After 12 years of making sure Shibumi was fit as a fiddle there are not that many more projects. Finally added the AIS to the system and the new paint. It might be time to sell and buy the next boat, possibly the last boat. Interested?
The funniest comment during haul out this year was how shiny our propshafts were. I replaced them three years ago and there are no marks of any kind on them. Maybe the quality is better. I have to give Marine Hardware in Redmond, WA a shout out for building these shafts. They are perfect and have no vibration.
Pettit has been my paint and varnish of choice for the last few years and bottom paint, topside epoxy paint and varnish are holding up better than expected. Thanks to Rachael and Pettit!
For me it is always a time for celebration the day following the winter solstice. The days are getting longer and I can feel the funk draining away from my brain. It also means I have probably started to complete some winter projects. These two pictures represent more work than they appear.
The picture of the electric panel shows a new selector in the upper right. There are now two locations to plug in shore power. One in the cockpit and the other in the same location as before on the port side of the pilot house. We are in so many locations where the stern location would be preferred, now you have it. Since I was running wires I also wired Shibumi to accept 50a 240v. I don’t have a use for it yet but I’ll think of something.
The picture of the hydraulic pump came after Shibumi returned from a charter with the pump hanging in the bilge after it sheared off. I decided to design a new bracket that would be stronger and my friend Marc Lecoq from Lecoq Machine Works fabricated it. I notice the engine has less vibration and the gusseted bracket has no movement.
Still have a few more projects to finish…
I’m getting ready for winter work on Shibumi. Projects on the list so far are:
Upgrade wheelhouse VHF, add AIS, wheelhouse window trim, rework stabilizer hydraulics and if I get the energy add a shore power inlet to the cockpit. I’m sure the Admiral will have more projects as well… The Shibumi website is now linked to Bakes Consulting.
A bit of assembly. Looking forward to the end of the project. http://ow.ly/i/hj6cd
Check out the pilothouse window project on Bakes Consulting Facebook Page. http://ow.ly/Xcvfq
Still time to register for my Seminar at Seattle Boat Show. Should be fun! http://ow.ly/X5k63