Averisera: Thumper in Hospital

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Thumper the Yanmar 1GM is in hospital.  A private room on Dan's bench.  Thanks Dan.  Ross is doing his very best to make Thumper whole including statements like, "I have that part in my attic."

We aren't worried.  Elizabeth is worried Norm will execute on his two 12 foot sweep plan.  Long story there involving my mom rowing their 26 foot US Navy whaleboat/lifeboat with 12 foot sweeps while dad steered.  Honeymoon cruise?  Uh huh.  They were married for well over 60 years and mom never rowed dad again!  A story Norm has told more than once.

Averisera: Thumper rebuild, 1

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Thumper, our diesel engine, is coming out for a rebuild.  The rings are bad and we are burning lubricating oil as well as the intended diesel fuel.  Today, we detached all the stuff thats attached.  Well most of it.  Thumper is a Yanmar 1GM probably from 1984.  More to follow.

Averisera: Depth Meter

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We installed a new Hawk Eye Depth Meter yesterday while afloat.  The sender/transponder sends a signal through the solid fiberglass hull so no through hull is required.  Pretty cool.  We glued the transponder in place with a Pettit product that meets the requirements of being clear, thick, and slow-cure.  The epoxy mixes in the nozzle and comes out without air bubbles.

I made a small dam from some clay which turned out to be unnecessary.  The transponder was simply squished into place.  We turned the device on and bingo... it worked.

We keep things simple on Averisera.  Our knot meter is in the GPS and a wrist watch keeps our time, barometric pressure, temp, etc.


Hawk Eye Depth isn't fancy.  It was priced right, got good reviews and seems to work.  How about that?  Simplicity.  We will give a good review, too.

Averisera: Afloat and Rigged

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September 2016:  Back in the water and in about the same place as we were two years ago before hauling out for a long refit.  See some of the back story here:  http://www.averisera.com/2014/09/

After launching and waiting out tropical disturbance Hermine we have worked steadily to get the boat to this state of play:  rigged and ready.  Along the way a few adventures.  First the boat floods at launching.  Then the engine won't start and we replaced the head and exhaust elbow.  Then the Pipe C, lube oil delivery, broke open and we replaced all three pipes.  Then the shaft log seal, a dripless seal, began to leak.  Not a lot but compared to never before, a lot.

See the entry for July 26, 2010 when we replaced pipes B and C.  Now we have all new Pipes, A, B, and C.  Should have done A when we were doing B and B.

We have also met some very nice folks at Wychmere Harbor.  The Legnos 20 cat boat, Bristol 32, and Cape Dory 22 are nearby and make for some nice conversation.  Can't forget George on his custom 35 footer.  He has the prettiest strip planked dinghy, beautiful wineglass transom.

Zachary working on the lube oil pipes, Pipe A on display.

Sails ready to be taken to the boat along with a lot of other things except for the sail ties, winch handles and one other thing I can't remember.

Alongside the Stone Horse YC dock to load the items too awkward to ferry by dinghy.

The nutshell pram awaits our return to the mooring.  Pretty boat getting some hard use.  that why we have it!
The Cape Dory 22 and Bristol 32.  Both owners are new to sailing.  The Bristol family dinghied out to just sit on their boat for the first time since its delivery to Wychmere Harbor.  We rowed over to chat as we headed home saturday evening.

Averisera: The Launching!

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This (above) not that (below).

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We hauled out in September of 2014 (above) and re-launched two years later.  It was quite a refit!

Nauset Marine put us into the slot and pulled us away from the place.  Thanks!

Grandson, Zephyros, took a few pictures as we followed Averisera down the roads to Harwichport Boat Yard.

Oh no!  Norm failed to install the knotmeter through-hull plug and we nearly flooded the boat.  Fortunately (ha) everyone was there so we get sinker jokes now and so on.  Zach showed up with electric pumps.  All is well in that the boat is dry and the hole plugged.

See the white bottom below the red boot stripe?  That's good.

In other news.  Thumper wouldn't start so we bled the fuel lines, removed and tested the injector.  All good.  Ripped off the head.  All bad.  New head and exhaust ordered and our special genius, Zach, will help us rebuild the engine.  Thumper will be better than ever.

During the launching time, the Cambridge Grands and their parents were around and made the launch an even more special event.  The mast goes up as soon as we get a break from the Tropical Storm, Hermine.

