Boat back in the water! — More to do

Yesterday FINALLY… our boat went back in the water. At 4pm, she was lowered from the lift and we pulled it out a little further before starting the engine for testing.

No water came into the hull, so the repairs were done right. Even this morning a quick check confirmed this. No water in the hull… whooohooow.

The engine started fine too and ran fine. Water came out of the exhaust within a few seconds, so the engine worries are over.

Unfortunately, the transmission now revealed a problem. It was scraping….so this has to be taken apart now and probably will cost a penny or two again. (this sh*t does never seem to stop.

Result is obviously–> we can still not drive the boat.

Hopefully I get to the bottom of this new problem by the end of this week so I can order the necessary¬† parts ūüôĀ

In the mean time Eva and Bert will be working on the inside. Benches and top rail need to be prepped, repaired and made ready for Poly-Urethane paint and The deck likewise…. And then….still the bimini-frame to be done.

All repairs done and to be done have been made possible by people who love SNUBA SXM who donated a little or a lot..

Do you want to help? We accept PayPal donations! For donations of 50$ or more, you will get a unique shirt… $75 or more will get your name somewhere on our new platform/boat (plus the shirt) and $100 and more, you also get a voucher for SNUBA for two when you are next on island. (and the shirt and the name on the platform)

You can donate right here (even if you have no PayPal account. PayPal will take you to a page where you have options)


We will keep you posted each week with our progress.
Thank you much!!!

Boat Progress

And another week has gone by… and we worked very hard. This time the results are way more visible. we basically finished the hull. see this:

 

 

 

 

 

The colors look way better than ever before. Basically, these are the three colors of our logo. lettering arrives on Monday and will go on on Tuesday morning. :)….

The stern was a special project that took me a lot of time. here’s a before and after (you will see which is which… I hope)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now…. with this behind us, we can breath again. Yard has been paid, we are scheduled to go in the water on Monday. Tomorrow Eva and Bert both have a half day off. I just return to the yard to do some more sanding. We have 2 days left in the yard…. I will use them!

In addition to the paint and antifouling job, I have changed the injector nozzle protectors and the injector seats in the engine and ran the engine for about 20 seconds… YES… no more diesel leak. Super cool!

Eva and I have also put in a new engine wire harness extension and the bilge pump and high water alarm cables. This time all cabling is official and according to i.s.o. standards….. and properly labeled. No more confusion.

The console has been taken off. This I will sandblast/sand completely clean, prime, fill and fair, prime again and then add a layer of gelcoat to make it look great. Expect this done before getting in the water (we kind of need the remote controls for the engine and the wheel…

In the mean time, Eva and Bert are sanding the benches. All will be semi gloss white. Either by the end of the weekend, or VERY shortly after.

We are definitely running on our last energy and also on our last funds. The Bimini might have to wait. We do have a brand new bimini… but the frame is in bad shape and needs cutting, bending and welding. Might be something that has to be rigged and fixed properly after the cruise ships come back and we make our first money again.

Hopefully, this will not take much longer. We are supposed to have the first ship in by December 17th… but as you might recall, we WERE supposed to have a ship in on November 5th. Unfortunately, this did not happen.

We, once again, thank our supporters and people who donated money to get us back in the water and running. It looks like it will not be too long now.

Do you want to help? We accept PayPal donations! For donations of 50$ or more, you will get a unique shirt… $75 or more will get your name somewhere on our new platform/boat (plus the shirt) and $100 and more, you also get a voucher for SNUBA for two when you are next on island. (and the shirt and the name on the platform)
You can donate right here (even if you have no PayPal account. PayPal will take you to a page where you have options)


We will keep you posted each week with our progress.
Thank you much!!!
Mich

Rebuild SNUBA SXM Progress

Hi there all SNUBA SXM supporters. It has been a very long time since I updated. Since we are in the process of numerous fiberglass repairs and sanding and this just doesn’t look like something is being done, I decided to wait till it is actually apparent that we are making vast progress.

