Do We Have a Tool for That?

Updated: Dec 13, 2019

Craig getting ready to grind the keel.

When we hauled the boat out, we noticed some rust on the rudder. Craig had to grind it down and also the keel so that he could make an epoxy mend. That was easier said than done. We had to buy new tools, then more tools. Everything he did, different tools were needed or tools in addition to the ones he already had. Like when we replaced the rusty shackles on the anchor chain. It was always more than what we brought from Colorado. And what we brought was a lot., but not enough.

New blocks and ropes for the dinghy davit.

After he epoxied the rudder and keel, he painted it with two or three coats of Interlux. Then we painted it with ablative paint. I sanded some of the zincs down, too. Some we replaced. And of course, we needed tools for all the grinding, painting and sanding. We needed grinders, sanders, wet sand paper, dry sand paper, a vacuum to catch what we sanded off so it wouldn't hurt the environment, long paint rollers, short paint rollers, different brushes for different paints and epoxies, and tons of rags and microfiber towels for all the different things we worked with. And this was just for the bottom of the hull!

Taking the old covestripe off.

When we did the top hull, it was just as bad. We needed buffers, polishers, rubbing compounds of different strengths, wax, more towels, heat gun, putty knives, and scrapers. Not to mention ladders of different heights, and scaffolds which we had to scrounge up from out in the yard. Then they would disappear come Monday morning when the yard workers came back to work. And then we had the Fort Pierce problem. We couldn't get anything on Sunday except at Home Depot, or Lowe's in Vero Beach. Simple things always took five times longer. You could literally spend a whole day finding what you needed to fix something that took five minutes to fix. Not to mention spending a small fortune on everything you needed.

When I did the teak in the cockpit, I kept running out of teak oil. It was either go to Westmarine, which costs about twice the price on most items, or go to Marine Connection up the road, who weren't open on Sundays or Mondays. We ended up ordering from Amazon a lot. When we redid the dinghy davit ropes and blocks, we went back and forth, then back and forth some more, until we were tired of going back and forth and called it a day.

Shortening a through hull.

The bow thruster propellers and the main prop were another story. Craig had a job pulling the propellers off. We had someone pull the main prop off and we sent that out to get repitched. Then when we wanted it back on, we had to find someone else because the ones that took it off were “too busy” and couldn’t get to it. We did the bow thrusters ourselves. I had to scrape the barnacles off them because my hands were small enough to fit in there. Craig didn’t have a chance. It was easy to put the new propellers on.

Our newly repitched prop.

And so went the rest of the story until we left the boatyard. Did we have the tool for it? Could we find and obtain that tool, and for what price. And a better question was, how long would it take us to get it? The boatyard is a pricey place to stay, not to mention hard to bring stuff up and down the ladder. We were in a hurry to escape.

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