Dingy Chaps(for a boat and not a silly cowboy)

So the past two weeks, as well selling and giving away all our worldly goods and packing up the rest(very small rest) for storage, John and I have been trying to complete our dingy chaps.

This was plagued by needing extra material (thank you Sailright for the quick delivery) and just getting it done.

We downloaded the instructions from Sailright and went to work making the pattern and then the chaps.

Below is John with the finished product.  This will keep our dingy protected from sun damage and help prevent holes from bumping up against a rough dock.

Thank you Don and Peg for the idea!!!!!!

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Replacing Hatch lenses and gaskets

All of the hatches on our boat have crazing in the lenses.

We decide to replace the lenses and gaskets. After a little searching on the inter web for replacement lenses I discovered a few options.

  1. That there are companies that you can send the hatch to for refurbishing. ($180 to $400 per hatch)
  2. You can buy OEM replacement lenses and do it yourself. ($150 to$300 per hatch)
  3. Buy the acrylic and cut and replace lenses ourselves. ($10 to $36 per hatch)

Well you can probably guess we went with option 3.  Considering we could buy all the acrylic we needed for the price of one of our large lens.

Windows with new gaskets and lenses.

 

Working on chore list

Chore list update.

Replace hatch glass and gaskets completed

• Install air conditioning/heating unit —-electrical and plumbing completed waiting on delivery of refrigerator to complete installing

• Haul out and paint bottom

• Repair fiberglass and paint top

• Install water purifier

• Install new fridge—-electrical and plumbing completed waiting on delivery of refrigerator to complete installing

• Install new cook top

• Install floor

• Install LED lights and fans

• Install 2nd holding tank

Sew new stack pack completed

• Sew dingy chaps

Sew sheet bags completed

• Sew sun shade

• Re-cover settee

• Add A/C and 12 volt receptacles

• Anchor windless

• Add steps to aft beds, to cabin roof and cockpit

• Check thru hulls

• Buy and install grill

• Install swim ladder

• Add hand rails to the scoops

• Install inverter

• Install portable freezer

• Tighten lifelines

• Order new sails

• Replace VHF radios

• Replace running rigging

• Get and mount generator

There are many more little items but we have a LOT to do.

Boat chores

Well 2018 has just started but October will be here before we know it. We have a large list of boat jobs and not a lot of time. Most of the jobs are Johns and some have to wait for warmer weather. Here is our list.

• Replace hatch glass and gaskets

• Install air conditioning/heating unit

• Haul out and paint bottom

• Repair fiberglass and paint top

• Install water purifier

• Install new fridge

• Install new cook top

• Install floor

• Install LED lights and fans

• Install 2nd holding tank

• Sew new stack pack

• Sew dingy chaps

• Sew sheet bags

• Sew sun shade

• Re-cover settee

• Add A/C and 12 volt receptacles

• Anchor windless

• Add steps to aft beds, to cabin roof and cockpit

• Check thru hulls

• Buy and install grill

• Install swim ladder

• Add hand rails to the scoops

• Install inverter

• Install portable freezer

• Tighten lifelines

• Order new sails

• Replace VHF radios

• Replace running rigging

• Get and mount generator

There are many more little items but we have a LOT to do.

Adding Blinds to the salon windows

We did not like the curtains on the windows and hatches in the salon. We looked into buying the Oceanair roller shades for the two forward hatches. The cost would have been close to $500. After looking around for a different way to install shades we decide to build frames and install blinds that we found at Home Depot. Total cost was under $500 for all eight blind enclosures. The frames are built out of PVC lumber.  As we all know no surface on a boat is flat so some of the frames had to be gently bent slightly to install.  This did not effect the smooth operation of the blinds.