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Winter 17/18       Now what?    Really?     More?

You’d think I would simply run out of stuff to do on the old tub. Like, “COME ON! What could be left that needs fixing or changing???”. . .  Well, well, well. If you have to ask such a silly question you don’t understand the intricacies of a wooden boat affliction/addiction. Nor do you understand how much fun a wooden boat owner can have whilst interfacing with Transport Canada . . .  But more on that one, later.

But really, I took most of the winter off. I was far too busy writing letters to Transport Canada, upgrading ship’s procedures and making sure that Mothership Adventures has her ducks in a row with Parks permits, with land use permits and First Nations protocols and whale and bear and tourism associations. Really, we did nothing on the COLUMBIA III all winter. I completely ignored her.  What old wooden boat? I just parked her in the shed and I won’t peek at her until a couple of days before April 1st when the annual sand and paint-a-thon begins . . .

Oh. Oh. I forgot. There was one nagging little project that I guess I did do . . .

The wheel house is a dense collection of electrical equipment and there has been a steady progression of upgrades. It is inevitable that some wires remain in place but no longer serve a function. Each time I need to access the area behind my  main instrument panel I have cringed at the rat’s-nest of wires. The “action item” has been on my to-do list for years. Finally I dug into the “problem”.

I ended up cutting all the wire bundles to the electronic components and suspended the units from strings so I could access the cables. The main job was to identify each wire and trace its route. I then pulled and discarded any wire that was no longer serving a function.

And I sorted, removed, labeled and rationalized the wires behind the main engine panel in the wheel house.

New terminal boards to help make sense of the mess.

All back to normal now. More Dr. of Marine Voodoo.  If I do my job really well, no one will ever know!

Winter is the time to catch up on small discrepancies. Here I switched out a large, heavy duty 120amp 12VDC alternator that I had previously installed on the Gardner to charge the domestic battery bank. Sometime late in the 2017 season the alternator decided to produce only  80 amps,  a sign I am told, that 1/3 of the windings are not producing power due to a “failed diode”.  (I am not an electronics guy so a “failed diode” could be called a “failed woo-woo dinger”)  but I am smart enough to carry a spare alternator aboard. We finished the season on reduced output and I needed to switched out the beast. I also had a v-belt rubbing inappropriately and it had made a black dusty mess. So I tidied up and switched the v-belt shive to the backup alternator.

Here is the alternator bracket without the alternator.

Pulling the v-belt shive off . . .     

A good mechanic always knows it’s wise to appease the gods of safe shipping. And Murphy  seems to keep a close eye on me as well, so I donate a little blood to more projects than is good for my reputation. Some people give blood at the office, I do it in the engine room. Perhaps a Dr. of Marine Voodoo needs a refresher course on small wound care.

Here is the 80 pound beast replaced and back in its home. . .

And another project . . . at Diamond Bay we have two generators for back up power if our solar and micro hydro can’t supply our needs. One is 12KW for running welders, and the smaller one is 6.5KW. Here the very old and tired Lister is removed from the generator shed . . .

And the new genset gets slid into place. I up-graded to an automatic remote start model but this entailed a fair amount of new wiring including a new 300′ run of cable between the generator shed and the house . . . just another little piece to the Diamond Bay homestead puzzle.

This winter Luke continued to work away at completing their house. It really is getting close . . . but I cajoled him into doing one major project for me.

The COLUMBIA III gets pretty well scrutinized each spring when we hand-sand everything . . . so we had noticed two small spots on the port bulwarks where the paint repeatedly blistered. Upon a little poking around with my trusty Leatherman I found some rot. “This will never do!”
So Luke’s task was to “fix the bulwarks”. This is no small feat on a vessel as highly finished as the CIII. But Luke loves a challenge and rises to the occasion with alacrity.

He carefully supported the hand rail from above, removed a bunch of stanchions, carefully chiseled out the wooden plugs over the bolts and removed the teak caps without damaging them. He then removed the sections of the bulwarks where the paint blisters had been. One never knows if the rot will be localized or if it has metastasized in a creeping wave of destruction. But the COLUMBIA III has received years of high quality maintenance and it showed here yet again. The two small spots where the paint had blistered were exactly that, two small spots of rotten fir each about the size of an egg.

The “affected spots” (read rotten) where cut out and then the timbers removed such that the replacement timbers would be long enough and their joints staggered enough to be strong.

