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FOR SALE, a Whitby 42

Posted by Bryan on Monday, November 25, 2013, In : Rant 
As sad as it will be, we will be selling our boat at the end of this trip we are on.  We have to finish before July 1st, 2014 so we can get back to Canada and go back to work.  Some time in June 2014 we will be arriving back in the Chesapeake bay and putting the boat up for sale.  A new lucky owner would have a few months to cruise the Chesapeake Bay and then head south for the winter.  

It was only ever planned to be a one year trip.  We have been constantly adding little things to the boat 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 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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Big Changes

Posted by Bryan on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, In : Rant 
Sorry for the delay in posts.  The last 30 days has been the most busy in my life.  Here is a list of things that have happened, that prevented me from updating.  I will be putting a bunch of updates soon, that show all the work that has happened:

1.  End of june is always busy for High school teachers.  Exams, grades, clean up, etc..
2.  Both my kids birthdays.
3.  Last minute attachments to the boat for transport.
4.  packed as much as posstlbe into the boat for transport to Port Kinsale Marina...

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Pools Gone

Posted by Bryan on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, In : Rant 
Had to get rid of the pool to rent the house.
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April Snow ??

Posted by Bryan on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, In : Rant 
A fellow Canadian asked me what prompted me to want to go on a sailing trip for a year to the Bahamas.......he asked me while it was snowing on April 22nd.  Enough said.

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Lots of jobs....little pictures

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : Rant 
I need to keep up with pictures, but I am not always good at it.

Other jobs that are all happening at the same time are:

1.  Just epoxied freezer tops (Corian) to insulated lids and attached pull handles.
2.  Have run almost ever wire I can think of....except Solar Panel wires.  I want to make sure it works first.
3.  Run ever fresh water pipe, connected every sink.
4.  Ran hydraulic lines for hydraulic steering.
5.  Added more insulation to engine room.
6.  Ran wires for engine room (Blower fans, l...
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Ice in All the wrong places

Posted by Bryan on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : Rant 
Ice should be found in your drinks, the Freezer, and the Rink.  Not everywhere else.

 Only in Canada do you get weather like this in Mid April.
Almost had to wear ice skates to make it to the boat, and the steps were really bad.
For all of you Florida people, this is known as freezing rain.  Bet you didn't know it could freeze after it landed. 
At least we only got 1/3 of what they weather was actually calling for.
   This is my vacuum bucket for sucking out liquids. It shows the ice build up on t...
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Posted by Bryan on Monday, February 11, 2013, In : Rant 
A reminder why we are going on this trip.

The same storm that hammered New England dropped a fair amount of snow on the Toronto and north of Toronto area.  These pictures make it look like a lot more than it is, but the way the drifts collected looks impressive.  We had about 15 nches of snow.  We are at the top of a big hill....and the only hill... for a long ways.  We get some impressive winds that pile up the snow.  Some places of our yard have 2-4 inches of snow, other have  24 inches.

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Back To Work

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, In : Rant 
Football Season has ended.  Took my team to the championship game and came up a little short.  Used a 100 year old single wing offense, adapted to Canadian football play.  A fun wild ride, but exhausting. 

Some short articles:
Banting revives old fashion football.
Banting falls short in finals

I have been working, although slow and when I get a chance.  So I have a bunch of things that have been updated.

Varnishing is getting close to being able to say we are close to being done (???  it seems to...
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Back to School

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, In : Rant 
Tomorrow is the first day of school around here.  So that means, I get some time off.....from boat work.

 Back to teaching science....and one cooking course.
That, along with coaching football, will seriously cut into my boat working time.  However, I have the boat at a good place. It is water proof and all major jobs are now complete. Major systems are ready for smaller work.  I can spend time connecting wires and pipes and getting the boat back together.

Devon and I found a great way to cut an...
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Other work happening.

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, In : Rant 

I know I don't post very often, and then a bunch at a time.  And I still don't show everything that is happening.  But I am trying. 

Some things I have been working on that are not show:
The Water Tanks.

I have had some good advise from respected Whitby 42 owners on the water tanks.  A known issue.  I am going to try a combination of ideas that do not involve serious alteration to the boat.  I have inspected my gasket ? Caulk stuff that holds the tanks in place and in the end, I have decided tha...
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What were they thinking????

Posted by Bryan on Sunday, April 15, 2012, In : Rant 
Anybody who thinks "These screws will never be exposed to water"
"They don't need to be stainless"

Well take a look at these.  These are the screws that I could get out.  I have been taking out ALL the non stainless screws that I can find everywhere on the boat.  Most are rusted, some are just powdered remains.  A few come out, but most are useless.  If I can't get the screws out, I just yank the wood and it usually comes out, snapping the screws or just ripping them out.  I can't tell if these...
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Ordering Stuff

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, In : Rant 
I finally got the OK from the doctor to not wear my sling and I can start doing more boat work, although slowly for the next month.  I have been spending hours and hours looking up and ordering parts that I will eventually need.  I found a local person to build me a new Aluminum fuel tank once I get the old on out, a somewhat local fabric supplier, to redo the main salon cushions, and lots of little bits and pieces.  I found a place that would sell me a full sheet of Teak vaneer plywood for o...
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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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Just as a reminder to my self why I am doing all of this.  There is nice weather at the end of the tunnel.

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