Hi all, the 4th is approaching and over the last week or so we've had some
really hot but beautiful weather. So here's a couple pictures:
We also have completed the install of the new cylinder head on the engine
and are waiting on the exhaust. Here is a picture of the cylinder head just
before we started torqing down the headbolts.
Then to top off everything the iCom radio decided to quit so I had to
replace it with our spare radio. It is under warranty but it's just one
more thing to happen as we try to head north.
There are some things you just want to have a backup for... a spare radio is
but there is always another sunset! oh my I love this place.
Date: Thu Jul 6 13:50:00 UTC 2023
Preparing to sail
As soon as the exhaust is finished.
We've been spending the last few days preparing the boat for the journey
north. It's difficult to maintain the boat in ready to sail mode for long
periods when we're just here and anchor so things kinda fell apart. But
everything has a home and we're putting everything in it's home and
finding new homes for things. We're also updating our inventory planning
travel food and meals as well as completing the last few small maintenance
We are also spending time with friends and making sure we have everyone's
contact information so we can stay in touch. There are so many people we
have met here that will be long term friends! This is an amazing harbor
and full of some very fine people. I'm not sure there is any where else
on the east coast where you can just leave your boat unlocked, leave stuff
in your dinghy, or leave it unlocked as well... day in day out In the last
months we've been here no one has ever had anything stolen what we are
aware of. Everyone polices themselves and the community is amazing.
For projects Sam is still steadly brushing the teak and polishing the
stainless. We are reparing spare pumps, organizing tools, getting fuel and
water for the trip and having our bottom cleaned. I'm still having
problems with the ships clock. It stops sometimes. I've had it apart a
couple of times and can't figure out why it is hanging up. We also
cleaned out the refrigerator and hosed it out to defrost it. I moved the
temprature sending unit for the thermostat and it appears to be keeping up
with the tempratures.
It's very hot and Surprise lent us an airconditioner. We tried it one day
and it works kinda. It's too small but we need to run the generator 24x7
to make it work and I'm not sure we want to do that. Yesterday was the
hottest in the nation here with a heat index of 114. It's hot again
today and I think we might put it up. It stays about 90deg in the boat
and there's usually just enough wind to make it bearable. I'm amazed at
the airflow in this boat. The canvas over the boat makes it much more
livable but the water temp is 90+ deg so it's hard to keep anything cool.
Mom and Sam spend most of the day at the marina.
Sam is trying to catch up on videos so please be patient we will get them
out. We're trying to maintain 1 video a week but that may not be enough.
Yesterday Monica and Arynn let mom play their piano on their boat. It was
lots of fun! We have been investigating how to get our piano on the boat
but we havent found a place to store it yet. This is an ongoing project
Date: Mon Jul 24 23:38:00 UTC 2023
Exhaust still not finished.
So why are we still here? Because this harbor has a sticky bottom. Every
time you try to leave something get's in the way. So We've gone back and
fourth to Dania beach twice a week for the last 3 weeks with the exhaust.
We went back today hopefully for the last round. Sections 1-2-3 are in
and complete with the exhaust elbow. The muffler is in and we are waiting
on the final weld of the muffler end of section 4. It's a piece of art
and US Metal Fabricators in Dania beach has done a wonderful job. But
they are not fast.
Sam and I got the prototype back 2 weeks ago and did a test fitting. So
that meant taking everything apart and putting in the exhaust. Then we
made sure it fit and marked the last end for changes. We did that at
10pm-3am when it was cool. Then we took pictures and measurements and
took it back the next morning. The next week we got it all back but the
last piece tack welded with adjustment made. The last piece still didn't
fit so we took more measurements and took the last piece back again. A few days later
we got it back with changes made in the wrong direction. So we put it
back together again measured it and broke the welds on section 4 with a
dremmel, ground it all smooth, put it in and placed the last piece in
position and marked it with a sharpie. Then today returned to drop it for
the final weld and hopefully in a day or two we will have it all done. I
an finally see the light at the end of the tunnel with this project.
I hurt myself during the process grinding down some of section 2 so I was
unable to help Sam much with the near final assembly. We have the
crossover hoses all cut and in place and the output exhaust hose ready to
go as well. Hopefully we can get it all assembled before Friday of this
Two days ago Anamashi took us sailing on their boat and we went snorkeling
at the lighthouse reef. Hannah had a wonderful time snorkeling and the
water was clear down 15 feet. She swam for over an hour.
4 days ago the Generator quit working all of a sudden in the morning. That
changed the entire day and Sam and I spent the next 8 hours fixing it.
Here is the run down. It quit because it overheated. So we started to
diagnose the problem. We were outputting plenty of raw water. But we
decided to check the heat exchanger. In checking the heat exchanger,
which is nearly impossible to reach, I found a broken automotive hose
clamp rusted apart. on the input side of the coolant section. Also
there was lots of coolant on the floor pan of the generator which we
started sopping up. It took me a couple hours to get a new hose clamp
on the hose one handed because only one hand would fit. Then we
continued to try to figure out what had happend and opened up the input
of the raw water side and found quite literally years and 5-6 impellers
worth of rubber pieces. Sam suggested flushing it from the other side
so we disconnected the anti siphon side of the hose and flushed it with
fresh water... even more pieces came out. So we cleaned it all out and
sealed it up and refilled the coolant. Then everything worked again...
oh my. We were so worried because the generator is so central to
everything on this boat.
Two days ago while grinding off some of the exhaust I cut two of my fingers.