 

A good friend on Quadra Island operates a small saw mill. Several years ago he had some very nice yellow cedar cross his mill. I bought some and it has been drying since then “just in case.”

The new wood starts to get bolted down in layers. Luke did a great job and we were lucky that he could reach the underside of all these timbers and bolt right through to the engine room and the accommodation areas. This is a bit magical as so much of the interior of the CIII is highly finished and these larger bolts are hidden.

A combination of lag bolts and thru bolts were used. The plugs were applied even between the layers of timbers.

We had done extensive repairs around this hawse-hole ring a few years back. It was a lot of work to literally rivet the two flanges together thru the timbers with 5/8″ bronze rod. We were loathe to do that again, so Luke squeaked the new timbers between the top edge of the hawse -hole rings.

 

The teak cap rail was over 20′ long in a single board in this section of the ship so rather than tear up sections of the bulwarks needlessly, Luke did some fine surgery and created a new scarf joint in the existing cap.

And here the original cap, still with its gloss finish, is bolted down and plugged.

The new scarf joint Luke cut in place.

And finally, after sanding all the old finish off and fairing up the caps, the first coat of protective finish goes on. This is imperative before the CIII comes out of the shed on its way to the ship yard.

But Luke wasn’t the only guy working. I had big manly projects too, although I did need Luke’s help.

25 years ago, the COLUMBIA III under went an extensive program to bring her into modern safety compliance. At that time two large CO2 cylinders were installed in the chapel head for an engine room fire suppression system. Since that time these cylinders have been inspected by many different Transport Canada inspectors and they have always been approved. Then in 2017 a mid-season spot inspection by Transport Canada decided that this arrangement was incorrect and no longer safe. CO2 cylinders should not be located in an accommodation area. Fine. We will fix this, but don’t act like I have been hiding these cylinders under a blanket for 25 years . . .

So let the fun begin. Luckily there was room in the engine room to relocate the cylinders out of the  accommodation area. This then required a “fire pull-station” outside the engine room for triggering the cylinders remotely.

This proved a simple and easily achieved project. All I had to do was create a spot in the engine room where one didn’t exist, relocate and up-grade a diesel fuel pump, move the main engine start battery box forward 4″, re-wire the starter circuit, create and weld a bracket to secure the large and heavy CO2 cylinders, clean the old tank storage area, create a new mahogany storage cabinet in the now vacant area, buy a pipe threading tool, create a “manual pull station” in the aft head and connect this pull station to the cylinders with a system of stainless steel pipe, wire and pulleys, make new placards and change the ship’s documentation to upgrade the SOP’s, emergency procedures and the employee safety training  documentation.

Easy- peezy!   (With maybe $5000 worth of parts and Luke and my time on top. . . )

Here is the engine room before the relocation began.

And here Luke is making a pattern for the welded aluminum bracket to hold the cylinders in their new home.

And I removed the battery box to alter it’s hold down structure and move the box 4″ forward. I decided to sand and paint the box while I had it in my shop.

As there is a remote fuel tank shut-off in that spot, Luke created a “shelf” for the two tanks to sit on. The new tank rack is now supported on the same steel stringer that supports the fuel tanks and is bolted to the fuel tanks themselves and to the deck head above.

I had to remove the old hand pump for topping up the generator and fireplace day tanks with an electric pump which was more compact. (See final entry of this post for a post-script on this pump!)

With the removal of the cylinders from the  chapel head, we have gained some valuable storage space. Unfortunately, it requires me to make new shelves and create a COLUMBIA III quality cabinet. More later on this one.

Here is part of pull-cable piping. There is actually a cable running inside that 3/8″ stainless steel piping and those brass thingys are corner pulleys. The one consolation is that the remote pull station heads are only $1000 each . . .

A bracket I made to support the pull-cable piping.

And the CO2 detector had to be relocated . . .

And if that wasn’t enough fun for one winter, I just couldn’t keep away for a skipper’s dream job; removing and replacing all the blackwater hoses, tanks and pumps from the ship. Despite flushing the system with fresh water, soap and bleach it was a smelly, icky job. Just the kind of job that a good skipper reserves for himself. It’s better to appear noble rather than be told to “take a long walk off a short pier . . .”

Here is two season’s of accumulation that has acreeted inside the black water discharge             pipe due to a chemical reaction between urine and salt water. Now that is PLUGGED! (This is      1 1/2″ diameter pipe).

