November 30, 2012

Floor under the hardtop

Once all the rotten stuff was removed, we let it dry out for a day while Jim cut supports. This one under the doorway runs almost to the outer hulls. There will be 3 more just like it.


One down, 2 more to go.


Each one is smaller than the one before it so Jim is able to use the same template by cutting it to size.


They should give enough support for the 3/4 marine plywood that will be on top of them, and allow water to flow under them to the bilge pump and have some air flow between and under the plywood.

Getting them just right.



Each stringer will have 2  1”x4”s on them, cut so they are the same height as the fiberglass edge to help spread the weight.

002cs (2)

After all the stingers were in place, Jim caulked around the edge of the fiberglass. We then set the 3/4” plywood in place, caulked around the edge again, let it dry and Jim painted it.


Once the paint is dry, he can start installing the “house” battery box and the starting battery, find a spot for the generator and extended run tank and fuel tanks.

The square “hole” is a well for the bilge pump. 

The next big project will be installing the 15 gallon fresh water tank, the 2 1/2 gallon water heater, the faucet and water pump, the “out door” shower and the microwave and new cabinet doors.

Looks like it will be a few more weeks before we get on the water.

November 29, 2012

Jim was right….we really didn’t want to know…

We had lifted up the small pieces of plywood in the back of the boat, and could see the fiberglass was cracked and split. The wood was wet, very soggy wet.


Naturally, I had to see what was under the rest. I figured Jim could bondo over all the cracks once we dried it out….(that’s what I get for thinking). So Jim proceeded to pull it up.


The plywood he’s pulling up is 3/4”, and this is what it looked like under it. A rotten soggy mess.


2 layers of wet plywood…..not just wet….but dripping wet. I picked up a piece about the size his feet are on and couldn’t believe how heavy it was.


Jim says we could put an 80 hp 4 stroke on the back and never know the difference in weight, since we are removing so much soggy wood.

We also found out the outer hulls are filled with foam….soggy foam.


He removed it from the bulkhead to the rear. The port side on the L didn’t go completely to the back of the boat and had a few inches of water in it.          The one on the R still has a bit of water draining from the foam under the cabin.

026cs          027cscs

He’s sure made use of the shop vac.

All the fiberglass and wood, except 2 or 3 inches around the edge have been removed. He’s making  supports and stringers now.


This was the second one to go in under the cabin floor, by the doorway. It made a big difference.


Before I let my curiosity get the best of me…..we could have gone boating… I have to wait till the floor is in. Oh well, it’s a job that truly needed doing.


November 27, 2012

Inverter, Shore Power, Breaker Box

The inverter needs to be as close to the batteries as possible, so it is going under the rear bench seat.

He used 2 floor registers as vents. One in the outside wall and one on the front of the bench. This will give good air circulation when the inverter is running.


The 2 1/2 gallon water heater and the microwave will be on one breaker and the fridge and other outlets will be on the second one.

The original shore power plug was on the outside near the roof. Hard to reach from under the hardtop. Jim put it near the battery cable outlet and the inverter plug.

The orange cord is now shore power. When on the water, the plug inside the inverter box will be plugged into the shore power outlet and the inverter turned on. It will then power everything the shore power cord does. There is no way you can have both on at the same time…We have this same set up in the camper. Unplug shore power and plug the inverter into the same outlet. Automatic switching boxes are very expensive. If you can’t unplug one and plug in the other…’re too durn lazy to be on a boat. They are a lot of work….unless, of course, you can afford a yacht.

We wont have an air conditioner to run and our heat will be a propane “Mr Heater”. We used it on Slow Motion and when we brought this  boat home. We spent a couple of nights in cold rainy weather in it. It heats it up fast, and then if necessary we can start the little Honda 1000 watt generator and plug in a small electric heater.

Not all the conveniences of home…but at least it’s not “tenting”.


When the water heater and fresh water tank arrive…..they will be next.

November 25, 2012

Under the planks in the bow….

Jim wanted to pull up the 2 x 6’s that were in the bow and install the fish finder/depth gauge.  We are hoping to do some shallow water exploring and having the depth gauge at the back of the boat didn’t make a lot of sense. By the time it says it’s too shallow… are already aground. If this one works like the one he put in Slow Motion, it will sit in water and read thru the hull.

Here are the 2 x 6’s


and this was below them….


and under that……


Jim cleaned up the edges and cut new plywood for it….


