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new anchor chain

I’d gone to the yard to pick up my 300′ of chain and they said they were going to have to forklift it over. Nonsense! I brought my dock cart, Shannon and I just piled it in there and I was on my merry way. Thankfully it was high tide so the ramp to the docks wasn’t too steep (that could have gotten ugly!).

It was fairly easy to trade out the 5′ of chain and rode that was there for the 300′ of chain that’s now there. Now I just need an anchor that’s not bent and to clean up the windlass a little bit. Thankfully there’s still plenty of waterline, so that’s good! Onward ho to the next projects, matey.

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summer sailstice

I’m high as a kite right now! I took the boat out this weekend for a super fun raft up and not only did I not hit the dock or any other boats on my way out, coming back into the dock I parked Coconut like a glove! The first few times I had tried to park her my friend had to take over. I was taught a trick of toggling in between forward, neutral, and reverse, depending on what the situation is to be in control of the vessel. This boat never goes in reverse straight, as many heavy full keel boats don’t, so you have to account for that as well. Docking a boat can be a total shit show sometimes. Even the most experienced sailors have white knuckle moments.

At the Summer Sailstice raft-up, I got to show a lot of people my new boat. I will never get tired of showing a bunch of salty men my boat for them to drool over! Swoon. It’s always fun seeing friends I haven’t seen in ages, as I only make it to two raft ups a year it seems.

I was worried about the dogs going to the bathroom on other people’s boats, because they had done that last time we’d gone to a raft-up. One guy in particular was pretty pissed (pun intended). I stayed with the doggies on the boat, Zita eventually did her business up at the bow and Bear the following morning did his business up there as well. Wahoo! So the dogs know where to do their business up on the deck when anchored out, I fixed my battery situation, I can somewhat dock the boat single handed (that will take a little more practice) but everything I have been wanting is falling into place, like a glove 😉

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i fixed something!

I can’t believe it! I fixed something by myself. Well, not really by myself but kinda-sorta by myself. My helper had hooked up the propane stove before he left a couple of weeks ago, but none of the burners were working properly. One burner wouldn’t come on at all, another would come on but with the safety feature of the stove as soon as you let go of the nob the flame disappeared. The other one came on and stayed on, but only at a simmer. I’d been told to look for thermocoupings, as they most likely needed to be replaced. I went right to my favorite boat store, Svendsens, but they didn’t have anything similar. I tried West Marine also, but they didn’t have anything either. I went to YouTube and tried to find videos of thermocoupling replacement, and 100% of what I found was for replacing the thermocouple on a home furnace. So not even the same game, people!

Since I struck out everywhere, I tried asking my buddies here in the Bay Area if they knew what to do. Someone recommended to call Sure Marine in Seattle. My goodness! The guy on the phone knew exactly what questions to ask. It started with the type of stove (Force 10), then with the type of nobs it had, then with the type of burner (does it have a bunch of little holes or does it have sticks?). From that he could tell the stove was pretty old. “Pre-1989” he called it. I described what was going on with the burners and basically he told me what part to remove, he told me how to remove it and told me things I’d have to be careful not to do (don’t drop the piece, make sure to put tape on your tool so that it will cling to it). He told me how to clean the pieces and voila, a few hours later I have a functioning stove! OK, only two of the three burners work really. The third piece I’m having a hard time going back in but I’m sure if it were in there it would work! I let out a huge scream, and then I danced for a little bit! Woohoo! SAM_4578

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I’m still tackling the water tanks, but I’m making progress. So far the least invasive plan for ensuring all the leaks are fixed is to rip up the floor and make it into a hatch (sad face!) and create a new access port in the middle of the water tank. There’s access ports on each end, but there’s about 2′ of tank in between baffles that I can’t get to. More on that later!

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water tank woes

I’m not going to lie, Coconut has brought me some good old fashioned luck. One of the problems I need to fix before I cast off is making sure the water tanks can hold water. Kindof important! They were only able to hold about 1/2 inch of water and they hold 150 gallons overall. Being that that is a lot of valuable space and water storage, gurl wanted to fix that. I want to be able to do dishes too, without having to refill my water jugs several times a day! While a friend was looking at the boat the other night, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye.

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There was an open fitting with no hose or valve on it. And yes, the tanks are grody. Lots of rust to clean out. I went to the store and got some (ahem) male plugs. (Getting better with the terminology!) Once home I put those babies on and filled up the water tanks and voila, I found another hole! And another one! And another one! Basically, plugging the holes was only part of the problem, although it was the bigger problem so that’s good. I spent several hours on my hands and knees in all kinds of uncomfortable boat yoga positions, with bruises to prove it, to get the rust out of the tanks and find where the leaks were.

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I poked and prodded where rust didn’t seem to be going away (mostly at the seams of the tanks) with a dental pick and I was able to find a few more holes. I evacuated the water by hand into that bucket. The tanks are at least clean now! I saw where the holes were too! After speaking with several people (and a couple of welders) I was told to look for holes on the bottom of the tanks and to patch them with JB Weld and see how that does. The guy was right, the holes were on the bottom and not very big at all, but definitely slow leaks that I don’t want.

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Here are both of the gigantic water tanks! One step closer to Bon Voyage! I still have one leak in tank #1, but tank #2 is currently full with 75 gallons of water!!!!! It took about an hour to fill up. Gurl has water.. once I hook it up to the faucet I mean! So close.

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Now the boat is tilted, and I thought I’d evened out that tilt with that 300′ of chain I recently added.

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I did get lazy (and I was very sore) so where the leak is I didn’t bother trying to get rid of the rust. Obvi I missed something. I’ve hooked up the faucet and woohoo I have running water!!! That’s a first for 2. 5 years of boat living! Now I’m going to take a vacation. Happy Fourth!