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Water Tank Project – Phase 5……progress report

Comments Off 15 August 2011

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted on Velkommen’s lengthy water tank replacement project.  The project grew, like most boat projects, to be much larger than first imagined.  Better to get it right than do it twice.

We are looking forward at the port-side space between the hull and the aft deck, approx. 9′ x 9′ x 2′.  The third coat of primer is dry and ready to be painted over.  On the left is the muffler, temporarily supported by a 1″ x 4″.  The black hoses are for the hydraulic steering and coolant routed through the Hurricane Heater.  The lines coming out of the hole in the engine room bulkhead run to the remote Sea Freeze compressor mounted high and center on a shelf bent from 1/4″ aluminum plate.  It is partly visible on the right edge.  Adjacent to the compressor, also partly visible, is the one of the new SS exhaust elbows.  The replacement of this particular elbow began the renovations and alterations that you see.

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The second pic shows the first fitting of the Hurricane heater platform and the battery platform.  The starboard side is actually farther along; the painting is complete and the water tank platform and the battery platform have been installed.  Besides the battery cables, the water tank fill hoses are wrapped around the red bucket, and then there is the green bonding wire,  held up out of the paint by vise grip clamps.

Pic number three shows the first coat of Kirby’s #25 Light Gray gloss coat while it is still nice and fresh.  Three coats of primer and three coats of gloss.  That’s the treatment.  Thankfully, Kirby’s paint does not require special application proceedures. In this case a 4″ nappy-headed roller works pretty well.

No, I’m not going to paint the overhead.  Sure, it would be a nice touch, but enough is enough.  I’m looking toward ending this project not augmenting it.

BIG Thanks to Ray Robinson (Robinson Woodworking) and Mark Hanger (Mark’s Marine Repair) whose encouragement and advise have been invaluable.  And also to Travis Hanson (Hanson’s Marine Services) who matched the gelcoat around the locker doors.


On the Hard – for a few days

2 Comments 25 January 2011

Right before Thanksgiving, I asked Jim Gardner at Bottom Time Diving to check the status of Velkommen’s zincs and bottom paint.   He wasn’t feeling well so he asked one of his dive buddies to take a look.  The report was not good.  Bottom paint in great shape but the props and rudders looked very weird.  It didn’t really look like electrolysis, but he had no other explanation.  That really left no choice but to put Velkommen on the hard the sooner the better.  The problem was that between work and holidays I just couldn’t find the time to get it done promply.  I called Jeff Harman at OceanAire Yachts for his input since he had applied the epoxy barrier coat along with new Sherwin Williams bottom paint and a Petit 6006 Prop Coat on the props and rudders last spring.  He said he was not happy with Petit Prop Coat 6006 and no longer used it. On January 14th she came out of the water at Cap Sante Marine for a good examination.  I’ve heard that pictures say a thousand words, so to avoid being overly verbose:

Bottom paint: wonderful!
Bottom paint over the new chine mods: double wonderful!!
Props and rudders: Too strange?!?!

The Petit Propcoat 6006 coating had failed. Less than a year ago, when it was applied it was clear and rubbery, about 1/4″ thick. What was left was thin, splotchy and adhesive-like. Rather like the residue that is left if you tear the flap off a sealed envelope. The good news is that the residue came off easily with a little elbow grease and sandpaper. As a precaution, however, we removed the trim tabs and rebedded them with plenty of 3M 5200 and new stainless steel screws plus new stainless steel bolts for bonding wire attachment. The transom zinc was removed and new 3/8″ stainless steel studs installed and locked down to the bonding wires. Even though no evidence of electrolysis was found, we attacked the problem as though it had. After all, it’s a boat…..better to be safe than sorry. We even installed a ProMariner Galvanic Isolator. the final step was to apply Petit Zinc Coat Barnacle Barrier 1792.  January 18th Velkommen is back in the water.  There was an eagle perched on a nearby sailboat mast all morning.  As Velkommen rode the travel-lift toward the water he finally took flight.  It must be a good omen for a high-flyin’ boating season right around the corner.

Guess what I discovered when I stopped at the Petit Paint booth at the Great 2011 Seattle Boat Show? Petit has discontinued Prop Coat 6006 and recommends Zinc Coat Barnacle Barrier 1792, instead. Right on!  BIG Thanks to Mark Hanger of Mark’s Marine Repair and Ray Robinson of Robinson Woodworking for ensuring that all the details got done expediently and perfectly.  Attention to detail is such a blessing in the salt water environment.

Cap Sante Marine did the heavy lifting and found space in their yard while the projects were completed.  The service manager, John James, runs a tight ship.

San Juan Islands, Velkommen

Lunch at Eagle Harbor

No Comments 26 April 2010

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02-Luann2_tn The Admiral wanted to take advantage of one of the few sunny Spring days the weather-person so very generously granted the Pacific NorthWet and go for a boat ride. 02-Velkommen_tn
04-YellowBluff_tn We decided on a lap of Guemes Island with a lunch stop at Eagle Harbor. This was her first time aboard since the hull was modified by Jeff Harman at OceanAire Yachts. So it was the ultimate test to see if she liked the changes. Out Guemes Channel, around Yellow Bluff and up Bellingham Channel to Eagle Harbor on the Northeast corner of Cypress Island.
Velkommen’s new-found stablity made the Admiral happy and life is good! I wish you could have joined us for lunch. The view from the deck was marvelous and, well…..panoramic. “Aye matey, would you happen to have any Grey Poupon?”

