…and just like that,

She’s blasted, She’s barrier coated, She’s faired and painted, …painted, painted and painted! …scrubbed, scraped, pollished and, yep, painted, …painted, …strapped, hoisted, …splashed, …motored and slipped! So let me introduce you to our brand new boat, the S/V S.N Intrepid, Itinerant-Nomad post haul-out 2017! I gotta say this was by far my (James’) favorite of all the haul-outs to date. We were respected by the yard as the hard-working DIY’ers that we are while both working at a pace we could comfortably keep up with, and check this out, we got all of our priority projects completed. We did the packing gland (that fucking packing gland!), the one that has been trying to sink our boat for at least five years now and Dena didn’t even need me to do anything but hand her tools on that 5 minute project! We pulled and replaced the cockpit drain seacocks, clamps, and hoses a project that was 55 years in the making and we replaced about 20 years of bottom paint with a non-toxic eco-friendly alternative to traditional anti-fouling chemistry, we did that! But, we also finally got to do the topsides repaires that we’ve needed to get done since we first made landfall in the MRE and that was the project that really put the cherry on the top! So, cheers to us for a job well done, once again!!!

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12th Haul Out

…And here we are again in another place altogether doing a thing we know how to do. The big job this time around is the bottom. Wait…that’s always the big job!!! Hmm, I see something I don’t like on the bow down there. This is Ray. He runs the yard at Eastport Yacht Center and drives the TravelLift. Not only is he very good at what he does, we get the feeling he really loves it. After hauling out so many times, you kind of get used to the mechanics of the thing. Put the boat in the straps, haul her out, power-wash, and jack stands… Just like that, you got a great big project on your hands. We mentioned last time that it’s been a while since we hauled her out of the water for the “full-meal-deal”, meaning replacing what sea-cocks need replacing, repairing the hull, and, of course, a new bottom-job. Traditionally we scrub the bottom with a few griddle-bricks, clean her off with some 216, and slough as much Trinidad SR on her as we can afford, but this time we wanted to do it up right! First order of business was the packing gland. We’ve had too much water coming in from around the prop shaft for quite some time now, and it’s given us more than a few bad moments. Rather than continue hurting ourselves on the engine trying to get to the packing nut and failing to move it once we’re there, we disassembled the exhaust system, pulled the cockpit drain hoses, and got right on in there. A short time later…and I mean 4 minutes later, if that…the packing wrench turned the packing nut and we gave a coordinated cheer. (No high kicks, though.) Another incredibly small period of time later, we were[…]

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