Monday, April 20, 2015

a little RNR.

   I ended up taking the weekend off from my boat and helping out my friend with getting their docks ready and also pulling the Kingscraft for some repair work on Sunday.  After clearing my head I am refocused on my remaining tasks.  I got out of work later than I wanted to and dinner ran a little late as well.  I ran to Lowes and picked up my supplies to build the bulk head.  After getting my measurements we cut the wood to length and started mounting it. Things went pretty well except for running out of screws.  Here is a picture of the almost finished product.  I will finish screwing it down tomorrow and remount ing my paneling.  I have to remake a couple of pieces that had some water damage from the poor sealant job by the PO on the middeck rail screws.  More to come tomorrow.




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bear with me.

    Well the list is really getting down to the final stages.  Still some large items on the list left to do, but my time frame is really good.  I talked to the rudder shop yesterday and they feel I should have them back in a week.  I have attempted to contact Pluckebaum to get an ETA for my strut but I have been unable to reach anyone so far.  In the last two days I was able to remove and replace the rudder cutlass bearings as well as the one bearing in the remaining strut.  Removing the bearings was a pain and I had to sand out the tube to get them all to even think about going back in.  After having a plan of attack the overall work took me about 2-3 hours.  Most of that was chiseling out the old bearing.  The only picture I have is of an empty rudder tube.







  1. Remove upper cabinets Completed 3/9
  2. Finish Starboard lower outlets Completed 3/9
  3. Finish port lower outlets Completed 3/17
    1. I have all but one cable ran
  4. Build new power box for new electrical panels Completed 3/28
    1. I will have to shift my 12volt connections about 3 inches so I have the proper room
  5. Remove ceiling panels for access to the AC units for rewireCompleted 3/14
    1. While these are out, I will be putting some foam board in to insulate the ceiling as well Completed 3/14
    2. I will also run the wiring for the lights above the sink/microwave as well as the outlet on the shelf in the upper salon Completed 3/9
    3. We will be installing some LED lights under the upper cabinets for lower power use and brightness Will complete week of 3/24
    4. Install new lower cabinets Completed 3/14
  6. Install power panels Completed
  7. Remove rudders Completed 3/31
    1. Both rudders are bent.  I have a shop in Dayton Ohio that will weld me a couple for a great price.  
  8. Remove prop shaft and struts  Completed 3/26
    1. Sending the prop shafts to a machine shop to straighten
    2. Sending the strut to Pluckebaum to get a new one made Completed 3/30
  9. Install new hot water tank Completed
  10. Finish Cuddy wiring Completed
  11. Remove Carpet Completed
  12. Reinstall strut, prop shafts, and rudders
  13. Replace exhaust manifolds Completed
    1. My manifolds are rusted out and the drain plugs wont go back in.  I encountered this on the Kingscraft and finding your boat to be taking on a lot of water isn't fun.
  14. Install new generator!
    1. I can't wait for this one.  This will make or break the boating season this year.
  15. Replace hull numbers
    1. I sported the registration from the former owner last year even though I had my own.  I suck at getting the hull numbers straight and they look like crap.
  16. Fix the horn
    1. The mover had to loosen bolts on the horn so the flybridge could fit on the lower deck.  The issue is that the bolt fell inside the horn assembly.  So I have to take it apart to get the bolts out.  It is also siliconed to the flybridge.
  17. Replace flybridge interior walls.
    1. For some reason Marinette used an interior panel for the interior walls of the flybridge.  This part of the boat sits directly in the weather.  So 42 years later is has now rotted through.  We will pull this paneling off and fabricate something to take its place.
  18. Seal decking screws
    1. Stop the rain from getting in!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The carousel of progress.

   Well it has been a great few days working on the boat. The weather has really started to turn to the warmer side and we ha e gotten a lot. Done.  We knocked the plumbing and exhaust manifold installs out in the last two days. Kudos to my buddy Seth who really pitched in and designed the new plumbing layout and really helped with the manifolds. Him and I have been helping each other out on each others boats for the past few years. Mostly he teaches me but I can turn a wrench and follow directions.  We were joking today that the approaching alignment will be our last think neither of us have undertaken so far.

