The Plan...What's happening....the Schedule....The Big Trip
Welcome to the adventure of rebuilding a Whitby 42.
My family and I are going on a 1 year trip down the east coast of Canada and US to the Bahamas (and beyond??). We are leaving on July 1st, 2013.
At the moment we don't know where we will start the trip, but we want to be in the Bahamas for Christmas. My daughter will will miss grade 8 and my son will miss grade 6. I am a high science teacher and Tara is a Kinesiology Professor at York University, home schooling will not be difficult.
The Boat: 1978 Hull 120 Non Bow sprit
Purchased April 2, 2011
Arrived on May 14, 2011
Cookstown Ontario, 45 minutes north of Toronto. Canada
We found a real bargain of a Whitby 42. Hull number 120. It was already in a serious state of repair and rebuilt, with most of the boat in the owner's basement. Almost every single wire was out of the boat, all the plumbing was gone and part of the deck was ripped up and in a state of repair. The owner was going to be moving for a new job offer and had to sell the boat.
It was not easy deciding to purchase a boat that was in pieces. Hard to tell if it was all there, if any of it worked. I couldn't test much of anything. All deck hardware was in boxes, electronics not hooked up, etc.. etc... But the current owner had already done some work on the boat and it was impressive. The previous owner had not cut any corners and was doing things right. The previous owner is almost as important as the boat. So I took the chance. So far so good.
I live out in the country on 3 acres of land, so I built a new drive way and brought the boat home. Ran water and electricity right up to the boat. The boat came with a large collection of old greenhouse poles used to make a tarp over the boat, which I used to build a green house for varnishing, etc... Has worked nicely. The first thing I did was the stairs. 1 foot deep stair with a gentle pitch makes life so easy to go up and down. I think I have already made 289 trips up the stairs (but who is counting)
Tara has taken on the cosmetic projects, such as Painting, Varnishing, cushions. I am taking on all the epoxy and mechanical work. We do most projects together but it helps to split up the bulk of the research into what to do. My daughter, now 11 almost 12 is to be the Junior Electrician and my son who is 9 almost 10 will be the junior Plumber. They have already been great helps with some fiberglass projects and those pesky jobs that need 3 hands. They are both very strong for their age and fit into all those small spaces.
Summer 2011: To finish all the deck work and get the boat painted, windows all re bedded and have the boat waterproof from the outside.
Things were going well until August when I broke my collar bone. Things have been on a bit of a holding pattern since. But I did get the primer paint on.
Then the collar bone didn't heal and I had Surgery in January to fix it. Hopefully I will be working on the boat again by March. (Yup..back to normal...)
Things we have done:
Refrigeration system: Going with the Figoboat Keel cooler system, 12 volt compressor and large evaporator plate. INstalled
Onan Generator Got it
Collecting supplies; Wires, Pipes, fittings, Hardware, etc... All that little stuff that takes a thousand trips to the hardware store. Most
Electrical and plumbing schematics Working on it.
Fabric materials DONE
Center fuel tank: done
Sea cock clean up and new fiber glass backing plates Done
New hatch screens and window hatches
Spring 2012: DONE
Finished Gutting the interior.
Remove center fuel tank
Rebuild area of center fuel tank and get new ones (replacing with 2) Install
Sand and prep the interior for paint/varnish
Finish Engine Rebuild (contracted out)
Redo fridge and ice box with more insulation. Install frigo-boat cooling.
Build new bench seating on starboard side (instead of double chairs.
Water tanks... inspect and decide on actions.
Summer 2012 DONE
Install engine and generator bring in the crane.
Install all engine related parts. Exhaust, intake, etc...
Install all electrical wires
Install all plumbing
Varnish or Paint all wood that came off the boat.
Install all the wood we took off the boat
Paint Kiwi Grip paint
Install deck gear
Clean all the Cushion foam.
Fall 2012 DONE
Order and install swim platform
Order and install new anchor bow roller
Fix and upgrade the custom stern railing.
Get a Bimini and Dodger done (may wait until spring 2013)
Mast and Rigging
Install all electrical equipment
Install hydraulic steering elements and auto pilot.
Winter 2012/2013 DONE
(Because of the cold weather, on the boat work is limited..plus shoveling snow off a boat is just plain annoying.)
Take a short break.
Ask for lots of boat gear for Christmas!!
Redo all cushions
Evaluate what gear we need
Finish sanding / Grinding the bottom. (great in the winter to do this)
Spring 2013 DONE
Try not to panic
Find somebody to rent our home
Gear up the boat
Bottom barrier coat and bottom paint DONE
Figure out where to start our trip, get boat shipped out and mast up, in the water, etc...
Say our good byes,
Have kids' birthday /going away parties (Both in June!!)
July 1st 2013 DONE
Leave our home!!!! Get on a sail boat and let the real adventure begin.
Christmas 2013 DONE
Be in the Bahamas
April 2014 DONE
Start heading back north
June 2014 Now for Sale,
Finish our trip in the Chesapeake Bay (My parents live there and where I grew up)
Put the Whitby 42 for Sale NOW!!
Currently in Annapolise at Bert Jabins Boat Yard. LISTED ON Yacht World.
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