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  1. Roger Long

    Roger Long

    Joined Nov 22, 2008
    3,563 posts, 8 likes
    Endeavour 32
    US Portland, Maine
    Strider is still high and dry but, according to the definition of cruising being working on your boat in distant places, I’m back at it.

    I flew down Friday evening and pulled into York River Yacht Haven (On my “Can’t say enough good things about it.”, list) Saturday morning. The water was off in the yard but was running in the sink in a small head / shower outbuilding. My two hoses and a long one coiled next to the building would just reach and I happened to have a sink to hose adaptor so I could proceed with topside cleaning.

    Marykate On & Off Gel did it’s magic and I quickly assembled all the hoses for a quick rinse.

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    Immediately on boarding the boat, I turned off the battery charger and turned on all the lights and started recording the information from the battery monitor. When I first visited the boat a month after haul out with no power connected, the monitor showed a 100% SOC. I then missed a planned monthly visit due to cancellation of a research vessel meeting just up the road. I was shocked on the next visit to find the monitor reading 0% SOC and just a bit over 10 volts. Strider leaks through the cockpit seat lockers when driving rain overwhelms the lid gutters. One of the bilge pump fuses was blown so evidently I didn’t think soon enough to call the yard and ask them to hand pump the bilges from the cockpit pump after heavy rains. I’d been watching the weather reports and it didn’t seem like enough water could have been pumped to drain the batteries flat. I only had a few minutes to spend on the boat this trip so it remained a mystery. I had the yard plug the boat into shore power and leave it connected to see if the abused batteries would take a charge.

    I next installed new shaft zincs, put the drain plug back in the rudder, and began restoring bilge and water systems. The mystery was then solved. My bilge system looks like this:

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    The small pump labeled (A) has an integral float switch and takes care of condensation, ice box melt, and sink and shower drains. There are twin pumps labeled (R). These are the emergency pumps which stay dry and unused until needed. The bilge alarm is located just below them for early warning of unusual water inflow. I had removed the small sump pump for the layup and filled the sump half full of antifreeze. When reinstalling the small pump, I found the hose from one of the “Save the boat” pumps disconnected. The outlet nipple on the pump was broken off half way along its length. The hose is heavy and stiff and I must have cracked it trying to get the small pump out. Left over tension in the hose pulled it off the pump sometime after I left. (Yes, I’m going to rethink this installation before too long.)

    So, here’s what I think happened. I didn’t disable the bilge alarm because I figured the yard would call me if they heard it and I would have them hand pump the sump. It’s not terribly loud so the yard didn’t hear it even on their post rain jack stand checks. The bilge alarm ran the battery voltage down. Then when the water level reached the high pump float switches, the low voltage caused high current draw on the pump that has to push water through the long hose to the transom and it blew its fuse. The second pump then just kept pumping water around and around inside the bilge. I’d asked the yard to hand pump after rains by this time so the pump didn’t run long enough to drain the batteries flat but it still drained them far enough that I thought I might be needing a new pair of expensive AGM’s.

    By the end of the afternoon, the rate of discharge according to the monitor was about what I usually see in the course of a long evening, even with every light in the boat turned on, so I’m hopeful that the batteries will stand up to normal cruising usage. I’ve got to haul again for bottom paint in a couple months so I’ll replace them then if necessary.

    I went back to the boat this Sunday morning and threw on a quick coat of wax, just good enough to provide some protection so don’t look too closely if you stop by. It was calm, sunny, and nearly 70 degrees by the time I finished. It’s hard to believe that a winter storm is coming tomorrow, my scheduled launch day.

    The boat is very low on fuel and with the weather predicted for this week, I’d like to avoid having to take her around to the fuel dock so I made three trips to a gas station up the road and five trips up the ladder with my Jerry jugs. Both tanks are now filled.

    I was beat by the time I finished the fueling so I took a nap aboard and then puttered with small tasks like lubing the mast track.

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    More on lube gadget here:

    http://www.cruisingonstrider.us/TrackLube.htm

    I’ve posted pictures of this gadget before but it’s worth repeating with a mast stepping and unstepping costing nearly half a boat buck.

    The yard service scheduler and some of the crew then showed up for an emergency haul out. We talked about the weather and they are still going to try and get me in tomorrow if the winter mix and ice hold off and the morning rain isn’t so hard as to make working unsafe.

    We’ll see what tomorrow brings.
     


