Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Getting Hosed!

I had noticed that my port side engine liked to produce steam after getting to running temp.  This engine was always a little louder than the other one as well.  I always thought that water coming out the back was good enough but apparently that isn't always the case.  You need to know when the water flow is lower than it should be as well.  Here is the latest fun I had on the boat.

We took a ride down river to get some dinner on Friday night.  Everything went great.  We grabbed some food and started to head back north.  We were trailing a barge and I started to get a very strong smell of burning rubber.  I assumed that it was the barge in front of me.  I decided to get in front of the barge to see if it truly was them.  After passing them, the smell was just as strong.  Then my genset kicked off. I had my father in law take the wheel and I went to investigate.  Upon opening the engine compartment, white smoke came pouring out.  The far port side exhaust hose had its outer cover peeled back and was smoking heavily.  We shut down the engine immediately and make it home on one engine.

Here is a picture of the exhaust hose.


Immediately I started thinking that my impeller in the water pump was bad.  Being the manifold was hot enough to melt the bottom of my foam sandal, I decided to wait to dig into it until the next morning.  I knew I needed a new exhaust hose and after getting to the dock, I saw that the hose did fully fail and was leaking.  Well the hose supplier near me was closed for the 3 day weekend.  I decided to go ahead and get started tearing apart the water pump to change the impeller.  Here was my curveball, the impeller looked brand new.  I then thought that there was a blockage in the manifold itself.  I was able to blow through the water tube and out the back without issues.  My manifold drain also opened and ran freely.  I ran a wire up in it just to be sure.  From there I decided to sit down and do some googling.  I found a post on someone mentioning to check the inlet side of my transmission cooler.  This was attached to the side of my engine in a not so easy place to get at.  I took off the outlet hose and it had no blockage at all.  When I took on the inlet hose, the entire cavity of the cooler was full of gunk and small fibers.  You couldn't even see through it.  I used my finger to clean out the main stuff and then hit it with hose and got it totally clean.  I went ahead and cleaned out the starboard side as well.  It was about halfway full.  The other thing this did was show how old and rotted out the hoses were that feed the water to my engine.  I will be replacing all of those as well.

Is this the fix?  Well, I don't know yet.  With the hose supplier closed I am hoping to get the boat back together tonight to give it a test.  I will let you all know how it progresses.

A note to add, I believe this has been going on for quite some time.  The hose that is having the issue was replaced in the not so distant past.  It is entirely different than the other 3.  Instead of fixing the issue I believe they just took care of the symptoms.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sorry for not keeping up

Well the weather has been crap since Memorial day.  The river has been up and it has been windy.  I finally got some of the last remaining items completed.  The flybridge is pretty much wrapped up.  I got the cable channel run today.  I finished securing the loose handrails.  Updated with some pictures below and the full list.




  1. Kitchen LED Install
  2. Cut hole for microwave power cable
  3. Finish sink/faucet/counter installation
  4. Add edge strip to the cabinets
    1. Will complete 5/13
  5. Put trim in the rear corners of the salon
    1. Will complete 5/30
  6. Touch up the interior paint
    1. Will complete 5/30
  7. Empty/clean the cuddy
  8. Secure all wires
  9. Secure the toilet pump
  10. Install Carpet
  11. Finish hot water tank switch
  12. Clean the upper salon flooring
  • Engine Bay 
    1. Mount component mounting board
    2. Mount battery charger and outlet
    3. Plumb the generator
    4. Run generator fuel lines and water separator
    5. Reinstall the rudder cutlass
    6. Install remote oil filters for engines
    7. Replace battery charging cables
    8. Replace generator starting battery
  • Driveline
    1. Paint strut
    2. Install rudder packing glands
    3. Install rudders
    4. Install shaft packing glands
    5. Install shafts
    6. Install props
    7. Perform and alignment
  • Exterior
    1. Clean up annodes
    2. Add more bolts to hold the hatch
    3. Seal the deck hardware
      1. Will complete 7/13
    4. Seal kitchen window track
    5. Replace flybridge wall
    6. Fix horn
      1. Will complete 7/12
    7. Clean the exterior carpet
    8. Clean the flybridge
    9. Rivet the loose rails
    10. Add new sticker and hull number
      1. Will complete 7/12
     




    Friday, May 29, 2015

    A year in the making!