   I am updating from my phone so it is a pain to try and update the full checklist so here are some pictures too show the progress.

This is a picture of a crazy storm just about to hit on Thursday evening. The initial wind felt like the Shockwave from a bomb.

Here is the new plumbing layout. You will notice in the 2nd picture it now doesn't cross in front of my power panels.


Here are the pictures of my new manifolds. Their install went way easier than our last experience with the Kingscraft.




Tomorrow my only goal is to really get the boat cleaned out of unneeded equipment. I have racks of stuff that I don't need to keep on the boat. I will keep one bin of necessities and take the rest home.  I also want to vacuum the vdrive hatches and get them ready for the new shafts.




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I got shafted.

Surprisingly enough, I got my new prop shafts today.  I had been bugging this machine shop to just get me a price on two new prop shafts. I received the call today that they were finished.  I said, "That is great but how much?".  In the end it was in the ball park I expected and for being done so quick I will eat a few extra dollars.  I went and picked those up and headed to the boat. I got my genset wiring harness finally ran and then ripped out the remaining carpet.  I hope to get my new plumbing laid out tomorrow and have it finished Friday. I went ahead and purchased a new pressure  tank as the other one seemed pretty bad off.  Finishing the plumbing will also finish my electrical work as the last wiring is for the new hot water tank.

I plan on getting my manifolds installed on Saturday. I have my fingers crossed I don't break any bolts off in the block but with the condition of the existing manifolds I am not that confident.

After the new manifolds are on, I want to start cleaning up the engine compartment. There is a ton of sludge build up that just needs removed.  Initially I will vacuum and scrape it out.  I am also planning to work on removing my old genset at this point.  This will allow me to really get some great access to the engine compartment and clean it out.

We are almost to the summit of this thing. Once I get all my pieces back we will be heading down off the mountain.  I am shooting for May 1st to be completed. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Getting there.

I took Easter Sunday off but I have gotten a decent amount done.  I was able to get the panels installed and all the circuits terminated to it.  I have also gotten my cuddy wiring, compressor switch, and the engine compartment outlet all completed.  I removed the old hot water tank and all the water lines.  The hot water tank was full of a grey sludge that just smelled.  After removing the tank, I am glad I did it as it was pretty rusty.  With all the gunk in it, I imagine I would have had to replace it in the near future anyways.  The only electric work left is installing the new hot water tank and its switch.  Tomorrow I plan on getting the new hot water tank placed, rip up the rest of the carpet, and possibly start working on getting an exhaust manifold out.



  1. Remove upper cabinets Completed 3/9
  2. Finish Starboard lower outlets Completed 3/9
  3. Finish port lower outlets Completed 3/17
    1. I have all but one cable ran
  4. Build new power box for new electrical panels Completed 3/28
    1. I will have to shift my 12volt connections about 3 inches so I have the proper room
  5. Remove ceiling panels for access to the AC units for rewireCompleted 3/14
    1. While these are out, I will be putting some foam board in to insulate the ceiling as well Completed 3/14
    2. I will also run the wiring for the lights above the sink/microwave as well as the outlet on the shelf in the upper salon Completed 3/9
    3. We will be installing some LED lights under the upper cabinets for lower power use and brightness 
    4. Install new lower cabinets Completed 3/14
  6. Install power panels Completed
  7. Remove rudders Completed 3/31
    1. Both rudders are bent.  I have a shop in Dayton Ohio that will weld me a couple for a great price.  
  8. Remove prop shaft and struts  Completed 3/26
    1. Sending the prop shafts to a machine shop to straighten
    2. Sending the strut to Pluckebaum to get a new one made Completed 3/30
  9. Install new hot water tank
  10. Replumb the boat.
  11. Finish Cuddy wiring Completed
  12. Remove Carpet
  13. Reinstall strut, prop shafts, and rudders
  14. Replace exhaust manifolds Ordered
    1. My manifolds are rusted out and the drain plugs wont go back in.  I encountered this on the Kingscraft and finding your boat to be taking on a lot of water isn't fun.
  15. Install new generator!
    1. I can't wait for this one.  This will make or break the boating season this year.
  16. Replace hull numbers
    1. I sported the registration from the former owner last year even though I had my own.  I suck at getting the hull numbers straight and they look like crap.
  17. Fix the horn
    1. The mover had to loosen bolts on the horn so the flybridge could fit on the lower deck.  The issue is that the bolt fell inside the horn assembly.  So I have to take it apart to get the bolts out.  It is also siliconed to the flybridge.
  18. Replace flybridge interior walls.
    1. For some reason Marinette used an interior panel for the interior walls of the flybridge.  This part of the boat sits directly in the weather.  So 42 years later is has now rotted through.  We will pull this paneling off and fabricate something to take its place.
  19. Seal decking screws
    1. Stop the rain from getting in!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Up $*#! creek without a rudder

