Month: February 2014

Some Progress

So we have made a little progress on The List. But we also added a lot more items.

  • Clean interior
  • Scrub headliner
  • Polish/Oil interior wood
  • Sand and varnish bright work
  • Clean cockpit and lazarettes
  • Unjam mainsail and remove
  • Replace mainsail furling line
  • Remove jib from roller furler
  • Re-secure inner forestay
  • Give away or sell unwanted articles left on boat by PO
  • Remove old electronics
  • Sell old electronics on Ebay
  • Remove and toss trash compactor
  • Determine repairs necessary to forward head – NEW holding tank for forward head or replace with composting head
  • Service aft head
  • Purchase and install lifeline netting
  • Clean and lube all winches
  • Extend bimini frame for Matt’s height
  • New canvas for bimini – color TBD
  • New canvas/isinglass for dodger
  • Recover cockpit cushions – color TBD
  • Repair foredeck softspot
  • Repaint topdecks
  • Repair transom crack
  • Apply new nonskid on deck
  • Buff and wax hull
  • New waterline boot stripe – color TBD
  • Sand Bottom
  • Apply Barrier coat
  • Apply new anti-fouling
  • Service Genoa
  • Inventory sails
  • Purchase new mainsail
  • Replace all running rigging lines
  • Inspect proper bedding of all deck hardware
  • Remove “Wanderbird” name and hailing port
  • Remove “Wanderbird” wooden plaque on both sides of bow
  • Get artwork done for “YOLO” and hailing port
  • Apply new “YOLO” graphic to transom
  • Service dinghy outboard
  • Remove flat screen TV from bar area
  • Determine serviceability of dinghy
  • Purchase new fenders
  • Look for boat hook, purchase new if necessary
  • Inventory life jackets and other PFD’s
  • Replace flare inventory
  • Replace centerboard pendant lines, if necessary
  • Re-glass centerboard pin pivot
  • Service engine
    • Change all fluids
    • Replace all belts
    • Replace all filters
    • Replace zincs
    • Check hoses and clamps
  • Service genset
    • Change all fluids
    • Replace all belts
    • Replace all filters
    • Replace zincs
    • Check hoses and clamps
  • Service prop
  • Inspect/replace cutlass bearing?
  • Replace shaft zinc
  • Replace rudder zinc
  • Inspect/clean water tanks
  • Inspect/polish fuel and fuel tanks
  • Service all thru-hull valves
  • Inspect and lube steering quadrant and chain
  • Lube rudder posts?
  • Inspect and service watermaker
    • Replace filter/o-rings?
  • Replace potable water filter under sink
  • Service/replace manual foot pump in galley
  • Replace hasps and locks on both companion ways
  • Polish all stainless steel on deck
  • Re-install and rewire all four solar panels on bimini once bimni extension and canvas complete
  • Service windlass
  • Inspect anchor/hardware and chain
  • Polish and clean stainless and glass on all port lights
  • Lube/replace boom battcars for furler outhaul
  • Inspect all cabin lights and replace bulbs as necessary
  • Get light fixture info to convert to LED bulbs
  • Test sound system and service as necessary
  • Build starboard cutting board/sink cover
  • Clean sea chest and other strainers
  • Install isolation valves to sea chest
  • Inspect fresh water pump
  • Replace fresh water accumulator with larger tank
  • Inspect/recertify liferaft
  • Inspect all fans, replace as necessary
  • Replace MOB pole?
  • Inspect all exterior navigation lights on mast and topsides. Eventually replace with LED
  • Purchase and install Wirie WIFI antenna booster
  • Redesign/repair cockpit table
  • Test bilge pumps and alarms
  • Purchase EPIRB
  • Test manual whale bilge pump
  • AIS?
  • Troubleshoot erroneous depth sounder in cockpit
  • Consider self-steering gear – Hydrovane?
  • Remove obsolete instruments on cockpit binnacle
  • Wrap steering wheel with paracord
  • Clean and detail engine room
  • Engine room sound proofing
  • Purchase 1-2 VHF handhelds
  • Dinghy wheels
  • Dinghy anchor?
  • Jerry cans for diesel, gas, and water
  • Determine battery bank condition
  • Replace 6 Trojan batteries for house bank
  • Replace starting battery
  • Service fire extinguishers
  • Install and test second mainsail on furling system
  • Service engine fire suppression system
  • Repair damage to cabin sole near nav station
  • Test propane tanks and system
  • Purchase new stereo
  • Purchase (2) new Nicro solar vents for heads
  • Purchase climbing harnesses for going up the mast
  • Purchase new shore power cords (future)
  • Trace all loose/unconnected wires/hoses and remove as necessary

Cacahuate (Peanut) – The cutest little boatyard dog you will ever see.


Travelift – The machine that moves boats from sea to land.


Caribbean or Mexico waters?


Me pondering what I got myself into.




Clean Up on Aisle 12!

So we’ve officially had the first best day of our boat owning lives…the day we took possession of Wanderbird (soon to be YOLO)! When we arrived in San Carlos, we were down right giddy! But nothing could have prepared us for what we found onboard. Holy shakaka! *&^% everywhere! Every nook, every cranny, every cupboard, every storage space was filled with trash, plastic bags, old clothes, old newspapers, old pillows, and LOTS of dust. Two of our favorite items found: condoms and a personal massager. Being that I am slightly anal, my head began to spin like the main character in Poltergeist! It took me 7 hours just to clean out the state room.  Did I mention it was bad? Matt kept pouring cold water over my head to snap me out of my tizzy.

Why, you ask, was she so dirty and full of trash? Well, the previous owner purchased a catamaran 3 years ago (to replace Wanderbird) and simply put Wanderbird on the hard, in the field of broken dreams a.k.a. a dusty dirt lot. She went up for sale right away, but as is typically the case, she was priced way above market price and received very little interest during this time. That is, until we found her!

What kept us motivated? The seller had told us when he was crossing the Panama canal, that he had hidden the passage fee (roughly $600+) somewhere on the boat. Him and his wife had forgotten where, and never found the money. Of course we were bound and determined to find it! So we spent 3 days cleaning her out. By the end, there was a pile the size of an SUV containing trash and goodwill items. We never found the $600+ dollars and we think it might become the elusive giant squid onboard. The good news is we did find thousands of dollars in spare parts amid the rubble.

After spending 3 days on the boat, we have added and deleted items on our To Do list. A post on our progress will follow.

We put this bad boy to use!

No caption necessary!

Personal massager

This never came out of the box for obvious reasons.


My best duck face pose holding a VHF on celestial navigation.

rusty scraper

Good as new!

rusty fish hook

Good thing I got my tetanus…that’s a rusty fish hook. All of that trash came out of that little hole.

garbage compactor

Removing the trash compactor. So simple one would think. Oh no, it took us three hours.


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