Freedom

You got my pride
hanging out of my bed
You’re messin’ around with my life
So I bought my …
You even mess with my children
And you’re screamin’ at my wife, baby
Get off my back,
if you wanna get outta here alive

Freedom, give it to me
That’s what I want now
Freedom, that’s what I need now
Freedom to live
Freedom, so I can give

You got my heart
speak electric water
You got my soul
screamin’ and howlin’
You know you hook my girlfriend
You know the drugstore man
But I don’t need it now
I was trying to slap it out of her head

Freedom, so I can give
Freedom, yeah
Freedom, that’s what I need

You don’t have to say that you love
if you don’t mean it
You’d better believe
If you need me
or you just wanna bleed me
you’d better stickin’ your dagger in someone else
So I can leave
Set me free

(Yeah)

Right on, straight ahead
Stay up and straight ahead
Freedom

Freedom – Jimi Hendrix

I spent a few hours on my sailboat today planning the course of the refit that will begin in earnest very soon. I must admit I felt a little overwhelmed with the number of items on my list, but like all things in life we need to take “One step at a time” as they say and we shall reach our goals. I have overcome greater challenges so I can surmount this hill with great aplomb.

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This is called a chainplate and it protrudes through the deck and has the stainless steel wire attached to it to hold up the mast. These are original to the boat and should be replaced for safety’s sake. Just looking at them I see some problems such as no backing plate on the opposite side, the bolts are angled in a way that shows the strain has started to pull the plates up which could lead to the bolts pulling through the tabs glassed to the hull. I may replace these completely with larger pieces of marine plywood glassed in place further down the hull to spread the load out.

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This is the original bulkhead between the salon and the head. There are so many holes drilled through this I have no way of hiding them. It is made of plywood with a plastic veneer so I will have to remove the plastic cover and bond new plywood over it to cover the “Multitude of Sins” and in turn strengthen it substantially. The old wiring in the corner will all be replaced.

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This is an overview of the full bulkhead looking in from the cockpit. If you focus on the left side of the doorway you can see the compression post that supports the deck directly under the mast. As with all the Pearson 30’s this post has rotted at the bottom and allowed the deck to sag down. This must be replaced.

Renegade2-18The uneven gap of the head door in this picture shows how much the deck has dropped. I will jack up the deck until the gap is even and the door closes cleanly again, then measure, cut and install the new post.

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This is what’s called the quarter berth. It resides under the cockpit on the port (left) side of the boat. The door on the left opens to the side of the engine and straight back gives access to the fuel tank and the steering gear. I will replace all the panels in this area and mount a panel on the right side against the hull for all the new electric components. I wont be using this area for sleeping, and most people just throw a bunch of junk in there, so I will try to make better use of the space.

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This is a view of the engine while laying in the quarter berth. Not much room! I’m so glad this is new already as it’s quite a job to remove and replace an engine. The fuel tank of the boat is on the right of this picture, original again and needs to be replaced.

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The hose on the left top of the tank goes through the floor of the cockpit with a watertight cover. Not the best place as any degrading of the seal can allow water into the fuel. This tank will be replaced with a smaller one made of plastic and will not have a fill from the outside. I’m going to place another 1 or 2 tanks further forward in the boat and a hand pump to push fuel through filters to the small “Day” tank at the engine. The weight savings should offset the added weight of 3 new batteries in the stern.

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This is a poorly executed seacock installation. The support plate is to thin, made of untreated plywood and no bolts to support the valve. I will be replacing every through hull on the boat with bronze seacocks, fiberglass backing plates and bolts. These are what let water in or, more importantly, allow you to keep water out in the case of an emergency!

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The galley needs to be rebuilt to make room for new appliances. The countertop will be replaced and the front area by the drawer will be cut out and trimmed to fit the new stove. The flat door on the top is the old “Ice box” that I will retrofit with refrigeration.

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I will have to build a new cover and super insulate the sides and bottom so the compressor won’t run to much. The refrigeration will be the single largest power consumer on the entire boat.

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Much of the existing wiring is in difficult to access ares. There are so many connectors everywhere, loose wires and unknown runs I feel the need to replace it all. I have no plans for AC current and outlets, just DC so it’s much simpler. The only AC will be a small 400 watt inverter by the main panel for charging my laptop and tool batteries.

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I’m thinking of completely removing the sink in the head. In it’s place I would like to build a hanging locker for clothing. Also, by removing the old furniture I can reinforce this side of the bulkhead as well.

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The original hatch in the front berth (V berth) needs to go. I may enlarge the opening for a better size window in case of danger and I need to exit quick. I can barely fit through this one.

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The V berth is not really large but it will accommodate myself and any dogs that come along! Under the bed is the old water and sewer tanks. The sewer tank is leaking, (yuck!) and the water tank is in the way of the new anchor locker that will hold the 200 feet of chain needed to hold the anchor and hopefully this boat in many a quiet cove.

I have spent a lot of money in the last few weeks in preparation for the work, now all I need is the right temperatures. Today’s high was 43 degrees here in Maine, not warm enough for any fiberglass work that needs to come first. I will spend the next few weekends just gutting out some of the areas to be rebuilt and finalizing the overall plan.

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My only fear is that my best friend Vinny won’t be around to see her afloat. His eyesight is failing fast, his gait unsteady. It breaks my heart to see him this way, it’s almost like watching my dad fade away again.

My father died on February 10, 2017, and in 20 days it will be 1 year since I buried him on his birthday. The sting is still present. If I could have one wish it would be to have him here for at least one sail in Penobscot Bay, just one day of real father and son bonding. I will have to settle for the memory of what should have been. I miss you Dad.

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10 thoughts on “Freedom

  1. What a lovely way to remember your Dad’s passing. He would be so proud of you and will standing behind you when you get the boat on the water. It looks so exciting! Poor little Vinny – he has had a long wonderful life with his Dad. When the inevitable happens, I hope you will consider another pet when you feel ready. There are so many looking for good homes. I could send you a lovely black and white cat….😁

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