Though I’ve worked all day today, I don’t have many photos to show for it. Except for this one, of the boat’s topsides freshly waxed.
This tired Awl-gripped hull needed something. It’s got about 13 years on this paint job, and it’s decidedly dull, so the wax really restored a good bit of shine to the paint. I did NOT use Awlcare. I didn’t see the sense in spending that kind of money for it, especially considering that she really needs a new paint job anyway. What’s to pamper? A dull finish marked with a bunch of nicks and scratches? No, plain old Turtle Wax auto polish is what she got. It improved the appearance a good bit, and will help a great deal in resisting brown water staining at the bow. This only took about an 1.5 hours to apply. I also used it on the mast.
So, here is the list of tasks done today:
- Replace water pump impeller
- I cleaned up the inside of the cover plate too, ensuring a good seal when screwed onto the pump body
- Reinstalled water pump w/associated hoses, raw water filter, etc..
- Inspected alternator and pump belts
- I replaced the pump belt after discovering a crack. I had a spare on hand, so I’ll need to pick up another one.
- Also bought and replaced the alternator adjustment bolt with a worn hex head. Had to disconnect alt for belt removal, inspection, water pump belt replacement
- Washed and waxed hull
- Charged batteries
- Repaired mast wiring after an errant drill hole/event last year nearly severed the cable. I didn’t discover this until last December when prepping for haul out and unrigging the mast. The drill had punctured the cable through a plastic cable support, so the damage was hidden until I took the cable support off. I was drilling a hole through the deck for installing new halyard turning blocks. Here’s a photo of the damage:
After all this, I cleaned up the interior of the boat and put things away. I think I got into every locker and pulled stuff out doing these project. It is amazing to me how quickly and thoroughly I can make a mess inside doing a project.
All that remains is to test the engine, which I will reserve for after launch, and then a list of minor things to do at the pier. I have yet to purchase a hank-on headsail. That will mean a trip to Bacon Sails in the near future.