You can see two plastic welded patches on one of the old blackwater tanks. I decided to replace them with custom welded stainless steel.

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Up the stairs . . .

and out the door.

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And about 6 weeks later, two new tanks . . . waiting for me to finish typing and get back to work!

Another tiny project . . .  the galley has a dry-erase board edged in stained and varnished mahogany. The old one was just too scratched and worn and needed to be replaced.

And installed in the galley . . .

And yet another small project . . . A gauge for telling how full my new blackwater tanks are. It will also read the diesel tanks as well.

The first big step of spring maintenance . . .

The ship comes out of the shed for the first time in 5 months in preparation for heading to the shipyard. It’s a big day and all the deckhands come out to help. Two skippers in training . . .

Maeve was helping alot too!     

The shed gate is closed again, ( this keeps the ends of the floating shed from flexing in and out in the waves) and the COLUMBIA III is ready to head to the shipyard.

After the COLUMBIA III was out of the shed, Theo (6) and Maeve (21/2) rowed home across the bay together. Its only about 150′ with mom on one dock and Farlyn and I on the other, but it was a classic coastal moment. These kids live, breathe and think boats and water. They will know more about the coast by the time they are 20 than I can absorb in my whole life. It’s rewarding to watch the process.

Farlyn and I head down to Campbell River, bound for the ship yard. Here we leave Diamond Bay and the boat shed on Sonora Island behind.

It was a wonderfully calm evening and SO!!! nice to feel the ship moving again. “This is what I work so hard for! This is it!”

Early the next morning we jumped off the C III and watched her get lifted. I never sleep well the night before the shipyard. I toss and turn, worrying black, 2am thoughts of straps breaking or nasty damage I didn’t anticipate. Of course, Ocean Pacific is so gentle with the COLUMBIA III, the crews always like to see her again. Smiles all round.
So I try to play the seasoned veteran but I’m still a jumble of nerves until she is safely sitting on the hard.

Here the boot-top black strip is getting redone. By-standers often remark how spotless the paint job looks and I feign complete shock, “Oh no! That is last year’s paint job. We will be hand sanding and repainting the whole boat in April. Then she will look pretty sharp!”

Here is a rare image and not something I want to see very often. The wheel house GPS chart plotter shows the CIII pulling into the lift bay and being driven onto the land! It even shows the track of the lift jockeying back and forth to fit us into the Ocean Pacific yard.

It’s always nice having Farlyn along. She emptied the chart table and sorted out all the bent paper clips and random accumulation of junk and presto! a chart table worthy of a blog shot!

Boot top touch up . . .

The shipyard crews needle gunned the rust off the swim grid and painted it.

Sure, I’m getting older every year, (like everyone else) but man oh man I am strong!

Five days later she gets an early morning lift. Done for another year I hope!

And back into the water. “Gently please! Gently!”

And now, the COLUMBIA III slips back into her shed. The crews show up in a week to strip her outside hardware and sand and paint in earnest.

I just spent the last few days sorting the paints and tidying the shed in preparation for the maintenance team!

By the end of the month she should be gleaming once again. That will be a separate blog if I remember to take pictures!

Oh, oh. An addendum. Silly me. I always start the spring maintenance on the 1st of April. .  . So this year is just the same, right? Nope! Nobody showed up. It is Easter Sunday. Oops! I don’t look at a calendar much on Sonora Island.  But Farlyn decided to work with me anyhow so we spent the day in the engine room. She changed oil, filters and impellers on our 2 gensets and replaced all the fresh water filters. Here she is changing the light bulb in the UV filter.

Whilst I had just so much fun trying out the new fuel transfer pump. It is only used once every 5 years if I need to top up the genset day tank . . . so I went cheap and bought the $350 model instead of the other pump which was $650 . . .  Whilst Farlyn was working on once side of the engine room I was spraying myself  and 25% of the engine room in diesel shooting out the SIDE OF THE BRAND NEW PUMP HOUSING! . . . I was also spraying colourful sailor language around the engine room as well. Poor Farlyn wasn’t blushing . . . she was laughing. No respect.

And very messy in my normally tidy engine room . . .