2016 Cat Gathering

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No it's not a gathering of cats! It's a catboat race, or more accurately, a catboat parade. We signed up at Arey's Pond Boat Yard a couple of months ago, itching to have a date to test our sailing skills on the winter project Skerry, "Zeppelin". We've been fussing with her since her launch at the end of May, adjusting things like how to keep the yards close to the mast, (parrels for the yard, and a wrap of line for the boom), how to make the downhaul easier to adjust (a block and line, rather than just line to the cleat), how to keep the mast from squeaking (added a sock to her foot, before inserting the mast into the step). All these things have made her handier and more comfortable to sail.

So how did we do? We haven't seen the official results yet, but we figure we came in 3rd from last. Catboats are a lot faster than our skerry, even when close to the same length. We did pretty well, considering how light our boat is, and how inexperienced we are sailing her. We got a lot of nice comments from the fleet, for Norm's rowing out the channel, and the inherent beauty of the boat. Z came along as crew, and had a great time. He is becoming a very good sailor!

Our bowman! Z called out the other boats during the start. There were about 100 or more boats milling around the start line, to start in 3 classes. Not for the faint of heart!

Norm trimmed main, and took a turn at the tiller in this pic.

Zach and Tab, Alicia and Stos, and Marina, went out in a friend's powerboat to watch the parade of boats. Everyone had a grand ole time.


Averisera: A New White Bottom

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Ready for the water: 5 August 2016

Well, maybe we should start the diesel engine and find a mooring first.  Pettit Vivid White.

2016 Summer Garden

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Marina and I picked 20 lbs of tomatoes today, and made 6 quarts of tomato sauce. The tomato plants are putting out gorgeous roma tomatoes, which we like for sauce.

We also got quite a good supply of hot peppers! Hot pepper jelly is up next.

Averisera: The Bottom Paint Project.

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Prime coat prior to bottom paint.
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First coat of Jamestown Distributors TotalProtect Epoxy Primer.  We are very satisfied.  Check back in a few years for the final story, of course.  We rolled on two coats of primer and called it a day.  The temp was 75 F and the humidity very low.  Actually, it was a prefect day for the Skerry.

The primer dried quickly.  In fact it dried too quickly to paint within the "paint with bottom paint" window.  Tomorrow we will sand with 80 grit and roll on a coat of bottom paint.

A day ago, the bottom was all mottled with the layers of old finishes.  A finish of one color revealed a smooth bottom that is reasonalbly fair.  Later this day, we applied the second coat of primer.  The next day, Friday, we'll roll on the bottom paint.  Maybe, after it cures, I'll burnish it!

Averisera gets better looking every day.  Launch soon?

Averisera: Interior Refinishing

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The division of labor has Norm working outside and Elizabeth working inside.  So, equipped with a selection of sandpaper, her trusty DeWalt orbital, pots of varnish or paint plus related accessories... the interior spaces get more home-like every day.  Notably, the interior hull surfaces are painted almond white, large flat areas that are finished "bright" get satin varnish and the trim is finished with gloss varnish.  The natural wood looks old, almost antique in some parts.  It all looks better with a fresh coat of varnish.

Above:  In progress, the berth board and interior hull are both almond white.  The varnish is awaiting a clear day for coating.  The boat came to us with dark varnished berth boards looking worse for the wear.  The hull was a mix of gloss white and some sort of off-white wallpaper.

A few years ago, we removed the honkin' big speakers and that let in a lot of light to the foot of the quarter berth.  The five inch holes were covered with clear plexi.  This step has made the space less of a cavern.

Above:  A view of the forward cabin bulkhead, head area "hanging locker," and a glimpse into the forward cabin.  Elizabeth has applied gloss varnish to the trim piece and will use satin varnish on the bulkhead wood.  The overhead and tabbing are getting a new hull blanket before too long.  The mouse fur story is coming to an end.

We use interior finishes from MinWax and Rust Oleum.  We have used these products around the house and know their characteristics.  The Helsman-brand varnish from MinWax has UV protection and is easy to handle.  It is also about half the price of the marine store variety.  Same story with Rust Oleum paints.  They have good adhesion, are easy to use and don't cost much.  The down side is the limitation of colors.  Almond is OK and I don't know that we'd have really chosen a different one given more choices.

Averisera should be fun to sail, sail well, and comfy to live aboard.  Those are our goals with this project that started oh so long ago.

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