Awhile back, I discovered that Blanca's sister ship (the other of only two made) was docked in Alameda, California. She (oddly, named "Gypsy") recently underwent a change of ownership and was relocated to Ohio. I've traded emails and phone-calls with the owners, and they shared some pictures of her as she was being relocated. So strange, to see "my boat" (with slight differences), being partly disassembled and trailered!
After the high of getting "Patty" started last month, I spent the long Thanksgiving weekend tearing into "Selma", stripping her down and removing the cylinder head. Let's just say it wasn't quite as clean inside as the port engine. I knew I was in for something more "interesting" since I've never been able to turn the crankshaft with a wrench like I could on the other one. So I was rewarded with some "pumpkin pie" rust in cylinder #2.
My apologies for the long interval since my last entry, but I haven't really had any *visible* progress until this week.
I've been working on the port engine ("Patty"-- the starboard one is "Selma") since March. This included removing all the engine components including the cylinder head. I was prepared to do a complete overhaul, including pistons, sleeves, rings, etc. but I discovered that would require pulling the engine, which I hadn't planned to do. In any case, once removing the head, the pistons and sleeves looked clean enough not to need that attention.
Exciting news! I was doing my usual weekday time-waster: googling around for "motorsailer", "Ta Chiao" (the builder) or "Perkins" (the engines), etc. and stumbled across a forum entry at yachtforums.com by one Brian Eiland, a boat designer here in the DC area. He had apparently seen Blanca (previously "Gypsy") on the hard at Tall Timbers, and wondered who designed her.
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).
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.
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.
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: