum fuel tank (PSC switched to fiberglass some years back when problems with the aluminum tanks developed) and getting some engine parts swapped out (the impeller is at least four years old, the mixing elbow is probably 11 years old, etc.). There are also a lot of small projects we need to accomplish. We will post pictures to this page as we get these things done, along with other happenings.
We will really miss our friends at Ventura West Marina. Though we’ve only known them the short time it’s taken to get the boat ready for sea, they’ve become friends for always. Each has contributed in important ways to the success of our project. We will never forget them.
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