     In the past two days a few decisions were made.  Due to some very mismanaged space for my plumbing I have decided to reroute all my lines.  You can see from some of the pictures below that the previous owner just hooked it up and didn't care about how it looked.  I will be relocating the main pump and accumulator to the starboard side of the cuddy.  This will allow me to clean up the water lines and get them away from passing in front of my electrical panels.  While poking around the water system I noticed that my hot water tank, which gave us smell issues all year, is 8-9 years old.  Since it really isn't in working order I am going to replace it as well.  The carpet in the rear of the boat was near the end of its life.  I started ripping that up and we have settled on a piece of flooring.  The most difficult part of the carpet is the removal.  This stuff is glued down and doesn't want to come off.

     Now onto my progress.  It was a lazy weekend and I was just tired.  I got the rear half of the carpet pulled up and then started to get my electric where I wanted it.  I picked up my panel from my buddy and of course I forgot the plywood I needed to mount it.  In the end, I went ahead and mounted my other Isolation transformer.  I changed my layout for these as they need some breathing room and my initial plan of stacking them would cause a nightmare trying to access them to work on them.  I also went ahead and got all of the grounding lines terminated and installed.  Once the panel is installed tonight, I will go ahead and get it's main power feeds connected.  From there I am waiting on more heat shrink terminals to finish my lines into the panels.  I also have a few 120v connections to finish terminating.  The air compressor, hot water tank, and cuddy receptacles.  All easy enough to do.

    You might be curious as to why I title the post the way I did.  Well I borrowed a reciprocating saw and cut my rudders off.  There was initial hope that we could save them, before cutting them off, however they are now going to be garbage.  Horribly bent and rusty.  Their 40+ years of service are now over.  The next fun piece will be trying to remove the cutlass bearing for the rudders.  They haven't ever been changed as well and they don't want to move.   Below are the pictures.

This is the rear of the boat and where the carpet removal has been started.  I have only found a small 4"x10" piece of subfloor that I will cutout and replace because of rot.  The rest is really solid.



Here are pictures of the Isolation Transformer mounting and you can see the plumbing mess I have.  That is the main pump that will be moved to the starboard side and all the water runs will be along the floor.


Below are more pictures of the plumbing mess.  I am confused as to why he ran this run up so high for the accumulator tank and then tried to wrap it back down.  All of this will be moved and tucked away.



There is my hot water tank and the mess that surrounds it.  There is also no bypass on it so you are unable to winterize the hot water lines of your boat without putting antifreeze in the hot water tank.  Hence the smell that we have in our water system.


And here is the shaft of one of my rudders.  The very bottom has a severe bend to it.  The brass housing is actually fused to the shaft as well.  I will be creating a template to send to my rudder guy in Dayton to have a couple made for me.  


