This past Sunday my friend Dave and I were down at the marina working on the s/v Pretty Gee. There are a lot of spring projects I’m working on and Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day to be down at the marina.
One project was cleaning and polishing the stainless steel on the boat. This has been made a lot simpler thanks to Spotless Stainless. I recently wrote about this product and would highly recommend it if you have any stainless steel to polish or maintain.
We broke for lunch and headed over to the Portugese barbeque place that is about a mile away. Dave ordered the grilled chicken, where I ordered the grilled beef short ribs.
The beef dish is very similar to Galbi, or Korean barbequed beef short ribs, and is usually what I order when we go there.
The biggest project this spring is replacing the overhead inside the cabin. This is mainly because of all the holes and cuts I’ve had to make in the original fabric overhead to install the blocks, deck organizers, line clutches and other equipment I’ve installed over the past four years. The new overhead will be plywood, instead of the foam-backed vinyl that was originally there. The plywood will be epoxy-coated to protect it from water intrusion and then painted or varnished. The plywood will be attached to 3/8″ thick furring strips that I am epoxying to the underside of the cabintop. The furring strips will have #10-24 t-nuts installed every 8″, and button head socket screws will hold the plywood to the furring strips.
The furring strips will allow me to add insulation throughout most of the cabintop. This should make the cabin a bit more comfortable. I will also be adding cable conduits that will allow me to add or modify equipment more easily in the future. All the hardware will have access panels, which will allow me to inspect them and work on them without having to damage the overhead in the future.
I also pulled the head out of the boat. This is one of the more important upgrades, since the head stopped working at the end of last season. The whole head compartment is basically being upgraded as part of this spring’s commissioning. I am replacing the obsolete and discontinued HeadMate 90 that came with the boat with a Raritan PHC—LBA unit, which re-uses the bowl from the HeadMate—essentially converting it into a Raritan PHC head. The Raritan PHC/PHII head is one of the most reliable and economical heads available today, and should work a good deal better than the old HeadMate 90. The price difference between a HeadMate 90 re-build kit and the Raritan PHC-LBA unit was fairly reasonable and well worth the investment.
For dinner, we got t-bone steaks from the grocery store and grilled them aboard the boat. We also had salad from the grocery store, and I made teriyaki noodles that my friend Glenn had given me before he left for Europe. We had grapes and cookies for after dinner and had IBC Black Cherry soda and Mountain Dew to drink. While the boat wasn’t in the water, this was the first meal aboard her for the season.
Here’s Dave, grilling the T-bone steaks on the Pretty Gee’s grill.
Here’s the sunsetting over the Acushnet River and New Bedford, as seen from the marina.