Tuesday, January 23, 2018

John William 37VT68: Teak Deck Removal, Part 4

The deck is almost done.  Needs some more paint but the weather has not been cooperating. 
The gray paint is primer.  The finished decks will be white.

Monday, January 22, 2018

LNVT Pacific Northwest Mid-Winter Brunch

As Dave Howell indicated in his Fall 2017 Tuggers message, if you are in need of a Tug Fix this long off-season for boating, we have just the thing.  It's the Annual Pacific Northwest Mid-Winter Brunch and all LNVT members are welcome!  This event gives us a chance to catch up with old and new friends, have some time for Tug Talk and discuss plans for the LNVT Pacific Northwest Rendezvous in addition to enjoying some tasty food this group always seems to assemble.  

This year our potluck brunch is planned for Saturday, March 24 in Seattle.  A more central location this year was selected to make it easier to attend for those coming from the extreme north and south ends of our large area and for those flying or ferrying in.  Here are the details:

⚓️LNVT PNW Mid-Winter Brunch Potluck

Location: 2415 2nd Avenue, Seattle. 98121

Date:        Saturday, March 24, 2018

Time:        11:30 am to mid afternoon

Bring:        A breakfast or lunch dish to share and beverage of your choice (please bring serving utensils for your dish).  Coffee, Tea, juice, dishes and eating utensils will be provided

RSVP & Questions / Suggestions to Barb Lawrence. Cell: 425-263-6001 /. Email:vp@lnvt.org

Please RSVP and let me know what dish you are bringing so we can fill in as needed.

Hope you can make it and looking forward to seeing you again!

Best regards, Barb Lawrence,
Raven 37VT04

PS. A big thank you 🙏  Janis & Tom for the venue and reservations!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Lil' Toot 37VT75 Upgrades

Ben Phillips reports that they'll be moving aboard this Spring and want to get Lil' Toot in shape before doing so.  To that end lots of upgrades are being done:
-- new engine room insulation
-- straighten prop shaft
-- new PSS dripless seal
-- new prop
-- added an AIS and new VHF
-- contemplating a new, one piece, stainless counter top, backsplash and integral sink
-- new stove/cooktop
-- added a second racor fuel filter
-- all new fluids, impellers, hoses, and belts for the Cummins and BorgWarner
-- new bow seat cushion
-- new sonar transducer and NMEA connection upgrades

Friday, January 12, 2018

Hiaqua 37VT03 Experiments with FLIR

We just returned from a five day New Years cruise in the San Juan Islands (Friday Harbor, Rosario etc). No crowded docks!

Mount Baker
It was 32-35º at night and up to a daytime high of 48º, no rain and partly sunny was just fine for us. Winds were up to 25 knots one day, but no wind against current, so pretty easy.

Relaxing at Rosario Resort on Orcas Island

I received a new toy for Christmas….

Flir One thermal imaging camera for iPhone
It's been interesting checking out various areas of the tug. Can't say much for the wood doors as you can see.

Companionway Door

Dutch door
For nighttime cold, I cutout pieces of 1/4" foil backed foam to inset in the salon windows beneath the blinds.

Salon window without (L) & with insulation & blind (R)
Really keeps the heat in. The foam panels stow nicely in the back of the stateroom closet.
Happy New Year, Randy and Yvonne

Monday, January 8, 2018

Wally 41VT01 Gets a FLIR

Flir M232 working in the pilot house of Wally. Going on the pilot houser roof next. It's a thermal camera that can see in total darkness or bright sun.  You can see the warm footprints of someone that just walked by.  The use on the boat is you can see a log in the water before you hit it. Their
spec is a person in the water at .67 kilometers and a small boat at 1.5

Loon 37VT57 in the 'Bomb'

BoothBay Harbor Maine "Loon" during the Bomb Cyclone December 2018