Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Final Exam?

Sorry for more photos of our boat work but tomorrow is the big day!

This morning, I added 2 gallons of mixed Sea Cast to lock the tube into position so we should not have this issue again. Sea Cast was a great option due to the low temperature of the curing process which won't move or damage the fiberglass tube. Emad tapped and drilled the set screws for the cutlass bearing and we should be in the water tomorrow morning and able to start the engine for the first time.

Molly and Kala are leaving Detroit tomorrow morning very early, driving back to Jersey City and should be here before the rain starts. Maybe, just maybe we will be able to drive down to the Annapolis Boat Show on Saturday!
Photo progression of the interior view of the shaft tube repair.  Final result is the bottom photo. As you can see, the tube is now totally encased.
Photo progression of the exterior. The far right photo is Emad tapping and drilling the set screws before the newly sprayed resin is painted. End result looks better than factory.
Ready for the exam? I think so.


Doug Miracle said...

Hey Baxter,

Just wanted you to know that I'm a follower of your awesome blog and have been ever since Stella Blue. I guess I live my "I wish I could...." life vicariously through you two :). Best of luck with the final exam today, I know you guys are excited about getting back out there!

As my my uncle always says in his very cool, country southern drawl....

'Taint no use to sit an' whine
When the fish ain't on your line;
Bait your hook an' keep a-tryin'--
Keep a-goin'!

Baxter Gillespie said...

Hey Doug! Great to hear from you and I had no idea you read the blog. Thanks for the kind words and hope all is well with you and your family.

Doug Miracle said...

Hey Man, all is well on my end, thanks for asking.

Yeah, I happened upon your blog on Facebook at least a year or so ago. I became intrigued with the whole "cruising" lifestyle and really enjoy following yours along with "Bumfuzzle" and "Bella Star". The stories are real, and fascinating to follow. Good stuff man, keep it up.

Baxter Gillespie said...

Hey Doug! Just let us know when you're ready to buy a boat. We will be glad to help spend your money!!!

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