Free, independepent, mobile and afloat again!

Posted in Uncategorized on 08/06/2012 by ketchkaraka

We made it… i haven’t updated this log that much lately as we were rushing to get everything done as fast as possible to get out of the boat yard…
And so it is. The boat is all nice and painted black, we finally got the engine running, and now we’re tied to a dock, floating. This afternoon we’ll be heading for the anchorage in front of town…
Here are some pics

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It looks so easy just looking at the pictures, apply a coat of black, put the boat back in the water, tie to the dock… it was not. The pictures do not show all the work inside, the multiple coats of paint and all the preparation in between, the engine room work, the days upside down under the engine battling uncooperating bolts, the frustration of encountering countless new problems that absolutely need to be solved before relaunching, the incredible heat, the draw back as when tthe black paint starting bubbling, the tons of stuff to be sorted through, lifted back on board and put away, etc etc… and all that while seeing our friends leave for sea, sail across oceans, make landfalls in paradise, and us still working in our concrete yard…
It has been one hell of a trip, and i’m mighty glad it is over. Now, in an odd way, we are in “land ho!” mode, as we feel we have completed a hard and strenuous journe toward freedom. Now is time to relax a bit, tidy the boat, sort out our finances, and then decide what to do next…

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Okay, more photos

Posted in Uncategorized on 02/06/2012 by ketchkaraka

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Almost there

Posted in Uncategorized on 02/06/2012 by ketchkaraka

ETS (estimated time of splash)  is for monday afternoon… we still have some jobs on the list, such as rerigging the forestay, reconnecting both engines, and putting away every tools and scrapes of material , but at long last we can see the end of the tunel… we’ll still have to take care of the deck, but we’ll do that after relaxing a bit, since it can be done in the water… for now our focus is on getting ready to get out of the boatyard… karaka will have been one week short of a year on this damn concrete yard… way too long…

Anyway, here are some pics of the work

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Hum, well, there are plenty more pics but the internet is acting up so it will wait…

22 photos for 22 days without updates

Posted in Uncategorized on 20/05/2012 by ketchkaraka

It’s been ages i updated the log, but hey, i had other things to do…
We’ve been working very hard, making good progress. We got joined by my parents, alain and christine, and also by rick, an ex crew member who sailed with us in the carribean.
The interior is pretty much done, except for the compartment under the main engine. The engine is up a good meter from where it usually sits, and i’ve been struggling with cleaning the bilge underm a real mess. Otherwise we finally finished grinding off the old paint on the whole hull outside, and we are in the process of applying new paint… but i will just post pictures, as they speak better than words…
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More photos…

Posted in Uncategorized on 29/04/2012 by ketchkaraka

It is so much easier to post photos than to write details… so here goes…

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That was cat abuse from a hard working kim, taking care of the aft cabin

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A not so pretty hull. I scaled the rusty spots all around, hard work, and found a couple bad surprises… the worst one is the deck over hang, which serves as docking protection and luckily is not structural, that is rusted through on a fairly big portion… i’ll need to cut a piece about 10 cm by 4 meters and reweld… big job. I might need to hire somebody to do that, as it is an overhead weld and i’m not sure i can handle it… i’ll try though…
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You can see how it looks on this photo. I banged on it with a hammer and that’s why it looks ragged, but what happened is that water made its way inside and rust ate through the metal over the years, it probably never was painted in there. From outside it looked okay but when i tried to remove small rust scale, i found that the metal left was paper thin,with many holes… so off it goes… to explain a bit, this ragged hole doesn’t lead into the boat, only inside a small compartment formed by the deck on the top, the hull on the back side, and the rusty piece on the under side… so it is not a disaster, the integrity of the hull is not compromised at all.

Otherwise i also found a hole through the hull out of the chain locker, but that was expected,since the chain locker looks like this :
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But that will be easier to take care off…
Making progress though, doing good. It is very nice to have kim back and not be on my own anymore…
Two others are on their way, driving down from the states as well, and then my parents will fly in on the 8 th of may… so we should have plenty of help for the final sprint, the Big Painting.

And also , beside all this, we found some time to play some music together with kim, her on her violin and me on my new concertina, which is real great. And as a threat, here is the sunset in front of me as i write this…
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Back to work…

Posted in Uncategorized on 28/04/2012 by ketchkaraka

Too tired to write much, but here are a few pics of what is going on…

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Engine room

Posted in Uncategorized on 24/04/2012 by ketchkaraka

So, I have been working on the engine room floor. Alex and frank came to help me move the genset from where it sits usually on the floor ,up on the workbench, to clear the floor for cleaning and painting.

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After that i got into the rust on the floor, which was really bad and thick, and also covered with some greasy gunk that was very hard to remove.

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It took me a few days with the needle scaler, the wire brush, soap and water, acid, etc etc.

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But i finally got it under control, and this morning i applied the first coat of primer.

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You can see the difference…

Otherwise, during those last few days i also spent quite a bit of time recovering from a serious hang over, rode the bike all over town several times trying to locates parts for the underwater window i’m building, had to fix the bike that is falling appart, cleaned up the boat to make it nicer for kim when she arrives, and finally while my primer was drying in the engine room, i started scaling rust on the outside of the hull… been busy…