After a snow filled winter I am very excited to see green grass, blossoms on the cherry trees and sun shining down on me....and Resa. We have been working on a number of projects over the winter, including fixing the stern rail, adding an antennae for the radar, and replacing the lifelines. Not to mention the constant project of replacing deck plugs and filling the rabbet joints with new teak filler.
The stern rail has been an issue since we purchased Resa. It rubbed against the backstay so much that when we purchased her, there was a hole worn in the metal of the hydraulic backstay. (Above: A shot of Resa from the stern.) We knew it needed to be modified so it didn't wear into the new backstay adjuster but more critical was the fact that with this configuration we are unable to use the emergency tiller as it would against the stanchion post and you cannot possibly steer. We figured, no big deal, we pull it off the boat and have it modified.
And that is where the challenge began, the rail was completely fused to the stanchion base and no amount of coercion was going to get it to release. So ultimately we had to drill out the stainless steel screws to get the base and the rail off as one unit. This we did and got it off to the shop (Port Angeles Machine Works is amazing!!) to modify based on our specs. Within a week or so we had the modified rail back and were able to get it mounted back onto Resa.
The updated stern rail seen here, with the Olympics as a backdrop, works perfect now and no more concerns of rubbing.
Other projects included cleaning and remarking the anchor in preparation for this years adventures.
The constant challenge of working on the teak. The issue with Resa is that the deck is work down in some areas so much so that there isn't much of the rabbet joint left so I found a nifty tool to create a deeper track for the teak sealant. Super excited to find this solution...but it will be a long arduous process of fixing the areas most needed. Everytime I turn around a new bung has popped out, worn through or or a new seal pulled up. Sigh.
The good news is, tomorrow we head out for a week long break with fellow yacht club members. All the work pays off to get away from the slip!
I'm the wife of the captain, a mother of three boys and a PM in the corporate world. This blog is my view of life and activities related to our boat.