We're past the shortest day of the year and onward to summer. Only its time to deal with the two coldest months of the year. The boat is at the end of this shipyard, at the end of the outlets on the fence. I run a 100' extension cord to the boat and by the time I plug in a space heater it sputters and spits. Not enough voltage to make it work well.
I heat my whole garage with this same heater, and it barely puts a dent inside the boat cabin. So I strung a second line to the other fence and use a 2nd space heater, which also sputter and spits. The average high in January is 26 to 36 degrees.
I've got 32 known projects to get completed before the boat launches in May or June. Some minor, some multiple days. Will they all get done and how many more will I find before then to add to the list? Here's what gets done in January with one weekend off to attend the Chicago Sailboat Show, a weekend away with my daughter, and another too cold to go -
203. Finished tightening and double hose clamping (added 4 hose clamps, replaced one rusted out clamp) on the fresh water pressure system hoses.
204. Disassembled the electric bilge pump, cleaned it and tested it. All is fine.
205. Installed the slide latch on top edge of the head door. The boat flexes a bit under sail, and the regular handled door latch pops open and the door swings. The latch will only be used under way and not when in port. The slide has about a 1-1/2" throw. I tied a few pieces of green yarn on the handle to make it easy to find in light or dark as it isn't seen with the eye.
206. My sister wanted the ships log to work which is mounted at the navigation station. I took it apart to find that there are no sensor wires hooked to it, only power wires. An easier way to say it, its a fake! Add it to the list to remove it later.
207. Put oxygen bleach on interior speaker grills that were really dirty. They cleaned up nice.
208. When standing at the steering wheel when the boat heels, the only place you can put your low-side foot is up against the wall of the cockpit. This puts the top of the steering wheel up at your shoulders and not a comfortable position. I got an idea to build a wedge out of fiberglass and mounted it right under the middle of the wheel last summer. When the boat heeled, now you're standing too high with your head in the lifelines and the top of the wheel at your belly. I remove this wedge, make a match of it out of fiberglass and will have the drivers lean over while standing at the dock pretending the boat is heeling and tell me where to screw them down to the floor so we get them at the right height for either tack. The non-skid I put on the one last summer was a black stick-on. In the sun the adhesive got gooey and twisting the foot mushed it. So I got the leftover KiwiGrip from Mick who re-cored the side decks last winter. KiwiGrip is an acrylic water based non-skid that is thick paint. I first sanded and cleaned with 80-grit sandpaper, at first troweled on with a notched trowel, then ran a special roller back and forth over it. Ready to be installed (the screws are duct taped on the underside).
The next owner is really going to enjoy this boat.