As most people lose interest when watching hundreds photos of someone else’s trip, here is a very quick slideshow to get an idea of what this year’s trip looked like.
A teaser to our upcoming video night at the Dory Club…
Working on installing the heat and power inverter. I was the lucky one – had an electric heater to keep me warm. Philip and Dan were out in the cold.
Brief summary of Sunday’s work:
While Peter continued with the installation of the air-ducts to the v-berth, Dan and Philip completed the fuel line installation. With the temporary connection of the thermostat, all heater components were in place. We switched the main switch on and then the control unit. First lights flashed. To be safe we started in ventilation mode first. Lots of air come through all 4 outlets. However, when changing to heater mode, the fan ran for a while and the fuel pump made a ticking sound, but no heat. We confirmed that the fuel line to the tank was clear and assumed that we installed the pump too far away from the tank (the older installation manual referred to a distance of up to 4ft, the new one says: “The total length of fuel line run including the fuel pick-up tube to the inlet of the fuel pump must not exceed 2 meters (78 in. or 6 1/2 ft) and a suction height no greater than 1 meter (39 in.).”)
To help the pump we connected numerous hoses with various diameters together and connected that to the end of the fuel line and that in turn to a manual suction pump. After about 5 cycles, we had diesel at the end of the fuel line and connected it back to the heater. The next start had the heater working just fine. Lots of hot air in all cabins, the thermostat reacting to the temperature etc. So, a major milestone reached. We now need to figure out how to keep sufficient air space around the exhaust duct to not damage anything.
The newly installed Sterling battery charger (which allows us to charge in NA and EU, ie with 110V and 220V) in test run mode and after setting the correct battery type.
Diesel tank lid installed and after opening it up to confirm there is a fuel stick behind the fitting:
Replacement of the old LPG system with option to connect EU adapter and bbq-grill pick tail.
What’s inside the box of the Webasto fuel pump box? A fuel pump and a fuel filter:
Put a few simple items together and you have the perfect cleaning device to your rudder shaft.
Cut the pipe in half, glue sanding paper on the outside and put a bicycle tire’s inner tuber with two stabilizing pieces of wood inside.
Make sure the valve sticks out at the top and hold the entire thing together with rubber bands.
Two large holes at the end will hold the handle to turn and move the device inside the shaft.
Once in the shaft, inflate the tube to adjust pressure/friction and start sanding away.
The first couple of runs removed the old hardened grease. A new set of paper was then used to cut a thin layer of Delrin off to free up the rudder.
A few impressions of the workday, preparing for the big trip next year.
Dan prepared Tioga with his great idea to drop the rudder without a jack, while Philip disassembled the quadrant and Peter got going inside, installing the airduct, relocating hoses, drilling numerous very large holes (90mm) etc.
After Dan had sanded the base of the skeg to free up the shoe, drilled out the cold welded pin heads and knocked the pins out, we were able to drop the heavy rudder together. Dan will now build a tool to clean up the bearing etc.
Peter and Philip spent quite some time under the cockpit and came up with a plan for the heater installation. While Peter continued to work his magic inside the boat, Philip started to take the hydraulic pump protection apart and uninstalled the pumps to allow their relocation. With this new space we are ready to install the heater as soon as Dan has the stainless steel backing plate ready.
Check out this hawk on top of our mast.