The Morgan is getting a little long in the tooth. In fact, she turns 34 this year. If she were a dog, she’d be 238 years old and messing on the carpet! While things aren’t that bad yet, she ain’t no spring chicken. She has a few age-related maladies that are, for the most part, easily remedied. For example, she has some issues with her waste-water holding tank. It’s not that she can’t “hold it,” her problem lies in knowing that she has to go. Luckily for us, our awesome sponsor, Electrosense, has us covered in the “medical devices” column – unfortunately, the surgery is on me. I still need to schedule that job. Blech!
Another age-related problem that we have to address has to do with her rig – the mast, the rigging wires that hold it up and the associated hardware. All three are original equipment and need to be inspected/repaired/replaced. Late last year I wrote an article about discovering some cracks in the mast. While I’m still working on the details about what to do about the cracks, the good news is that it looks like I can do something. Talk about a HUGE financial relief. Masts are expensive! That leaves the rigging wires and hardware.
With the help of my cabin boy, Keith, I started the chainplate removal/inspection process last weekend. It’s funny; the projects that I assume will be easy turn out to be miserable, and the “I’m dreading this” projects usually aren’t so bad. Removing the chainplates was one of the latter. Other than experience, I have no good explanation as to why I thought that the chainplates would be difficult to remove. But, aside from being time-consuming, the project wasn’t too bad. Things got a bit invasive when we had to remove the cabinets in the head, but even that went well. Of course, I had Keith doing the grunt work, so he probably has a very different opinion. Now that I think about, Keith doesn’t usually swear as much as he did last weekend.
Anywho, 8 of the 9 chainplates have been extracted and are ready for inspection/polishing. Getting the 9th one out will very likely be painful. That’s where Chris comes in. You may remember Chris from the “Teach a Man to Fish” project last month. It turns out that Chris is super flexible and is easily crammed into tiny spaces. Keith and I should be able to jam him and a wrench into the anchor locker in short order – especially if we grease him up first. Assuming that he doesn’t actually read this blog, I hope to stuff his ass into the forepeak in the next few weeks. Yep, we’re cooking with lard now!!
Aside from the chainplates, we spent a fair amount of time planning the particulars of the electrical system upgrades. We’ve got lots of new gear that will need a home and power, and the electrical system needs some upgrading. No time like the present to get it mapped out!