Here is a close up of the round thing in the lower R corner of the photo above….it looks like foam in the forward outer hull. If anyone knows for sure, let us know.


I stuck my camera in the hole before he closed it up….looks like someone has replaced the center beam…looks like the old one was fiber glassed in. It looked pretty dry under there.


We aren’t putting anything on the plywood. The beam and the off set “T” gives it plenty of support. Jim will paint it when the area under the hardtop is finished. We’re going to pull up the plywood and see what is under it…..but…….maybe we don’t want to know.


The inverter arrived. Jim is going to work on that next.

November 24, 2012

Working on the inside….

There was a very weak section of floor just inside the back door. It had been replaced with 3/4 “ plywood but wasn’t secured to anything…so it still was weak. We decided to remove the table and both bench seats and put down a 1/4” sheet of board in a 5 x 4 “ section to help spread the weight. It looked so good with out them, I was tempted to have Jim leave them out…but we really need the storage under them. We did shorten the one in the center to give us more walk thru room and shortened the table to match.


Jim had to put a carpet strip on the floor because of the 1/4 “ difference. He sure hated to lose that headroom.  LOL


The lower shelf in the closet was removed to make room for the refrigerator. It was put back in and another added above it. We wont have a hanging closet. We’ll just have to fold and stack most of our stuff. Jim did find a small tie rack that can be put on the outside of the closet at the foot of the couch. I could hang a few blouses there if I need to.


The center bench seat originally came out to the corner of the plate in the floor. About 6 or 7 inches more room

           Before                                                                                          After

Yukon Delta interior 10.10.12 006cs       005cs

Jim took the paneling with the mirror off the door frame and put it on the inside of the head door. So we still have a mirror.

The cushion covers were only stapled to a piece of wall panel. It was easy to remove them and cut the paneling and foam to fit the shorter bench. It can still be made into a bed, but it would mean less foot room for 2 people.

There is still a lot to do inside…rebuild the cupboard where the microwave will sit, install a water tank, pump and faucet, inverter and batteries… mention a few. Still have to make the screens for the back deck. Oh well…..maybe we’ll just go boating and rough it.

November 5, 2012

New windows

This is what the port side looked like the day we brought our Yukon Delta home.

Yukon Delta  10.9.12 004cs

and this is with the new windows. The one in the middle is in the head. Boy did that ever brighten up a very small dark space. That is the original kitchen window. The new one in the kitchen really opens up the sink and counter area. Makes it look much larger. 

All of the insulation that could be seen around the windows was in great condition. It did not look as though there had been any leaks in the back half of that side.

new windows 001cs

We went hunting for a topper for the new (to us) pickup, and while we were checking one out,  I spotted this bimini. Asked the gentleman what he wanted for it….he said make me an offer….I offered $2 and we settled on $30. We will see if we can make something out of it for the front of the boat. Most of the material is like new….a bit of wear over one bow…but nothing that can’t be fixed.

Once we got the small window in…we spent  time getting the topper squared up and the weather stripping on between the bed and the topper. Jim is finishing installing the clamps that will hold it in place.

Next project?  The inside. But we may launch and go out for a couple of days first.

November 3, 2012

Yukon Delta ….facelift

This is what the hardtop looked like when we got the boat.

Yukon Delta  10.9.12 003csc

We removed the railing from the top and used it to make supports. If you look closely at the bottom of the one in the photo…you can see it looks pretty ratty….under the blue carpet it is rotted away, with the screws showing.

Jim has been working on the outside for several days now.  The boards around the outer edge were replaced with new ones and he fabricated new supports. It really tightened it up. Much more solid now. I even have a place to hang wet suits and towels.


He cleaned up the rear quarter by removing the “Yukon Delta”… That black line on the R side of the photo is an outline of a new window. We had one left over from the old camper. It is perfect for over the kitchen sink, with crank out windows that can be left open in the rain. The one there now..will be put in the head. I think we start on that, as soon as, the outside is finished.


We removed the trim boards and caulked everything, then replaced them.

outside 001cs

This side is about done. We’ll use the short railing from the front on the hardtop. I need something to tie my solar lights to while cruising. I set them out during the day and use them inside at night. Removing the ladder gives us more space in the “screen room”. I’ll start sewing the screens once the hardtop is done. Impossible to sit out at night in FL without them.

outside 003cs

That’s our progress ….so far.  Once the windows are in, we can start on the inside. Right now it is usable for a few days at a time.