    Finally the new generator is in and powering my boat!!!  It took forever to accomplish but I am finally there.  Everything so far has been going well with the boat over the last couple of weeks.   I have had it out a few times and no issues so far.  Here is my list that I am going to complete this weekend.  Even though I still have a few things left to do I can see how people can really get jaded towards their boat after working on it for so long.  If I had issues on launch I think I would have just given up.  After putting so much sweat and money into this thing, I like to think the boat appreciates the new life it was given.  I am finally ready to just enjoy this thing!!!



    1. Kitchen LED Install
    2. Cut hole for microwave power cable
    3. Finish sink/faucet/counter installation
    4. Add edge strip to the cabinets
      1. Will complete 5/13
    5. Put trim in the rear corners of the salon
      1. Will complete 5/30
    6. Touch up the interior paint
      1. Will complete 5/30
    7. Empty/clean the cuddy
    8. Secure all wires
    9. Secure the toilet pump
    10. Install Carpet
    11. Finish hot water tank switch
    12. Clean the upper salon flooring
  • Engine Bay 
    1. Mount component mounting board
    2. Mount battery charger and outlet
    3. Plumb the generator
    4. Run generator fuel lines and water separator
    5. Reinstall the rudder cutlass
    6. Install remote oil filters for engines
    7. Replace battery charging cables
    8. Replace generator starting battery
  • Driveline
    1. Paint strut
    2. Install rudder packing glands
    3. Install rudders
    4. Install shaft packing glands
    5. Install shafts
    6. Install props
    7. Perform and alignment
  • Exterior
    1. Clean up annodes
    2. Replaced chipped sink window
    3. Add more bolts to hold the hatch
    4. Seal the deck hardware
      1. Will complete 5/30
    5. Seal kitchen window track
    6. Replace flybridge wall
      1. Started. Old paneling removed.
    7. Fix horn
      1. Will complete 5/30
    8. Clean the exterior carpet
      1. Will complete 5/29
    9. Clean the flybridge
      1. Will complete 5/29
    10. Paint the front roof
      1. Will complete 6/1
    11. Rivet the loose rails
      1. Will complete 6/1
    12. Add new sticker and hull number
      1. Will complete 6/1

    Sunday, May 17, 2015

    Finishing Up

    The list is getting really short now.  I was able to get the carpet and most of the kitchen items completed.  I have a few more things to go but it is progressing along.  We plan on getting the generator exhaust ready this week.  We should be 99% finished by this weekend.  I will post pictures a little later.

    1. Kitchen LED Install
    2. Cut hole for microwave power cable
    3. Finish sink/faucet/counter installation
    4. Add edge strip to the cabinets
      1. Will complete 5/13
    5. Put trim in the rear corners of the salon
      1. Will complete 5/13
    6. Touch up the interior paint
      1. Will complete 5/13
    7. Empty/clean the cuddy
    8. Secure all wires
    9. Secure the toilet pump
    10. Hang Curtain over sink
      1. Will complete 5/13
    11. Install Carpet
    12. Finish hot water tank switch
    13. Clean the upper salon flooring
  • Engine Bay 
    1. Mount component mounting board
    2. Mount battery charger and outlet
    3. Plumb the generator
    4. Run generator fuel lines and water separator
    5. Reinstall the rudder cutlass
    6. Install remote oil filters for engines
    7. Replace battery charging cables
      1. Will complete 5/13
    8. Replace generator starting battery
      1. Will complete 5/13
  • Driveline
    1. Paint strut
    2. Install rudder packing glands
    3. Install rudders
    4. Install shaft packing glands
    5. Install shafts
    6. Install props
    7. Perform and alignment
  • Exterior
    1. Clean up annodes
    2. Replaced chipped sink window
    3. Add more bolts to hold the hatch
    4. Seal the deck hardware
      1. Will complete 5/14
    5. Seal kitchen window track
    6. Replace flybridge wall
      1. Started. Old paneling removed.
    7. Fix horn
      1. Will complete 5/14
    8. Clean the exterior carpet
      1. Will complete 5/14
    9. Clean the flybridge
      1. Will complete 5/14
    10. Paint the front roof
      1. Will complete 5/14
    11. Rivet the loose rails
      1. Will complete 5/14
    12. Add new sticker and hull number
      1. Will complete 5/15

