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Old 09-12-2012, 11:51 PM   #6811
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Nice job! It looks much better.

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I just love it, it is going to be so beautiful, the cracks are great also. Most folks don't like cracks in the wood but I do, it is natural and I really like the natural look.

How is you boat coming along?
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:05 PM   #6813
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How is you boat coming along?
The boat...ahhhh, yes, the boat.

Well, let's see, a couple of days ago - when I was sure I had found where the leak was coming from - I went out there and put 2 1/2 bags of 6,000 psi concrete in the small bilge at the back of the keel.

Initially, I was sure that the leak was low down in the bilge, but apparently that was not the case. By the time I had about 4" of concrete in there I figured the leak should have stopped, but no such luck. So I kept on dumping more concrete in and it kept right on leaking. Eventually, I had the back of the bilge filled right to the top...and of course, then the leak started to seep right out of the freshly poured concrete.

To say that I was not amused would be an understatement. So I gave up in utter disgust and came back to shore.

Now, immediately prior to this concrete attempt, the boat was leaking at about 6 liters an hour. Far too much for comfort. Yesterday afternoon I went to check (24 hours after the concrete was put in) and there was about 7 or 8 liters in over the 24 hour period. So I have gone from 6 liters an hour down to 1/3 of a liter an hour. Definitely better, but still not fixed.

However, I did leave the boat initially when the concrete was wet, and yesterday I couldn't find the leak again. So today, at the 24 hour mark, I will check again to see if there is any difference.

Aside from that, the weather is spectacular again today and there will be two more coats of varnish going on the table.
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:18 AM   #6814
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I see that nobody caught my grievous mathematical faux pas above.

8 liters in 24 hours would be 1/3 of a liter an hour. (Originally I posted 1/6 of a liter, but fixed it)

Today when I went to the boat, there was 3 3/4 liters in the bilge, and it appeared that there still might be 3 very small leaks. The stern leak, which appears to be coming through the concrete somehow, will require that I cut a section of the floor out to be able to see. I guess that means dragging the generator out there and the Fein tool. Maybe then I can see where that part of the problem lies.

There was a miniscule leak in the main bilge, and I tried to put some goop on that. I used a couple of small 1/8" plywood strips gooped on the sides and then found a huge shackle to hold the plywood in place. I mean, what self respecting sailor wouldn't have a shackle big enough to tow the Titanic with on board? It just fit between the keel sides in the bilge.

And now I see that there might be another extremely tiny leak at the front of the keel. Although again, it is so small as to defy detection yet.
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Sort of a different sunset this evening.

It looked as though there was a long line of smoke going down Vancouver Island, and before the sun went down the sky went quite red. I don't know if there are any forest fires locally or not.
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Wow, I would be about giving up about now with all the trouble you are having with the leaks, I hope you can get them stopped without too much trouble. At least you had a beautiful, peaceful sunset to calm your tired bones after all you have been through.
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Wow, everything looks great. Excellent job!
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Keith, we saw it also, and it is from the Wenachi Washington fire, because there was an outflow wind through the canyons etc from that area, and it got under the Eastern moving low from up North, and brought 'us' smoke, like the Siberian and Washington fires, of July! I got some truly awesome Eastern sunrise pixs, which I think will be saved for Xmas cards =====8^)
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You guys are getting smoke from our fires all the way out there? Boy, its worse than I thought. You may be getting some of our Methow Valley smoke, too. I just got home this evening, and it seems the whole place is burning down.
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Scoggy...trade you some of tonight's sunset pics for the morning shots...by email...OK?

Thanks for letting me know where all that smoke came from. It's all gone now, nice and clear tonight.

Jim: I can't give up on the boat leaks, the alternative isn't very palatable! Down to about 3 1/4 litres this afternoon.

Your table now has 4 coats of varnish, and I am thinking that perhaps I will add some resin to a few of the holes to try and keep the water out. Maybe this winter I should leave a tarp tied to the top.
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Mort, I was watching the sky earlier this afternoon, and all we had by then was some very high cirrus clouds and the occasional jet trail. We have had a south westerly wind (light) blowing most of the day and it seems to have got rid of the smoke.

I took about 60 pics of tonight's sunset as it was developing...here's some of the best.
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Other than that we have a grand old lady in the bay this evening from Vashon Island in Washington State. She's the "Arro" and judging by the number painted on her stack she was built in 1922.
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Oh my stars, it is beautiful Keith and the back ground is breath taking. Sometimes I think of how hard you have it and how inconvenient it is not to be able to just jump in the truck and go some where. Then I see all the fantastic pictures of your island and all that goes on there and think, man, we are the ones missing out, not Keith. We are happy for you buddy. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful pictures and experiences with us.
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I have a dumb question. When someone drives their boat across the boarder from the U.S. into Canadian waters, are there boarder guards there to stop them?

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