Friday, October 30, 2009

Schizophrenic Boatwork

Between getting L.M ready for winter, Me Voy ready for launch, Chopper's stubborn eye infection, working jobs, revamping my website, and just living, well...phew!

Our ride to Me Voy is 1 1/2 hrs, this is the Bay bridge over the Chesapeake

Me Voy is in a state of Deep Chaos as Travis works on wiring
I being painting the mast

We had to flip the mast over, which wasn't as hard as it sounded, but look how flexible the mast is. It looks like its bent in this pic.

The varnish on the mast was beautiful, but too much to keep up with, and it would have needed many more coats, so we made this scallop which is going to be right at the boom. I think this is going to looks so sharp!

Chopper Fit! And here we go back over the bridge to Baltimore.

Now back on Lucy Maru this is the last of the rotten deck to be replaced

Plywood going in

It looks like magic in picture but this was hours of work. And, even though it looks like T is doing all the work, well for some reason all the pics of me cutting, grinding, sanding, epoxing were filled with blinding light. I know I wasn't having that good of a time!

Deck before primer

Deck primered, Chopper approves

Check out our cool roll up willow shades. I love them. This aft deck still needs to get doors and a railing and canvas. You can't really see in this pic, but that's our industrial singer sewing machine, ready to go. We got it for free, from this seamstress, all we had to do was carry it up three flights of stairs, since she sewed in the basement. It was so worth it. (T did have the heavy end)

Sanded and faired deck house

Primered deck house with winter canvas

And there we float...

So yeah, I'm beat. Now a walk with the dog, a Hollywood shower and a cheesy chick flick.
Very un-Halloween like, but really, do you think I a care?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Catching Up

Travis :

It has been a long hard Summer. Nothing but work it seems. The past few weeks leading up to the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis brought a lot of extra work at my job at a time when I am already cramming at home to get Lucy Maru buttoned up for the rapidly approaching Winter. Now the show is over and I am on "vacation". I finally have time to get some work done. And, maybe have a little fun with friends on a cool little sailboat. This is us on "emotion" an older e33. The entire company and their lady counterparts are onboard. We made it all the way out of the cove when the outhaul for the mainsail broke, again. Our trip was cut short and thousands of suggestions were made on how to fix the problem, but in the end we just sat around drinking beer in green bottles.

We were unable to get the sails for "arch angel", the latest e33, for delivery to the show. We motored the whole way, 4hours, on what would have been a perfect day for sailing. The sails arrived the day the show opened. Thanks Doyle Sails!!! I sailed "emotion", with her newly repaired rig, down with a friend a couple of days later. Another perfect day for sailing.

Easily the best one yet.

"arch angel" and "P-cardy", a new Chesapeake 20

I did manage to get some work done. Maggie and I got the back deck repaced.

Then we enjoyed a beautiful sunset.

Then more work. Maggie sanded and faired the deck house and deck.

I worked on the side.

New sheer clamp.

Then just as the weather turned foul, the Honda guy called and said Maggie's new car was in. We went and brought it home. It as a brand new Honda fit. We are honestly thinking of giving up the boat dream now so we can just go roadtripping. Maybe follow String Cheese or something.

Chopper approves. I guess we'll keep it. It has rained now for four days, and no more work has been done. I love the rain.