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Between the puttering winter maintenance when I work mostly alone and the intense maintenance of April when the crews show up to work, I pull the Columbia III for her annual haul-out. Transport Canada requires to see her out of the water every two years and of those two year inspections, there is the requirement to pull the rudder, propeller, drive shaft and all underwater thru-hulls every four years for an extra thorough inspection. This year is a “tween” year, so usually this means a pretty straight forward lift, wash, paint and re-zinc but no particular official “underwater” inspection. But of course, the annual haul out is my chance to check for problems or possible damage (such as  a ding in the propeller). As it was a quick turn around this year, I took the boat down alone and the Ocean Pacific crews did the washing and painting.

Here the COLUMBIA III is heading back into the water.The tide levels can’t be too low for the lift procedure so the crews arrived early to slip me back into the water. I am always happy to have the CIII safely back in the water. “It just don’t seem natural” to have my ship swinging around in the air!

Whilst I am living aboard the CIII on the “hard” in downtown Campbell River I put the time to advantage by buying as many  supplies as I can think of. But I am still puttering along on my own. If the shipyard has a certain cadence, that mood entirely  vanishes when i get home and the CIII is slipped back into the shed.  The dry erase board in the shed gives you an idea. For any of you new to this blog, S&P = sand and paint, S&C = sand and Cetol,  and I know you’re really smart, S&V = sand and varnish! Awesome, you’re on fire now!

 

Let the sanding and washing begin . . .

 

 

Tavish figured out a way to lift the tender inside the shed. This allowed us to paint the bottom without without removing the outboard, or miss spots trying to paint on a trailer and it was out of the spring rains. It did look a little weird suspended from the ceiling!

Here is a bit of creativity. The 2″ thick fir deck planking of the Columbia III is held down with galvanized nails pounded in over 60 years ago. Each nail is counter sunk and covered with a 3/4″ wooden plug.  With time, if the plug cracks or deteriorates, water can work under the plug and begin to rust the nail head. The rust expands and pushes the plug upwards and this makes the plug sit a bit proud. We notice the little bumps in our decks and get really distraught. Luke figures out the answer. Chisel out the wooden plug, drill and tap the nail head, thread in a small stainless steel boat and extract with the custom made visegrip-plier-nail-puller-slide-hammer thingy, and wallah! A SS lag screw is used as a replacement with a new epoxied plug. Luke processed quite a few of these just so I can sleep easily at night knowing I won’t be confronted with distressing and unsightly little bumps in MY decks!

Beautiful new teak steps to replace the existing set. These are on the exterior of the wheel house and get a lot of wear and tear. The old steps looked like they had been made of re-purposed wood with some extraneous holes and plugs where none were required. Luke made this new set for the CIII. As usual for something boaty, the steps are curved to fit the deck house wall. Luke also made stainless steel hanger bolts so we can remove the steps more easily for painting behind the stairs.

The galley door was stripped to bare wood and refinished. As these doors are over 60 years old, there are some cracks that always let moisture in behind the varnish. The only way to keep the bright work looking really good is to keep the ship in the shed all year long, or strip the finish off completely every few years . . . certainly less than 5 years. As a consequence, we usually strip an exterior door or two each year to keep the “beautification” cycle in sequence.

Summer must be coming as the sun is starting to pack some heat. The boat shed is wonderful in the rain (and in brilliant sunshine too) but on the first sunny days of spring the shady, water cooled  boat shed can feel pretty chilly . The first warm rays of the year beckon just a few feet away! We often work on individual projects and we don’t really adhere to set coffee times, but I did catch the crews loafing around in the sun and started yelling at them to get back to work! I even took a photo to document their slovenly behavior.

Every year or two at the most we empty the lazarette completely  for vacuuming. This is a great way to re-inventory the supplies we carry and to sort out any stuff that found its way into the storage area. The laz serves as a major storage area for spare . . .  well spare EVERYTHING! From dinner plates and wine glasses to rope, engine hoses, toilet paper, electrical wire, hose-clamps,paddles, life-jackets, walking sticks, water glasses, hand soap, electrical fixtures, engine oil, hydraulic oil, antifreeze, wine, kayak foot pedals, recycling, pipe fittings, lengths of pipe in plastic and metal, readi-rod, skiff anchor and small quantities of paint and varnish for midsummer touch ups, power tools, extension cords, pop and beer, epoxy glue and fillers, spill pads, laundry soap, hand sanitizer, kayak spray skirts and . . . and . . . well, I think you get the idea.  Here Steve is unloading the Laz as step no.1.

