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Old 12-10-2015, 08:14 AM   #61
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Hull colour Awlgrip - Stars and Stripes Blue
The hole has been dug but they have not started anything else on the Marina at Normans yet.
The McDuffs restaurant is open and the staff are very nice, food very good, Be warned it is expensive.
Merry Christmas to all you good peoples and loved ones.
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:16 AM   #62
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It has been a while since I last posted, this was due to work commitments and unexpected trips back home to Australia. During December and through to March hardly anything was accomplished on the Monkey, however,with the time change there is more time in the late afternoons to accomplish more and we still find ourselves on track for an 18 month completion - maybe!

Photos will follow with my next update.


Week 41 – 56
Re-install VHFs
Prime aft cabin panels
Order stern light
Paint window frames. (New screws)
Run wires for aft cabin lighting
Sand, skim and prime aft cabin floor
Trace aft cabin wiring
Terminate 110v engine room port and stbd lighting
Trace and fix 12v E/R blower
Prep Stern light wires
Run Main Engines
Check power to running lights
Connect 12v house batteries
Fit aft cabin panels and trim (1/2 completed)
Install engine room fire extinguisher.
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Greetings,
Mr. C. If you haven't already addressed the ER fire extinguisher AND it is not a built in unit may i suggest you install it outside the ER? Makes it easier and safer to get to in the event it is needed, especially in the ER.
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Old 04-07-2016, 01:11 PM   #64
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Mr. C. If you haven't already addressed the ER fire extinguisher AND it is not a built in unit may i suggest you install it outside the ER? Makes it easier and safer to get to in the event it is needed, especially in the ER.
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It is an automatic system which is also hooked up to ignition etc. Smaller portable are available outside the Engine room.
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Old 04-08-2016, 12:40 PM   #65
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Welcome back. Look forward to seeing your work.
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Old 04-09-2016, 08:43 AM   #67
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Welcome back. Look forward to seeing your work.
Thanks, Good to be back! I'll get some pics and more out next week.

Like the Blog you have. Some great places you are seeing. Cold weather - mmmm - Jen not to keen on that! But one day. Alaska is a dream away.
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:22 AM   #68
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As promised some photos since getting the boat back alongside.


Weeks 56 – 60
Remove Stbd base framework Main cabin and copy in PT timber
2 x new entrance panels made and installed for main steps
Reinstall 3 x steps. 2 in Main salon and one to Galley.
Install 2 x hand holds on inside Main entrance
Install A/C unit, panel, pump, supply /discharge hoses andconnect electrical
Install LED Navigation Stern light – Test all Nav lights
Install 2 x LED transom lights
Install diesel fuel fill in Stbd deck and connect
Polish fuel
Fault find on Fuel Gauge/Sender
Remove hosing from Fresh water tank and unblock
Clean out fresh water tank
Wash and empty bilges
Tighten stern tubes
Connect Battery monitor for 12V systems
Connect and run windlass
Fit new paneling in main cabin, including forward windowpaneling.
Install and wire 4 x new GPO’s main cabin
Fill and prime main cabin panels
Remove galley sink + fixtures including copper tubing andplastic hoses.
Remove RO system
Prep and prime sink cupboard
Make teak base for faucet varnish and install
Remove 2 x heads for rebuild
Fill old screw holes in main cabin overheads and Galley andprime


