Monday, April 30, 2012

Another one bites the dust

No pictures tonight, because there really isn't a visual change from last night.  I got the final coat of Coal Tar on the bottom and around the paint line.  We are officially done with the bottom of the boat except for the two rudders that will be going in sometime soon.  Hopefully we are getting the transmission out this week so we can start that process.  If everything falls in place, I hope to have the boat in the water the weekend of May 19th.  Fingers crossed!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Check one off the list

The 3rd and final coat of blue went on the bottom today.  We get to check that one off the list.  We also got the blocking spaces sanded and their first coat of coal tar applied.  We also removed the painters tape and put the first coat of coal tar where there was still bare aluminum.  My wife and I are going to get the 2nd coat put on tomorrow after work.  We can then scratch that one off the list as well.  Even though the big painting is done so far, there is still some we will have to accomplish this year.

1. We want the lip of the bottom decks to be blue.  We will need to sand, prime, and then paint the lip.  That shouldn't take us too long.  We can do it between waiting on the transmission and rudders.  We are also going to paint the light blue accents on the cabin to match the new blue we put on the bottom.  I bought 4 gallons of Gloss White paint for the cabin.  I plan on doing a side at a time.  Most of the paint is on there so it might just take a good cleaning and prime in a couple places.  Lastly, we will do the decking with Durabak non-skid paint.  That one will be an expensive job as it is $130 a gallon.  I am not sure how much I would need.  I might wait until the end of the season to take on that job.  We would need to lift up the flybridge to paint under it.  Below are some pics of what the boat currently looks like with the 3rd coat.
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

VICTORY!!!

2 days of good news.  The first great news is that I sold my other boat.  I am now a one boat man.


I know this is pretty lame, but we finally got the other rudder out!  We used a 40K ton house jack and propped the back end up.  As we went up we tightened up the two jacks on both sides of the rear.  We had the front of the boat, really all the boat, resting on the trailer.  It was a lot easier than I was would have thought.  I should have done it much sooner.  Hopefully they will go back in the same easy way.


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 I also found out that I am possibly removing the transmission tomorrow.  The guy that is going to help me told a mutual friend he might be making the trip up tomorrow to do it.  Fingers crossed we get that done.  It will delay my painting, but I would rather get the tranny out and off to the shop than just have painting done.  

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Weather, Work, and Family

Well due to the weather not cooperating and having to go back to work, I have made zero progress on the boat so far this week. I have also been working on selling the old boat this week. If all goes right, the boat will be sold by end of day Friday. So unless the weather changes for this weekend, we plan on getting all of the paint work done on the boat Sunday. I might try and talk the wife into getting some work done on it Friday night. So we can check the bottom of the boat off our list. Hopefully she goes for it.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Busy Busy Busy

Well we have made a ton of progress this week.  Sorry for the lack of updates, but I have been working non-stop on it.  Today the cold and rain gave us a little bit of a break.  Things have gone surprisingly well.  The sand blasting went well and the pitting was not as bad as we thought.  There were still some deeper pits, but nothing that warranted welding.  Here are some pictures of the sand blasting.
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The blasting took about 4 hours.  After the blasting, we washed the hull down to get rid of all the left over blasting residue on the hull.  I didn't want to spend all this time and not have the coal tar or paint stick to the hull.  After washing down the hull we got to painting.  I focused my time with 3 friends on getting a coat of Coal Tar Epoxy for below the water line.   My in-laws focused on getting primer above the water line.  For that we used Rustoleum Marine Metal Primer.  We were able to put two coats of primer on it with 5 quarts.  I purchased my Coal Tar Epoxy from Sherwin Williams and I bought two 4 gallon kits.  Below are some pictures of the first day of painting.


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The 2nd day, I lost my two friends that helped paint the bottom but my in-laws showed up to help paint the upper.  It took me about 10 hours to paint the bottom by myself.  It sucked.  We were able to get the first coat of topcoat on the boat and the 2nd coat of Coal Tar.  We still have to do some touch up of the coal tar as there are some small areas that I see a spec or two of Aluminum.  Here are some pictures of the 2nd day of painting.

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Day 3 was a short one as we only did the second coat of top coat.  We plan on finishing up with the coal tar and 3rd coat tomorrow.  Here are some pictures of the current state of the boat. 

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The rain set us back a day today, but we plan on getting the 3rd and final topcoat on tomorrow.  I am also going to finish the touch up of the coal tar tomorrow.  We should be ready to take the boat off the blocks on Weds.  I hope to get those spots sanded and the first coat of coal tar on that same night.  I will recoat those spots on Thursday and possibly put a 3rd coat on Friday.  That leaves the weekend to focus on getting the transmission and rudder out of the boat.  The list is getting shorter.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Now just add sand.

