Departure date….well more like we are aiming to leave for Mexico depending on weather: September 27th – October 6th. SO MUCH TO DO IN A MONTH! AHHHH
We finished the mast the night before we left for the BVI. We got all the steps on and wrapped it all up so the paint would not get damaged while we were out of the country for 18 days.
the mast in its final stages
Our trip to the BVI was amazing! We were joined by Jon’s mom (Debbie), my aunt and uncle (Elly and Kelly), and my cousin and his girlfriend (Noah and Shay). It was 2 full weeks of warm waters, blue skies, booze and laughter… well almost, if you don’t count the 2 days of waiting out a tropical storm that turned into hurricane Burtha, and the squalls we had to fight through on our way out to Anagada. Needless to say the not so sea salty sailors on board were quite nervous as our huge Lagoon 44 catamaran crashed down on huge swells with sounds that would make anyone nervous, were thinking about pulling the life raft out and abandoning ship. But the skies cleared, the wind died back down (after we ripped the job sail) rainbows were shining down into the anchorage and all was right with the world. It was so nice to get away from everything and enjoy family with out any distractions. Here are some pictures from the trip:
Just landed in St. Thomas
Shannon and Momma Neely
Our view in Little Harbor, Normand Island
Shannon and Aunt Elly
Jon and Shannon
DOMINOES! we are obsessed!
Soaking in the sun
We flew home on August 13th, got into SF around 10 and back to Berkeley around 12. I had work the next morning, and then we hauled Prism on that Friday:
All the things we needed to get done while on the hard:
-change the bottom paint from ablative(blue) to a hard paint (red)
-remove vacu-flush head system
-paint anchor locker, laz and head area
-remove rudder, attack blisters, new rudder bearing
-remove and fill 2 useless thru-hull holes
-change out all thru-hulls
-service all sea-cocks
-install rebuilt pumps, starter and new alternator on engine
-new exhaust hose and muffler box repair
-new exhaust thru-hull
-new prop- FEATHERING!
-new cutlass bearing
-new flexible coupler
-remove old fridge and install new water cooled fridge
-re-bed all chain plates
-hook up H20 heater to engine
-install new fuel pump/ polish system
-acid wash topsides
-remove name and have new one made
-install all new bilge pumps
– take out dripless system and put in stuffing box
We have been working our butts off while in the yard. I have work Monday through Friday so Jon has been spear heading the weeks by himself. However my big brother Sean did come to the rescue for a week and helped out in a life saving way! We have been ass up elbows down hands working for 2 weeks straight with only taking 2 nights off to celebrate my birthday. We can not wait to be sailing on her heading to warmer water! wWe want to be in the water as soon as we can, living on the hard is tough! Luckily we were able to stay on Debbie’s ( Jon’s mom) boat for the first 2 weeks, that was so helpful!
Getting ready to be hauled
Up she goes
Jon and Prism
Hunting down all the blisters
there were some really big guys!
Its war: Shannon VS rudder blisters
there is STUFF everywhere!!!!!!!!
Old head out!
Thru hull removal
Time to start sanding
Jon trying to get pumped to start sanding bottom paint
Shannon sanding the keel
The hole made for emergency rudder (Plan B)
My brother Sean who came to help work on the boat!
Sean doing the hardest job of the haul out!
Sean and Jon prepping for gel coat repairs
Sean and Jon “Hard” at work
Anchor locker – Before
Anchor Locker- After
the huge crack at the bottom of our rudder
Jon investigating the crack on the bottom of the rudder
Jon working hard
1 of 2 thru-hull holes that we patched
LOOK its starting to SHINE!!
Jon prepping the coupler
new stuffing box, getting ready to install coupling and align the engine
in the laz waiting to install the coupling
Shannon hanging over the engine working on the engine mounts
Jon in the laz working the engine alignment from the back
Clarke brought us our rebuilt started and helped get the first coat of primer on!
Jon cutting fiberglass woving for the large blister repairs
Painting the first coat of bottom paint!
feeling a little light headed from the fumes
Bottom paint done!
Rudder repair with purple heart wood.
Shannon’s 27th birthday dinner
Berkeley Sunset looking out towards the golden gate
Round 2 birthday dinner
I spent 2 days in this spot: polishing all our stainless
before and afters
Jon doing a fiberglass repair on the bottom of the keel
More before and after polishing pictures
it feels like everything we own is out on deck
tools and stuff everywhere
up, and then down, damn I forgot something.. back up, then down
Boat yard view
Chainplates going back on
Mast rigging going on
all the rigging hardware
Rudder is done and ready to be put back on the boat
Jon in the laz installing the rudder packing and new bearing
its a small hole
Mast is up!
She is almost ready for the water!
Prism getting picked up
About to splash!
Jon finished installing the new head!
Everything is out of the pantry to install the new fridge
Painting our boom and bowsprit
Jon in the laz working on something….
the new fridge system: to the left is the thru-hull with the built in coolant for the fridge and above to the right is the compressor unit
painting our gig harbor dinghy- prepping to sell it
we have a bowsprit and pulpit again!
Prism needs a bath.. bad
Jon: changing engine mounts
Jerry helping Jon change out engine mounts
this is how Prism looked for weeks
Engine running! and there is water!
Its coming together!
We had taken over the dock!
Staring to unload the dock box and finding homes for it on board
Jon at the top of the mast
Our first sail out on the bay in over 6 months! Out with the Fresno Yacht Club
She is such a pretty BOAT
Making the last provisioning runs while we still had the car
This is Jon “row towing” the wind boards back over to the Mason
Once we were back the water, the projects did not end. We had to finish quite a few things including installing the new head, re-install the steering quadrant (funny story on that later) well there have been so many I have lost track. On our way back to our slip we had some vibration at low RPMs, so we looked into our engine mounts… and its a good thing we did. We ordered 4 new mounts and as we were changing them out, the first one was completely sheared off at the bolt. AH! that could have been very bad! But now.. the engine is perfect!
We went out for our first sail in over 6 months on prism last Saturday and had a blast! Everything worked… well kinda…. Jon asked me to back Prism out of the slip, like I have done time in time before I started to back her out. I turned the wheel hard to port and put her is reverse. It went to hell real quick. Prism was not acting correctly and she backed out the completely wrong way, luckly we had people on the foredeck who were able to fend off the piling. Jon came running back to take over what I had “messed up”.. shortly after he takes the wheel, he realizes that prism is not going the way he wants her to be going and looks down at the rudder and it clicks…. When Jon re-attached the quadrant cables… he did not cross the cables. So Right was left and left was right. HA! we sailed over to TI reminding ourselves that we had to drive like we were using a tiller, which sounds easy but when your holding on a wheel your brain goes into auto pilot. We dropped the hook in TI, had lunch and JOn fixed the cables… All is right in the world! We found some old sails up in the studio loft in Madera and there was a yankee that fits our boat like a glove! Its the perfect size and shape. We have amazing weather for the sail.
Today we pulled out of our slip for good. We are slip-less! We sold our Subaru last week, We are so in cruising mode! Tomorrow is my last day at work, and on Saturday we are having a going away party! Life is so good right now, we cant believe its finally happening!!!