Here is a small diversion. I always worry about getting my anchor “stuck” on the bottom in the middle of the summer. We often work in very remote locations so its not that easy to “find” a spare set of ground tackle mid season. So this year I bought a new “rode”, the chain and stainless steel cable that anchors the ship at night, and it is neatly hidden under a bunk just in case a time of need arises.  Or doesn’t “arise” off the bottom as the case may be!  That’s about $2000 worth of piece of mind for me . . . .

The new replacement generator installation is finally completed.

And painting after the sanding . . .               

  

Skipper/daughter Farlyn pulling something apart needlessly as her usual way of logging more hours in the S&P column.

This is always a good omen, the finishing touches are starting to happen!

And finally the kayaks are scrubbed and back on the roof and the COLUMBIA III comes out of the shed. She won’t make it back inside for the next 6 months!

A final scrub, the masts go up, the inspection cycle begins, the ship gets all the bedding and food stores loaded and in about 3 weeks the first guests of the season arrive . . .

“Wow, the ship looks way better than the photos and the photos looked too good to be true on the website! Do you spend much time in the winter on maintenance . . . . ?”

Fluttering Hands

The other day our daughter Miray, with her 4 month old baby strapped to her back, was running a chain hoist for me to lower the COLUMBIA III’s mast onto a herring skiff below. Grandson Theo, 4 years old now, was holding the huge skiff in place with a pike pole braced on the rocky sea floor. And me? Well, catching said 25′ long, heavy steel mast.

So where is the cool shot capturing this multi-generational moment of wooden boat/family business bonding? Oh! No photo. The tide was dropping quickly and I forgot to think, ‘blog‘. The mental image will have to do.

In the past few weeks, the COLUMBIA III travelled to the ship yard where she (and I) lived on the hard for a few weeks, before returning home again. As soon as she was tied to the dock, the crew jumped into action; sanding, washing, painting, and then detailing the ship. Now, the COLUMBIA III is finally starting to come together, giving me a chance to update you all on the busy pre-season activities in full swing here in Diamond Bay.

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Humour me here; let’s pretend the COLUMBIA III is hovering fully out of the water for all to see, from the top of the mast to the base of the keel.

Imagine the ship slowly turning.

We see port, stern, starboard, and bow. We listen closely. We hear a fluttering sound; a sound almost of bird wings pushing air. It is the sound of the fluttering of hands. Hands fluttering as they touch every single surface of the COLUMBIA III with sand paper, rollers, paintbrushes, all with a maintaining touch. There are hands darting with masking tape along the water line, tightening the giant nut that holds on the propeller, removing every door knob, every life ring bracket and downspout and wire bundle for painting. Hands that sand; sand everything you see. Hands that then replace wires and door knobs and life ring brackets. If you walk up to the ship at a dock, imagine all those hands at work, going over every single square inch of exterior surface above and below the water. Can you hear the sound of fluttering hands that inspect, repair, replace, and upgrade?

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Above, our youngest daughter, Farlyn, adds her hands to the detailing of the ship.

Here are some glimpses into our preparations for the fast-approaching season during late March and all of April. If you listen closely, perhaps you’ll hear the fluttering of hands.

Out of the boat shed the COLUMBIA III comes for a 3 hour journey to Campbell River for the ship’s annual haul-out. She looks pretty good considering that is last year’s paint. The sanding and painting for this year will begin when the COLUMBIA III returns home after her time in the Ocean Pacific ship yard.

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Once we made it to Campbell River, the COLUMBIA III is lifted clear of the water in preparation for her annual inspection and 4 year Transport Canada mechanical inspection.

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She is placed in her new home on the hard in the Ocean Pacific ship yard in Campbell River.

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Whilst Steve attended to the copper painting, boot-top, and draft marks, The shipyard crew pulled the rudder and propeller off and withdrew the main drive shaft for our Transport Canada 4 year underwater inspection.

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Although the main shaft seemed in acceptable condition, I decided that nothing but the best was good enough for the COLUMBIA III, so we had a new custom-made stainless steel drive shaft made and installed with a new cutlass bearing for good measure. Here, the new cutlass bearing is being installed.

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The new shaft being manufactured.

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To allow for the shaft to be made, I ended up living ‘on the hard’ for 2 weeks.  A good chance to catch up on little projects around the ship. A dry COLUMBIA III and set of stairs acted as my home away from home.

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Until the new shaft was ready to be installed!