This is sooo weird. I've NEVER in my life hurt myself with a power
tool but I cut two of my fingers really badly and probably should
have had 8 stitches total. I cleaned out everything with a razor,
stopped the bleeding put silver into the wounds and superglooed the
skin on the top. Then I put a pressure bandage on the wound and
splinted it so that it wont open up again. So far no signs of
infection and the pain has stopped.
Last night we spent the evening on Anamashi and today It was He who drove
use to Dania beach to drop off the Final piece of the exhaust to be welded.
It has been very hot and and have been using the air conditioner more now
that the generator is working again. When Sam put in the exhaust during thd
day on Sunday, we kept the air conditioner running and the ice maker going
all day so that we could come in every 1/2 hour or so to cool off. It does
not keep the boat cold as it can't keep up but we could come and stand under
it for a bit to cool off.
There will be lots of video on the youtube channel about the work on the
generator and the engine/exhaust. The new exhaust actually looks better
than the original and instead of brazing with copper this is welded with
copper nickle. Sam spent time with a Scotch Bright pad polishing it and it
looks wonderful. I know it's a lot to spend and many people feel that what
we are doing is not best or cheapest, but I believe it is best for this boat
and we are making it better than original with better welding, better
materials and improved water flow. The old one lasted 50 years and properly
taken care of, I believe that this exhaust will last the life of the boat.
It's a piece of art that this Hinckley deserves. As a matter of note, this
exhaust if converted to a waterlift would have to lift nearly 7 feet and
travel 15 feet to the back of the boat. The exhaust snakes under the floor
through bulkheads and lockers where there is no room to do anything else and
then rises nearly twice the typical waterlift design height with a huge volume of water to travel 1
1/2 inch diameter for 15 feet. This copper nickle solid exhaust is the best
method for this design. I'm not cutting new holes in the hull, I'm not
removing or moving exhaust through cabins or cutting new holes in wooden
panels. I'm not sending the exhaust through the side of the boat or going
out below the water line. And more importantly I'm not testing a new design
on a classic boat. I'm not going to have anyone say to me... "what the heck
did you do this beautiful old boat!!!??", I'm restoring it.
Date: Thu Jul 27 01:31:00 UTC 2023
We are able to move again!
Well the big news today folks is that the engine is running and the exhaust
is finished. This has been a very long haul but it's finally done. I
went with Anamashi to US Metal Fabricators Inc in Dania Beach and picked
up the final weld. Overall they did fabulous work! They mirrored the
original system and hit it within 1/2 inch on the initial run. We went
back for a couple adjustments on piece #4 and now it is all together and
working. I tried many places to get it right and no one wanted to do it or
wanted to shortcut the design. These people helped me improve things with
better water flow but did not change the overall design. Even with
increasing the size of the water jacket the rolls and bends were perfect.
The welds on the water jacket are absolutely professional and I'm sure
when I finally sell this boat the exhaust will continue for another 50
years. After we mounted the final piece (#4) I started the engine and
she started right up. I was worried it wasn't producing water and then
remembered I hadn't opened the raw water seacock. After I opened it,
there was a delay as the exhaust filled with water. Then the water
started pouring out. After about 10 min the motor overheated and my heart
dropped when the alarm sounded! I turned off the engine, let it cool and
opened the coolant cap. The coolant was low. It hadn't run long enough
before for the thermostat to open. So I put more coolant in it (about a
quart and a half) Then we started it up again. After about 10 minutes it
overheated again and the alarm went off...then before I could go turn it
off the temp started dropping and stabilized about 130deg. I'm pretty sure
it was air pockets that needed to fill with coolant. Then I went to
inspect the exhaust and saw blackwater condensation and diesel smoke
coming out of the last weld. So, I got a big pipe wrench and after a
little vibration it tightened another full rotation and the flow of
exhaust gas stopped. Oh My! how wonderful it sounds to have that diesel
running properly! It sounds so much better! no diesel rattle and tick
tacking. Everything smooth and quiet. We are so excited!
As I went with the Dinghy to drop Anamashi back at the Tiki and pick up
Hannah, Wanda, and Sam the sky started darkening and storms rolled in. I
took Mom and Sam back first and then came back for Hannah and the laundry
and shopping and we rode back in the cool rain enjoying the nice break
from the heat. All the laundry was in plastic bags so it didn't get wet.
Now we are eating Beans and Rice and relaxing. We will probably celebrate
with friends after the storm abates. I'm so glad that we could accomplish
this here and that it didn't fail on is in another country or underway. We
now have a lot more confidence in the motor and generator both of which are
running properly and cleanly now. I will be updating our maintenance list
tonight and it's becoming much shorter. I have a spreadsheet with all the
work we have done and when how and who etc. This engine and exhaust project
was largely done by Sam and he's becoming very good with boat maintenace,
even major projects. Time to sign off now and celebrate! Good night all.
Date: Fri Jul 28 02:28:00 UTC 2023
More broke stuff!
This morning I was going through things getting ready to get underway and
the engine didn't start! scared me... but it was just a loose wire on the
alternator. Then I noticed a raw water leak. It was a loose bolt on the
raw water stack in the heat exchanger. Then I started going through the
navionics and chart plotters only to find out that the rudder position
indicator was not working. I'm betting that a near by lightning strike took
out the rudder. So now the autopilot does not work and the sea temprature
is showing 125F. That's a little hotter than is likely. Typical pain
tolerance is about 106-108 and the water has been 101 which is hot tub
We spent the day today cleaning up and clearing the decks. I had two
storage bins I purchased for putting engine pieces in and I filled them with
trash and took them to the dumpster. I think we're pretty close to sailing
but I'm going to need to order a rudder position sensor.
Tonight we had beans and rice and tortillias for dinner and we had friends
over who are helping us with various things.
It'll be an early day tomorrow so we are going to bed early.
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