We're working hard! We are determined to get Zora launched and move aboard in June. Things are getting done.......
she still looks like a construction zone but we can see that we're
When we were moved back inside, we totally washed
down the decks for the first time since they were painted last summer.
We're hoping that all of the interior carpentry
will be finished by the end of the first week in May. Then Neil will
start working on the spars and rigging, and I, in relative cleanliness,
will get to work varnishing the interior. To that end, we're
concentrating on interior projects. Neil's building the enclosure for
the 120 volt (A.C.) panel, LPG panel, and engine controls, and the A.C.
system will be in place within the week. Here's the beginning:
We've also made some good steps towards fun
"finish" projects: the bottom is totally sanded smooth and
white, the barrier coat (Interlux "Interprotect") is ordered;
the bottom paint (Trinidad SR in green) is ordered; the boot stripe
paint is bought (Brightside in Flag Blue). The April issue of Cruising
World magazine had some very timely articles for us, including one on
marking and painting boot stripes. We used their idea for making a
marking system, and it worked well! We're raising our waterline several
inches: it had already been raised a few inches so, in all, it's about
6.5" higher that the "designed" water line. It isn't as
pretty, since it wraps the transom, but it will allow for all of our
cruising gear, hopefully. So we used the top of the existing boot stripe
as our constant, and measured up and down from there for our new
stripes. The boot stripe is not a constant width on the hull, it is much
wider at the bow and especially the stern to compensate for the large
change in hull angle there (although visually it appears the same width
when you look at the boat from normal viewing distance). So we made a
tool out of a torpedo level, some wood cut to the correct thickness, and
rubber bands. After leveling the boat on her stands, I
painstakingly went around the boat marking the hull every 6" or so.
The leading edge of the middle piece of wood is placed on the existing
stripe. I taped a pointed splinter of wood onto the top edge of the
level to show where to mark the top edge of the new boot stripe.
The leading edge of the bottom piece marks the new waterline. As
you go around the hull and the angle changes, you slide the pieces till
they touch the hull when the torpedo level is leveled. Next step is
Meanwhile I've set up my sewing table and am
awaiting the delivery of the foam and zippers: next week I start sewing
I want to take a minute to thank a few folks
who've been so generous in the last couple of weeks. Mike Faulkingham
has kindly loaned us his great inflatable dinghy and outboard for our
trip: that is such a huge help! And, at the Sabre owners' "yard
sale" last weekend, Bob and Suzy Martin gave us a new fresh water
pump (with spares!), boat hook, and chart holder. Thanks so much! A very
nice person who saw our web site has offered to build our cockpit grates
for us, since he's recently built some for his own boat, thanks so much
Stan Murphy!!!!! We've also gotten some help recently from the
incredibly nice folks at Sabre Yachts. I had been looking for small,
sturdy puch-button latches and saw that they use just the ones I wanted.
I emailed them and they offered to sell me some. I even got a tour of
the factory and hands-on advice from the builders. Lyman Morse
boatbuilders have also helped us out by supplying the refrigerator
gasket we need: thanks guys! It's really great how open and helpful the
boatbuilding community is, especially here in Maine.
Also started painting our boot and cove stripes; reckoning with
fish-eye problems. Even after careful prepping with degreaser, acetone, denatured
alcohol, the "correct" Interlux thinner, and Awlprep, still
some fisheye problems. We'll have to fill and fair between coats. Just
another one of those projects that was supposed to take couple of
hours but ends up taking a week!!!
Neil's started his vacation! The last vacation he'll ever take from
his job.... he's got two weeks to work at the boat day and night.
Already the interior is coming together quickly: the cabinet over the
stove is nearly finished and he'll start on the dish cabinet tomorrow.
He's hoping to have all of the interior cabinetry finished, trimmed and
bunged (with the exception of hanging the doors, which our friend Dave
is making for us), and the sole repaired, by the end of these two weeks.
That will mean that I can clean the heck out of the boat and start
varnishing the interior while Neil works on the spars. We're still
hoping to launch in June, although of course we keep losing time: we're
already a week behind because Neil got sent to Texas last week and had
to postpone his vacation: argh!
We have made some huge decisions recently, things that have been
hanging over my head for 2 years! The liferaft..... we've ordered a
self-righting Viking RescYou Pro. It was fully $600 more than our other
choices, but we just felt more comfortable with it. Of course, we'll
probably -hopefully!!- never use it so it'll be a non-issue, but I
do feel better knowing we have a good raft. It's not the super
top-of-the-line SOLAS $7000 deluxe, but, hopefully, a robust raft with
adequate supplies. We like the self-righting feature (it'll flip upright
if it deploys upside down) and it has two big access doors, and
inflatable floor, double arches, and other good stuff. It also has a
lovely canister (Danish design, what do you expect?) which is nice since
it's a BIG thing to have on the aft cabin top.
interior carpentry, bottom paint....