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Windlass - Blanca, 29Feb2016

Happy Leap Day!

Well, I did get started on the water system last fall.  The new water-heater, water pump and accumulator tank are mounted, and the after water tank is cleaned and resealed with its deck-fill fitting and valve replaced.  Then it got cold.  I don't think working on a fresh-water system when it's in the 20s is such a good idea, so that work got postponed.


Electronics Arch - Blanca, 20Jul2015

Sorry for the lack of posts-- things are still progressing!  Over the winter I spent some time collecting electronics like a radio, GPS antenna, etc. and I've finally finished their installation.

Happy New Year! - Blanca, 5Jan2015

Happy New Year!  To take the edge off the winter cold, here's a picture of the "new" diesel-fired cabin heater I installed last month. heaterheater

Electrickery - Blanca, 04Aug2014

dc_mainsdc_mainsI finished this last month and finally remembered to snap a few pictures-- the DC electrical system is mostly in place.  All the heavy metal: up to 4/0 gauge cables and heavy copper bars to handle as much as 400 amps (at 12 volts).

The Payoff - Blanca, 14Jul2014

lights at sunsetlights at sunsetIn May, I was able to get the navigation lights all installed.  That required a "mini-mast" on the bridge for a mast-head light.  That light will move to the real mast-head when we get one.  I also installed a life-ring holder for the life-ring, complete with Blanca's name.

Warm Weather - Blanca, 14Apr2014

Bow by buoyBow by buoyFINALLY!!  After an awful winter of rain, snow and cold, we finally got a decent weekend in the 70s.  Time to go boating!  Isabel rode on the bow as we took Ballena Blanca for her first little trip into the Potomac.  We cruised down to the U-1105 marker buoy (that Capt.

Reedville - Blanca, 05Feb2014

rfm_signrfm_signLast Saturday we took a trip to Reedville, Virginia, to visit the Reedville Fishermen's Museum there.

Ballena Blanca Rides Again! - Blanca, 14Jan2014

comingtopiercomingtopierFor the first time in probably more than 25 years, Ballena Blanca moved under her own power, from the slip to the fuel pier to take on diesel, then for a 20 minute jaunt around Herring Creek.


History Comes Alive - Blanca, 10Oct2013

Mystic SeaportMystic Seaport

Sail PlanSail PlanWe finally got to Mystic Seaport in August.  We spent two days walking around the museum.  What a great place!  I highly recommend a visit.

Heavy Metal - Blanca, 30Jun2013

This week I finally found a source for an I-beam to make a lifting rig for the old generator and starboard engine.  I'd found the rest of the gear for hoisting (chain hoist, beam trolley, etc.) for a reasonable price (yay, Harbor Freight!).

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