I can't wait for boating season, but it freaks me out that I have only a month left to really get this thing done.  We normally don't get in until close to June but there is still so much to get done.  Once the electric is done, I can really focus on getting the running gear and generator in.  I am thinking on waiting to put the flooring in when we get down to our boat dock.  We will see about that though.



  1. Remove upper cabinets Completed 3/9
  2. Finish Starboard lower outlets Completed 3/9
  3. Finish port lower outlets Completed 3/17
    1. I have all but one cable ran
  4. Build new power box for new electrical panels Completed 3/28
    1. I will have to shift my 12volt connections about 3 inches so I have the proper room
  5. Remove ceiling panels for access to the AC units for rewireCompleted 3/14
    1. While these are out, I will be putting some foam board in to insulate the ceiling as well Completed 3/14
    2. I will also run the wiring for the lights above the sink/microwave as well as the outlet on the shelf in the upper salon Completed 3/9
    3. We will be installing some LED lights under the upper cabinets for lower power use and brightness Will complete week of 3/24
    4. Install new lower cabinets Completed 3/14
  6. Install power panels
  7. Remove rudders Completed 3/31
    1. Both rudders are bent.  I have a shop in Dayton Ohio that will weld me a couple for a great price.  
  8. Remove prop shaft and struts  Completed 3/26
    1. Sending the prop shafts to a machine shop to straighten
    2. Sending the strut to Pluckebaum to get a new one made Completed 3/30
  9. Install new hot water tank
  10. Finish Cuddy wiring
  11. Remove Carpet
  12. Reinstall strut, prop shafts, and rudders
  13. Replace exhaust manifolds Ordered
    1. My manifolds are rusted out and the drain plugs wont go back in.  I encountered this on the Kingscraft and finding your boat to be taking on a lot of water isn't fun.
  14. Install new generator!
    1. I can't wait for this one.  This will make or break the boating season this year.
  15. Replace hull numbers
    1. I sported the registration from the former owner last year even though I had my own.  I suck at getting the hull numbers straight and they look like crap.
  16. Fix the horn
    1. The mover had to loosen bolts on the horn so the flybridge could fit on the lower deck.  The issue is that the bolt fell inside the horn assembly.  So I have to take it apart to get the bolts out.  It is also siliconed to the flybridge.
  17. Replace flybridge interior walls.
    1. For some reason Marinette used an interior panel for the interior walls of the flybridge.  This part of the boat sits directly in the weather.  So 42 years later is has now rotted through.  We will pull this paneling off and fabricate something to take its place.
  18. Seal decking screws
    1. Stop the rain from getting in!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Trying to stay motivated

I got to the boat a little later than normal today.  I just wasn't feeling it.  After getting to the boat, that feeling stuck around for a bit.  I was torn on what to really work on today.  I decided that I would get some loose ends tied up.  I decided to remove all the of the cables that were from the generator power feeds and anything else that was left in the boat.  Needless to say I was very shocked at how much I still had left to pull out.  I also removed a run of 4 DC cables that were still hooked up to the battery but not hooked to anything else.  Here is the amount of crap I pulled out today.


After doing all that I decided to go ahead and get my generator wires run.  That was time consuming just because I had to feed the lines through a few areas and then grab the other end and pull it through.  It would be much easier with 2 people.  After that I decided to go ahead and run my shore power lines and get the main switch ready.  I got the main all wired and also mounted on of my isolation transformers.  My buddy also got my new panel box made.  I will be mounting it below tomorrow.  I hope to have all my main power feeds completed tomorrow and panels mounted.  I ran out of heat shrink terminals so I can't get all my runs terminated until probably Tuesday.  I will get all my cables cut to size and ready to terminate to the panels.  Mid week I should be able to test my 120 cabling job.  Below are a few pictures of my main panels and the Isolation transformer mounting.  I believe I am going to reroute my plumbing.  It is all over the front of my electrical panels and I can't stand it.