|Promise of a new day|
On one hand, I know that we have an entire month to get this work done. It's a hot and dirty job and the work crews here are not like those in the US. People here aren't always compelled to work harder and faster by the almighty buck! But on the other hand, the longer we have to idly wait, the more time my mind has to create wild and insurmountable problems where, hopefully, there are none.
|Don't panic! With the paint gone, the fibreglass hull is translucent!|
The keel inspection and fibreglass work was scheduled for Monday morning to give Bruce and I some time to clear things out of the bilge so that Anderson will have space to work. A preliminary inspection revealed something I had noticed years ago, but Bruce poo-poohed. There was some fiberglass in the floor of the bilge that was cracking and flaking. Now is the time to fix it but we've got to move the pumps and hoses that live down there first.
Those cracks are likely the source of the wet spot on the outside of the keel down below and the reason that the two previous repairs have failed. And before you ask... "why is there water in our bilge?". Well THAT is because the rudder post has been leaking steadily since our last haul out due to improper packing and tightening of the nuts. So throw that onto the pile of things to have done while we're here!
|Pretty sure somebody tried to putty this before!|
Like a rubbernecker passing a car accident, I was drawn to examining our hull in search of other telltale signs of trouble better met now than later. And of course my keen eye found what appears to be a crack around our rudder post. We'll show that to Anderson to see what he thinks... if we ever see him again!
Saturday was not a good day. Long story short, way back when our old Fisher Panda generator died, there was an oil spill. All of the oil from the generator made its way down into our bilge. Bruce spent days cleaning it out and he thought he had done a thorough job of it. What we found when we went looking for the forward most keel bolt could only be remnants of that oil spill...
|This is AFTER we cleaned it out!|
Bruce went through half a dozen rolls of paper towels and every cleaner we've got onboard to get as much of the black oily substance out of that hole so that we could see the keel bolt. Once he was finished, I took my turn at it to see if I could get it all clean. I finally gave up because the material surrounding the hole was unevenly chipped and cracked and the oil just clung to those recesses.
I felt an increasing sense of dread about that hole. I looked down in there and all I could see was dollar signs! My distress grew and grew...
We worked most of the day cleaning out the bilge and figuring out how to get the flooring up to expose the aft end of the bilge.
When we installed our water maker, we drilled holes in the flooring to allow the hoses and electrical wiring to pass from beneath the floor to the pumps. This looks very nice, but it does not allow any way for us to pull up that piece of the floor without disassembling the water maker.
By Saturday afternoon I was seriously distraught about this. I didn't want to open a whole new can of worms by taking the water maker apart. We decided to sleep on it, so I called Anderson to see if he had a saw we could borrow, while Bruce put the saloon back in order.
|Normally hidden by floorboards, I was appalled to see this nasty mess!|
Well, it is what it is! So far, there have been more NON working days than work days! We will press on! As soon as Anderson left, we got busy taking the hoses off of the water maker and disconnecting the power.
We pulled up that floor section and revealed the mess of dirty bilge hoses and wiring and more translucent spots where there wasn't any bilge paint. Some things are better left unseen!
I cut the side out of the hose access hole in the flooring and Bruce made the hole where the wiring passes through a bit larger to accommodate the connectors on the ends. We installed new connectors and re-attached everything before we had time to forget how it all went! Then we went to work cleaning and organizing that bilge.
We thought it would be nice to replace the bilge hoses because they were so grungy, but when we traced their path it became clear that this was a project for another day (or maybe never).
We wiped up handfuls of gumbah that has been sloshing around down in the bilge for years... It was disgusting! Although we hated every minute of this exercise, we couldn't help but feel like we would be so happy when it was all over and we knew our bilge and keel were in good shape going forth!
|All of this will come out when Anderson goes to work!|
We were both filthy and a shower never felt as good as it did this hot and windy Sunday afternoon!
Monday morning we were super excited to see Anderson get to work on the bilge and keel bolts. We got everything ready for his arrival and waited. And waited. And waited. Finally Bruce went to work on removing the growth from our prop. It would save the work crew some time and get us that much close to bottom paint.
|Making patterns of these spots to make fiberglass cutouts|
|Ah there's Anderson! No bilge work today!|
|A borrowed tool sped up the job of cleaning the prop. Looks NICE!|
|We look like a spotted cow!|
|These stress cracks have caused me stress for a long time!|
|Not quite tall enough to reach the bow!|
|Anderson showed us the light-coloured marks where our keel has been flexing. All that will be fixed!|
|He's poking at it. Will glass it over!|
I Showed the rudder crack to Anderson and he said he could glass that up to add strength. We will have the technician doing the rudder post work give us another opinion as well. Can't have our rudder falling off, now can we???
Needless to say, no work was done on the bilge, but Anderson assured us that, even though it was Election Day, he would get right to it on Tuesday... right after he was done voting. (Insert music to the tune of "Ain't Never Gonna Happen") Yeah.
So now we're up to Tuesday. Wednesday will be a week we've been in the yard and there hasn't been much ticked off of our long list. Actually NOTHING has been ticked off of the list, but I'm beginning to feel a little ticked... Guess what. No Anderson.
Tuesday was sort of a drag all around. There was a broadcast warning that Kick 'Em Jenny was experiencing an increase in seismic activity. Great! That's just what we need. An earthquake with us all propped precariously on spindly stands on the LAND!!! Normally when earthquakes happen, we're on the water so we never feel them. This could get interesting... and it sure added to my anxiety level.
|Our sick baby|
|Bruce peruses the laundry room book exchange while I sort laundry|
|I tried reading but the Irish humour didn't make sense to me.|
Not always a great idea when you're in the boatyard with your neighbour grinding bottom paint next door... But the wind blew it away and I couldn't see any powder on the clothes we dried. The didn't have to stay out there very long...
Dr. Carter arrived soon after the laundry was finished. He had the inked finger, so I know he really did vote. Yes. When you cast your vote here in Grenada, they have you dip your finger in ink so that you can't come back and vote again. Simple but effective. Also gets you discounts at many of the local entertainment spots!
He climbed up our ladder and did an examination right on our saloon table. Jezabelle didn't seem to know exactly what to think about all of this. Dr. Carter gave her an injection to ease her discomfort and reduce inflammation, then left a 10 day supply of huge antibiotic pills. Instructions: crush half in food twice a day.
Unfortunately Jezabelle is such a picky eater, I don't hold much hope that I can get her to eat any of this... but we will see. Tomorrow is another day.
Oh yeah... did I mention that there will be NO WORK done tomorrow if the ruling party wins the election tonight? Well guess what! They won!