Parking spot

My lovely and determined wife ordered the wrong size gravel for her sitting area so she made a parking spot for the boat.  It’s level and really nice.

An old clock to replace my new clock.

Last year I had purchased a Weems & Plath Endurance 125 Time and Tide clock for the cabin.  It looked great, very nautical.  About 5 months after I got it it stopped working properly.  The second hand would sit and bounce around 10 and the minute and hour hands were slow.  W&P has a lifetime guarantee but you have to send the clock back to them on your dime to get it fixed.  Reading reviews of the clock on Amazon this is clearly a very common problem, so common that W&P’s repair form has a checkbox for it.  People have indicated that the repaired clock started doing the same thing soon after getting it back so I didn’t have high hopes.  I contacted W&P and indicated I wanted a return shipping label for this since it malfunctioned so soon after getting it.  The nice lady told me she would look into it.  5 days later I contacted her again as I hadn’t heard anything.  She said she needed nothing else from me and would let me know.  Well it’s been 12 days and I haven’t heard a peep out of them.  I am pretty sad about this.  From everything I see online W&P is a respected name, and I guess they used to be, but Mr. Weems and Mr. Plath are probably rolling in their graves seeing the cheap crap the company is churning out these days.  The movement in this clock can be replaced for $12.  10% of what I paid to buy it and less than it’d cost to ship it back.

Disgusted I started looking for a ships clock with bells on ebay.  I found a Seth Thomas Corsair for about what I paid for the W&P clock and bought it.  I know it’s a crap shoot with these clocks since they’re old and the movements aren’t expected to last that long but I figured what the heck.  I received a nice clock that keeps very good time and features ships bells.  It’s a German Hermle movement built in March of 1969 and still runs great.  A similar almost identical clock from W&P costs $1224.  I know you can buy the movement for $440 so I guess you’re paying almost $800 for a brass case?  I’m really disgusted by W&P’s customer service and quality and probably won’t buy anything from them ever again.  If I can find the case from another Seth Thomas Corsair I’ll probably put a comfort meter movement in it to replace the W&P to the right of my nice clock so I can have matching items.  The W&P comfort meter hanging there isn’t even put together right.  The mount is perfectly square with the boat and the face inside leans to the right several degrees.  Poor workmanship all around.  Anyone want to buy some janky W&P stuff?

Update – I’ve since emailed W&P twice more about this, one time linking this blog post, and have been ignored.  I won’t ever buy any of their stuff ever again.

Spray hood frame done (finally)

I finally got the frames for my sprayhood built.  I ordered this hood when I first got the boat from Goran Helmer, the guy who designed the 261 when he worked at Marieholm.  He sent along full size drawings of the frames but I hadn’t gotten around to building them.  Originally I was going to build them from stainless, and that definitely would be stronger but I don’t have the tools to bend stainless tubing properly so I made them from aluminum.  I may have someone fabricate a proper frame when I’m on the coast though.  Last picture is the company that makes sprayhoods for Marieholm 261, 26, and IF, if you’re in the market for one.  They’re about $450 shipped to the US.  I used a conduit bender on the frames and just went real slow.  The first tube I filled with sand, second I did without,  I didn’t notice a difference.  No crimping but there’s a million little dimples along the surface for each tiny bend I made.


April 11 update.

I decided to quit calling every post “more progress” even though that is what it is.

I finally named the boat.  I wanted to buy an AIS and I needed a name to get an MMSI from the FCC so I picked Vesper.  It’s got sibilance, it’s classy.  My German friend Yngmar pointed out that it is a cool evening meal in Germany.

Only took 3 years.

Wind vane is finally mounted too.  I’m sure it’s going to be super useful here in Colorado.  Really it’s for the Bahamas so once I get it figured out I’ll probably leave it off here in CO and just put it on for the bigger trips.

Some metalworking today

The exhaust on this boat was originally just a through hull and so when I put the new engine in I just used another through hull. It works fine but the transom ends up covered with soot and it looks like ass. So I made an extension from stainless exhaust pipe.

I hope it keeps the transom a little cleaner.

And I started on a mount for the steering vane.

Many updates!

The boat spent the season in the water. I learned a lot about how to sail it and how it reacts to certain things. We were on the water during an 80kt gusty storm and had someone drag their mooring down on us. Here are some pictures.

This was after we’d gotten her in the water the first day. I was afraid to drive away and leave her alone. She’d been in my backyard the last 2 years.

Weather up in the mountains can get a bit crazy at times.  This went right over us but missed us entirely only to dump on the valley to the east.

I took this picture on July 15.  This was the result of a hailstorm in the mountains.  I don’t think any hail actually hit the boat even though this is only a mile from my mooring.

Sleeping on the boat at night.  I put red lights in to preserve night vision and it really helps.  The green light on the bilge pump panel is not really helping though.

One of our friends on the lake was kind enough to take some photos of the boat while we were out messing about one day.

Once the lake level started to drop, towards the end of the season.

A couple of pictures right before we hauled out.

Once I got her home I built a pvc frame for the tarp to keep grime off the boat and so I could work on it.  It’s been so cold the times I could actually work have been few but I’m glad to keep the snow off.

IMG_6075  IMG_6073   That second video is the area where we are moored normally.

That’s a video of the wind at the lake on a bad day.  We had wind like this a couple of weeks before we hauled out with gusts to 80 kts and another boat dragged their mooring down onto me.  Minor damage.

While the boat was in the water this summer I took the opportunity to replace the wheel bearings and put new electric brakes on the trailer.  It helped towing A LOT.


That video (you need sound) is before I changed the bearings.  I can’t believe we towed it back from missouri like that.

Pretty much finished.

I finally finished the boot stripe.  I need to touch up a couple of spots of bottom paint where the rudder keepers get attached but it’s pretty much ready for the water.  I need to test run the engine before we take it to the lake, and of course pack it up for travel, but the list is empty.  It has taken 807 days to get here, or 2 years, 2 months, and 16 days.  A ton of money, loads of blood, sweat, and tears.  I hope it floats straight.

Oh what a nice table.

The table for placing adult beverages upon is finished.  I’ll have to adjust the support a little bit as it sags a little.  But otherwise it turned out really nice.  The original was laminated (plywood).  This replacement is solid teak.