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The wheel is tightened and a sigh of relief is released as the ship is pieced back together with strong new components.

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Little details are tended to; the stuffing box collar is cleaned up by the machinist.

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Transport Canada needs to see our two anchor “rodes” every 4 years to ensure our guests can sleep well at night.

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And a mere $20,000 and 2 weeks later, she slips back into the water, 60 years young and stronger than ever.

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The COLUMBIA III arrives safely home to her boat shed, ready for everyone’s least favourite job to begin.

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“Let the sanding begin!”

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Can you hear the fluttering?

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We use a wide variety of power sanders, but all the bright work is done by hand, mostly with excitement, as Steve happily demonstrates.

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Steve pauses his fluttering hands for a quick thumbs up.

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After a good wash, the refinishing begins.

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By who? Meet the painting crew!

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Long time family friend and conveniently living around the corner in the next bay over, Max Bakken joins the crew to prepare the ship for the season, where he will be working as chef on board a few trips this summer!

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Our son Tavish is rarely without a smile whether he is guiding kayakers and teaching them about marine life during intertidal tours, or making the ship shine every spring.

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Tavish’s twin sister, Farlyn is looking forward to captaining trips this summer, especially after all the elbow grease used to detail the ship.

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Long-time kayak guide extraordinaire of the Mothership Adventures family, you probably know Steve from previous blogs/posts! Steve spent the winter as a kayak guide in Antarctica, visited New Zealand, and returned home to Sonora Island to get the COLUMBIA III ship shape!

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When we start to get caught up on the main painting, it allows us to switch our attention to other details. Farlyn and I replaced the galley counter top which was showing signs of wear after all the thousands of meals made here.

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I cut a hole under one of the bunks and trimmed it to accommodate a designated 1st Aid locker.

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Steve was happy to get out of the shed and into the sun to sand and paint the aft mast that was removed for the duration of the construction phase.

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While Tavish remains in the shed to upgrade the kayaking winch electrics.

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Which we let him install in the sunshine on the dock.

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I’m thanking all you guests in advance for noticing this new and noteworthy detail when you step aboard the ship. I custom ordered a stainless steel soap dish for the galley soap dispenser. Now even I had to swallow hard at the $330 price (ouch), but darn it looks good.

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While I admire the shiny new hand washing station, Tavish strings new aft deck lights for the new roof (still smiling).

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While Steve sorts and stows a season’s worth of wine (all smiles)!

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After the paint dries, the reassembly continues. Max is tasked with replacing the lettering on top of fresh paint to spell out the ship’s name.

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(photo by Max, documenting the process)

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Luke replaces the aft counter top and installs a cool brass trim to protect it from all the cameras and kayak paddles that always seem to damage the wood work.

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Luke made custom “rivets” to hold the half round brass in place.

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As the old kayak racks were removed with the old roof, we designed new, more efficient pivoting racks. Tavish and I fabricated the parts, and Luke did the welding.

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Tavish bolts the racks in place.

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And finally, we carefully clean the decks of every tiny dripped paint fleck and glue blob, and mask off the areas for the non-skid coat.

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The socks-only phase of ship maintenance.

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Then the the crew coats the decks.

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And do you remember Luke’s huge project this winter building a new roof for the aft deck?

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Well, here is the nearly completed new aft deck cover. A huge THANK YOU to Luke!

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Luke recently celebrated his birthday, and we let him off early on the eve of his birthday to go free diving with Tavish, who snapped these photos, just around the corner from the boat shed.

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A birthday dive.

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And finally, the crews are finished.

I enjoyed my first morning without crews in over 6 weeks, but the day was so beautiful, and the ship looked so grand that Tavish and April decided we just had to leave the dock for an evening photo shoot.

Here is a glimpse of the COLUMBIA III now, after 6 weeks of fluttering hands carefully going over every inch of the ship.

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Fresh bright work, a new aft deck roof, and nearly ready for the 2016 season!

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While Tavish was zipping around getting aerials of the ship, April was in the wheelhouse with me snapping some photos.

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A beautiful evening for a cruise around the channel.

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The scale of the coast dwarfs the ship from some angles.

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Heading home to the bay at last light.

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Back to the dock for final touches over the next few weeks.

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Tavish tidying up the rooftop that evening.

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Two thoughts:

  1. I am so lucky to work with my family.
  2. I have to prepare myself for the inevitable question, “What do you do with yourself in the winters, Ross?”

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