....Commanche lake which is kind of east of Sacramento, CA. The weather has become unusually warm again after a cold mildly rainy stretch. After topping off fluids and lubing the hubs as well as a safety check (a must), I'm ready to pull out!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
...but a funny thing happened on the way. Before I was going to work on it I decided to walk to the bank, make a small deposit into my small account, then walk over to where they are building a new Safeway grocery (gargantuan) store to take a picture of the spanking new standpipe (see photo-this post). I was then going to walk back home. As I was walking by the "pub", I spontaneaously decided to stop in for a pint.....five pints later I staggered home and didn't work on the boat, but it was tasty beer.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Yesterday was especially special because I finally got rid of the old smelly gas that came out of the boats' gas tank. With Stanley riding shotgun in my 1986 Toyota pick-up truck, the perfect dump runner. Up the coast 3 miles, hanging a right at Dimeo lane, there you are! Where dreams come true! One with my people! A place where I can be me, not faking it with some aplomb, a place where the garbage hits the ground so to speak. Stanley had a blast chasing the sea gulls as the sights and sounds tickled our olfactory nerves. But, alas, had to get back. Dropped off the toxic 20 year old gas, filled out a form and made our way back home to a fresh cup of coffee for me and dog bisquit for Stanley....can't wait to get back there!...and thanks for the comments.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
We here in N. California are treated with unusually warm weather, unlike many parts of the US visited with crippling cold and snow....but we're gonna get ours when water rationing takes place. Have you ever experienced a drought? they're no fun...can't wash your car or you go to jail. Can only water your lawn before 9:00 or after 8:00! people yammering at you to: if it's brown flush it down, if it's yellow let it mellow., people you don't even know tell you this. You feel guilty asking for a glass of water at a restaurant! They scowl at you evn if you are really thirsty. ...That's why you gotta get your kicks in while you can and go boating!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
this being laying down slats, after glueing one strip down it takes all the weights I can muster to hold 'er down. These weights include lead weights, cans of varnish, steel welded in my welding class and a rail road track (about 1 ft. length). What this means is I glue a strip down, put the weights on then do a little of that , which today meant getting a load to go to the dump and yardwork. When the glue has set, then I do another strip (this) with the same weights and then go back to doing that, no wonder I get disoriented and confused, Is this multi-tasking?.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
....well, not exactly, would you believe screwing down the decking underlayment? Finally I can put the rot behind me and get on with the really important work, making it look good. As we all know, it's more important to look good than to feel good. Well, I'm the kinda guy that thinks we can have both.
And here's th CF number for future possible reference, feel free to check in with the DMV to see if it's still registered.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
It get's down to two basic elements when doing boat restorations: taking things apart....then putting it back together. That's what happened with the lifting ring assembly, it's back on and now I can continue with the decking....the action is going to be hot and heavy now!
Monday, January 5, 2009
....nowhere to go now. Well, not exactly snowing but it is raining here in Santa Cruz and it's cold too. Not inviting to work on it. Staying indoors and grooving on indoor activities such as television. -------------Now let's hear the Tradewinds sing "New York's a lonely Town" on u-tube!, how about it?
Or listen to Matt Bianco with the song "yea yea"
Or listen to Matt Bianco with the song "yea yea"
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Round trip of over 1400 miles of pulling the boat. (to Pheonix, AZ for the holidays). Everything went well although when I got back I noticed one of the trailer tires was low on air pressure (10 lbs.) and when I checked out the prop after the Lake Havasu boating experience I noticed the nuts holding on the prop were loose and the cotter pin was gone. If this was overlooked, at some point they would've come off completely let alone the prop coming off.
I'm writing this to demonstrate the importance of keeping on top of stuff like this....otherwise, you wouldn't believe what shit can hit the fan when dealing with these Pain in the butt boats!
ps: the trailer of crushed cars was at a rest stop somewhere around Blythe.