Posts Tagged with ‘Bowsprit’
24 Jun 2013
You win some, you lose some. I don’t know why but I feel like I lost on this one. It isn’t that I didn’t get the job done, it’s just one of those bad feelings. You see, it all started with hauling our long forgotten bow pulpit platform back to the boat.
And the idea was to stick it back onto the new shiny bowsprit.
But of course there was a problem. There are always issues with a boat project. You see when they fabricated the SS bowsprit they had to adjust so […]
17 Feb 2013
Now that the bowsprit is on, it looked about time to get the tired old bobstay replaced. Tired? You may be wondering what makes it so tired. Perhaps it is the cracks showing through the turnbuckle forks, or maybe its the rust stains seeping out of the Sta-lok fitting. I don’t know, but it just seemed time to replace it.
The first thing we did today was set up the dink so I could get down there and work at the water line. I pulled the lower clevis pin and then took the front of t […]
16 Feb 2013
Weather forecast: 55 degrees dropping to 36 with winds out of the NW 20-28 knots
Verdict: Outside boatwork day. Yaaaayyyyyy…
Determined to get some work done we trudged out to the boat, gradually becoming aware of the windy and cold conditions as we neared the end of the dock. WOW it was blowing up a storm out there. Like a Nor…err SouthEaster! We’ll call her Dory since she just kept blowing, just kept blowing, just kept blowing.
It was VERY tempting to call this day off, a & […]
09 Feb 2013
I know you all think I abandoned this blog and gave ownership over it to Dani. Now this wouldn’t really be a bad thing since she has been churning out some pretty cool articles on cushions and fabric and other stuff like that. But, I think its time to return to Tate’s Dog and Pony show. So now, I submit to my readers a very dry and picture laden post to document the process of resinstalling the sprit. I apologize that I haven’t included any of my usual antics (read: sma […]
20 Jan 2013
In a freak turn of events, the weather has turned on us lately. You wouldn’t expect sub 40F temperatures in Louisiana even in the height of Winter, but there you have it. And what is this magical number relevant to? Its relevant because epoxy doesn’t set up below that temp range and the next step in our rigging project involves epoxy. It hasn’t helped that rain has been in the mix preventing us from daring to do any sort of deck work. But today… Finally a respit […]
01 Jan 2013
How do you know that you’re a very bizarre couple? You spend New Year’s Eve tracking down 4200 in WestMarine (where the guy knows your name) and then go to the marina to “slip in an hour” before heading to a party.
I know it seems totally irrational that after we’ve done so much stuff to Sundowner that I’d be so very happy to see this sight… But there it is. Elated. It seems like this rigging business has been going on forever. I mean we didn̵ […]
29 Dec 2012
How come all the jobs on a boat have to start out so shitty? I mean honestly, its like a thing. Literally in this case. I was determined to use some of this vacation time to get down to business on the front of the boat. The first order of business is to get our new stem fitting installed so I can line up the new sprit. In addition of course I need to make all the deck repairs up front before putting the new bolts in place. So what do I do? Go up to the front of the boat so I can g […]
24 Dec 2012
The weekend started out pretty well with Beau coming over to give me a hand with the heavy lifting of the new bowsprit. I was going to dry fit it to the bow pulpit and measure everything out for real. I knew I had at least one problem working , so I made sure I had the angle grinder with me. Actually I usually have my angle grinder near by. That and the sawzall.
The bow pulpit makes a nice pseudo saw horse.
As I had fore seen the eye band was butted up against the front foot of the pul […]
15 Dec 2012
The scene last night after receiving “the shipment”.
Last night after work was over Dani and I ventured out into the urban wilderness of New Orleans to find a massive SAIA shipping station that contained our Christmas presents. We’d ordered almost everything we need to get under way with the rigging project and its been a long time and a lot of money coming. The parts came via freight and couldn’t be delivered to a private residence so we had to go pick it up at the […]
04 Dec 2012
Out with the old…
In with the… modified. See the difference?
The bow pulpit on Sundowner had two major flaws. The first major flaw was the cross bars welded from side to side in the middle of the pulpit. Now I’ve long speculated on how this particular wizardry came to be because I’ve never seen another boat with a setup even remotely close to that of ours.
You see, cross bars were welded in place. Then “ears” were welded onto them. Then another se […]