Let it be written, let it be done! We are now legally the owners of S/V Andromeda, so she’s ours in all her glory! ‘Excited’ does not begin to describe how that feels. The emotions move along a taut wire strung between giddy and terrified, with all the stops in between. I can only say that I am glad someone ‘up there’ knew that I needed to be firmly on this side of the dreadful ‘menopause’ before making this happen because had we done this last year, my body would have simply exploded from the impact of all the emotional-ity.
I hope of our readers will clear their in boxes because the blogging is going to be intense around here as we gear up to do the critical jobs on this vessel. As she sits now, she is engine-less. Just this morning Mike pulled the trigger on a 60 HP Beta Marine engine for our new baby. The order is placed. Tomorrow we travel back to Astoria to do a meet and greet with our new best friend, Shawn, the diesel mechanic. He comes well recommended so we’re looking forward to working with him. Shawn will do the professional hand-holding on the engine refit. It takes about 3 weeks for a new engine to arrive, so we have about that long to get this engine room ready to receive the new heart of this boat.
This engine room is really more of a ‘systems’ room for Andromeda and the engine refit is only the beginning of what needs to happen here. There are other things that need attending to right away, not the least of which is there is no working head on the boat. Well, that is, the heads work fine but the plumbing is going to need changing. The heads themselves were rebuilt this year and look like they are built like tanks.
For example, in the aft head there is about 63 feet of hose running from the head, into the engine room, and then back across the boat to the huge holding tank under the quarter berth. Yes, that is a lot of hose and we are not happy about that. Also, there is an additional vent in the hose that sprays water into the engine room whenever the head is flushed. Not. Good. Fortunately no one has used the head for a long time. It was cleaned out, and there it sits. Opening the lid to where the tank is stored shows a tank that looks brand new, and has absolutely no smell. The previous owner did not use the head in the boat because the really nice, clean rest room at the marina is conveniently located just at the top of the ramp where the boat is docked.
The forward head is plumbed overboard so we will have to find Coast Guard requirements in terms of putting this head out of commission for awhile. We prefer to have a head that is plumbed overboard for the times we are at sea, but in the future we may end up adding an additional holding tank up front as well. That’s way down on the list of priorities at this point and that extra head makes a great storage room.
So you can see that the systems are going to need a thorough going-through and updating. It would be nice to think we could just rip all of this out and start over, but I fear it will need to be more piecemeal than that. It’s going to be awhile before Andromeda leaves her dock. But by the time that happens, we will know her insides like we know those of Moonrise.
I’ve started a working list of tasks that will need doing and will create a new page where we can keep track of these accomplishments. Now that we own ‘The Chosen One’ we can do things like set dates. Everything begins to feel much more like an actual Plan and much less like simply a dream. I cannot wait to get her up and running and bring her to her home waters of Washington State. Here comes that giddiness again!
These are the things that must be done before we can move onto the boat, at least that I can think of right this minute. I know it’s a short list and will only get longer. A page will be created where updates can be posted regularly. Let the money-throwing begin. (And with it that feeling of terror.)
1. Engine refit
2. Replumb aft head
3. Rebed deck hardware
4. Repair leaking aft hatch
5. Replace refrigeration
6. Insulate interior stowage spaces that still need it
7. Buy a gps/chartplotter
Tomorrow we begin the real implementation of our Little Cunning Plan. Woo hoo!! And now, back to the giddiness!