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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Am I Relic?

Am I the only one who hears the theme from The Beachcombers in his head when he gets up to planing speed in his boat?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Those cheesy e-mails about the under 30 crowd...

I get those e-mails from time to time about how the under 30 crowd have it so easy for various reasons, from using card catalogs when we were younger to getting busy signals when phoning a popular friend.

I replied with my own quick and impromptu list. Here it is;

I would add the following;

If you wanted to go down on a girl, you could be guaranteed that you were going to get a mouth full of hair until you spit on it enough to part it in the middle... THEN you were able to get at the nub. So eating out took that much longer and made you that much more thirsty! I didn't have Gatorade to help that along either... or Propel... or any other good sports drink. I had Sunny D or Kool-Aid! And if it happened to be Sunny D, that shit is so acidic that if you were coughing on a hair stuck on the back of your throat, it would hurt like you just swallowed fiberglass. And to even get at the panty-afro you had to get through panties that would be considered granny panties today with the big cotton crotch piece... never mint g-string! Ever try to be erotic and suck through those? Like sucking on a lint ball that came out of the dryer!

In my day you tried to stick your tongue in a girls ear to be seductive, you got a dose of hairspray that would kill a colony of termites in Africa.

Never mind finding material to pound off to.. porn these days is so accessible. In my day we shared porno mags stolen from our father's sock drawers... believe me when I tell you we did not lick our fingers to turn the page... YUCK! I still remember the one porno mag I owned from the age of 10 till I was 18... I found it in pieces blowing down the street in the winter. I think it went through a snow blower... I taped it up in school and brought it home. It was as big as the Bible because it was water logged. It was in tatters and tapped together but I was still a hero among my friends because it was MINE!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I am stealing...

I just stole 40 questions from my buddies blog that I want to try answering!

1. My uncle once: Told me it was called a tackle box.

2. Never in my life: Have I seen what is in those stupid 3d painting! A dolphin... indeed!

3. When I was five: I was a traveling salesman. I put all my Christmas toys on my wagon and went door to door selling them so I could afford to play Defender at the arcade.

4. High School was: Pharmaceuticaly Exhausting

5. I will never forget: The naked old lady on the balcony in January holding a potted plant.

6. I once met: some else's expectations... then I stopped.

7. There’s this girl I know: We call here puddles.

8. Once, at a bar: I actually ordered the proverbial bourbon, scotch and beer. I was 18....

9. By noon I’m usually: looking for a place to poop.

10. Last night: I dreamed about flying... I hate flying...

11. If I only had: Whipped Butter and a Red Highlighter...

12. Next time I go to church: I will leave with a nicer coat.

13. Terry Schiavo: A woman barely alive. We can rebuild her. We have the technology to make her, better... stronger... faster....

14. What worries me most: locating my left handed scissors.

15. When I turn my head left, I see: I can only turn right... I am not an ambi-turner... *sniff*..

16. When I turn my head right, I see: Ross Perot?!!

17. You know I’m lying when: You ask me a question.

18. What I miss most about the eighties: My feet and virginity.

19. If I was a character written by Shakespeare, I’d be: A foot note.

20. By this time next year: I will have forgotten about writing these!

21. A better name for me would be: Skip

22. I have a hard time understanding: Babbling people.

23. If I ever go back to school I’ll: be reincarnated as a real kid...

24. You know I like you if: I show you my rat.

25. If I won an award, the first person I’d thank would be: the person who gives me the award... it's only polite!

26. Darwin, Mozart, Slim Pickens & Geraldine Ferraro: One porn I would not see.

27. Take my advice: Don't see that porn!

28. My ideal breakfast is: eaten off a (female!) cheerleader's belly.

29. A song I love, but do not have is: The Romantics - Talking in your sleep.

30. If you visit my hometown, I suggest: you stay off the railroad traks.

31. Tulips, character flaws, microchips & track stars: Ingrediants for a Candadian teen soap opera.

32. Why won’t people: Pull up their pants?!!!

33. If you spend the night at my house: Stay away from my daughters and that cornfield.

34. I’d stop my wedding for: wife is a crazy bitch who will suck all the life out of me.

35. The world could do without: Hillary Duff... she doesn't give boob slips or crotch shots... what the hell is she good for? I MEAN HER NAME IS DUFF!!!!

36. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: Lick Delta Burke's belly.. I'd die of thirst by the time I was a third of the way down... yes down... that is the natural direction!

37. My favorite blonde is: Phyllis Diller

38. Paper clips are more useful than: papered clips.

39. If I do anything well, it’s: climbing up it's sides after getting a bucket of fresh cold water out of it.

40. And by the way: If you see your mother this week-end... would you be sure to tell her; SATAN... SAtan... satan...

There you go!

Yanking in the Snow...

I love titles...

I took it as a sign from the Boating Gods that it was time to start on the pile of tin. There are things I HAVE to do to get this boat and trailer ready for the April 24th trout opener;

Fix trailer:
1) Fix shocks - Adding a cotter pin to each or threading a nut onto the posts should do it.
2) Change tires and Valves. I bought new rubber and valves... now how do you go about mounting these buggers on the rim yourself? I can remember when I was a kid, seeing guys put lighter fluid in the tire and lighting it up to set the tire into the rim. Don't know if I can do that... I don't even know if I can get the tire onto the rim! I know I don't want to pay $17 per tire to get them mounted... I paid $20 for the damn rubber!

3) Redo the back wiring. I had a blow out on my last trip before the winter comming back from Lac Saint Marie, the shrapnel from the shedding tire took out my shock and some wiring with it. I will have to replace some of the wiring and redo some connections.

The Boat:

1)Take out the middle and aft seats so I can get at the seams and/or rivets that are still leaking.

2) grind all seams and rivet clean with a wire brush on my drill or die-grinder. Pound the rivets tight.

3) Clean with vinegar or acetone.

4) Apply Gluvit. (Epoxy leak stopper)

5) Modify the middle seat so that it becomes two small side seats.

6) Modify the rear seat so that it can accommodate storage under the bench... I am thinking Piano Hinge... and rivets.

7) Repaint with E2000.

Go fishing.

I do have some future plans; Bow and Aft casting decks with twin battery storage in the bow and a vented gas tank cover plate/ casting deck at aft. Apply rubberized EVA interlocked flooring tiles to all horizontal surfaces; decking, seating and tread.

I also want to mod the trailer a bit to make tie downs easier and launching and trailer-ing.

So, today, I got the mid and aft benches out. Still deciding on my approach on modding both benches. The mid bench should not require extra material other than rivets. I will use the existing material to accomplish this mod. The aft bench mod will require only rivets, a piano hinge and a pull ring.

Spring is here...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A working camera!

Finally... a working camera and some sun and melting snow to encourage a photo session with my Bok! This will show some of the work that I did late in the fall;

The transom on the outside:

Transom on the inside;
Notice the Battleship gray colour inside AND out ...

As you can plainly see, I have painted the Bok. I used an epoxy paint that is supposed to fill leaks as it covers... but I suppose that my rivets and seams leak a little bit more than this stuff can fix. I am getting some Gluvit within the next two weeks. I will remove the center and rear benches. temporarily, so I can get at all the rivets. I am going to pound them in an effort to tighten them, then apply the Gluvit. Gluvit is meant more for this application than Interprotect was... it is flexible when dry and runs into the cracks and seams for better penetration. We all want that... better penetration.... mmmmm....

Once I am finished with the Gluvit, I will re-rivet the benches back into place for the year. I am going to save up my change and soda bottles to get enough money to mod this bad boy. Front and rear casting deck and center bench delete. Boat is quite shallow... so I don't think I will put in a floor... flat bottom too... so I am already there.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Motor Fix and Glimpses Of The Diogenes

Here is the story about my motor;

I bought an Eska (1977 15hp) because I did not know better. I bought it on a whim and then read all the horror stories about it.

At the start of the season I was on my way to a little fishing vacation when the hinge that holds the engine onto the bracket cracked off while driving. Good thing I had a couple of straps on it or it would have been a hood ornament for the little Matrix that was on my butt for about 20ks.

After much ado... I fashioned a fix a couple of weeks ago. It seems more solid (This hinge) than the original.

From the top.

From the bottom and behind.

Here is a pic of the Eska, and a glimpse of some of the completed work on the Diogenes. Battleship Grey at this point... some of that may change in the spring.

I hit the water with it for the first time in mid-October '08... and she ran great! Maybe a little under powered for a 15, but I was VERY pleased. The water pump was pumping and the spark plugs were sparking... Quite happy! By my calculations, I achieved about 20 to 25kms per hour and planed beautifully. I was skipping around some of the bends on the Gatineau river!! Freaky feeling. But, maybe that is what you get when you put a 15hp on a boat that is rated for 7.5hp!

The next thing I want to do is get a carb kit, new impeller, spark plugs and change the LU oil.

The List Of Things Done and To Do

Here is some information on the work that I have done and the work that is still to come. My camera is a battery hog… therefore there are no new pictures. I will try to take some over the winter to show some of the work that I did.

I used a wire wheel brush on a couple of drills and ground out all the paint on the outside and on the inside. I used about 5 wheels to get this job done. I used two sticks of StarBrite on the keel hole.

I then changed the wood supports on the transom both in and out. The replacements are over sized to accommodate the 15HP engine. The wood was coated with Polyester resin.

After the brushing, I applied one QT of E2000. Went on nice and dried well in the sunlight... unfortunately, I needed it to dry in the night too. When I did it, it was about 2 to 8 degrees C (35 to 40 F). Dry time is dramatically increased.

After a second outside coat (another QT) and two or three days of dry time, I flipped the boat and started to do the same on the inside. Two coats inside as well.

I replaced the old plug, but it would not fit right. This drain style is on the floor of the boat and has a plate on the outside. This plate limits how deep the plug can be. The placement plug is about 1/32 of an inch too deep, so it won’t fit right L
This is what I did… not necessarily what I SHOULD have done!
I used the boat about 6 or 8 times in October and November. It started to leak after the second trip. I am relatively certain it was due to my stupidity. I ratcheted the straps way too tight when I attached the boat to my trailer. I think that the hull flexed to the point of the seams opening up at the bottom of the boat. This caused some leakage… not terrible, but enough, about a half quart an hour.

What I should have done is this;

-Ground off the paint in and out.
-Removed the center bench so I can get at ALL the rivets.
-Tighten all rivets by pounding the snot out of them.
-Apply Gluvit to the INSIDE only of the boat leaving the outside bare.
-Not tighten the ratchet straps that hold the boat to the trailer to the point of flexing the seams at the bottom of the boat open.
-Pound the plate under the plug hole so it can accommodate the new plug.
- Redo the wiring on the trailer.
- Get new tires for the trailer and replace shocks.

The list above is my to-do list for this spring!! I will make sure I have a better camera and batteries!!

The Set-Up

Here is the new victim. There has already been a lot of work done to it. But this is what it looks like and what I have documented to this point.

This is what it looked like not long after I brought it home in mid-September 2008. Tire chunks bolted to the side is still a mystery and the object of much conjecture. Best geusse is that it was protection for a vehicle when it may have been used as a car/truck topper.

This is the transom's motor support in it original form. Kind of reminds me of 90s muff hair style... the "Hitler"... yes?

The inside stern facing. There seems to be a lot of room between the aft bench and the transom. I may make this into a rear casting deck in the future.

Another look at those gorgeous tire chunks. The transverse ribbing is good and strong, I might only have to add two or three of them if I choose to gut the benches and make pedestal seats and fore and aft casting decks.

Here is the first atrocity that I have found; Shelving braces used to "Protect" the keel. While I am certain that it seemed like a good idea at the time; At a Grateful Dead concert on PCP, it is obvious that the steel screws that were bored into the keel caused more damage than it prevented.

Found this under some (David) putty. Yah... thats right.

Here is the coolest logo in all of boating. This will go well with my Impala!