Second version of this instrument panel I’ve made. I neglected to make a place for the engine stop knob on the first version. Works well, new warning lights installed. I wanted to install it in the boat but I realized if I do I can’t test start the engine before I put it back in the boat next year so it’ll stay out for the time being.
Because the windows sandwich headliner on the interior of the boat I had to get that glued in before I put the windows back in… and I needed the windows back in so the boat was weatherproof before winter. I was extremely nervous gluing the headliner back in. It goes on with contact cement so you get one shot to get it right or else you have to tear it out and wire brush the foam off and clean it all with acetone again before the next shot. Help from Lorena and Ryan made this an easy job with no mistakes. It turned out great.
Started putting the deck hardware back on. When I originally painted the deck this summer I foolishly thought I could get it painted and the hardware back on in one week. HA!! It’s been a couple of months of fitting and epoxy work to get here but it’s looking good. If you click that image below you can zoom in and see how I modified the bow pulpit.
A box just arrived at the house and this is what was inside. The old winches were okay, but not up to modern standards. Since I plan on doing some offshore passages with this boat I wanted self-tailers for the jib sheets so I can singlehand the boat while Lorena is off watch. These are the Practical Sailor top rated winches so they should do the job okay.
First coat of paint on the boat. We used Interlux Brightsides. Originally I wanted to use 2 part but after a phone discussion with one of the Interlux gurus he said that brightside is what they recommend for high traffic areas that may need occasional retouching and we also weren’t sure that the boat hadn’t been painted with another paint at some point. The hull definitely has been painted. The paint went on really well, roller only with no tipping required. The leveling agents in this paint are amazing. Looking forward to getting the second coat on and then painting the cockpit.
Picked up the new engine from the freight terminal yesterday. Going to need some help getting it off the trailer. The old engine had a hole in the head and wouldn’t start due to compression problems. Bad compression in a diesel is the kiss of death, requiring a rebuild and volvo engines are ridiculously expensive. I found this engine at a good price in Massachusetts and had it shipped out.