07/06/04 At Port Ludlow, Dan and Royal
packed the Suburban and U-haul trailer with generator, life rafts, survival
suits and every other conceivable gadget that anyone we knew had laying around
that might make the trip more fun and safe. Roxane Withers and Sue Journey will
leave Friday morning for Richmond with the Suburban and trailer.
07/07/04 Dan Withers and Royal
Journey flew to Oakland, CA and rented a vehicle. This will give us 5
more days to get prepared for departure.
Started attacking the list of projects. Went to Home Depot and
purchased hardware, plywood and etc. Started replacing plywood
decks in the aft two compartments for ease of movement and clean
storage of "stuff."
Continued on the list. Called in David Perez, Bay City Diesel, to
look over state of the engines. He recommended a list of
improvements. We agreed and he started some pipe and injector
Weber, President of the 83 Footer Association arrived at Oakland.
Dan picked him up at the airport.
|Continued working on
the list. Royal started a windshield structure. We started stowing
equipment received when Roxane and Sue (Journey) arrived with the
Suburban and trailer from Seattle.
Sunday Continued on preparation. Royal working on windshield.
Dan on electrical and Wink on rigging and berthing.
- Continued preparation. Painting and installed the oily water
07/13/04 Tuesday - Continued preparation.
Dan got Navigation products ready to go.
07/14/04 Wednesday - We got more things
cleaned up and ready for getting fuel and a test run. We moved across from the
marina to Channel Marina and put on 502 gallons of diesel. That took about 3
hours. Then we went out for a 3 hour sea trial. Upon return the winds were calm
and the tie up was easy. We had dinner and to bed early for a 6am departure.
|07/15/04 Thursday -
Departed Richmond, Sugar Dock about 6am. Crossed under the Golden
Gate about 7:10 and followed the fishing fleet out. The waters
were calm and great.
|After rounding Pt. Reyes we started
riding the trough and it was a different story. The old round bottom
girl really rolled. There went lunch over the side.
Later I noticed
the starboard stuffing box was overheating (steaming) so we slowed down and
I tried to cycle
the transmission from reverse to forward to get some cooling water
circulating. Unfortunately this resulted in locking the port
transmission and killing the engine. After considerable fiddling
around we decided to continue on one engine into Bodega Bay and
evaluate our condition. As we entered the bay the Starboard engine
started to act fuel starved. It would only run at high RPM if the
manual fuel pump was pumped.
We finally had dinner across the street
from the Marina at a salmon feed place. We were in bed by 9pm and I
crashed until 8am. We were whipped after that day.
|7/16/04 Friday - Lay in
port at Spud Point Marina. Spent day calling around for
assistance. Most people gone over the weekend. Two good prospects
gone all next week on vacation. Roxane took Wink Weber to the
Santa Rosa Airport to get a rental car. He was going to drive to
Oakland and fly back to Portland to meet his Monday morning
07/17/04 Saturday - Since it was obvious
that we were to be here for awhile, Roxane and Sue will drive back to Seattle
with the Suburban starting this morning. They left about 10am.
|Met with George Burton (Dan's high
school and Navy buddy) from Willits, CA and got ham radio working
and misc small projects out of the way. George dropped us off at
the Santa Rosa Airport and we got a rental car and drove back to
Bodega Bay (via Home Depot). Dan is feeling almost normal again.
|07/18/04 Sunday - 0900 met
with Richard Porterfield from Mobile Repair Service (Santa Rosa)
and put together the plan on the transmission. His plan was
simple. You guys get it out, I'll come back and work on it on
Monday afternoon. We went to Santa Rosa Home Depot (again) and
Harbor Freight Tools and loaded up on lumber and chain hoist and
chains. In the afternoon and evening we built the hoisting frame.
07/19/04 Monday - Chaining up to start lifting
this morning. Successfully removed the transmission by mid afternoon. Thanks to warboats fan Greg Brazil (Berkeley, CA) who has been carrying his manual around
for days now on our behalf. The "replaceable" clutch plate and the end bearing
were wasted. The bearing has never seen any grease, mostly because there wasn't
a fitting to grease it. Richard (Mobile Repair) will be here at 8:am Tuesday to
start disassembly and parts determination. Back to more mundane projects. Its
too damp and foggy to paint. Royal is working on the canvas for the flying
|07/20/04 Tuesday - Breakfast for
Started out on the phone trying to
sort through the parts sources. We were referred to Bay Diesel who
could get new parts in quickly. Unfortunately it turned out that
their supplier couldn't ship after 1:30pm from LA. That complicates
our situation because Richard at MRS must be completed by Thursday
evening (more vacations).
I decided to meet a guy at 3pm in Vallejo
who claimed he had a good used complete transmission. We met the
"un-named source" at the "designated location" and after pulling off
the top cover and endplate discovered that other than being ugly it
was in very good shape. So here we set with a Chevrolet Cavalier
rental car and a 600# (at least) transmission. Fortunately Avis had
a lot in Vallejo to dump the Cavalier and we picked up a Mazda
mini-van at Hertz. Rushing back to the used equipment lot we found
them ready with the transmission on a pallet on the fork lift ready
to stuff in the back of the (undercapacity) minivan. With some
nudging and protective cardboard (and cash changing hands) we were
off for Santa Rosa hoping that we could get Richard at MRS to be
there at 7:30pm to unload it at his shop so we didn't have to drive
over the mountains to Bodega Bay and then back in the morning. He
was there and we agreed that it would probably work as a "parts dog"
for the repair.