    Monday, May 11, 2015

    We have splash down

    Well as usual the boat launch doesn't go without issues.  Friday night I had the rudders installed and the props back on.  From there I had to finish attaching my shaft couplers to the vdrive.  When turning the driveshaft by hand, I noticed a weird vibration on my Starboard side.  We decided to get the boat in the water and see if it was present under load.  Saturday morning we finished adding anodes and attaching the couplers.  From there we hooked up to the truck and headed to the ramp.  Needless to say I was really nervous.  We had ripped everything apart on this boat this off season and had the potential for so many things to go wrong.  After almost forgetting my keel drain plug we splashed in and had no leaks.

    When launching had 2 small but time consuming issues.  I replaced some fuel line on the port engine and we weren't getting fuel to that engine.  We finally got it siphoned up to the fuel pump and it fired up.  That took about 45 minutes.  After giving it some throttle to see if it was getting enough gas, the inside block drain plug shot out.  We threaded in a new plug to see if it would hold and we decided to go ahead and get all the way off the trailer.  The boat was pretty much floating on its on and just slid off the trailer with no effort.  After floating back into the inlet I decided to work my way over to a dock.  I wasn't able to steer the boat in any direction and I had a bad vibration on the port side.  After saying "WTF!!!" for a what felt like 20 minutes but was about 2, I realized what I had done.  My boat has a cable steering.  When I want to change stations to drive I have to turn a handle on my back wall and then go lock to lock on the wheel I want to steer from.  That will then engage that wheel as the active wheel.  When installing the rudders I tested both and tested the flybridge 2nd.  I even said to myself, I need to move that back to the lower helm and didn't do it.  After running back and swapping it over I was able to get to the gas dock without an issue.  The vibration had me worried from the port engine.  Let me give a bit of background again.  Apparently the boat didn't sit totally even in the boat. The starboard side appeared to sit lower.  The previous owner added weight to the port side in the form of cinder blocks and other heavy objects.  One of those cinder blocks was against the engine mount and vibrating on the hull just enough to be very noticeable.   Once we moved the block the vibration went away.

        Back to the stripped bolt.  After removing the vibration I revved the port engine and it shot out again.  We found out it was stripped out and we would need to tap the plug hole a size larger.  We headed to Lowes to look for a TAP set and then finally ended up at Sears.  That ate up about 4 more hours.  After taking about an hour to tap, we grabbed some gas and finally headed south around 6:45 pm.  Much later than expected. The way down was really trouble free.  I had to keep an eye on my packing gland and keep tightening or loosing the nut.  After getting through the dam I was able to kick it up and got up to 26 mph at 3000 rpm.  I didn't put the hammer completely down as we were still testing it out.  In the end the trip down was so great and rewarding.  It really made the last 2 1/4 months feel worth it.  I still have a number of items on my plate to finish.

        Saturday we finally got the hot water tank wired in and working.  I took my first ever houseboat shower.  It was interesting.  Not as much water pressure as I would have hoped for but we still have some kinks to work out.  I was lucky that we had a hand towel on board for me to dry off with.  I decided to start putting all my tools and interior stuff on the back deck for sorting.  I can't believe the amount of crap I had on that boat.

        Sunday I was up early and headed over to help build new steps to the docks as well as finish cleaning up the boat.  I have everything pretty close to organized and cleaned up.  I will finish up all that on Weds when I get back in town.  By the weekend I hope to wrap up the boat projects for this year.  It has been a really exhausting and trying process.  I will continue to post to this throughout the season with any updates.



