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RT Firefly 03-30-2014 04:31 PM

Greetings,
DISCLAIMER: Hey, I DID warn you about the naughty language...

siestakey 03-30-2014 04:50 PM

Congrats!!!!!!

janice142 03-30-2014 09:13 PM

Congratulations on your Nordic. She's going to be great. :)

As for that sailing experience, buy a nice sailing dinghy. There are a lot out there and I know I enjoyed mine when I was younger. I loved being in control and yours will probably be the same.

Of course I liked the Seagull outboard too.

bligh 03-30-2014 09:26 PM

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Originally Posted by janice142 (Post 223699)
Congratulations on your Nordic. She's going to be great. :)

As for that sailing experience, buy a nice sailing dinghy. There are a lot out there and I know I enjoyed mine when I was younger. I loved being in control and yours will probably be the same.

Of course I liked the Seagull outboard too.

Thank you Janice!

We do have a 14ft catalina sailboat on a trailer. It looks like its going to be our dinghy for a while. We are looking forward to using both together!

Roostor 03-31-2014 01:54 AM

Congrats on the NT...a fine vessel indeed and I know that the hours you will spend with the family and friends will be priceless.

bligh 04-14-2014 12:01 PM

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It's been two weeks since we closed on our trawler. Friday, we finally got it back from the yard with only a 5 boat buck bill. We promptly took her back to her berth in Isleton and spent the weekend working on her.

My wife cleaned every part of the galley, main saloon, and overhead. I cleaned the head. :)

I also changed all the batteries out; Thruster, Main, and 6 house. I woke up sore the next day and I'm still feeling it today.

The boat has no galley items, so we had to go to walmart to get a few things. We ate horrible that weekend -too much fast food- but we will be prepared next weekend to make the most of the galley.

Pulling out of walmart, I spotted a sports authority and bought the boys a kayak to paddle around in. My oldesy caught a 3-4 lb bass right off the dock. It was the biggest fish he has ever caught. I was impressed myself. Hopefully one of these days, I can get some fishing in myself!

Art 04-14-2014 12:11 PM

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Originally Posted by bligh (Post 226971)
It's been two weeks since we closed on our trawler. Friday, we finally got it back from the yard with only a 5 boat buck bill. We promptly took her back to her berth in Isleton and spent the weekend working on her.

My wife cleaned every part of the galley, main saloon, and overhead. I cleaned the head. :)

I also changed all the batteries out; Thruster, Main, and 6 house. I woke up sore the next day and I'm still feeling it today.

The boat has no galley items, so we had to go to walmart to get a few things. We ate horrible that weekend -too much fast food- but we will be prepared next weekend to make the most of the galley.

Pulling out of walmart, I spotted a sports authority and bought the boys a kayak to paddle around in. My oldesy caught a 3-4 lb bass right off the dock. It was the biggest fish he has ever caught. I was impressed myself. Hopefully one of these days, I can get some fishing in myself!

Good on ya bligh!

markpierce 04-14-2014 12:18 PM

Have you joined the local Nordic Tug association yet?

San Francisco Bay Area Nordic Tug Association

healhustler 04-14-2014 04:06 PM

She's really looking good. Now if you can spend some time enjoying instead of working and improving and renewing and rebuilding and upgrading and.......

cajun mistress 04-14-2014 10:39 PM

Congrats. Nice vessel

Moonstruck 04-14-2014 10:48 PM

Bligh, what a wonderful thing. You will be making memories for your family that they will cherish forever. I am sure that your father would be proud.

bligh 04-14-2014 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by markpierce (Post 226976)
Have you joined the local Nordic Tug association yet?

San Francisco Bay Area Nordic Tug Association

Mark,
Not yet. We will get around to it eventually. I'm pretty happy with the group here so far. I'm looking forward to meeting up with TF'ers.

markpierce 04-14-2014 10:57 PM

The first and only non-TFer to ask for a pass, to date, was the NT Three Jeans (based in Pittsburg). Caught up with them in Petaluma. Very friendly! (NTs are faster than Coots.)

http://images2.snapfish.com/23232323...59783336nu0mrj

Pack Mule 04-15-2014 04:34 AM

Nice rig Bligh . Love the red hull .

C lectric 04-17-2014 02:00 PM

Silly boy, a new boat. Now you will have hours of enjoyable???? projects, temptations galore to be out on the water, new stuff to consider. What were you thinking?

CONGRATULATIONS, a fine choice.

bligh 04-17-2014 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by C lectric (Post 227804)
Silly boy, a new boat. Now you will have hours of enjoyable???? projects, temptations galore to be out on the water, new stuff to consider. What were you thinking?

CONGRATULATIONS, a fine choice.

I knew the work was there to begin with. But of course the reality is setting in now.

Thanks !

C lectric 04-17-2014 02:36 PM

Yeah, I know the feeling but you will enjoy it. I did when we first got our current boat, all the stuff to think about and it sure kept me out of mischief, maybe in it, but it's fun.

Enjoy

Northern Spy 04-17-2014 03:00 PM

I'm on the seventh year of a five year restoration project!

Still having fun.

bligh 04-17-2014 08:38 PM

As of right now, my major projects are;
1 catching up on engine/genny maintenence. Fluids, filters, impellers, heat exchmagers etc
2 install new radar and mast
3 fixing/replacing all missing or broken blinds/shades


Long term projects include;
1 Install new crane and chocks to store dinghy on top of main saloon.
2 install new chart plotters.
3 refinishing window frames
4 recovering cushions in pilothouse and main saloon.
5 convert to led lighting.
6 locate and fix leak in swimstep

bligh 04-27-2014 07:44 PM

I owe the engine surveyor a kick in the nuts
 
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Ok, weekend #3 at the dock. My plan was to replace all the raw water hoses on the engine and replace the impeller. I have a new HX and transmission oil cooler on the way, so I figured I could set myself up for that next weekend. So much for plans.
This turned out to be impeller weekend. It took me most of the day to remove the impeller from my sherwood raw water pump. It was really jammed in there. At first I thought it was seized on the shaft, but after a few tried pulling it off for an hour or so, I noticed it would move back and forth on the shaft about 1/16 of an inch. I am guessing it was stuck because there were pieces missing and it was hanging up on the 'bars' inside the impeller housing. I would wrestle with it, then bump the engine, then wrestle with it, repeat. Finally after a few hours, it came out. But it was missing pieces. To top it off I lost the 'key' down the raw water intake hose and had to cut the hose out and retrieve it (+2hrs). I spent the rest of the day cleaning up my mess. I read Tony's instructions on boatdiesel.com how to replace the impeller and his note to be careful not to lose the 'key', but I still dont see how I could have prevented the key from falling down there.
I also noticed the impeller cover was scored, I am assuming the cover needs to be replaced. ?? I would just replace the pump altogether as I am guessing it is original, but it seems like a job for the yard as the engine mount is in the way of the other bolt holding it on.
So next weekend is reassemble the raw water pump and new impeller cover, install new raw water intake hose to the strainer and from the strainer to the sherwood pump. I will also be able to take off the aftercooler to bring back to my shop for disassembly. I'm betting the impeller parts are in there. I'm also curious to see what needs to be done for work on it as well. I'll drop it off at a yard for cleaning or replacement, I suppose.

For the record, I do not recommend the engine surveyor I used. He needs to send my money back and he also deserves a good kick in the nuts. I wont mention his name, but many of you know who he is already.


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