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More Days in the Yard
Again, we've shown so many photos of working at the Carenage that we don't want to bore people. Still, interesting things have happened and here are a few shots of them.
Lovely Conni stares at her project of installing the StrongTrack. Step one is to remove the boom, the white horizontal piece shown here. The connection to the mast is a "gooseneck."
After a few hours work removing machine screws from the gooseneck fitting, we're staring at the messy residue on our mast. Even with great care, the mast paint has begun to bubble from the mast, indicating that it's lifted from the aluminum below. We use white electrical tape to reduce galvanic corrosion between the stainless steel gooseneck and the aluminum mast.
Looking forward over the bow, we can see the rest of the yard, as well as the bow of the boat. Through the years, we've had each part of our boat cover replaced, and the piece you see here is from last year. It's rainproof, and helps keep the boat interior a bit cooler.
Conni stands over the old StrongTrack that we've removed. The entire piece is 65-feet long, so the end is WAY off the boat's stern.
Standing in front of our bungalow, our home-away-from-home, Conni poses with the boxed track. We carted this thing from Anchorage!
Bill hauls the track up its last trip before being installed.
Looking aft, we see the middle section of our boat cover, a loose boom, and solar panels over the bimini. No doubt that we're in a boat yard!
Behold a fine piece of packaging! Since there are multiple cable ties holding together the track, one doesn't have the thing spring into disarray. We cut only the cable ties that we need for use.
After Conni pushed the track up the mast, she completes the job by tightening special fasteners that hold the track in place.
To prepare the gooseneck for the mast fitting, Conni is cutting white electrical tape and applying it to the fitting.
With all new pins and screws, the gooseneck is back in place.
Another completed task was to rebuild the return fuel manifold. Diesels return from 50-80% of the fuel that they receive back to the tank. As you can see, I had to salvage fittings that were straight and connect them to fuel line that as horizontal. That's the rationale for having the large loop of fuel line: I simply couldn't bend the line as I wished, so had to make the 450° turn.
As crazy as this sounds, there's another cruising couple from Alaska in the same yard! Their boat is Second Wind, and they're from Juneau. I'll add a photo of their boat later. As Alaskans do, we had dinner together at this roulotte, a small, family-operated food truck. One reads the menu on the truck side, orders, and food is delivered to the table.
Grilling on a mall, butane-powered outside grill, the main cook whipped up meal after meal. The food is delicious and fairly inexpensive.
I was a dufus not to show the faces of our friends, but I didn't. Conni. to my left, had a steak frite (grille steak and French fries), as did our friend, Bill, to my right. Majorie, his spouse had a fine chunk of tuna and a salad. Embarrassingly, I consumed my entire meal.
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