On The Hard

On the Hard – the way boaters describe their boats when they are out of the water for maintenance.

It’s been a while since my last post. Sometimes I wonder if Blogging is a little too much like the people who post endless photos of their meals on Facebook and my posts are just not that interesting. In the end, I decided to keep going.

Since my last post,  I spent a couple weeks with my brother in Florida. I bought a lot of things that are not available here or are very much more expensive.

My transmission has been rebuilt and I have a functional 16 HP Perkins diesel engine. I installed a new fuel filter and had my fuel tanks cleaned.

My new VHF radio outputs a GPS signal that my laptop can read and I have a navigation program that is similar to GPS systems on land. Instead of maps, it displays nautical charts that give you information like boat speed, course, water depth, buoys, and navigation lights.

I have a satellite phone for making calls at sea.

I installed a new propane stove and also bought a portable refrigerator that will be permanently installed.

Now it’s time for things that can only be done on the hard. The main items to be done are to install 2 new sea cocks for a new head (like a toilet, but more moody) and paint the bottom with anti-fouling paint. The paint minimizes marine growth on the hull which will really slow you down and may eventually damage the hull.

Here are 3 “Before” photos.