Wednesday - Foggy as usual this morning. We have hot coffee
and the "Big Bands of the 40's-and 50's" CD playing (Sentimental
Journey right now) this morning. "Live and direct from the decks
of the 83527." "Sing it Peggy Lee."
|This morning we got a
call from Captain Jim Nolan from the USS Red Oak Victory, a WWII
Victory Ship down in Richmond. He is a participant in that
restoration. He brought three 25 man life rafts to carry back. We
got them hand carted down the dock and "block and tackled" on
|We then "block and
tackled" out the bad transmission sub assemblies and got them to
the van. We then delivered them to MRS for assembly with the
transmission from yesterday. From the blueing on the shaft you can
see how hot things got in there.
|This has inspired some conversation about pulling the other
transmission from the engine to at least know what the front
bearings look like. Since we have the A-frame in place we could
easily move it and only loose a half day looking. Were still
pondering that one.
|I guess we will take
showers tonight and go into Bodega Bay for a real dinner instead
of the normal baloney sandwiches.
07/22/04 Thursday - Today was supposed to
be the day to receive the transmission parts and get it assembled. Now we are
told it will be first thing tomorrow morning. Royal finished the flying bridge
windscreen top cover canvas instead. Also the piping for the forward head was
built up. We need one more pipe fitting to finish. We will get that tomorrow.
Since the sun came out for awhile Dan completed the "white washing" of the
starboard side. She looks pretty "fresh" now. We decided to take a look at the
port engine "fuel starvation" symptom we noticed when coming in the bay. Closer
inspection showed the fuel pump was leaking. We bypassed the "new" Racor filter
setup and determined that the starvation was external to that. The engine will
run OK at 1000 rpm if you are supplementing the fuel pressure with the bulkhead
mounted hand pump. I placed a call to Bay City Diesel for advice.
07/23/04 Friday - This morning about 9am
Ron from MRS arrived with what he thought was the parts for a quick re-assembly.
After a few questions like, "where are the clutch plates" and where is the "bla,bla,bla".
Well he was the victim of "boss hurrying out of town." So we started assembling
the main shafts and I headed for their shop to get the "missing" stuff and a new
fuel pump for the port engine about noon. Plus I needed to get some oil for the
transmission and some pipe fittings and "stuff" from the hardware store. So I
arrived back about 5pm and things were waiting for the parts I returned with.
Royal and I will finish the assembly tomorrow and get it back on line. The fuel
pump should solve the fuel starvation on the port engine. Itís a big Friday
night in Bodega Bay tonight. We are taking our every 3 day showers and doing the
laundry at the marina facility. We will probably migrate out to the Sandpiper
for dinner later since weíre cleaned up.
07/24/04 Saturday - Our first project was
to install the new fuel pump on the port engine. That seemed to solve the
"surging" or fuel starvation problem. Then we tackled the reassembly of the
transmission clutch. Although it was very time consuming, it was easy to do.
Unfortunately there appears to be something we canít identify wrong because we
can't get it to shift into "forward." I'm guessing that something is binding or
not properly assembled on the main shaft. Later in the afternoon we got a call
from a friend from Richmond who suggested that he and another truck transmission
mechanic would come up and look at it with us. After a couple of hours of
fussing with it he agreed that something must be assembled wrong on the main
shaft. So goes another day.
- We decided that we wouldn't get greasy today. Royal finished
hooking up the forward head and got that cleaned up for use. No
more 5 gallon bucket.
|Today is paint the balance of
the deck day. It took about 2 hours to vacuum, blow, wash
down, scrub and blow any water away that was pooling. Dan cut
in around the edges and Royal rolled on everywhere else,
except for a pathway to the ladder. We put our shower kits and
clean clothes on the dock, then painted ourselves off the
After we got cleaned up we went to
Petaluma, actually Penngrove, and went to the
Pengrove Power and
Implement Museum. They have the other Sterling Viking engine from
the 83527. Although I was hoping it was operational, it is just
setting waiting for some TLC.
On the way home we stopped at
Safeway and got some more food, cleaning supplies, water and
pancake mix. At Home Depot we got some cheapo carpet to make
runners between hatches to keep the newly painted deck "grease
free" from dirty shoes coming out of the engine room.
|This bumper sticker about sums
up the state of mind in Bodega Bay.
07/26/04 Monday - I called the mechanic
this morning at 7am and left a message about our non-progress. He called back
about 8 and indicated that he was going to be leaving Lake Tahoe about noon and
would make it by in the afternoon. That never happened. I got a call about 6pm
indicating that he would be there at 9am Tuesday.
