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Haul Out By the Numbers

35: Days in the Yard
First and last days don’t count, so

33 days
  • less 16 days of rain
  • less 8 days waiting for parts
  • less 3 days spent at the vet
Hey, that’s only 7 days left of work days! Not bad, eh!
Actual work day time breakdown: 

  • 1 hour set-up
  • 1 hour looking for tools (I put the screwdriver in my pocket 3 seconds ago. How has it gone missing?!)
  • 1 hour doing dishes by bucket and water bottle system. The worst. 
  • 1 hour looking at how to videos and articles
  • 1 hour at the hardware store
  • 30 minutes talking to completely random people who drove by and wanted to ask us 20 questions. I wanted to do an FAQ printout or charge admission.
  • 30 minutes walking to and from the bathrooms/showers
  • 30 minutes lunch break
  • 30 minutes project clean up
Which leaves 2 hours of daylight available for actual work, on good weather days with no tool breakages.

2: Riggers we contacted to fabricate steering cables
     Rigger #1 spent a week dodging our calls, emails, office visits and then told us he didn’t have the right fitting but would call. We don’t recommend that guy.
     Rigger #2 didn’t have the right fitting but figured out fabricating one within 2 days. Those guys were awesome!

No regular fridge, no energy, and no interest in washing up = 60 Cup a Soups eaten. We had cereal for breakfast, cup a soup for lunch, and cup a soup or cereal for dinner.

0: Nights I slept
7: Days of recovery at anchor doing massive, intense cleaning to rid ourselves of the boat yard, the woods, and the bugs!
Many: projects completed
Many more: projects added to the list
Countless: projects left to do

So, how did we do on our previously published task list you ask?
  • Replace escape hatches. Sand, paint frames and handles. Clean seal. Ugh, that was terrible. I don’t recommend doing that again! But we have brand new hatches and they do not leak!
  • Sail drive seals and oil, clean cooling channels and replace zincs. Check! Not as bad as I thought it would be.
  • Replace hull zinc. Easy peasy.
  • Get speed wheel working. It works, but Im not sure it’s accurate.
  • Secure Duogen bolts (remove liferaft locker) —>repair or remove Duogen. Sadly, I’m sad to tell you the sad news. The Duogen has met an unfortunate end. Sometimes you just cut your loses and move on with life! Our solar is doing us just fine.
  • Compound and wax hull and deck. Well, the decks got put off until after the boat yard because of the boatyard filth that was impossible to keep away. But the hulls look AMAZING.
  • Epoxy deck void areas.  Done before we hauled.
  • Gelcoat repairs. Check, sort of.
  • Epoxy bead on bulkheads. Pending!
  • Autopilot maintenance. Hmm, how’d that get missed?
  • Windlass maintenance. This was the most rewarding project (or so Matt says). He polished and serviced up that windlass and it looks like new. I wish we’d taken before and after pictures, but sadly we did not :(
  • Fix all hatch leaks. Done!
  • Strainer for fridge thru-hull. Decided not to fix things that aren’t broke.
  • Check battery tie downs, and inspect electrical system/connections. Tomorrow, I swear!
  • Replace steering cables. (Take old steering cables to rigger to re-make) Oh, what a drama. Matt said words I didnt know he knew.
  • Lube and inspect all steering components. Again, words that I didn’t know Matt knew!
  • Clean and polish bilges. Hahahahaha, surely you jest. Maybe next week?
  • Radar networking to OpenCPN. Still hasn’t happened.
  • Refrigerator: digital thermostat?, clean and paint handle. No, we didn’t do any of that. We did put in a spiffy drawer system in the fridge though!
  • Overhaul Yamaha 15. Done!
  • Clean dinghy, install lights. Hmm.
  • Replace galley AC outlet. Nope.
  • Port toilet joker valve. Done! Big improvement there!
  • Sand and paint bottom. 3 coats. Raise waterline 1 inch. Done!
New Installs:
  • Install liferaft. Done!
  • Install raw water pump. What a lovely thing that is, to not have to use a bucket to get off that Chesapeake mud!
  • Props: Install Flexofolds. Giddy-up! We be moving’ now!
Cosmetics:
  • Remove old vinyl striping. Lucy’s having a panic attack just thinking about it!
  • Add side graphics (name, artwork, single grey 4.5 inch stripe). Looking lovely!
  • Interior: reorganize and dump extra weight. We slimmed as much as we could...
  • Install faux tile: galley backsplash, bathroom backsplashes Spiffy!
  • Replace guest bath faucet. Big improvement in the guest bathroom!
  • Install white LED underwater lights (4, 2 on each hull, one set facing inward, one set facing outward) We decided on blue lights in the end. Yeah, that’s right, this girls got bling. And somehow blue LED courtesy lights in the cockpit and sugarscoops got added for fun!
We even have a "new things we did" and "new things we still need to do" list, but it's so tedious my eyes are dry. 
Lagoon 380 at anchor
We used to have three blue pinstripes, now we have one gray stripe - and added the boat name and art to the hull. Waterline raised 1.5 inches. And yes, 42 is cold. Yes, socks under sandals = style.
Lagoon 380 catamaran blue underwater and courtesy lights
Lights, liferaft installed, new dinghy lines
Lagoon 380 sail catamaran lights at sunset
Hastings is happy to be back on the water!
Lagoon 380 sail catamaran

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5 comments

  1. Wow - you guys got a lot done! I'm loving the socks in the sandals fashion look. I think we've all been there and done that at some point :-) The blue lighting looks blingtastic!

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    1. Thanks Ellen! When we get to Florida, I can remove the socks and live like a normal person. With our fancy lighting, maybe we'll fit in with the mega yacht crowd in Miami?

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  2. Independence is looking swell! So much work done. But, of course, there is always more... Our emergency hatches leaked in the beginning as well. We re-bedded them a few times out of the water and in (!) the water, until they didn't anymore. I have often heard that redoing the vinyl is close to impossible and very infuriorating. If there is any way to clean it, go for that option. I can't believe you had to get steering cables made. I thought they had them in all sizes. We replaced one during our cruise, and it was one of the easier projects. Congrats on surviving the boat yard, and each other! :-)

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    1. I saw a new Fountaine Pajot that had gray vinyl stripes, and thought Inde needed them instead of her blue stripes. But yeah, only the extremely optimistic think it's a good idea! I like the newer emergency escapes- solid glass with a hammer instead of an opening hatch.

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  3. I agree in regards to the newer hatches. If you really need to use them, a hammer will do the trick! I thought you meant vinyl liner inside the boat, which appears to be awful to remove. I love Inde's new grey stripe! Very classy... :-) We once replaced our black strip and could not get it straight at all!

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