Nothing really got done on Uno Mas in November – December, 2017. Work and Life Happened. We said good byes to family and friends, and lost our 2 crew members.
At first, we thought our “To Do” list was really short, to get the boat ready to set sail this time around. Then, Angie added a few things. And, Mark added a few things.
Salon galley refit. (Angie’s Add) We spend a lot of time in the galley and Angie could not envision actually living on the boat full time now without somethings being modified. These things would drive here nuts if they continued. There is no popping a quick premade meal in the microwave on Uno Mas. There is a lot of prep time. We only use the microwave as a microferred box, to hide back up GPS and computer units, in case of a lightning strike. It is now stored in our Port Forward “garage” berth. Both Mark and Angie like to cook. Two cooks in the kitchen was impossible. To try to pass one another, one person (Angie) would have her hip bones ground into the cabinetry. Or, for one person to get into our apartment sized under counter mini fridge, the other person had to stop what they were doing, and exit the area. The existing sink was a two compartment unit that you could not wash pots and pans in. Water got everywhere. We always had a swamp in a prefab’d counter cutting board hole/insert next to the sink. Water would get underneath, create a suction, and you would have to use a knife to pry up the cutting board to try to clean up the mosquito pond. There was a failed attempt at cutting in a drainage ditch last year. The pull up/pull out part of the galley faucet never worked well. It always was getting hung up on something in the cabinet below. After seeing a few Lagoons that had removed some seating and cabinetry, Angie wanted a more open feel to the living area. You walk into our boat, and it feels dark and claustrophobic.
Many ideas were tossed around. We decided to start with the least time consuming, least amount of damage, least amount of money scenario, and go from there, if needed. So, we moved a cabinet/seating section (The token Lagoon 410 Island)
over about one foot. Then, the dining table had to be moved. This lead to the seat cushions having to be cut down and the back cushion being removed completely. We opted for throw pillows in lieu of the back cushion. Since Angie could not deal with lopping off half of the storage cabinet, and losing that amount of precious storage, she sacrificed the open feeling, and kept the cabinet intact.
The most amount of added time was spent cutting the fiberglass countertop for the new single compartment sink. Dust got everywhere, even with plastic sheeting up. However, we now have a galley sink we can perform fish autopsies in, complete with a new commercial looking faucet. The “flexible” head is not attached to anything that goes into the cabinet below. It has a spring up on top. So glad we did this! The only wish we have is that the faucet head had a shut off button on it, to help conserve water. But, all in all, we are pleased with how it turned out. Two people can be in the galley area, and not interfere with what the other person is doing. Timing wise, it took an extra 3 days.
Redistribution of Weight – (Mark’s project) This really isn’t an add, but a known project that we had to do, that escalated into something bigger and better! We carry too much weight in front of the mast. It makes the boat porpoise/nose dive and not ride up on top of the waves. So, we decided to move our 5 scuba tanks and propane tanks back as far as they could go. We found a 6 bottle scuba tank holder that we were going to mount off the back where the life raft goes. There is a stainless steel tube rack and cut out in the fiberglass, back and center, already on the boat. The tank holder would fit in this area. We just needed to strap it down.
Well, that project escalated into buying a used swim platform and fabing our own tank holders, strapping, and locking system. After numerous coats of epoxy paint, and Mark going into the never land of space where our auto pilot steering mechanism resides (tight and inhospitable), and many head contusions, we have a beefy, well supported, wide plank, where we can store our 3 new propane bottles, 4 scuba tanks, and some of our spare fuel tanks.
This project then lead to the old propane locker being rebuilt, lined, and drain installed so that we can store our snorkel gear, which we use almost daily. This also had many coats of epoxy paint, lots of cutting of plastic pvc board and starboard. It turned out great! Although, Angie had hoped it was going to be twice as big as it turned out. Oh well.
This project added probably 8 additional days of time.
Known List: Reinstall rebuilt wind generator, new forestay, rebuild genoa furler, reinstall newly refurbished saildrive, move from RV into boat, sell RV, get kitties all of their vet paperwork, sand/rehab cockpit table, finalize taxes and paperwork for 2016 for businesses and personal, transfer everything from Colorado to Ohio, figure out satellite communications, fix dinghy chaps, and make sure dinghy survived Hurricane Matthew. It got beat up while being dragged around on the rocks as the surge lifted it and then receded. New Man Overboard Pole flag. (Shredded from Hurricane Matthew.) Install new cam lock for haul down line for Main Sheet. Order and install new 120% Genoa. Install new Lexan glass in broken hatch. Install new solid windshield. Go through 3 boxes of boat papers and receipts. Run new propane lines throughout. New Sewer hose lines. Install sewage holding tank on starboard side. Add bimini stainless steel supports.
Most, but not all, of the known To Go list items were completed. Funny how, as the time to leave draws closer, the priority of items are always reshuffled.
Additional Items: Water heater installation. We are carrying a water heater to the Bahamas for friends, whose water heater started leaking. Since ours was probably original to the boat, and is over 15 years old, we decided to install a new one so we would not have to deal with that in the middle of nowhere. Picked up line for a new Genoa Main Sheet. Installed a new Garmin anemometer, destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.
We actually took some time off from all of the projects to enjoy St Augustine. We were hoping to go to the Alligator farm and zip line over the gators. However, with the weather turning cold (in the upper 30’s at night), the gators go dormant. They do not even wake up enough to get into a feeding frenzy. So, we went across the street and climbed the Lighthouse. It kicked our butts, all 206 steps, but it felt good to do something different. We also learned about the research facility located there, analyzing marine artifacts from America’s Oldest City.
We also went to a couple of Cruiser Net meet-ups and had some great dinners with great friends. We hit the St Augustine Farmers Market and the new Rype and Ready, a little local market, to top off our fresh items. (We are set with canned goods until 2020. )
There was always the copious amounts of laundry and the constant sorting, tossing, saving, then tossing, trying to figure out what was absolutely necessary to go on the boat with us. Weight is a constant issue. However, since we decided to keep our RV tow vehicle, a PT Cruiser, it got filled to the seams with things that could go back to be stored in Ohio, and not actually be thrown out. We will deal with that crutch when we go back to the States this summer. ( We still cannot find things that I swore were moved to the boat. Am hoping they were lost in the bowels of the PT and will resurface.) We shall see!