If you open the panorama to full size you will probably have to scroll from side to side; just an attempt to magnify the freshness of a sunny April Sunday in the San Juans.  For the full effect, you just have to be there.


OceanAire Mods – phase 7

3 Comments 17 April 2010

The wait is over. April 14 was the big day. Velkommen came out of hibernation and and gave the salty waters of Bellingham Bay a big wet kiss. Then proceeded to settle into the new hull shape with it’s smooth black paint. The experience at OceanAire has been first-class. We stayed on-budget, the workmanship is flawless and the customer service is so refreshing…..it makes me believe in people again. Good people. Honest people. City life twists that paradigm at ‘most every opportunity. Part of the reason it’s so essential to get out on the water. Heal up. Keep movin’.
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01-Velk-Bham_tn There seemed to be less roll as I stepped onto the port end of the swimstep. It’s probably not because my diet is working…..wishful thinking…..hard to tell, maybe the lines are snugged up extra tight. But if you’re gonna be cuddled up close the last night in port…….. Shiver-Me-Timbers…..I believe OceanAire thinks of every detail. Don’t ya wish you were so lucky?

Harbor Marine Fuel (360-734-1710), sports the Shell brand and is just one dock South of OceanAire; with the gauges a whisker below half, it’s a good time to top off with diesel. 108.5 gallons at $2.97/gallon makes the subtotal $322.24; add $27.39 for tax; the grand total is $349.63

Untie from the fuel dock, past Trident Seafoods, left into Squalicum Creek Waterway. The circle that’s been Velkommen’s OceanAire adventure is soon to close. The test begins; the sea trial. Throttles forward slowly, 1300 rpm, watch the water temp creep toward 180°. More throttle, a touch of trim and we’re cruisin’ along at 2200 rpm and 14.5 knots. The tide is flooding into the bay and we’ve got a 10 knot headwind trying to push the raindrops into the vinyl windows. My old scuba-divin’ buddy Bill Mills is with me; neither one of us is as svelte as we were 35 years ago. Bill walks to either side of the flybridge; Velkommen merely raises an eyebrow and keeps on cruisin’. Just what I was hoping for, nice and stable. Wow, what a wonderful change. Now she’s performing like she’s supposed to. Solid. Stable. No surprises. Success…..Yippee!!

I’m not ready to claim radical increases in speed or fuel economy. After all, if we were lucky enough to affect a 5% change that would only amount to 3/4 knot. I’ll reserve that judgement for perfectly calm conditions with reference the logbook, rather than memory. The increased lift is quite noticable, however. She pops out onto a plane a little sooner, without any heavy-handed coaxing from the trim tabs. Backing off the throttles, she wants to stay on plane much longer as if to say, “Come on. Let’s Go. Don’t slow down.” I wondered about the chine shape at the forward quarter, where the transition is made from old to new. Usually the onrushing water kinda flairs up the side of the hull; now the water squirts out sideways, away from the hull. It’s like a kid with a $20 Super Soaker water cannon. Amazing to see and I’m anticipating a very dry ride.

Retrieving Velkommen couldn’t have been easier. At first I envisioned a complicated shuttling of people and vehicles, but Bellair Charters runs a runs a bus connecting the Anacortes ferries with Burlington and beyond. With a little notice they will pick up at Anacortes Marina and drop off at the Bellingham Guesthouse Inn, a regular stop…..all for $11.75 in less than two hours. Then it’s only an $9.90 taxi ride to OceanAire. Elasped time: under three hours, including a nice brunch at Rhodes Cafe. Easy.


There you have it, the last pic of the series. The home stretch…..idling down the fairway. Time to settle in and cool down…….and dream of new projects and new adventures and places to explore. If you find yourself in the neighborhood, stop by and say “Hello”. Just a little farther down and on the right.

And BIG Thanks to Jeff Harman and the crew at OceanAire Yachts for taking the leading role in the OceanAire Mods series beginning with OceanAire Valentine…..moving this Tollycraft/Monk design out of the past century and into the new. Pay ‘em a visit; you’ll enjoy it. 48° 45.424′ North 122° 30.442′ West


OceanAire Mods – phase 6

No Comments 13 April 2010

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01-Pettit-Prop-Koat_tn Tomorrow is launch day. Velkommen’s new bottom paint is looking very black and shiny. At the edge, it feels about 1/8″ thick. The chine work looks great. The lines blend into the hull as though that shape was always Tolly’s intension. If they perform half as well as they look it will be a resounding success. The rudders needed repacking and might as well replace the zincs while out of the water. It doesn’t get any easier. Another finishing touch that Jeff Harman recommended was Prop-Koat 6006 by Pettit Paints for the shafts, props and rudders. It has an unusual thick rubbery feel to it and it’s totally clear. Pettit says it has excellent flexibility and is recommended for inflatable boats. I get a little diesel exhaust smoke-staining on the dingy so I’m intrigued to use Prop-Koat to see if I can get a durable surface that is easy to keep clean. Soft Scrub Bleach Clean has been recommended to get the dingy nice and new looking before applying the Pettit Prop-Koat. But that’s another project. Ya just gotta love boats; there’s always another project.

Speaking of other projects……wouldn’t it be nice to enlarge the too-small hatch in the cockpit and extend the hull under the swim step and install underwater exhausts…….It must be time to go to work, my share of the stimulus package is a bit slow to arrive.


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