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Re: Disaster & Other Projects November 9, 2012

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2012.

Great costume at the Ba-Ha-Ha Party

To Code Blue Followers, 11-9-12

I just talked to Penn on the cell phone, Friday about 8am. We’re still at Sun Harbor Marina. We have a family reunion on Saturday in Fallbrook, 45 minutes away by car. Still a bunch of boat projects going on. Need to select a nav and TV ram pods for the boat that an electrician will be working on. Heading to Fry’s today 11-9 to get these. We’ll stop by Penn’s boat too, see below.

Doing lots of projects. Lost a tool overboard yesterday and a special pin for our auxiliary auto pilot to the windvane, so did a scuba dive for about 1/2 hour to find these in a silty bottom, just before dark. Found the pin right away, the tool took a while longer. Then I took out the feathering propeller ( from Australia ) zert grease fitting bolt so I can get the proper sized zert fitting, a special mm fitting one. It’s lost on the boat somewhere. We rented a storage locker here at the marina on a monthly pro-rated basis, so it will be easier to arrange the boat and inventory our boxes etc. If we only use 7 days we only pay 7/30’s of a month. It also helps to be able to sit down for meals. Getting my scuba gear out for the dive, kind of tore up the boat big time too. Judy came back to the boat while doing laundry, we both had a good laugh.

The engine was torn apart with alternator, starter motor, mixing elbow and solenoid sent in for preventative maintenance. V-belt needs replacing finally after 2500 hours. I can see a crack/slice in the belt at one point. Our lazeret is empty in order to do some wiring projects going on, so boat gear is/was all over the boat. The original stern light was really a steaming light fixture and so much light was reflected off the windvane, BBQ. dinghy motor it made it tough to see forward at night. Our new stern light is a real stern light fixture and is at the end of an antenna mount tube up by the solar arch. It is a two mile visibility light, LED also and small in comparison to the old light.

Our M802 was working great, but then didn’t once we got into San Diego. The antenna wire connection fitting to the transceiver was loose just a bit. Shea Weston helped us out and gave us some other tips. It only took him a couple of minutes to find the problem. We did a couple of tests with the Pactor Modem. After Shea left we got in contact with Gordo West and he said we were coming in way loud and clear and he put his phone up to the speaker on his radio as I was speaking on my radio. So I could hear in a delayed form my call to Gordo.

Wendy Hinman is in town Thursday and today. Last night (11-8) she did an author sign at Downwind Marine, then a slide show at Southwestern YC with about 33 members. We went to a talk at Downwind on 12 volt power by Barry and sold some of her books there too.

As a preventative measure we had Joe S. a friend of ours ship our Honda 2000i generator from Seattle to San Diego. It didn’t seem like we could fit it on when we left, but now some projects are done and have more room. Only $60 to ship with insurance too. Way better than buying a new one down here. It should arrive on Monday 11-12.

We finally got our Dell computer with Windows XP going again. So will send some pictures to our blog svcodeblue.wordpress.com hopefully today.

Here’s a note from Penn Wallace of s/v Victory.

We are NOT in Baja. On our way out of San Diego harbor, we broke a coupling on our prop shaft. We were towed in to the Shelter Island Boat Yard where we have been since Friday.

 When the prop shaft separated, it tore a large chunk of concrete around the packing gland loose. We competed the repair yesterday and should have the prop shaft back together today.

 While we had the boat out of the water, I decided to paint it. That will be done today too.

 As you can imagine, I haven’t had time to blow my nose, much less keep up on e-mail. I’ve been going a 1000 miles an hour trying to keep the various crews going and keep things organized. This is going to cost me a bundle.

This has really messed up my schedule. One of my crew members has to be back in Seattle on the 19th. There’s no way I can get him to La Paz by then. He has worked so hard helping repair the boat, that we’re going to make a side trip to Catalina Island so he at least gets a chance to sail. We’ll probably be back on Tuesday and head south again on Wednesday.

Penn, s/v Victory

Steve Dauzenroth 9:15am 11-9-12

s/v Code Blue



1. mike schuster - November 10, 2012

“Disaster and other Projects” — great title. I tried to leave a message on your blog, but when I clicked on “Post Comment,” nothing happened. It will be nice when your blog has some fun times to share and not just repair jobs. Kudos to you, though, for being able to fix most stuff yourself!

captnmike - November 10, 2012

Your comment is fine – the comments are set to “Moderate” to make sure no Spam slips through – so when you clicked on Reply you should have seen a message to the effect of “Being held for moderation”

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