The damage to the hull of the boat was enormous. There were some very big fiberglass repairs to be done above the waterline, which I, until a few days ago, took upon myself to get done.¬† I have never learned this much in this short amount of time. Types of fiberglass.. What it is used for?… epoxy resin or polyester resin? Why Acetone is important, Polyester gets REALLY hot when you overdo on hardener. It also gets pretty hot when you do it right, but it is already applied then so no burning fingers. Paint? Gelcoat? What grid sandpaper for what? How many sanders does the job take? Why preheat a repair area? Gelcoat does not like water. Underwater-Putty is a thing…. very useful. Why thicker starter cable is needed. Sanding the boat takes over two days. Sanding the boat needs to be done several times. (I should be having a fun cigarette — but I do not smoke) When done sanding…. just start over and sand some more. Wiring that was under water or is wrongly color-coded, needs to be taken out. What the H is 3M5200? or MekP? Aluminium is a bitch to grind, needs really to be sandblasted– need a sandblaster. Boat yards ask a TON of money for work I can do myself

Eva and Bert are great helps. A great team is becoming greater. By this weekend we are hoping to put on the first and second layer of primer and then on Monday we should be doing top coating…. Below are a few pictures. You can easily recognize which is before and after.

Nothing would have been established without the help of our supporters, who donated a little or lot for us to get the things we need to make it thru this enormous dip. We are now on our way out of the hole, the demolishing of stuff has stopped and we are building….¬† we will not be able to start a platform yet as of course at the end of the money, there is still boat stuff to be fixed.

Do you want to help? We accept PayPal donations! For donations of 50$ or more, you will get a unique shirt… $75 or more will get your name somewhere on our new platform/boat (plus the shirt) and $100 and more, you also get a voucher for SNUBA for two when you are next on island. (and the shirt and the name on the platform)
You can donate right here (even if you have no PayPal account. PayPal will take you to a page where you have options)


We will keep you posted each week with our progress.
Thank you much!!!
Mich

Boat rebuild progress

Today was one of those marker days. As usual nowadays, the Engine was fired up and transmission also spun. This is just to make the heart of the boat “feel” important (pickled too)….. a new Alternator was built in. 120 Amps, instead of the standard 60, so this is actually an improvement. This means charging 2 start capable batteries charged as I had already built in a 1-3 diode for this purpose. (We want 2 Start and a House battery, to be able to offer worry free, continuous operation).

Little bad news on the steering side of things… the restauration of the hydraulic steering cylinder, instead of $110 will be more like $350. Still worth it though. A new one is twice that and I will not operate with a leaking one. Picking up and installing it maybe as early as tomorrow, but probably more like at the end of the week.

Taken out ALL the wiring. I never really could trust the wiring. None of the color coding matched the manuals, so… knowing the boat had been under water and now being in the yard with Schrodinger corroded wires, we better take them all out. New harnesses and C-type panel are on their way, together with new bilge pumps, Auto, Man, off – Bilge pump switches, High Water Alarm, Johnson switches, Navigation lights and cables, speaker cabling, new audio, speakers… the works. Enough cable for the speakers this time to mount the speakers out enough for our Captain Goliath (Bert) not to hit his head 7 times a day.

Then Measured out the marine ply for the new stern. As you might have seen in an earlier post, the starboard side of our stern was horribly disfigured. So…. we will be renewing the whole stern. Starting with tracing the port deck and then mirroring it to starboard, Attaching the ply, Then working on the vertical part….Later this week 5 Gallons of Epoxy and appropriate hardener will be arriving and the dirty work can begin. Hull should be leak free and ready for the yard to put BIO-FRIENDLY antifouling by the beginning of next week, which is another biggie! We plan to be lifted in the water by the 21st…. and then finish building on our own lift, or just simply docked.

We had an inspection/meeting with RCCL yesterday and they were happy and impressed with all our new equipment for our tour. With a little bit of luck and a ton of work… we might actually run a tour on November 5th with them. No platform, but at least with a working boat. Keeping our fingers crossed!

Do you want to help? We accept PayPal donations! For donations of 50$ or more, you will get a unique shirt… $75 or more will get your name somewhere on our new platform/boat (plus the shirt) and $100 and more, you also get a voucher for SNUBA for two when you are next on island. (and the shirt and the name on the platform)
You can donate right here (even if you have no PayPal account. PayPal will take you to a page where you have options)


We will keep you posted each week with our progress.
Thank you much!!!
Mich