  • Interior  (The items below are really some of the last things I plan on doing. They are really the finishing touches to the whole renovation)
    1. Kitchen LED Install
      1. Will complete 5/13
    2. Cut hole for microwave power cable
      1. Will complete 5/13
    3. Finish sink/faucet/counter installation
      1. Will complete 5/13
    4. Add edge strip to the cabinets
      1. Will complete 5/13
    5. Put trim in the rear corners of the salon
      1. Will complete 5/13
    6. Touch up the interior paint
      1. Will complete 5/13
    7. Empty/clean the cuddy
    8. Secure all wires
    9. Secure the toilet pump
    10. Hang Curtain over sink
      1. Will complete 5/13
    11. Install Carpet
      1. Will complete 5/14 
    12. Finish hot water tank switch
    13. Clean the upper salon flooring
      1. Will complete 5/13
  • Engine Bay 
    1. Mount component mounting board
    2. Mount battery charger and outlet
    3. Plumb the generator
    4. Run generator fuel lines and water separator
    5. Reinstall the rudder cutlass
    6. Install remote oil filters for engines
    7. Replace battery charging cables
      1. Will complete 5/13
    8. Replace generator starting battery
      1. Will complete 5/13
  • Driveline
    1. Paint strut
    2. Install rudder packing glands
    3. Install rudders
    4. Install shaft packing glands
    5. Install shafts
    6. Install props
    7. Perform and alignment
  • Exterior
    1. Clean up annodes
    2. Replaced chipped sink window
    3. Add more bolts to hold the hatch
    4. Seal the deck hardware
      1. Will complete 5/14
    5. Seal kitchen window track
    6. Replace flybridge wall
      1. Started. Old paneling removed.
    7. Fix horn
      1. Will complete 5/14
    8. Clean the exterior carpet
      1. Will complete 5/14
    9. Clean the flybridge
      1. Will complete 5/14
    10. Paint the front roof
      1. Will complete 5/14
    11. Rivet the loose rails
      1. Will complete 5/14
    12. Add new sticker and hull number
      1. Will complete 5/15




    Monday, May 4, 2015

    Little bit at a time

    I spent a few hours at the boat today.  I didn't get everything I accomplished as work came up but I finally got the generator ready to go.  All I need is to add the exhaust hose and muffler and we are is is ready to rock.  I also replaced a pinched part of fuel line on the port engine.  It seemed to act ok, but it was an irritation.  I also replaced the 4 foot piece of fuel line the PO installed because he couldn't find the 1 foot section he needed.  It was one of the things on my list to complete from last year.  I also took the flybridge cable track home and sanded all the carpet glue off.  It just needs cleaned, primed, and painted.  The best news of all is that my new strut came in today and the rudders will be here tomorrow! We are doing alignment tomorrow and I hope to hear about my props soon.  Below is the list:

    1. Interior  (The items below are really some of the last things I plan on doing. They are really the finishing touches to the whole renovation)
      1. Kitchen LED Install
        1. Will complete 5/9
      2. Cut hole for microwave power cable
        1. Will complete 5/9
      3. Finish sink/faucet/counter installation
        1. Will complete 5/9
      4. Add edge strip to the cabinets
        1. Will complete 5/9
      5. Put trim in the rear corners of the salon
        1. Will complete 5/9
      6. Touch up the interior paint
        1. Will complete 5/9
      7. Empty/clean the cuddy
      8. Secure all wires
      9. Secure the toilet pump
      10. Hang Curtain over sink
        1. Will complete 5/9
      11. Install Carpet
        1. Will complete 5/11 (When carpet is due in)
      12. Finish hot water tank switch
        1. Will complete 5/9
      13. Clean the upper salon flooring
        1. Will complete 5/8
    2. Engine Bay 
      1. Mount component mounting board
      2. Mount battery charger and outlet
      3. Plumb the generator
      4. Run generator fuel lines and water separator
      5. Reinstall the rudder cutlass
      6. Install remote oil filters for engines
      7. Replace battery charging cables
        1. Will complete 5/7
      8. Replace generator starting battery
        1. Will complete 5/7
    3. Driveline
      1. Paint strut
        1. Will complete 5/5
      2. Install rudder packing glands
        1. Will complete 5/7
      3. Install rudders
        1. Will complete 5/7
      4. Install shaft packing glands
        1.  Will complete 5/5
      5. Install shafts
        1. Will complete 5/5
      6. Install props
        1. Will complete 5/7
      7. Perform and alignment
        1. Will complete 5/5
    4. Exterior
      1. Clean up annodes
      2. Replaced chipped sink window
      3. Add more bolts to hold the hatch
      4. Seal the deck hardware
        1. Will complete 5/9
      5. Seal kitchen window track
      6. Replace flybridge wall
        1. Started. Old paneling removed.
      7. Fix horn
        1. Will complete 5/9
      8. Clean the exterior carpet
        1. Will complete 5/10
      9. Clean the flybridge
        1. Will complete 5/10
      10. Paint the front roof
        1. Will complete 5/10
      11. Rivet the loose rails
        1. Will complete 5/9
      12. Add new sticker and hull number
        1. Will complete 5/10

