Upon waking up this Monday morning, as I was organizing my day, thinking about what I wanted/needed to do, I thought about this blog and what to write. I’d like to finish writing about the events of the trip to Vallejo. But as time passes, so does emotion of the events, making it harder to write about in an interesting way. Thus, the main casualty of losing my laptop for almost two months is insightful writing.
On my day’s list of things to do was also to refine my plan for the projects that need to be done on Dauntless. Specially, I want to plan, draw some diagrams, for those projects that I want to get done this September, when I return to Dauntless for 4 weeks.
So, why not write about that. It’s current and may be interesting to some.
I’m sitting in one of my two favorite coffee chops in the Bình Tân district of Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam. I come here when I want coffee, or a yogurt blended with orange juice, and that’s what I’m drinking today. The other shop I like, when I want a fruit smoothie, usually avocado.
I’m alone, so it’s a good time to write. My girlfriend Trinh (pronounced like Din), is working. Doing my three-month hiatus bringing Dauntless north, she expanded her sub-contracting job and now has 9 people working for her producing marking and ink pens.
I can’t complain; I do like women who like work. Ultimately, my breakup with Julie was because she picked work over me and D. Why it will be different next time is not in the scope of this post, but one day I’ll write about it. I will say it’s more a cultural thing than a personality thing. I’ll see Trinh later this morning and afternoon.
During the time on Dauntless, I started to make a list of the things that needed to be done on Dauntless at some point. I hate lists, as they remind me of all the stuff I still must do, but in this case, it’s needed.
My biggest problem when cruising alone (in the sense of not having a long-term partner with me) is that when I arrive wherever, I’m tired. I don’t have the will or desire to sit for the next X number of days and fix, repair, replace, modify what needs to be done.
Of course, I’m fixing things that must be fixed, but no more. I may do some half-assed job just to get going, but I know I must come back and modify it.
One of the big attractions of the marina in Vallejo is that I am in a covered slip. I don’t have to worry about working in the rain or worse, in the sun. I’m looking forward to it.
My current list of projects includes everything that must be done before September 2019, once in Southeast Alaska. Obviously, some things are more critical than others, e.g. I don’t need the diesel heater until Alaska. Other things are conveniences, but on a boat, conveniences are important. So, one of my first projects next month will be to move my fresh water tank selector valve so I don’t have to go under the floor in the guest cabin every xxxing time to change water tanks. Along with that, I will also clean out the water tanks and reseal the inspection ports and install a baffle on the Maretron ultrasonic sending unit. This should be a day’s worth of work. If Trinh was with me, probably half-a-day, since she’s always busy like a bee. I’m more like a sloth, so it will probably actually take two to three days.
Here’s the current Dauntless Project List:
|System||Item||Problem/Issue/Goal||Notes, parts?||Est Completion|
R&R Impeller Cover
Been leaking for 2 years
|Done 6663.88 hrs.
|H2O||Move tank valves
Reseal tank fittings
Replace lines, one-way valves,
Check and redo all clamps
Place caps on Maretron tubes
Make external filter system for tank fill
|Water Pump pressure switch||Adjust||?|
|Mount Spare pump?|
|Transmission||Real seal leak||Check engine alignment??||??||April 2019|
|Fuel||Sight tubes||Put LED strip behind tubes
Bundle wires on port side
|Watermaker||R&R Seals with kit
Add three-way intake valve
|Generator||Oil & filter
Check remote start switch
Install Perko switch to house?
Check Charger to Gen
Nice not to have to get out jumper cables?
|Bow Thruster||R&R broken gear||Would be nice to use again, OTOH I’ve done wo for 3 yrs.|
|VHF’s||ICOM 304 Internal relay?
|Send back to ICOM
Figure it out
|Salon Hatches||Add hinges to middle two||Get someone who knows wood||September|
|Outside Hull||R&R rub rail
Touch up paint
Cap Rail refinish
|With Stainless steel (CI Hbr)||September
|Ext Doors||Touch up, Tung oil||2019|
|Fly Bridge||Water ingress||Where? Rail fittings?||2019|
|Windlass & Anchor||Lube windlass
Re-mark Anchor chain
|Solar Panels||Re-wire controllers, fuses, switches
Add array over dingy
|Replace terminal blocks and fuse holder||September|
|Purisan||Controller corroded||Return to Raritan||September|
|Pilot House Electrical||Add capacity||Run additional cable, pos and neg from ER distribution||Sept or April|
|Paravanes||Get two new 28”, Use current as spares
Reduce excess lines
|Boom Winch||R&R||April 2019|
|Mast||Make New Bracket for Instruments
Get 25’ NMEA 2000 cable
Re-attach spreader lights
|Diesel Heater||Complete Wallas installation||2019|
|Hookah||Face mask and compressor||2019|
Octopus Pump & Capilano piston
|Standardize all fittings
I’m tired just wiring this list. I think I’ll rest now.