Sunday, August 10, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
The business around here continues. However, I finally found the time to get ole Sal out of the water and onto the trailer. This will be a short post as I have more pictures and a few videos to download and I still have to get her home.
Boatel forklift lifting mast off, it didn't cost me anything. Big savings!
Here the boat is set on the trailer. At this point she was a bit wobbly up there with no bow support and only 2 hull supports. I had to move her to a place with electricity where I could fabricate and weld rest of the supports
There is the trailer and boat, long project almost finished
Adding bow support before heading home for the day. I was tired
Returned the next day to add the remainder of the hull supports
There she is on a finished trailer, I tried to keep the supports away from hull so I can work on it, Looks pretty good I think.
I will post more pictures and a few video as I get them downloaded. I am off to marina this morning to crane mast up on boat and secure it. If rain holds out for a few days I will be able to get her into my yard.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Over the last couple of months since completing Sal's trailer, I feel as though I have become stretched too thin. I have yet to get our Alberg 30 out of the water. This is starting to concern me. It seems with each passing day I get busier and busier. I have taken on a part time job as a deckhand to add hours to my 100T captain's license. I am constantly volunteering my services to help a few friends repair engines that need rebuilding. Along with a few other obligations and a full time job, I am just busy; too busy. As the old saying goes I have too many pokers in the fire!
As I lay in bed last night I was considering what can I do to regain control and the answer is quite simple. Focus...focus on one thing at a time.
We will get Salacia out of the water. Once I do I want to make sure that I have a clear plate to ensure that she gets finished in a timely manner. So I just need to to buckle down, clear some of these projects I have already started, and then learn to say no to any new ones for the time being.
Wheel house of the ferry where I've been deck-handing; hope to be the captain soon : )
Paddle wheel of the ferry. They are relatively small ferries (67 tons,150 passengers) but they will be a good starting ground for working as a paid captain.
I am working this part time job to boost my experience as a captain and log sea hours. First mate and I are working toward becoming cruisers. We are not wealthy by any means, and so we will have to earn money along the way. I am hoping that with this license I will be able to find work in port. First mate has already done her part by becoming a yoga instructor, and is growing her skills by teaching a couple of classes a week. We are hoping that with these two occupations we can earn money during our journeys to distant places.
Stay tuned- Soon enough Old Sal's refit will begin!
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Last weekend I went to the marina to start removing the sails and other stuff stored on the boat in preparations for bringing her home. I went into the marina office to let them know I would be leaving this month. We had gone to a month-by-month on slip payments because we knew we would be taking her out and I'd never bothered to read the fine print...apparently there is a clause that says they require 30 days notice. Because of this I had to pay the slip for June as well. So with no argument from me we are going to keep Sal in the water one more month....horrible, I know ; )
Other than that not much else to report. Been giving some serious thought to what areas of the boat I want to address during the refit. Seems as though I could make the list go on for days. I am going to start writing these ideas down and prioritizing which areas are "Needs" and which are "Wants". Stay tuned for more on that!
This picture was taken three years ago this weekend. We sailed across the Chesapeake Bay to Kiptopeke State Park and anchored at the concrete ships for the weekend.
Our anchorage spot was quite nice, a bit of a roll at times but otherwise perfect.
We enjoyed three evenings of this view.
Everyone have a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend!
Friday, May 16, 2014
Often when the wind isn't blowing we look for other adventures locally to enjoy our time together and get some exercise. Last Sunday was one of those days, no wind (...forecasted, anyway...) and a bright sunshiny day. We went on a biking adventure to Back Bay Wildlife Preserve and False Cape State Park. This is a park located at the very southeastern corner of Virginia and is only accessible by bicycle or foot. It's quite a hike to get there. So we loaded up the bikes and headed out for an epic bike adventure, our first one of the year.
We parked at Little Island City Park about 1/2 mile from the Back Bay Wildlife Preserve. I unloaded and strapped the camera on to the rack and we were off on our adventure.
We only made about 100ft from parking lot when we found a launch for kayaks and canoes- here is the First Mate at the launch spot.
The launch puts into Back Bay, a shallow bay full of wildlife and beautiful scenery. We wanted to check it out, as we had obtained a gently used canoe over the winter and need a good spot to try it out. I always enjoyed canoeing as a youngster and look forward to a future epic canoe adventure from this site.
As always...someone found the water! She couldn't resist. If there's an ocean she'll jump in, dressed appropriately or not.
We were fortunate that it was low tide and we were able to ride our bikes on the beach along the shore, which extends all the way to the state line into NC. If we had fatter bike tires we would have been able to explore the beach much further. As is was the tide was on its way in so after an hour or so on the beach we headed back into the park.
Beautiful beaches here, we had it almost completely to ourselves. There were a handful of other walkers and another couple on bikes but that was about it. Because cars are unable to come anywhere close to this beach and sunbathing and swimming aren't allowed, it has remained very pristine.
After returning to the park from the beach we traveled down the gravel trails and finally made it to False Cape State Park.
After riding for a while we decided to take a break and take some pictures. Here is the First Mate cheesing for the camera.
