Our Latest Pictures:  On the hard again.

First we had to pull the engine.

And the drive shaft. And the propeller.  Not much left, is there?  The view through the damaged stern tube shows the back of the rudder and the chain link fence behind the boat.




















New paint covers many sins.

But how come the engine just looked a whole lot bigger inside the boat?






The old stern tube had to come out first.  This was the hard part, seeing our baby go under the knife.  Still, it wasn’t bad, just two small holes, one inside where the forward end of the stern tube was welded to the inner hull and the one you see here.  Two hole saw cuts and a few minutes with an abrasion saw and grinder.





John Fazzio did all the work on the poor girl.  Here you see him inspecting some of his welds.  He made it all look easy.  If you ever need marine welding done, give us a call and we will give you his number.






Oh, my poor boat.  It hurts me to even look.















New cushions.  A fireplace!

Karen is happy. 


The cushion covering is normally only bought by churches.  It will get us in the mood to pray when the next storm comes.


The “fireplace” actually burns diesel or kerosene, not wood, but it sure cheers up the place anyway.  Puts out a lot of heat, too.
























Karen swings aloft

Both flag pulleys had to be replaced.  Karen did it.



Upgraded Nav Station

We decided to go high-tech after finding a deal on electronic charts.  This is the result.



Power!  Give me more POWER!

Nothing is for free any more.  The new navigation computer and bigger fans all take power.  We tripled the solar capacity of Seabird to about 50 amphours/day.  It doesn’t sound like much, but we get by.



Dingy upgrades

Our dingy has to do  more than we ever expected.   It has to get us back and forth to shore, sometimes over ˝ mile away, through water that is often rough and windy.  It must do this even if the engine dies.  And it must do it with 1- 4 people or a heavy load of stores, water, and fuel.


But wait, there’s more:  It must also serve as a liferaft and, if necessary, a lifeboat, keeping us both afloat in the open ocean until rescue arrives.


And, most importantly, it must stow on deck for open-water passages 


I expect we will be doing more upgrades for several years to come.