Plumbing, Thru-hulls and Bimini

30 Jun

The temperature is above 105 degrees f (that’s above 40 c for you Aussies out there), so we have had to adapt our morning rhythm. Boyd and I wander off to the boat at about 730 am. I work out on deck (doing my normal caulking and brightwork) while Boyd works on all the many projects he has going. At about 11 am I say, “Uncle”! It’s just too bloody hot out there, so I call it quits and wander back to the air-conditioned cabin to do my other things – ya’ know, baking bread, laundry, and general upkeep of the cabin. Boyd continues on with inside work – like measuring the footprint for the generator or preparing the fiberglass for a future use. At about 1 pm I collect him and we ‘do lunch’.

This morning was a day for thru-hulls and plumbing. We installed two more thru-hulls (one for the generator and the other for the holding tank) and connected up the hot and cold water hoses for the forward bathroom

…red for hot water and blue for cold water in the bathroom….

(fine, call it a ‘head’ if you insist! Boyd tells me that the term ‘head’ for a bathroom came from the days when the lads went to the most forward part of the deck, yep, the ‘head’ of the ship, to do their ‘business’… I guess that makes sense, but I’m still not going to call it a ‘head’…to travel to a place called a ‘head’ should be a more cerebral experience, if you ask me,…and, anyway, it just seems like a very silly name) and did ground work for the sewage line between the forward toilet and the holding tank.

I don’t know…I think he looks suspiciously happy for a guy who is working on a sewage line….

So, we’re still plugging along. I have coated the bimini with a ‘Sunbrella’ product that is kind of like ‘Scotchguard’; it is designed to weatherize the canvas to make water ‘bead’ on it rather than soak through it.

…and our bimini is BIG!

If you remember, a bimini is a canvas cover that sits like an umbrella, supported by a metal frame, over the bridge of a boat. Back in November, Boyd and I removed Bushranger’s bimini in preparation for her winterization (we basically threw a tarp over her). It’s now time to put the bimini back where it belongs. So, I’ve readied the canvass cover, and Boyd has prepped all the fittings. The shade that the bimini will generate will be a welcome relief. Like I said before, it bloody hot out there!

4 Responses to “Plumbing, Thru-hulls and Bimini”

  1. jdepodwin June 30, 2012 at 20:08 #

    Forgot how big that bimini was! Hope it provides some shade and cools down your area for caulking.

  2. The Robinsons July 1, 2012 at 06:50 #

    It will be nice…

  3. Paul K July 1, 2012 at 16:37 #

    You really are making some impressive progress. Well done and it looks like you are fit, healthy and having fund

    • The Robinsons July 1, 2012 at 21:48 #

      Thanks Paul. We’re gettin’ there, slowly but surely….

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