I spent a couple hours at the boat today getting the final prep completed.  I got it all covered and ready to go for blasting.  Hopefully it goes quick and I can get the first coat of paint on.  Here are some pics.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Getting it all together.

   Well, I completed the work on the old boat today.  It took me about 40 minutes, but turned out ok.  I will verify tomorrow that everything is good.  I was also able to get a few things taken care of on the King that I didn't expect to do today.  I connected the rest of the gear that was disconnected under the flybridge.  There were a couple wires that weren't labeled, but were laying free.  I believe they weren't connected when I bought the boat.  There are a lot of connections for a CD player that was once there.  I also got the one antenna spliced.  For some reason, the other antenna has a different cable size than the other.  I have been unsuccessful in finding a splicing connector for that one.  I might have to just buy a completely new antenna.  I also attempted to remove the rudder today since the boat is jacked up fairly high.  I still need another 6-8 inches to get the rudder to drop fully out. 

   We have a couple things to get completed prior to sand blasting on Weds.  I am going to get the entire deck covered tomorrow so we don't piss off some boating neighbors.  I am also going to tape some plastic over the sliding windows to keep all the stray sand out of there. 

   I was a bit down after talking to some of the fellow boaters about the condition of my hull.  They mentioned it seemed in pretty bad shape.  After scraping it, I new there were issues but I was somewhat optimistic.  Luckily, I am not the first guy that has gone through this.  There is a guy named Jason that has the same exact boat as mine, but had a little bit more hull damage.  He has the name of a guy that can take care of the welding for me in the places that might need it.  That puts my mind to ease that at least I have a resource to get it taken care of.

   These past few days, I have been on an ordering kick.  I have had a list of items that I needed to purchase for the boat since I bought it, but I have put it off.  Since we are actually going to finish off the complete bottom of the boat, I decided we are going to put a finishing coat of paint on it.  It was only a little bit more money to go ahead and order it, so I figured we can just get the whole bottom completely done and it is one thing off my list.  I am sure the list isn't finished yet and it will just keep adding up.  I will probably just have a short post tomorrow showing the boat all covered and ready for blasting on Weds morning.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

And so it has begun.....

Well, I promised a full week of updates.  Due to some crappy weather yesterday and other things going on I wasn't able to get to the boat.  I spent the last 11 hours getting the boat ready to be blasted.  It was a learning experience on how to block a houseboat.  Luckily, Rick and Gary were there to give me a lesson.

The day started out pretty decent.  The morning air was warm so I only needed a T shirt and shorts.  My father-in-law met me at the marina around 10 am.  We started prepping the boat for moving to the blast area as well as stuffing rags in all the thru-hull fittings to block any sand from getting in.  We were able to remount our other spotlight with the replacement cable that I received while I was in California for work.  That is one less thing on the list to complete.  After lunch we got to work getting the ground cover setup for blasting.  We want to contain as much debris as possible as to not irritate the marina owners or my fellow boaters.







   As usual, the wind was such a great help.  It decided to kick up when we started to lay down the plastic and then went away when we were done.

    Rick and Gary got the boat on the work truck and got it put into place for us.  Everything is starting to come together.  


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Now it was time to start getting this boat on blocks.  Rick and Gary gave me some direction, I completely misunderstood so we had to do it over again.  This time, Rick and Gary watched me do it and led the way.  Our plan A fell through as we couldn't support the boat well enough and pull the trailer out.  So we went with Plan B and decided to just raise the boat off of the trailer.  There is about 4 inches between the trailer bunks and the bottom of the boat.  The Sand Blaster showed up today and was more than fine with it.  I will just post pictures from here down of the rest of our progress.  All we need to do for final prep is to hang our tarps around the edge of the boat to stop the dust from landing on other boats.


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Gary bringing some items that might help

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The reason my hands are absolutely killing me. I probably raised and lowered the boat about 10 times today.

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Gary explaining some things to me and me trying to understand. Sometimes it works.

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Our final product holding up the rear of the boat. Gary and Rick were huge helps getting the stands setup.

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The emergency lumber we had to go get to build our front supports.

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I felt like I was playing a giant game of Jinga.

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Still not enough room to get that damn rudder out.

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The stacks are almost there. We just need to put in a couple wedges.

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Building the stacks to hold the front of the boat.

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Putting in a final wedge between the hull and stack.


   I am planning on doing a little work on our other boat tomorrow but nothing major.  The blasting is scheduled for Weds morning, so hopefully we will have our first coat of Coal Tar on and a first coat of Primer on the hull.  I will probably follow up a 2nd coat of Primer on Thursday and the final coat of Coal tar on Friday.  Hopefully the blasting goes well and I don't find any actual holes in the boat.  Keep watching the blog, a lot more to come soon.