Women get their hair styled in a Salon. Our boat has a Saloon.
Some families, I hear, may own a boat for some time before they start making small changes and additions.
We closed on the boat a week ago yesterday in Saulsalito, moved it to Anacortes, spent a couple days doing gross cleaning and yesterday and today have been a mad frenzy of destruction.
Pender got some of the furniture pulled out…
…and then removed the mizzen mast compression post from the aft cabin.
He then spent the rest of the day digging soaking-wet foam from under the aft cabin floor. No, we don’t know why the floor was full of foam. It was put there in initial construction. It has been very wet for a very long time.
I spent most of the day using my new favorite tool to cut open the saloon floor and then hack into the dinette.
By the end of the day we had both steel fuel tanks exposed for removal sometime next week. We’ll use a crane for that, because the tanks weigh somewhere around 250 pounds each. Then we’ll install almost identical rotomolded cross-linked polyethelene tanks.
That round hole by my feet is where the main mast goes through the floor to sit on the keel. My new favorite tool is a Harbor Freight vibrating cutter. Cheap and effective.
This is the Lofrans Tigres anchor winch:
1200 Watts of stump-pulling, anchor-lifting, chain-twanging power.
It sucks 100 amps of 12 VDC from where-ever it can get it, killing batteries and over-heating alternators. And now we have one, because the Bellingham surplus store mistakenly left one out where I could find it, for only 1/4 of retail.
How cool is this winch? It has an integral chain stripper on the gypsy. That’s right, I said it. Integral.
I hope it actually works. Those marine surplus places can be a little dicey sometimes.
In other news we pulled the old heads out of the boat today. Icky. Interestingly, neither was functional. Not even close. Wow.
The boat is here. Now the fun starts. We pulled two Suburbans and a Mercury Sable wagon worth of mildewed cushions, old sails, dishes, and bits and pieces off the boat.
Dennis backed the truck right into the Marine Servicenter in Anacortes and they lifted it right off.
We found these long sticks on the trailer. I suppose we can use them to hold up a clothesline or two.
Pender fixed the floors. We have some teak toothpicks available.
And we pulled the windlass. It will work better when it’s less solidly rusted.
Feel free to come by and watch the magic happen. Don’t be afraid to bring cleaning supplies.
The Cal 2-46 was designed and built in the mid-1970’s as a comfortable, long-distance ocean cruiser. It’s cut-away fixed keel and spade rudder strike an unusual balance between modern performance and traditional sea-going comfort. The huge saloon and stand-up engine room separate the two cabins, each with it’s own head.
Bright Water was built in 1974 as a Ketch. We will probably remove the mizzen mast and convert her to a slightly under-powered sloop, then add an asymetrical spinnaker to make her into a reaching monster. If we ever want to sail to windward, we can later change to a slightly longer boom to match the factory sloop rig.
The 85 hp Perkins 4-236 engine and 230 gallon standard tanks give great performance under power and tremendous range – somewhere around 1500 miles under power.
The hull is solid fiberglass below the sheer, and the fiberglass deck is cored with plywood. There is very little teak on deck, but the interior below is mostly teak.
The huge saloon windows are unconventional and frighten most ocean cruisers. Having lost a boat windshield off the Oregon Coast, I get it. However, at least five of these boats have circumnavigated and many have sailed to and from Hawaii. The windows are fantastic at anchor.
Bright Water has the raised dinette in the saloon, instead of the more common settee. Sleeping at sea will be more problematic, but the dinette will be much better at anchor and in calm water. There is also a small dinette in the aft cabin.
“He has married me with a ring, a ring of bright water
Whose ripples travel from the heart of the sea…”
From The Marriage of Psych
While looking to buy our boat we found two themes occurring over and over: the couple selling their boat had it as the fulfilment of a lifelong dream, and those couples (or the surviving spouse) encouraged us to go soon while we were still able.
“Ring of Bright Water” is a terrific book by Gavin Maxwell, who raised an otter in the wild coastal areas of Scotland. Gavin Maxwell was the love of Kathleen Raine’s life.