"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

April 19, 2017

April 18 – Work, Work, Work

Olverson’s Lodge Creek Marina

"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." ~Willie Nelson

Just a quick post to update everyone on all the fun we've been having since we returned to the boat two weeks ago. We both have been working very hard on projects, putting in 8 to 10 hour days, but Stan has really been the one doing the hard work. I took a little break to return to Pennsylvania to spend Easter with our family while he stayed behind and refinished the salon floor.

The good news is we can see the end in sight and will be ready to cruise soon. By the weekend we should be done with the major projects...our first reward will be to move out of the shed and into the light. Living on a boat in a barn isn't a lot of fun...we need sunshine. 

Day Five: Put snaps (72) on two new sets of front window covers, finished repairing deck, fixed dock box, removed anchor chain to measure and replace and second coat of Cetol on name boards.  

Day Six: Third coat of Cetol on name boards, sanded and painted Kiwi Grip on deck that had been repaired, touched up a few others places with Kiwi Grip, changed fuel and oil filters, changed the engine oil, painted the deck chairs, painted Kiwi Grip on boarding stairs, polished some stainless, waxed more of the upper deck and added a coat of Cetol gloss to back window frame. 

Day Seven: Finished polishing all the stainless, wiped upper deck with Methyl Ethyl Ketone to remove old wax and dirt before waxing, applied first coat of Cetol gloss on name boards, caulked around a few windows, scrapped old paint off mast and waxed more of the upper deck. 

Day Eight: Second coat of Cetol gloss on name boards, sanded salon floor and applied first coat of Interlux Goldspar 60 Satin. 

Day Nine: Third coat is Cetol gloss on name board, second coat of Interlux Goldspar 60 Satin on salon floor and waxed part of upper deck. 

Day Ten: Third coat of Interlux Goldspar 60 Satin on floor and waxed more of the boat. 

Day Eleven: Fourth coat of Interlux Goldspar 60 Satin on floor and waxed more of the boat. These days are beginning to all sound alike...I'm thinking the caption needs a day off. 

Day Twelve: Serviced the generator, waxed more of the boat and cleaned the shower sump

Day Thirteen: The floor looks amazing but the sanding left dust everywhere so today I began cleaning...everything inside and outside of cabinets. Stan taped off the teak on the flybridge and then sanded it in preparation for a coat of Cetol. He also sanded the mast and windless and applied a coat of primer.

Before and after pictures of the deck
Before and after pictures of part of the waxing 
Window covers to block the sun completely
Window covers to add privacy and block direct sun...these are better because we can still see out, but when it's hot the others keep out more heat. 
The floor after Stan stripped off the old finish...I wish I had a before picture. Our floor is made of teak and holly, but we've never been able to make out the lighter holly stripes...until now. 
The floor after one coat of Interlux Goldspar 60 Satin 
Just a little dust...on and in everything. 
The floor under our stove always looked wonderful...almost like new, now the rest of the floor matches. I love it.
All of this stuff was in the cabinet under the sink. It's amazing how much "stuff" fits on this boat.

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April 10, 2017

April 9 - Boat Projects

Olverson’s Lodge Creek Marina

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ―Dr. Seuss

We've been back onboard for four days and we've been very busy. Here at Olverson's we are docked in a covered slip. It makes doing some projects easier but the lack of light makes it hard to see. The lack of sunshine on the boat also keeps us cooler...not a bad thing in the summer, but this time of year it's a little cold without those wonderful rays of light to warm the cabin. So, we are working hard to finish projects as quickly as we can so we can move to a new location. Here are some of the things we've been working on. 

Day One: Opened boat, unpacked car and put things away, turn on systems and flushed out water tanks. 

Day Two: Provisioned, washed boat, cleaned inside of boat, sanded all non-skid in preparation for painting. 

Day Three: Late start because it was very cold (36ยบ) and windy. Ran to Ace Hardware for supplies, sanded nameplates, removed dock box, started taping for non-skid. 

Day Four: First coat of Cetol on name boards, finished taping non skid, started repairing soft spot on port deck by drilling holes and filling with epoxy, began waxing upper deck and painted Kiwi Grip on all non skid areas.

Just a few groceries to get us started
Good thing we have plenty of storage space!
Refinishing the name plates
Fixing the deck
Taping the deck for the non-skid paint
Before and after pictures of the deck. I love the new non-skid paint
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April 7, 2017

April 6 - We’re Back

Olverson’s Lodge Creek Marina

“I don’t mind being gone…it’s the leaving I don’t like.” –Susie Marshall

People think when we go back to the east coast we're going on vacation. It's not a vacation...it's just life. We're going back to our home...lots of people have two homes. Rockport is full of winter Texans, when the weather up north gets cold they come south...when the weather begins to warm up in Texas we head back to The Pearl. We enjoy the variety that having a place on the east coast and in Texas offers.

We’re back onboard The Pearl…Day One: open up the boat, unwinterize systems, flush out the water tank, unpack car and try to find a place for everything we brought back. It seems like the boat gets smaller every year. After six months at home and on the Texas Pearl…it has! Day Two: wash boat, provision and figure out what projects to get started on. Before we leave this marina we want to paint the non skid portion of the deck, put a coat of Cetol on the teak, wax the top sides, paint the dinghy bottom, and redo the name plates…those are just the big projects, I’m sure there are a lot of other little things too. If the weather stays nice we should be ready to go in a few weeks.

The boat looks good...everything looked just as we left it. Even the anchor was still here! The last time we left the boat this long someone helped themselves to our Rocna anchor.
A little celebration dinner for being back onboard and finishing our first day of work.
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April 6, 2017

Summer Plans

Sadly we had to say good bye to our family in Pennsylvania this morning. We headed north to Ithaca, New York to check out the town and the Allan Treman State Marine Park. Our plan is to take The Pearl up the Hudson, through the Erie Canal and into Cayuga Lake for the summer. It's a beautiful place and will give us a chance to explore a new area while staying close to family.

Cayuga Lake is the largest of the eleven Finger Lakes in upstate New York. The area is famous for their wineries, vineyards, breweries, farmers markets, waterfalls, gorge hikes, bike trails, fishing, and outstanding restaurants. Even on a cool, cloudy day we could tell it'll be a fun place to spend the summer. Our original plan was to book a slip for half the season, which wouldn't start until the middle of July, but after visiting the area today we decided to book a slip for the whole season. We're excited and are looking forward to spending the summer exploring this wonderful area.

Our dock for the summer
Our slip for the summer
This will be our view from the flybridge this summer...not as pretty now as it'll be when we return.
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