Work Parties - 2003/2004 - Part 1
Work Party #1
August 21-24, 2003 Thursday - The 3 of us (Dan and Roxane
Withers and Royal Journey, of Port Ludlow, WA) were small but mighty.
We flew from SEATAC to OAK(land) on Thursday. We arrived out in the
Sacramento Delta just in time for a giant lightning and rain downpour.
That was an exciting sight. We arrived at the boat before dark to make
up a list of must have items for the evening trip to Lowe's and West
August 23, 2003 Friday - With the shopping
spree behind us and the rental van full of items we headed back to the boat. Following
the storm the power was still out in the area, so we worked around it with
projects using light coming in the hatches. The primary job was to get some
emergency caulking completed and some paint over an ugly area. We got the crews
berthing area cleaned up and some of the pipe rack mounting fixtures in place
for temporary use of the racks for sleeping on the trip up. Since the power was
out and we were pooped out we left for the hotel in Antioch. On his way through
Rio Vista, a high school buddy, George Burton, who retired from the USCG,
dropped off another pipe frame moving the collection up to four. Thanks George.
August 24, 2003 Saturday - The power was
restored and the shop vac was running non-stop most of the day. We got lots of
little cleanup projects completed and designed little parts that would be needed
before the trip North.
August 25, 2003 Sunday - We were joined by
George Schneider who has been underway with the boat before and he helped with
some engine room cleanup and added to the "must do" and "must have" list.
Work Party #2
September 12-14, 2003 - Three of us (Dan,
Roxane and Royal) flew to Sacramento, CA and met
Marc Bracken who drove down
with parts and tools. On Saturday we were met by
Tom Huston (a local PTF
veteran) who pitched in on designing a solution for the 18" hatch locking
mechanisms that needed changing. Added blue barrels picked up by Marc. Started
installing the 12v bilge pumps.
Work Party #3
Nov 14-16, 2003
Add props and tank room work ... This work party saw the completion of the 12v
bilge pumps. The thru-hull fittings were installed and all hoses connected and
tested. The 12v wiring was added to allow each pump to have a circuit of its own
and be fused individually. The correct fuse panels were ordered the week
following the party and will replace the mickey mouse fuse setup that I left it
Because it was a rainy weekend we did
get some white canvas (plastic) tarp up to allow us to run between the
engine room and the enclosed bridge. Because it was raining so hard we
were able to see a lot of leaks and we got most of them covered,
caulked or somehow resolved. Some are in line for future fixes. The
bilge pumps will take care of this little water.
Much of the time was spent getting rid
of some oil filled barrel's that were "haunting" our progress. We got
them pumped out to an "oil recycle barrel" and cut the barrels in half
and cleaned them out with "kitty litter." The barrels were discarded
at a local "transfer station."
Work Party #4
Dec 5th & 6th, 2003 Dan and Marc attacked
the bilge pump fusing circuit and installed the new fuse holder and tested all
circuits. All pumps were pumping water. The second task was to start the 18"
hatch cover modifications to provide a solid water seal. The actual hatch covers
have been replaced along the way and they do not seal properly. The third task was to review the
state of the Pannish Controls Throttle and Shift controller mechanism. It seems
that the internal shifter control was removed or never installed. A replacement
was acquired by the previous owner, but never connected. We removed the control
box and shipped it as luggage in our pre-assembled wooden box.
|Tarps to keep the
outside work space dry.
|Dan grinding on hatch
||Inserting a spacer to change
Work Party #5
Feb 5-12, 2004 Dan, Roxane and Chuck
Fowler – worked on hatches and cleanup in the forward crew compartment.
Friday we visited the Museum at Travis AFB.
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