Friday, July 21, 2017

To Do List

7/21/2017  -  After bringing Viridian from Tampa Bay to Huntsville last Fall, we discovered there were several things we would like to change/do to the boat before starting the Loop.  It was a good thing for us that our oldest Son decided to get married back in May of this year and we delayed leaving for one year.  There was no way we could have managed several of these modifications while anchored or tied up at a marina.  Take a look at what was done over the last 9 months:

- Removed old radar and installed a new Garmin Radar unit
- Removed old radio and installed a new VHF radio with AIS
- Replaced defective bilge pump in V berth
- Washed and polished all glass windows
- Designed, fabricated, varnished and installed new stern and fly-bridge quarterboards reflecting the new name of our boat
- Removed and installed new windshield wiper arms and blades
- Painted Master berth
- Varnished worn places around doors and on deck
- Painted outside vents
- Painted, every 25 feet, red/white/blue/gold bands on our 200 foot anchor rode
- Removed old mechanical toilet in Master Head and installed new electric toilet
- Rebuilt entire sewage/holding tank system
- Hired a seamstress to make new hanging curtains for entire boat interior
- Install new Ship's Bell
- Adjusted valve lash on main engine
- Removed and cleaned heat exchanger core on main engine, reinstall
- Purchase new inflatable dinghy
- Install spring davits on dinghy and swim platform on boat
- Verify launching/retrieving dinghy and overall stability and ease of boarding
- Install new gas grill
- Repair TankTender system for fuel/freshwater/holding tanks so capacity can be monitored from bridge
- Fabricate new mast support out of 316 SS to replace flimsy aluminum support
- Purchase a new 88 quart Whynter dual zone freezer/frig and install with both 12/120 volt supply
- Replace fresh water pump and repair broken water lines
- Fix sea water wash down pump
- Install extra LED lighting in V-berth
- Remove factory galley table and use folding tables for the trip
- Purchase set of paper charts for sectors of the loop
- Make several short shakedown cruises to check out all this stuff, make sure it works as expected
- Purchase new camera for getting that perfect pic!
- Purchase a laptop to use onboard

The things listed all needed doing but if we had left last year there are several things that would not have been done.  I can't look over this list and and find more that one or two things I could do without.

1 comment:

  1. George, It looks like you and Meg have been very busy getting the boat ready for the loop. Are ya'll going to be at the fall rendezvous, Cindy and I might come for the looper crawl to view boats. Keep up the posts.
    Andy & Cindy J.