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