Remove rotten timber under hatch in Galley from previousleak. Install new piece and fill
A couple of these jobs had been started before so if I have them down twice that would be the reason why - I think!
Hoping I get the boat to Lauderdale in the next month.
Found the new 3/8" Fresh water PEX tubing I bought does not fit with the 3/8" slip fittings I ordered!!!! That's the thing about ordering on line - there is no-one to say "no it's these that go with that!"
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More.
While I was away a friend cut the new paneling and installed. Unfortunately he didn't seem to care about putting the finished side out. So my top marine ply has now to be painted, which isn't a problem. his heart was in the right place!!
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Thought I would surprise the Boss for when she returns from vacation. Was thinking a little Bahamian flare!
Stop thinking and leave that to the Boss!!!!
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Very Happy today as I am taking the Bad Monkey on a casual 3 day voyage back to Lauderdale. Heading out tomorrow morning with my good mate Erik (The Viking)
Hoping all goes well!
Other friends went back through the pocket near Chub yesterday and scored the below Wahoo. The guy holding the fish is 6'5"
Still lots of good Wahoo and Dolphin around. We caught a 60lb Wahoo and 50lb Bull Dolphin off Highbourne 3 days ago. + other. Not Bad for 1 3/4 hour outing. Lot's of happy staff!
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Old 04-16-2016, 03:21 PM   #73
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Where will you be docking in FLL?
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:26 PM   #74
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Still waiting to hear from my friend about his dock out off Riverland Rd.
Hauling out at Art marine Sth 84 across from Bradfords but not sure when!!!
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Successful trip!
A special thanks to my friend Erik for helping me get the Bad Monkey there safe and sound.
Weather was not what we wanted as we had anywhere from 10 to 20knots. (Mostly on the high side for the 1st 2 days!)
Just off our bow then on the beam for the 1st day from Exumas to Chub Cay. Once we cleared the West end of Nassau we had 6' to 8' seas. It was hard going, lots of green water, and we ran at approx. 2,300rpm the entire way.
Anchored the night and fueled in the morning. 105nm used 75 gallons. More than I had expected.
We left in the morning tried for some fish but only managed barracuda's. Once again Northerly to NNE 10 - 20 all day. We made for Great Isaacs Light and had a rolly night tucked in as close as possible to the rocks. Not a great anchorage but it set us up for a better angle across the Gulfstream to Lauderdale.
Next morning still blowing from NE which concerned us for the crossing but we ventured out and found the wind direction was OK and as long as the wind didn't get too strong, or veer back to a more Northerly direction we would be OK. Good crossing but 8' to 12' with, thankfully, a large period between swells.
Boarded by CBP on entrance to Lauderdale and driver managed to take paint off our hull! Very nice about it and they supposedly they will pay.
The engines ran perfect for the trip. I am sure that this 3 days of running, approx. 26 hours, is as much as they would have been run in the entire last 10 years.
Also with the conditions we were able to find a few small leaks that we wouldn't have known about if it was an easy crossing.
Approx 250nm. Have not refueled yet but suspect about 170 gallons for the trip.
Anyone else have the Perkins 6-354s and find this high/low compared to there consumption? Would appreciate some feedback on this.

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Great job and thanks for the cool trip report.
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Old 04-28-2016, 02:52 PM   #77
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Week 61 / 62
Remove old linoleum tiles aft head
Strip varnish main saloon fwd.
Sand and varnish helm station main salon.
Clean and sort tools
Rip and mill teak planks
Start removal of old fresh water hosing and tubing
Prime main saloon
Deliver boat to Ft. Lauderdale
Replace light shades x 6
Buy new seal for hatch
Wash down.
Wash Stbd aft engine area. (Last time I tightened the stern gland I forgot to re-tighten the backing nut and so during the trip it backed off and threw some salt water around!

It seems my timing to go to Lauderdale was a little premature as the fabricator, upholsterer and painter are either behind or booked out for the coming month. So I will have to settle for some R and R from the Monkey. Obviously I can carry on with some organizing from here so that when the Lauderdale works have been completed we will be ready for the last few months of working to have her finished.
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:11 AM   #78
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OK I know I have been very quiet but it took a while to get the boat out of the water. Finally it came out this morning. Will get to see it this afternoon.
Anyone know a reasonable priced surveyor? I just need an insurance inspection.


More soon.
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Where is the boat hauled? That does not look like the Bahamas.
If you are in Fort Lauderdale give me a call or send a text at 954 801 3645
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Thanks Tucker for your help and info. Appreciate it.
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