restoration

Cabin Progress - Blanca, 04Mar2012

I've been remiss again-- haven't updated this since last fall.  But I've been busy all "winter"  (Hardly a winter we had this year-- no snow and only a handful of freezing days.  But, who am I to complain!)

First, I finished the under-waterway compartments.  Here's a couple pictures of the completed product (except for paint).starboard waterway completestarboard waterway complete  

port waterway completeport waterway complete

 

Still Here - Blanca, 11Sep2011

 

It's been almost a year since my last entry here-- sorry!  Work has progressed on Ballena Blanca, even though I almost uniformly forget to take pictures of the results.  Finally, here's somewhat of a progress report.

Launched! - Blanca 29sep2010

Ballena Blanca launched today!  all wetall wet


 


 


We did decided on a red stripe for the boot-top... here she is a with a little bling last month:red stripered stripe


Yup, still white - Blanca 17jul2010

Topside sanding's done, so I broke out the paint this weekend.  It was only about 95 degrees-- why not?  I managed to get primer and 2 coats of Brightsides on the starboard side.  The port side and transom will have to wait a few weeks.


Here she is, taped and ready to go:ready for paintready for paint

Pretty-ness - Blanca 22may2010

This weekend I decided to do some clean-up.  Perform a Pretty-ness on the boat.  Basically a motivational activity to keep my spirits up.


So I broke out the power-washer and went to town on the teak.  I can hear the collective gasp of all you old salts out there about destroying the precious teak!!  Don't worry-- I'll probably never do this again.  And I can't think of another way to scrape through 20+ years of pine-tree poo to actually get down to wood.


Here's the results:

Hosiery - Blanca 15may2010

Now that the spring archaeology projects are out of the way (specifically, the Roper's biennial haul and the much-touted Mount Vernon survey), I've gotten back to working on the Gypsy Blanca in earnest. 
This weekend was devoted to ripping out all the rotted hose that was connected to the deck scuppers.  Instead of draining over the side through thru-hull fittings at the waterline, all the rain from the deck was running into the bilge.  And of course, if she were in the water, the slightest roll or wave would was

Farewell Gypsy - Blanca 08may2010

We have the title to the boat!  So Gypsy is officially no longer abandoned.  We've decided to rename her, against many complaints from the "locals", who see this boat as a fixture of the marina-- as Dave likes to say, he's been here so long, he's no longer a "regular," he's furniture-- and the boat's been here far longer.  She'll soon be in the water, which will change the whole look of the boat-yard.

Chipping and Scraping and Sanding, Oh My! - Gypsy 27mar2010

Now that March Madness is over (I'm talking about the annual spree of archaeology conferences-- what did you think I meant?) it's back to work on the boat.


The weather was warm enough to be comfortable, but not warm enough for fiberglass work.  That's ok-- there's plenty of sanding to do.  Here's a pic that shows the existing bottom paint, what's left of it.  The red color is the original gelcoat.bottompaintbeforebottompaintbefore

Fuel Tank Port - Gypsy, 06Mar2010

The weather has finally broken in Southern Maryland and it was warm enough this weekend to get some work done!


The ice in the bilges finally melted completely, letting me pump out all the water.  Unfortunately, two out of three old pumps didn't survive the winter ice.  The important engine-room pump made it, though!

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