Trying upload her pics to Facebook.....no success....the place has no cell phone reception. Too bad! It does however, have several marsh pools that are full of wildlife. We saw turtles and snakes swimming, and an egret stalking prey.
Another shot of pristine beaches looking south toward North Carolina, which is only a few miles from this point on the beach.
As you can see from this photo it was a near perfect day for an adventure in the park. It turns out that there was quite a nice breeze blowing off the Atlantic all day. It would have made for a nice sail on Salacia but we had an equally fun time here in the park.
Looking out over Back Bay
This was one of the nicest days we have spent outside in a long time. After the winter we've endured, it was even more magnificent. The weather was perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed the beach, park and each other's company.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
From reading this blog you may or may not have picked on a few things about us so I will tell you: 1) We like finding deals 2) We like building things on our own.
These are both done in an effort to save money. If I did not do it this way I would not be able to afford the boat I have.
As our dream is to one day voyage to distant places, I plan on upgrading our boat to a live-aboard blue-water cruiser. Many of the items sold to make boats blue-water worthy, such as ocean capable hatches and portlights are extremely expensive. Because I want to build a capable cruiser and will not sacrifice safety I look for parts, used and new on Craigslist. Many times there are very good deals to be found. You just have to be patient and know what you are looking for.
One of the upgrades we wanted for our Sal was more light and ventilation below. She is quite dark and stuffy down below when all closed up. This was something that I have been thinking about and preparing for as we start the upcoming refit.
Here is a picture of the existing forward hatch.
It's small and does not let much light in at all. The other thing it does not offer is an escape from the boat should there be an emergency situation, such as galley fire. We need a larger hatch. I had been thinking about making a wooden hatch but scrapped that idea. I was looking at buying a hatch like a Lewmar 60 such as James Baldwin of Atomvoyages.com installed in an Alberg 30 but at near $650 it was just too cost prohibitive for us. So I turned to scouring Craiglist for a suitable unit.
Here's what I found yesterday:
Bomar 1000 series hatch measuring 18.5" x 18.5". There was no price, the ad said "make offer". I never like to insult anyone and always try to gauge what they have in mind. When I asked what he had in mind...he replied $50....not wanting to show much emotion I looked it over for a minute asked where he had gotten it from, and then said I'd take it.
Poor picture but as you can see from the photo this hatch is in great shape, even the lens! I will buy a new gasket and put levers to open it from outside like the newer Bomar units sold. Even then I believe I will have less than $150 in a hatch that cost $550+ new.
Another item I found on craigslist a while back was this 6" ABI portlight, NEW. These units were $450 when they were available, and they are no longer made. I found this one an hour away for $75 with screen. This will be added to the cockpit bulkhead near the galley to provide ventilation when cooking and another source of light over the galley. A great find!
Here is the video that James Baldwin of atomvoyages.com posted on YouTube showing the install of a similar hatch on an Alberg 30 like Salacia. He makes it look easy....not sure it will be that easy for me.
Looks like Salacia will be in the water for 1 more month. The trailer is nearly complete, just wiring left. It will probably take me one afternoon to finish it. With my vigorous work schedule this past few weeks I have not been able to get the mast removed from boat. Oh well, we'll go sailing for a few more weeks....horrible alternative!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
In the last post we were in the middle of a great weekend. Saturday night we went to an amazing concert, Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band. It was a spectacular display of pure musicianship, the band had so many talented musicians. They rocked for 3 hours straight! The following day we went sailing. 80 degrees, sunny and a good breeze out of the south made for a great first sail of 2014. We tacked back and forth just outside the inlet for 3 hours, it was much fun and more importantly...very relaxing.
First Mate enjoying the sail.
We took it easy and just flew the large genoa. It was enough to push Sal along at 3-4 knots all afternoon. I am hoping to make 1 or 2 more sails before taking her out of the water. I'd like to sail out to the Chesapeake Light, about 12 miles offshore. We'll see if time allows....it should, aren't we the ones setting the schedule? In the meantime I am working on a video of our sail. I am practicing with some video editing software so it is taking me a while.
Progress on the trailer continues slowly but surely. All that is left is the wiring.
A shot from the back just before installing the rear lights.
I will be adding 4 additional supports to hold Sal in place, but this will be done at the boat yard with Sal still in the slings resting lightly on the trailer.
All the front clearance lights and DOT reflective tape installed. Really breaks up that black paint nicely.
Another side shot showing the tongue of the trailer all painted and ready to go.
This trailer is long, nearly 30 ft long. First Mate's classy 'Stang at the end there : )
Here is the wiring...yeah... it's a mess. I am just beginning to tackle it. In the picture you can see I installed the new brake controller (top left); this unit will apply the brakes should the trailer break away from the tow vehicle. It is a safety requirement, and so there it is.
Another shot of wiring spaghetti that I will have to sort out over the next few days. Once the wiring is completed the trailer will be ready.
All in all we are progressing along nicely and working to get Sal home so we can start her refit. I am beginning to give thought to all the areas and items that need to be addressed. It's nice to be able to turn my attention to something else. Stay tuned: there will be a boat on the trailer soon!