Blue Turtle Cruising

Trawler haul out complete!

So this past week (Tuesday, actually) we put Blue Turtle back in the water. She’d been on the hard for about 11 days at Olsen Marine Services. We had her hauled out to have the bottom painted along with some other repairs:

  • Blisters/gel coat repaired
  • Removed a Trillogy dinghy lift system (it’s for sale, by the way!)
  • Four thru-hulls replaced
  • Stuffing box hose replaced
  • Propeller removed and balanced

Now that she’s back in the water, Blue Turtle is in good shape structurally and ready to cruise. We do have a few small projects in the works like adding new dinghy lift davits (St. Croix) and refinishing the galley (pulling out an old propane stove and adding a new 2 burner cooktop,tiling the countertops and replacing the galley faucet). Randy and I have a few small weekend trips planned in the coming months and are excited to get out on the water.

Trillogy Dinghy Lift System before it was removed
Trillogy Dinghy Lift System before it was removed

Gel Coat / Blister Repair

Haloing from improper bonding wires

Thru-hull and Prop

Captain Randy checks on Blue Turtle while she's on the hard
Captain Randy checks on Blue Turtle while she’s on the hard
Blue Turtle with freshly painted bottom
Blue Turtle with freshly painted bottom (we went with Interlux Ultra Blue)

 

Corey in front of Blue Turtle
Corey in front of Blue Turtle

In order for Olsen’s to be able to replace the hose to the stuffing box, they had to pull out the shaft to get to it. Since the rudder was in the way, they drilled a hole through the rudder so the shaft could pass through. The hole is minor and will help next time the boat is hauled out if the shaft has to be removed.

Drilling a hole in the rudder

The boy (with fresh haircut) with the shiny prop and rudder
The boy (with fresh haircut) with the shiny prop and rudder
Johnny (Randy's Dad), Corey and Randy with Blue Turtle
Johnny (Randy’s Dad), Corey and Randy with Blue Turtle
In the lift to be put back in the water
In the lift to be put back in the water
Blue Turtle needed an extender for the lift
Blue Turtle needed an extender for the lift
Turned around and ready to go into the water
Turned around and ready to go into the water
Being lowered into the water
Being lowered into the water
Captain Randy and crew heading back to port
Captain Randy and crew heading back to port
One tired wiener dog is ready to head home
One tired wiener dog is ready to head home

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