Yesterday I had a friend over to help and the damned compressor died (again). I struggled with it a bit trying to start it before i got tired and gave up.
So today I went out to look at it and the oil pressure switch was not shorted, pulled the plug and it had spark, noted that it had compression and air, which leaves fuel right? Yep it’s got gas…
So then I methodically trace the fuel line from the tank to the carb… Hey, wait a minute, what’s that valve do? OhGodDammit!
Oceana was built in Holland, and like many dutch steel boats she really has some exceptional craftsmanship. One example of this is the curved metalwork, oceana is sculpted out of steel.
It’s great to look at but I’ve been dreading working on a couple parts because honestly I have no idea how to do it.
I’ve been putting off working on a couple spots on the aft cabin because it’s the one spot where that curved area is corroded.
So today I went to the friendly machinist near the marina and asked him if he could make me a piece of bent metal to repair that area.
He didn’t have a machine capable of making such a bend, and really didn’t know anybody else who did.
As I was walking out of his shop, I spotted a piece of thin pipe and got me an ideer!
I wedged the pipe into a piece of Aluminium “I” beam I have for a future project, and it just so happened to intersect the pipe near the middle.
So I just eyeballed it and ‘guessed’ at trying to quarter the pipe.
Zip, Zapped it real quick with the plasma cutter and bada boom bada bing I think this sucker’s gonna work!!!
Step one; go to the fancy high-end woodworking store and get a bunch of fancy-schmancy handle thingy’s
Step Two, Wack the jig off the thingamajig.
Step Three: Whack em again with a hammer.
Why Lookie there! I done plugged up them holes permanently like!!!! I Fixt it!
Sad thing is: going to the high-end woodworking store known for being a bit ‘spensive and these more complicated lathe turned pieces were still HALF the cost of tapered plugs @ Worst Marine.
The truth is I figured it might be a good idea to keep welding sparks from falling into the diesel tank, since I seem to be pretty good at startin fires all on my own without the excitement of a large explosion.
So I’ve actually done a bit of work since my last post; FOUR months ago ug where does the time go!
But I admit I’ve gotten a little down about the boat and feeling a little not exactly overwhelmed, but just lost interest a little bit I guess.
But so anyway I met a pretty cool girl and she was curious and interested in the boat and wanted to play with my tools. (what can I say, I gots me some cool tools)
So anyway her enthusiasm rubbed off a bit and one of the cool tools I wanted to let her play with is the pneumatic needle scaler.
So I set her loose in the engine room because there were a couple places on the hull with some bad rust scale that really worried me. But so anyway after she nuked those couple really bad spots with the scaler I followed up with a sandblaster and made a pretty amazing discovery.
The sand just peeled back decade after decade of dirt and rust and neglect, until it got to the original 76 year old paint from 1938. I dunno what’s in that crap, but it’s bulletproof and in STUNNINGLY good condition. The sandblaster easilly chews through rust and paint and dirt until it hits that old probably lead based paint and it just stops. It’s pretty amazing! As you can see in this picture, there’s just a ton of stuff that looks like it could be rust coming through the hull, this is after a pressure wash BTW! But almost all of the rust and grunge discovered so far has been sitting on the surface of PERFECT steel.
Sandblast media, DECADES of paint and grime and perfect white paint from 1938 on the right.
So like a well needed shot in the arm, I’m suddenly excited to be working on the boat and making just a bit of progress every day!
I’m not quite emotionally ready yet to discuss Della being a way better welder than me on her first day though.
Once again I’ve been quite remiss in posting updates because I’ve actually had a few very productive days!
The big update was that Oceana got relocated 100 Yards over to the crane and we pulled both of the masts and the engine out of the boat
However it seems that during the great 4TB hard drive crash/new laptop/new laptop with dead hard drive/installing a Drobo fileserver debacle of 2014 those pictures are the ones that are lost
But since then I’ve also removed the binnacle which involved cutting off the nuts which I a a little freaking out about because the bolts are big and kinda unique so I “HOPE” I can replace them
And then I started cutting into the leaking disaster that was the left side of the cockpit:
Tada! I messed up a bit because I was going to leave the middle seam un-welded and cut out a spot for the hatch there but once I started welding I was having so much fun I forgot
Here’s a panoramic photo of the port quarter-berth/generator room stitched together in photoshop “after” several days work yanking fiberglass out.
ANd after all of that; there’s a whole nuther layer of wood and glass I have yet to get to. Fiberglass still sucks in case you were wondering
So in the quest to build a super cool ship’s computer/media center deal; I got a bleeding edge embedded linux/android tiny cube computer.
It’s been pre-ordered for several weeks and so I was just super nerd excited that it finally arrived! So instead of doing important prep work for pulling the masts and engine tomorrow I decided to tinker with a new tech toy. (http://cubox-i.com/)
It was relatively cheap, super tiny, quiet and best of all only uses 3w of power. It all went together well and it’s just super cool but; I could not get any sound out of the TV.
I just spent the better part of 4 hours trying to figure out why it would not play audio through HDMI Finally I gave up and then spent another two hours trying to figure out why there was no audio from the optical jack either.
I went through dozens of forum threads with people having similar issues but not quite the same as mine but nothing worked.
Finally I just got so pissed of I gave up and decided to watch TV instead; which is when I realized that “20” on the TV volume actually meant “completely inaudible.”
In my defense I did actually check the volume first I just failed to properly raise the volume up to 57 after I’d lowered it to the inaudible ’20’ earlier for a phone call this morning.
Grrrrrrrrr A whole day of pointless Agro!
So today’s Project was to actually pull the engine to get ready for the crane which will also pull the masts on Thursday.
I’ve been super hesitant to pull the masts or the engine because I know that once I do; Oceana stops being a “boat’ that could theoretically go back in the water “any day now.” And becomes just another pie in the sky project boat like countless others.
But I have to say I’m glad I did because I’ve discovered a number of issues with deadly potential: ALL of the hoses fell apart in my hands. the main water intake to the engine only had one clamp on it which was a no-no but that clamp was completely rusted through (eek!!!)
There are a number of clamps and whatnot all over the motor that are corroded out; the bilge under the motor is a DISASTER and the prop seems to have a tremendous amount of resistance through the bearing. The motor mounts are pretty tired and I think at least one of the structural cross members supporting the motor is probably done – it has some pretty significant rust scale on it. On top of that it’s just in the way to do the next few cosmetic projects in the cockpit, battery compartment and the engine room itself needs doing so it just had to come out.
And I’m pretty proud of myself for getting this sucker out all by myself! (But I’ll probably pay through the nose to put it back
When I was a small child and my parents were doing home improvement projects my mom warned me emphatically not to touch fiberglass insulation – I didn’t listen – but I learned!
When I was a bit older i was told not to run my hand along a fiberglass bike flag whip. Another hard lesson
Years later when I did my own DIY projects I was more cautious but fiberglass still sucked to be around
And after than when boating or working in a boat store you only need to run your hand along a VHF antenna once or twice for a buggy whip refresher course
But just so you know; I can tell you with absolute surety, YEP! dealing with fiberglass still sucks! ESPECIALLY ripping out God-only-knows how old loose wadding from a boat’s hull!
So I guess if this whole boat refit thing doesn’t work out I can always just (keep) grow(ing) mushrooms in the engine room