on the hard

I’m currently on the hard… in the dry dock… in the boat yard, however you want to call it. There’s so much work to do. Here’s a list of what’s wrong:

1. Needs a bottom job (aka, new paint to keep the hull (bottom of boat) safe and intact). While the sanding/first coat of paint already went on yesterday, the fin (image coming shortly) is pretty corroded due to lack of care from previous owners. This means another $650, sanding and chemical treatment to get shiny metal again, treatment of several coats of epoxy, and paint to go over that.

2. The rigging is being re-done. The rigging is the shrouds (metal lines) that hold up the mast. Therefore, the mast is down. While the mast is down…

3. The mast light needs to be fixed. This is for night time sailing, so other boats can see me coming. I’m not sure if it’s the wiring that’s not connected or if the bulb is burnt out. The bulb appears to be fine, however I can’t seem to unscrew it. Awesome!

4. I need to put up an antenna that I bought for a VHF radio to the top of the mast. VHF radios are important because this allows you to call the Coast Guard should you need assistance. Or if you’re going sailing with a group of boats, you can all communicate with each other. Pretty neat, and pretty mandatory!

5. The thru-hull needs to be re-sealed. The thru-hull is part of the head (toilet) that can dump waste overboard. You are legally only allowed to do this when you are three miles offshore. The problem is that a dummy was working on my pipes and cracked the seal to this piece. Thankfully the crack was minor, but if it wasn’t, my boat would have sank. Big big problem there.

6. The caulking needs to be re-done pretty much everywhere. The life lines (lines that go around the deck where you can hang on for safety) and around the seam of where the hull meets the deck. When it rains, there are several leaks that come inside the boat which just isn’t cool. It’s easiest to fix them all now while the boat is out of the water.

7. The rudder needs to be fixed. There’s a lot of “play” in it, meaning when you turn the tiller the rudder doesn’t necessarily move with it. Apparently if you neglect this problem the rudder can fall of, which means you then wouldn’t be able to steer the boat at all. That’s pretty major!

8. The water tank is leaking. This water tank is for me to be able to pump out water to, you know, wash my hands or brush my teeth. I’ve been filling water jugs and using those for the past few months but I’m over it at this point. I want a working water tank. However, I’ve been trying for a month to get the lid off (I’ve removed all the caulking that I can get to) however there is caulking underneath the lid that I can’t get to. At this point I’m determined to saw this lid off, and fix the dang tank.

There we go. Nice little list of things that I can get done! I will say that I am on day 4 of being in Alameda, and I MISS BERKELEY! I never thought I’d say that. I miss talking to my neighbors, walking and running the dogs around the park, I miss being in water (I sleep sooo much better when in the water!), I pretty much miss everything. I’m glad I’m in Alameda, though. It makes me realize how lucky I am, and what a great group of neighbors I have over there.

It’s Friday the 13th, and after this short day of work I will head over to the boat yard to crank out some efficient elbow grease, to the best of my ability. Whatever I can’t fix, I’ll have the yard fix. I’m already forking enough over, I really just want this crap to be done so I can move on with my life and start learning how to sail. Plus, it’s a small investment compared to a home. It’s worth it. I like this boat, I intend on keeping it and living on it for a while, therefore I am going to put some love into it <3.

——- UPDATE—–

The weekend is over, and oh was it discouraging. I can’t figure any of this stuff out, it all requires tools I have never heard of nor can I easily get my hands on them. So, the yard will be doing most of this stuff. So much for DIY work, but I tried! I am still working on removing the caulking, it just takes so much longer doing it yourself and we all know I’m not the most patient person. Slow and steady wins the race…

2 replies on “on the hard”

Hey, I’m happy you are making progress! Sounda like a lot but it also sounds like you are getting up to speed with your boat which is the most important, learning the inns and outs… Don’t be discouraged, after this stuff is done you will have so much fun and fulfillment sailing that the investment will seem so little… Keel, rudder and mast (standing rigging) are absolute top priority, get those checked thourougly and the rest you will manage slowly. The to do list will never end (which in a way is a good thing). Looking forward to hear more!
All the best! From your Neighbor!


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