We spent the day on little cleanup
tasks that were needed. Such as caulking and painting. I mounted the
new VHF radio and antenna, cleaned up some of the AC cords we had
strung around for lighting and relocated all of the stuff that was
moved for the mid-ship painting. Royal got the flying bridge
"canvas" tied down with screweyes that were added. Since the
"quarterdeck" is so nicely painted we cut some cheapo carpet strips
and laid them on the deck for greasy shoes to walk on in hopes that
it will stay clean for awhile.
07/27/04 Tuesday - Hurray, she's back
together. We got the kinks worked out and the transmission reassembled and
bolted up to the engine. We will run test it on Thursday. Tomorrow we will pull
off the port transmission and turn it 90 degrees on the chain hoist. Then we
will pull the front cover to look at the forward bearings to see if they are
getting grease. If they are, then back together she goes and we are done. That
will take about 5 hours to do.
Tonight three Coasties from the Bodega Bay
Station stopped by in their RIB to take a tour of the boat. They were amazed at
the "conditions" that their "forefathers" put up with compared to the boats of
today that they were familiar with. We were invited to call the station and see
if anyone was available to crew with us on the test run.
We wrapped up the day with a big slab
of salmon provided by the guys across the dock from us. Royal dug
out the "George Foreman" and "grilled" it up for us. That was chased
with chocolate pudding.
I got a phone call and an invitation
to stop at Coast Guard Port Angeles on the way down the Straits on
the home leg.
07/28/04 Wednesday -
Ratz . . . We got the
port transmission off and inspected the front bearing. Wasted! Yes, no grease,
but the shafts don't seem to be damaged. We disassembled it down to the basics
and drove the assemblies to MRS in Santa Rosa. Richard will attack it first
thing in the morning. Hopefully we can find the two replacement bearings locally. Then we can have it back to the boat for re-assembly.
come along coupler splitter
down to the dock cart.
07/29/04 Thursday - The bearings for the
transmission had to be ordered, so today was filled with more "fixit" projects.
Since every night has been foggy and heavy with dew, we chased down little leaks
in the deck and pilot house. We also cleaned up the dock where it looked like a
"crashbox" junkyard. The bearings should arrive at the "parts place" at 9am, so
maybe by days end we will have it re installed for a Saturday test run.
07/30/04 Friday - The bearings did not
arrive as promised. There was some story about FEDEX loosing the shipment. The
tracking number did show that they were near by. About 4pm they appeared and
Richard from MRS did pick them up and got the shaft ready to bring out tomorrow.
We worked on more caulking and canvas cover projects today.
07/31/04 Saturday - Richard arrived about
11 with the parts and we started re-assembling the transmission. At 7 pm we were
completed and had been running it without a load for about 1/2 hour. Off to the
showers, but it was too late for any of the local restaurants to be open, so we
celebrated with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We're beat. Early to bed.
Hopefully the wind will die down tonight and we can get in a test run tomorrow.
Unfortunately we don't have a 3rd crewman for a Monday departure.
08/01/04 Sunday - Success! We got the
"trashed" engine room cleaned up and about 1pm left the dock for the test run.
We drafted Juan, from our neighbor boat for helmsman, plus he knew the entry and
exit procedures from the harbor. We ran her up to 14mph (on gps) at full
throttle, but generally loafed around at 11mph at 1100rpm. There was no wind and
therefore an uneventful landing at the dock. I took some good video footage that
I will try to get working to stream from this site. Since the schedule is so
delayed I don't have anyone absolutely committed to leave with us, so until then
we will have to set. I should hear from a guy tomorrow morning that "says" he is
in for the whole trip. That would have us leaving on Wednesday morning though.
08/02/04 Monday - Here we are all cleaned
up and canít leave. We are scrounging the phone book for at least one more
person to help us get underway. The clock is ticking away for our hard deadline
of Port Townsend by August 14th. That is the day of the "83 Footer Sailors"
Annual Reunion. This afternoon the sun came out for the first time in 3 weeks. I
got a few shots of the boat in the sun. She looks like a band of gypsies live
08/03/04 Tuesday - Last night after the
page was updated things came together. I will make a "West Marine" run to
Richmond tomorrow morning and pick up two guys that will go on the Fort Bragg
leg, then work their way back to Richmond on their own. Then from Fort Bragg,
Selby Drew, a former 83 Footer will go with us to Newport, then we will figure
out how to get him back to Ft Bragg. From Newport we have a couple of
possibilities for "crew" the rest of the way. That part is jelling right now.
Today was spent getting things secure for the trip. I worked on the main
generator to see if I could see a simple problem (no schematic) with the voltage
adjustment circuit. It should adjust down to 220vac, but runs at 300. That makes
the light bulbs burn real bright (for awhile)! We will continue to use the Honda powered
generator lashed to the deck as primary power while underway. We made the rounds
to NAPA, Ace Hardware and Safeway this afternoon getting "stuff" for the trip.
08/04/04 Wednesday - I drove back to
Richmond and did some parts shopping and picked up Jim Hauso (lived at the Sugar
Dock) and Don Venneri (Jims friend) and returned the
rental car. That took care of one day. We are ready to get underway first thing
in the morning. At last! The wind is really howling tonight. I hope it gives it
up before morning, or we don't leave. Off to bed.
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