    Sunday, May 3, 2015

    Updated list

    Since it was the weekend I was able to really get some of the work out of the way.  I got my keel anodes replaced.  This is time consuming as I have to crawl between all the axles of the trailer.  Just a pain to drag all the tools along with you.  I also did a lot of spring cleaning.  The cuddy is now empty except for two totes.  One is for all the misc stuff I might need and the other is for ropes.  Other than that, there is just a lot of open area.  I also got more of the fuel lines run.  I plan on finishing those tomorrow, cleaning the flybridge, and finally fixing the horn.  I plan on heading home for dinner and getting the aluminum channel for my flybridge controls sanded down and primed for paint.

    1. Interior  (The items below are really some of the last things I plan on doing. They are really the finishing touches to the whole renovation)
      1. Kitchen LED Install
        1. Will complete 5/6
      2. Cut hole for microwave power cable
        1. Will complete 5/6
      3. Finish sink/faucet/counter installation
        1. Will complete 5/6
      4. Add edge strip to the cabinets
        1. Will complete 5/6
      5. Put trim in the rear corners of the salon
        1. Will complete 5/6
      6. Touch up the interior paint
        1. Will complete 5/6
      7. Empty/clean the cuddy
      8. Secure all wires
      9. Secure the toilet pump
      10. Hang Curtain over sink
        1. Will complete 5/6
      11. Install Carpet
        1. Will complete 5/11 (When carpet is due in)
      12. Finish hot water tank switch
        1. Will complete 5/2
      13. Clean the upper salon flooring
        1. Will complete 5/8
    2. Engine Bay 
      1. Mount component mounting board
      2. Mount battery charger and outlet
      3. Plumb the generator
      4. Run generator fuel lines and water separator
      5. Reinstall the rudder cutlass
      6. Install remote oil filters for engines
      7. Replace battery charging cables
        1. Will complete 5/4
      8. Replace generator starting battery
        1. Will complete 5/4
    3. Driveline
      1. Paint strut
        1. Will complete 5/5
      2. Install rudder packing glands
        1. Will complete 5/5
      3. Install rudders
        1. Will complete 5/7
      4. Install shaft packing glands
        1.  Will complete 5/5
      5. Install shafts
        1. Will complete 5/5
      6. Install props
        1. Will complete 5/7
      7. Perform and alignment
        1. Will complete 5/5
    4. Exterior
      1. Clean up annodes
      2. Replaced chipped sink window
      3. Add more bolts to hold the hatch
      4. Seal the deck hardware
        1. Will complete 5/9
      5. Seal kitchen window track
      6. Replace flybridge wall
        1. Started. Old paneling removed.
      7. Fix horn
        1. Will complete 5/3
      8. Clean the exterior carpet
        1. Will complete 5/9
      9. Clean the flybridge
        1. Will complete 5/9
      10. Paint the front roof
        1. Will complete 5/9
      11. Rivet the loose rails
        1. Will complete 5/8
      12. Add new sticker and hull number
        1. Will complete 5/8