As work continues on Pendana it was time to head up the Duwamish River and its industrialized estuary known as the Duwamish Waterway. A pretty trip it wasn’t but it was necessary as we were headed to Delta Marine to have Pendana lifted from the water as phase two of our refit continues. We needed to do a few things least of all was to have a few coats of Seahawk Biocop TF (antifoul paint) applied to her hull.
In my mind, I have broken this work into three sections.
Part One, demolition of Pendana’s interior and basic jobs,
Part Two, Delta Marine, bottom paint, props and through-hulls and;
Part Three, putting Pendana back together.
We are currently at the start of Part two (Delta) after three and half weeks, which considering everything that has been done we are in pretty good shape.
During the last few weeks the folks at NW Design Guild have been incredibly busy with Pendana and have now completed the new custom couch, redesigned the built in salon and pilothouse sofa and recovered both. They have completed the fifteen or so headliners, remodelled the new tub chairs, made new flopper stopper covers and finalised the new galley splashback. There is little doubt that we arrived here in Seattle at the perfect time as they have about six BIG Westport boats lined up to do after Pendana. I am just really glad we were first cab off the rank and pleased they are on board as we couldn’t have pulled this off without them!
TRIVIA TIME…. The gentleman pictured above, Sohn Lewis, is in fact from Maryland (now lives in Seattle) and did all the furniture for the TV show House of Cards as a thirty year veteran Furniture builder there is no doubt we are in good hands. Also, another fun fact is that another one of NW Design Guild’s team, Bryce Smith is an actor, singer and has played the lead role in many US productions. Bryce is also playing the lead in the upcoming Peter and The Starcatcher here in Seattle. Little doubt the NW Design Guild’s talent run in many different directions.
Dave Smith from InGrain Furniture has almost completed the new salon table which is more like a hand crafted piece of art than a table and plans to install it in about a week, while Dale McCurdy from NW Stoneworks Inc (the stone/marble guys) is on standby to install the new galley counter top and splash back after removing and demolishing what was in place a few weeks earlier. All in all, its all systems go, go, go!
I must say that what David Smith is doing with our new salon table is remarkable. The table really will be more like a piece of art that a mere table and both Claire and I are immensely grateful to him for spending the countless hours creating this masterpiece. Due to the SURPRISE factor (good or bad) unfortunately I am unable to share with you at this stage what the table is going to look like.
I must say how grateful we are to have Dale from NW Stoneworks Inc (phone 206-396-1762) doing our new counter top. What Dale does not know about installing, cutting and templating is not worth knowing. In fact, Dale is so well regarded that he is flown all over the world to do marble work on much, much larger boats than Pendana.
PYM has done just about everything on our list with our new air handlers and fifteen brand new Lewmar Ocean hatches left to install, while I plod along installing the new Ocean Air screens. Mike in the wood shop has done a great job on the cabinetry and is ready for the finish work to begin once we return to SBMC.
Onto more mundane things, the weather continues to delight and with headlines such as, Record-breaking 10 inches of rain recorded in Seattle you can imagine how I feel! Seattle ended October with a whopping 10.05 inches of total rainfall, according to the National Weather Service which shatters the old record of 8.96 inches set in 2003 oh that is just great! The normal rainfall for October is 3.48 inches but while the Ellingford’s are in town we had ten inches of rain which set a new record in Seattle.
Something that did bring me a whole lot of joy to my rain induced depression was a recent video I was able to get my hands on of the famous David Wright from ABT-TRAC skydiving for the very first time. As most would know, the landing is a pretty important part of the jump experience and it would appear, that the much loved Dave, failed to lift his legs in the air high enough, and, well, the inevitable face plant followed. Yes, I do have photos…..
When we were in Hawaii I decided I would replace our two flood lights on the Portuguese bridge. I was very pleased that I managed the install the new lights by myself but the only issue was, they didn’t work. When Mickey came over, I removed the panels only to find out that I didn’t wire up one side and on the other side was wired up so badly that when Micky gave a slight tug on the cables the connectors simply fell apart. Embarrassing yes! More ammunition for Mickey to use against me, yes!
Another item that needed replacing were the fifteen Ocean Air screens as they were looking pretty terrible. I am glad to say that I was able to contact the US office for Ocean Air and happened across, probably the most helpful person around. Carmen Bortell,(email@example.com) from Ocean Air USA spent a long time with me on numerous phone calls until we both decided the best thing to do was simply ship all the screens back to them and have them replace the screens themselves and give the frames a bit of a clean and some general maintenance. Thank god for Carmen that’s all I have to say.
Someone said to me the other day if I would manage their refit for them as the timeframe we are doing our refit in was, in their eyes, a remarkable achievement. The reason why this refit is going so well is simply due to the copious amounts of pre-planning beforehand. This allowed everyone enough time to schedule the work so that when we arrived in Seattle everyone was ready to go.
To give you some idea, at the three week mark we have recovered all the headliners and installed them, re built the pilothouse and salon sofas, made a few new (large) items that I can’t disclose just yet and have had the old cabinet cut back and the new TV and TV lift installed awaiting finishing. We have had the carpet delivered to installer and binder, new flopper stopper covers made, Sat domes painted, fifteen brand new Lewmar hatches delivered and we are about one week away from having our fifteen Ocean Air screens returned. We have had all the aircon handlers removed with the new ones about a week away from installation. All heads have had new seals installed and all the small jobs on the mechanical side of things is now complete. On top of this our old granite counter top has been removed with the new one a ready for installation. There are probably another thirty items that I haven’t mentioned which are also now complete.
There is little doubt that we have hit the ground running and are making quick work of this year’s list thanks to the companies involved. I believe that we will have this job done and dusted in well under the ten week estimate which is a lot better than the twenty six week time-frame some companies were quoting.
While in Seattle we decided to take a drive over the Cascade Mountains to the old western town of Winthrop. A short drive it isn’t but a beautiful drive it most certainly is. The vistas were to die for and this drive matched everything we saw, if not slightly edged it out British Columbia. Washington is a remarkable state, if not for the rain it could be a place to call home.
Coming through the Ballard Locks when we arrived in Seattle it was obvious that the fenders Pendana has really are way too heavy and hard to handle. As such, after some strong encouragement from Don Stabbert, I decided to buy new fenders and while some were pushing me towards the Aere fender I decided that if I were to upgrade my fenders then I would go with ProStock Marine fenders. There is little doubt that the ProStock Marine fenders are the best fender on the market today. In fact, ProStock Marine are one of the largest fender manufacturers in the world. Cheap they are not, but built to last they most certainly are and with their electro weld technology ensuring there is no seam to come undone or glue to give way, I am sure that these fenders will last the test of time.
Is that burning I smell…. Oh yes it is! It would appear that when I washing the foredeck this morning I inadvertently sprayed water up and into the underside of the davit (crane), which decided to trickle down inside the boat making its way to one of our Outback Inverters. Thankfully the circuit breaker tripped shutting down power to the device and Micky Smith was once again on hand to diagnose the issue. “Yep, your fault James” was his response. Thanks Micky!
When we bought Pendana some five years ago, the previous owners had a statue in the salon secured by four screws into the rear salon wall. Anyway when the owners removed the statue nasty screw marks which were left have now, finally been fixed.
That’s all for now.