Coming together… Slowly

Well, we are almost a T-minus one month!  The boat is coming together, though we ended up having one extra large project we were not planning on.  A few weeks back while cruising, the new transmission started acting up.  Since we just re-powered last year, this was something I was not really expecting. Luckily, Beta Marine and ZF Hurth both have been great and the newly rebuilt transmission is back in the boat again.Basically the clutch of the saildrive was acting weird and not always engaging.  Nathan, the tech from Hurth replaced both clutches in the unit and did notice one of the shims was JUST slightly out of spec.  Anyway, the unit is back in and runs great.

The whole ice-box rebuild is also basically done.  It is hard to say how much of a difference it is making since I never really got detailed measurements of cycle times or power draw before we did it, but I did notice moisture in the old insulation, so we are definitely better than we were before.  Sadly I put a small kink in one of the evaporator lines while reinstalling it.  It all seems to be working, but I am worried we might have problems down the road.  We also completely redid the storage inside the box, building some shelves and using some nesting rubber-maid baskets to store stuff.  We don’t have the large quantity of beer storage space we did before, but I think the overall usability of the space is WAY better than it was before.

Piko's new Icebox

We still have a bunch of little stuff to do on the boat before we leave, but right now it is more about getting rid of the last of the stuff we are not storing, and getting the rest boxed up and put away for the trip.  Then we will move on the boat and start figuring out how to actually live on the boat, rather than just vacation on it.

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6 thoughts on “Coming together… Slowly

  1. Michael Pack

    Lauren, I want to know more about the insulation project. Who built the new boxes? How thick was the Wauquiez insulation?

    • Lauren Buchholz

      I re-purposed the original box for the new one. Basically I cut it in half to remove it and then fiberglasses it back together. It is now about two inches shorter in width that original so I could put more insulation between the box and engine room.

      The box has 2″ of encapsulated foam on all sides, and then there was some poured poly foam between the hull and the outer skin of the box, so in some places the there was 4-5″ between the box and the hull. The foam near the shelf, which was where the evaporator and the old holding plate was located was pretty damp though, so it probably was not working well.

      Only time will tell how the new insulation works though… Sadly I never took any metrics on cycle count and durations with the old setup, and in the process I also upgraded the control box for my compressor with a more energy efficient one.

  2. Hi Lauren(s), Congrats on the upcoming departure! Just saw your email about the insulation. We would love to take it off your hands to help out but because we don’t know what we are going to do with the fridge we can’t commit yet. – Livia

  3. kevin

    lauren –

    ya know – if you were to sail north –

    you could just break up pieces of iceberg and dump them in the bottom of the cooler –

    good luck with the final moments –

    i just picked up a nice squeegee (sp?)

    for the quick dry of the cockpit after a heavy rain –
    i should have had that a while ago –

    look forward to hearing the updates –

    we’re in petersburg and continuing south…

    may see you in mexico

    kevin

    • Lauren Buchholz

      Sounds good, hope to see you down in the land where they call beer cerveza!

      I like the squegee idea as well!

  4. Margaret Sims

    Lauren, Lauren, Gordon, and Sophie –

    BON VOYAGE! Margaret

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