Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hover craft and greasy winches.

It's always a bit funny to see my Typhoon hovering in the air as I lower the trailer bunks to paint under them.  The boat shifts slightly as she settles on the keel.  I lower two bunks at a time and paint under them. Then wait an hour or so put them back then lower the other two.  The end result is a nicely finished bottom ready for another season in the water.





Winches:  click click click....  What you should not be hearing when pulling a line around your winch.  
I pulled my winches apart for their annual lubing.  To do this I use a star bit on my ratchet, a pair of gloves, a grease gun, rags, and a plastic bag to contain the mess.

As you pull out the screw be sure not to lose the bronze washer/spacer plate.  This is one of those things that could easily go plop into the lake.  My boat is actually missing one.  The winch still works perfectly fine if you lose it, but it has a bit more play in the top plate. One of these days I'll have to find a replacement.


Remove the top of the winch and set it aside on a plastic bag. 


Remove the lower portion and also set it aside.


Clean any grime off, lube the lower section and top section.



Reassemble in the reverse order wiping up any excess grease as you go.  The result will be well worth it as you sail silently across the water.


I also took a minute to check the fit of my new fore stay pin.  A big thanks to John at Torresen Marine Rigging.  For the great service and fast follow up on this well overdue project. 




List to Complete:

Wax Hull
Wax Cabin Top
Fill gel coat nick
Paint bottom
Wipe out inside
Mount and prep out board.
Grease winches
Grease sea cocks
Check trailer tire air pressure
Grease trailer wheel bearings
Load cushions and safety gear. 
Go Get Wet.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Throw Back Thursday


Throw back Thursday has been coming up all over the place and my younger cousin found these old pictures of my Uncle's Cape Dory Typhoon.  This particular day was a great family adventure.  His boat was on a wood cradle on top of a old farm trailer.  I remember the tires on the trailer were thread bare and bald and it was a fairly tall trailer for hauling a boat..  On this day, my Uncle decided to ramp-launch his Typhoon using my Grandfather's farm truck.  Check out the progression of things here.  Oh yeah, and that's me in photo 4 on the left with the Top Gun aviator frames oh yeah the 80's


Backing up

disconnect
Align and re-hook/put the drop pin back in.
Back up.

Back in some more.  Maybe Sterling State park needed steeper ramps?

End result? A launched boat and clean truck. I remember when my Dad opened the door after pulling out, the water rushed out of the truck. Also, my grandfather was not to thrilled to have his floor boards cleaned with the waters of Lake Erie. 

 After sailing all the other boats I've owned I never thought I'd own a Typhoon.  It turns out the Typhoon is just a great boat and a perfect fit for me with plenty of family history to build upon.  

List to Complete for Spring Launch 2014:   <----  It's Shrinking

Wax Hull
Wax Cabin Top
Fix gel coat nick
Paint bottom
Wipe out inside
Mount and prep outboard
Grease winches
Grease Sea Cocks
Check trailer tire air pressure
Grease trailer wheel bearings
Load cushions and safety gear
Go Get Wet





Monday, April 14, 2014

Sea Cocks and motor mount 2 and brr.


Bronze looks great all cleaned up and shinny, but I have to draw the line some where.  This is it.  I will not be polishing these but maintence is a must.  


My Typhoon has two Groco sea cocks.  They work very well but need some annual attention.  

To pull them apart it is pretty straight forward.  A small socket on a ratchet and the bolts pop right out.  

   



Mine usually come right apart with a little wiggling.  However if they get stuck you can twist in the preasure plate adjustment to push out the valve body.



When you pull out the valve body a bronze preasure plate should also come out.  Inspect all the pieces.

  

Next I turn the preasure plate adjustment knob all the way in and spray lube into the housing.  I'm using white lithium grease.  All the articles I've read say to stay away from petroleum based lubes.

    


Next I lube up the the remainder of the pieces and reassemble.

 

First twist out the preasure plate adjustment knob then insert the preasure plate and valve body.

Bolt it all back together.


If the valve get stiff during the season, I remove the grease zerk and spray in more grease.  


Also I put the finishing touches on the Bronze motor mount with a quick coat of clear today. 

   

Then we woke up to this in the morning.  Looks like we are back to cold for a few more days here.






Saturday, April 12, 2014

Waxing

One of the great things about the Cape Dory Typhoon is the little amount of work that needs to go into it each season to get it ready.  This time of year, I am reminded of that over and over as I prepare to launch.  Today I planned on painting the bottom but the forecast called for rain.  So, I decided to clean down the top side and give the hull a quick buff.  My old boat was an acrobatic act on a ladder that took a good portion of the day. This Typhoon was done in about an hour and a half including cleaning up just in time for the rain. While I have a good list of things to do, it look like they will come together pretty quickly if we get some decent weather. 



List to Complete:

Wax Hull
Wax Cabin Top
Fill gel coat nick
Paint bottom
Wipe out inside
Mount and prep out board.
Grease winches
Grease sea cocks
Check trailer tire air pressure
Grease trailer wheel bearings
Load cushions and safety gear. 
Go Get Wet.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Apps

This isn't really boat related but I'm really excited about it.  I just launched my first two apps to the Google Play Store today!   They are designed for teachers and parents to use.  The first app is for monitoring your child's alphabet skills.  The second is for guided reading and helping you pick appropriate books for a child at the library.

Here are the links.  Check them out and please share them with any teachers you may know.


         




and

http://tinyurl.com/lbtcw



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring Break Bronze Motor Mount pt1

It was still to cold here to get much done on the boat.  I did board, open up the drop boards and check things out.  All looks exactly as I left it last fall.  All be it a bit dustier.  This week I'm usually starting bottom paint and beginning to wax the hull but the weather has not cooperated.    I did however get one nice day so I decided to start in on the Spartan bronze motor mount.  This is the only piece of bronze I have not polished up yet.  So it was in pretty rough shape compared to the rest of the boat.

Earlier this winter Myles and I did a science experiment on cleaning pennies.  "He is way into being a scientist right now"  Here he is in his lab coat working on another science project. If it weren't for this kid's experiment I probably would have just done ketchup or vinegar like most bronze cleaning web posts suggest but I figured why not transfer that kids science experiment to a real life situation.



I test spotted several different spots with ketchup, vinegar, juice from the jalapeno jar.  By the way the pickled jalapeno juice does wonders, but I decided to go with Sriacha Sauce due to the limited about of jalapeno juice in a jar and Sriacha stay where you put it while jalapeno juice just runs all over the place.


 So the first thing to do is coat it down and wait 20 ish minutes.

Then wipe it off.  Be sure to wear gloves.  

 

Next I rinsed and hit the remainder with a scrub brush. 


Here is a picture with the first layer of gunk off.

I waited for it to dry pry about a month or so.  You may not wish to wait this long.  Then I hit it with a brass brush on an electric drill.


Next I switch to my Dremel tool to get into all the little cracks and cerevisiaes.  I really like these little buffing wheels they feel a bit like a 3M scratch pad and come in a variety of grits.  

Finished buffing you get a very nice shinny finish all the way around, and I think it has been worth all the work not to look back and see an ugly green Spartan staring back up.  Ha ha that's a dig at you MSU folks.   


When the weather warms up a bit more I'll shoot it with a coat of lacquer, put the wood motor plate back on and off we will go for the season.