You haven’t seen a lot of postings here from us for the past several weeks. We have been BUSY. This has been the most intense (and expensive!) maintenance and project stopover we have yet had on Harmonie. She is getting older (like us) and needs more TLC (like us!) and some things were just unlucky timing with several big projects that needed doing at the same time.
There are almost no maintenance or repair projects we postpone while we are here in Fort Lauderdale. The supply and service infrastructure here is better than anywhere else we go, so it makes sense to fix EVERYTHING that needs fixing, or is showing signs of age. Most of these are things we had on our card before we arrived, but there are always extra things that come up when you start taking a boat apart. Then there are the “Surprise!” events–like needing to find a new insurance company–that just add to the fun.
Here for your reading pleasure(?) is what I am sure is an incomplete list of the projects we have been working on since we arrived here in Florida. Not all of these are finished (yet), but it will give you an idea how we have been spending the last 9 weeks. Projects with a (*) preceding them are ones we farmed out to local contractors. Everything else we have done ourselves. I am sure in the time left, we will add a few more. So… in no special order….
- Change oil and seals in bow thruster.
- Change oil and seals in “C-Drive”
- Disassemble, and re-grease prop.
- New rudder zincs
- (*)New bottom paint
- (*)Buff and wax topsides
- (*)Rebuild turbocharger on drive engine
- New exhaust elbow on drive engine
- New transmission on drive engine
- New exhaust elbow on generator
- Fix raw water leak on generator
- Install back up bilge pump.
- Replace failing main saloon air conditioner
- (*)Insurance survey
- New fixed ports in all cabins, and repair sun damaged interior wood
- New thermostats for both freezers
- New level gauge for aft head holding tank
- Replace packing on rudder shaft.
- Replace battery in PLB EPRIB
- New Main Epirb
- Repair cockpit speaker for VHF radio
- Change zincs on engine and generator
- Update radio registrations and licenses
- Renew HMS permit for offshore fishing
- Replace thru-hull for aft holding tank vent
- Rebed lens in forward cabin hatch
- Realign door on fridge.
- New hatch, screen and blinds for main saloon
- New secondary anchor
- Repair steaming light
- Refinish forward head hatch frame
- New main traveler control line
- (*)Various sail repairs
- Canvas repairs to dodger
- New propane hose for stove
- (*)New standing rigging
- (*)Major deck repair
- (*)Liferaft service.
- Annual review of abandon ship ditch bag
- New LED screen on autopilot
- Replace various hoses and belts on engines.
- Improvements to anchor chain lead to winch.
- Repair/replace water speed transducer.
- Repair mount of aft cabin space heater
- Add CO/smoke alarms to each cabin
It is interesting what is NOT on the list. Almost no electrical repairs or upgrades. No significant repairs or upgrades to deck hardware. Almost nothing that we have upgraded or repaired before. It’s nice to see projects and upgrades we have done in the past are holding up and working as they should.
Pretty much as we expected, the survey in support of the new insurance came back with just a few trival recommendations, so that added nothing to our project backlog. Having that in hand means we can move ahead with the last of the insurance quotes and make a decision on that front.
While being productive and improving our boat is a good and rewarding thing, we are very much itching to get out of here. While we do like the local area, the scenery at the boatyard is NOT what we want to be looking at from the deck of Harmonie. A remote and lonely anchorage in the islands is the much preferred choice. Soon. Very soon!