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Browsing Archive: August, 2013

She Moves!

Posted by Bryan on Saturday, August 31, 2013, In : Engine 
We started up the engine today !!!  It was a great feeling to actually move the boat.  We ran into a small operator problem when getting the engine started.  There is a little button next to the engine stop on the Ford Lehman engines.  A little covered button that has some sort of rubber boot over it.  It had been pushed and stuck in.  I think it is an emergency stop button, and it got stuck.  We were bleeding and bleeding the system thinking we were not getting fuel.  Once we got pushed in t...
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Posted by Bryan on Saturday, August 31, 2013, In : Rant 
Northern Phoenix hit the water and floated for the first time in 6 years. 
 August 29th, 4:00 pm.  at Port Kinsale Marina Virginia. 

 We had tried the day before, but we had 2 leaky Wilcox-Crittenden that need to be replaced.  They have been "over lapped" over the years, the cones would now go too far through and could not seal at the other end.  You could tap them through with a hammer and create a tight seal, but that really made for an impractical safety feature...needing to use a hammer.  S...
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Count down to splash... 40 hours!

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, In : Rant 
 We are officially going in on Wednesday morning, August 28th.

Wish us luck.  Lot of things will be tested for the first time in 6 years!!!

Insurance is in, boat is ready....are we??

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Lots of little things...ready to splash !

Posted by Bryan on Friday, August 23, 2013, In : Main cabin 
We are now ready to splash, just waiting for the boat survey to get to the insurance people so we can have insurance before we go (yes...paranoid).

Here are some neat things we have done:

Cleaned the plastic windows...amazing difference!!!!  I thought we would need to replace, but this stuff polished it right up.  The kids did the work:  Sahara did half of this window so we could take the picture, product is in the picture too.

We took out the wooden mast cover when we were rebuilding.  That wo...

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Lots happening

Posted by Bryan on Friday, August 16, 2013, In : Rant 
Sorry about the delays in posting.  We have been working so hard to get this project done and on with the trip that I am too tired at night to update.  That, and it is the million little projects that are hard to get excited about when posting.  Like putting on a door catch to keep a door open, or mounting the fire extinguisher.  
Here is a list of things that have happened in the last week or so:
All inside lights are mounted and working.
All fans are mounted and working.
All 120 volt plugs are ...
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Bryan Haas

Please feel free to contact me! I grew up on the waters of the Chesapeake sailing and fishing. I was paid to work, sail, race, and sometimes live on a 51' Hinkley (they didn't really need to pay me but they offered!). I am a high school science teacher who likes to learn by doing. Used to teach at "The Sound School" in New Haven Ct. Check it out, the most amazing on- the- water school there is. I have rebuilt smaller boats from scratch, but nothing on this scale. This is an adventure. All help is greatly appreciated.

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