  2. Captandrew

    Captandrew

    Joined Apr 13, 2009
    53 posts, 0 likes
    Irwin 33
    US St Pete, FL
    Looking at the weather it does not look good for a launch. But good to see you back in the cruising mindset again Roger.

    How is the RV project coming along? Are you in or out? I thought you lost out on it but now you keep referring to it? Not meaning to pry, its just a professional sort of curiosity.
     


  3. BobT

    BobT

    Joined Sep 29, 2008
    239 posts, 1 likes
    Gulfstar 37
    US North East River, Chesapeake Bay
    Love the spray can remote.
    Welcome back to the Chesapeake, challenging as it may be at the moment. Harbinger-ing Spring can be a tough gig when the actual weather won't cooperate. We've seen red-wings, bluebirds & robins in the past weeks. I'm hoping they know something we don't, as 4 more inches of snow accumulate and the temperature sits at 16F.
     


  4. Roger Long

    Roger Long

    Joined Nov 22, 2008
    3,563 posts, 8 likes
    Endeavour 32
    US Portland, Maine
    But, thanks to the great staff at York River Yacht Haven, I was greeted by this sight when I got out of the car:

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    Twenty minutes later, Strider was afloat.

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    The engine started right up. The lady who has been running the travel lift for 30 years said she has never heard a stone cold diesel start up so quickly after a winter layup. What a great engine!

    The rain started just as I closed the hatch after securing the boat in her slip and I returned to the hotel where the slippery winter mix was starting just as I pulled in. All the stars are aligning today.

    A firm in Seattle was initially selected in the technical evaluation phase (despite their not having designed a research vessel that got launched since one I designed for them as a subcontractor back in the early 90's) but were not able to reach agreement on design cost so the job went to us a few months later. It turned out very well for me as I got to spend the summer in Maine instead of broiling in the Chesapeake. The project is now well underway.
     


  5. sd1953

    sd1953

    Joined Nov 8, 2012
    30 posts, 1 likes
    Endeavour 38 Center Cockpit
    US Ft. Pierce
    I thought the "McLube" was a sarcastic joke, but I looked it up and there IS a "McLube". Is this the "Sailkote" product that you are using? Do you use the "OneDrop" on ball bearings?
    Thanks for pointing this out to me, I hadn't heard of it before...
     


  6. Buck420

    Buck420

    Joined Apr 22, 2001
    497 posts, 2 likes
    Hunter 420
    US Norfolk, VA
    Glad to see the boat's good and you're in the water ..... nasty as it may be for the next couple of days.
    Look forward to seeing you in Hampton ?? or are you heading South quickly, w/o a stop ?
     


  7. Captandrew

    Captandrew

    Joined Apr 13, 2009
    53 posts, 0 likes
    Irwin 33
    US St Pete, FL
    I am so pleased for you. Your experience on R/V's is not to be discounted and I just know it will eventually be a fine vessel. Not (totally) relevant to the cruising blog but I would love to hear details as they become available to the public (Us). :) As you may (or not) remember I have a background in a particular research vessel designed or at least modified by you.
     


  8. Roger Long

    Roger Long

    Joined Nov 22, 2008
    3,563 posts, 8 likes
    Endeavour 32
    US Portland, Maine
    It all depends on the weather. We're hoping to get as far as Charleston for a visit with some of Dreameagle's family which will be a tight schedule wise as she has to return north in April for some professional commitments.

    I was planning to move down to Hampton this weekend, a couple days before crew arrives on Tuesday. Waking up this morning to worse conditions overall than I saw during four months in upstate New York has me tossing all plans out the window.

    If the weather is good for a run past Hampton, we'll probably spend a night in Portsmouth and hope to see you there.
     


  9. Roger Long

    Roger Long

    Joined Nov 22, 2008
    3,563 posts, 8 likes
    Endeavour 32
    US Portland, Maine
    This is just one of several concept configurations being evaluated. The final vessel will probably be quite different.

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    http://www.jmsnet.com/

    How is the "Weatherbird" doing?
     


  10. Captandrew

    Captandrew

    Joined Apr 13, 2009
    53 posts, 0 likes
    Irwin 33
    US St Pete, FL
    She, as in the vessel herself is doing just fine, however She spends far too much time at the dock. This is due to the way she is currently managed in my opinion. Apparently they are not using her for any work outside of FIO. So she sits when she could be working for other UNOLS or other complementary organizations. I should pay her a visit before I leave for my next job on the West Coast.
     



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