Saturday, January 28, 2017

Back In the Salty

Well, it has been quite some time since the last post. It took some doing, but Orion is splashed. Unfortunately, it was necessary to spend some time on the packing gland and the muffler. The last install of the exhaust system left the muffler above the packing gland and causing wear on an engine transmission nut and the hull. Hopefully, this has been remedied. The stuffing box has been repacked and adjusted. It is now accessible for future tweaking.



Monday, March 7, 2016

Coaming Project Part 2

On March 5, 2016, final attachment of both new boards was completed on the cockpit coaming. Not everything is completed, but they are strong and weather resistant. Here are some photos:

Preparations for deck painting will hopefully take place soon.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Coaming Project Part 1

With the help of a neighbor and friend I was finally able to start the project of replacing the cockpit coamings. The boards deteriorated at an accelerated rate when I mistakenly sealed along the bottom of the boards a couple of years back. That only caused the moisture to build up below where water was getting behind them. 
Rotten Cockpit Coamings
Having a friend along on the project made it easier to delve right in and tear out the old coamings. King Starboard polymer the same thickness as the wooden ones had already been ordered and cut, but not installed. One of my concerns before starting the replacement was that they might be structural in some way. That might have made the Starboard a bad choice. Fortunately, that was not the case. The area behind the boards was real rough on the port side, so some filling and smoothing was done by my friend after I did some removal of old rot.

The Starboard may not be as pretty as wood, but it doesn't rot. As it turns out, when fasten into place it seems every bit as strong as the wooden ones.

Monday, February 1, 2016

About Time!

It is about time I made some progress! 

The hardware is back on the boat.

The mast is back up.

It looks like I need to rewrite Orion history on the website as it pertains to Irwin 10/4 history. Here is a link to a Good Old Boat article that explains it.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hull All Dressed Up

The hull is finally cured and looking great. Now to get her name back on the stern, the mast up, and the deck painted.






Saturday, January 31, 2015

Unusual and Fortunate

Orion's hull has been waiting for additional prepping and then painting. Work has been started again in earnest. Seems that I was waiting on the the painter and the painter was waiting on me, so progress was nearly non-existent. Fortunately, we are back on track and it gave us extra time to save up some funds. Here are some photos of progress from the boatyard:








Saturday, October 4, 2014

Bottom Work Complete

Just returned from the boatyard. We took inventory on work that needs doing before the splash back. There was a consensus on the topside hull finally needing some paint. The previous paint job surely held up well, but there are signs of oxidation and general wear. In addition, some deck paint, finishing up the hatch work, and putting the mast and rigging back.

The bottom paint looks great.