Have you ever seen the movie Brazil? If not, just stop right now, look it up and watch it. I’m sure you can find it on the internet somewhere! It’s an absolute classic. Anyhow, I felt like I was in the movie yesterday. There is a scene where the main characters house is taken apart and hundreds of pipes, wires, hose, and duct are streaming from the ceiling and coming out of the walls everywhere! Here is my “Brazil” shot:
And a screen shot from the film so you know what I’m talking about. You can see the main character in the back center/left of the image peeking through.
Now that that’s out of the way I want to explain my absence from the blog (and boat) over the last two weeks… I came down with the worst sickness that I think I’ve ever had and was totally debilitated for 7 days straight! This was no flu or cold, it was almost like having food poisoning for 5 days straight and then “getting better” into flu symptoms. Maybe a severe stomach virus? I am not sure but there were several occasions when I thought I might have to go to the hospital. To put that into perspective, I just recently saw a doctor for the first time in five years so you can see how fond I am of the medical system. For me to contemplate a hospital visit is to be brought to the thought of certain death before I ask for help! haha. Lucky for me I have an awesome wife who took great care of me the whole time and made a wonderful soup that I could eat 🙂
Anyhow, miraculously I am still alive and for the last couple days I have been able to eat food! Something I didn’t realize how much I liked until I couldn’t do it!
So there you have it, no work got done on the boat until yesterday and now we are playing catch up. Its a race to finish the re-core before the season changes and it becomes untenable under the tarp.
So before I got to work re-coring the aft deck I really needed to clean up the aft locker under the area I would be working. There are several seacocks, thru hulls, hoses, blowers, a bilge pump, and so on back there. Almost all of it needs to be replaced so I just decided to rip it all out to give me a good working area (I am going to be doing some upside down fiberglass work on the underside of the deck as well).
Here is a before and after of the locker:
The propane bottle does not usually live here but I am playing around with the idea of moving the propane locker out of the cockpit and into this hatch using the existing propane drain which you can see in the bottom center of the image on the right.
The mission was successful and I could happily crawl in and move around:
Now I’m off to the boat to continue the work!