Welcome Aboard!

These pages will cover the restoration and upgrades I have done to a 1979 Choate 40.
I acquired the vessel in poor condition at a reasonable price and so far have put twice that amount into her.
From the evidence I have found, she had been de-masted, run aground several times, slightly flooded, run hard and put away wet.
Fortunately, she had new standing rig with a used mast from a Catalina 40 and a recent head job on the motor.
The rest of the info I'll segregate into pages for detailed information.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Boat History

Here are the boats I've owned and worked on since the early 70's

This 1958 Dorestt El Dorado was given to me bay a fellow worker. I ended up scraping it due to the particalboard that lined the hull and deck, which started swelling and flaking off in the wet/humid weather of Seattle.

This was my first sailboat in 1980, a Cal 2-27. A well built boat that didn't need but just upkeep.

Here the 1965 38' Pacemaker.  Mahogany planked with oak frames and teak trim.  Very smooth and comfortable.

Pulling out the old 409 motors and installing the 427's

A good day diving. 

This is the twin keel 23' Clipper Marine. A Cheap boat but was able to sell it for twice of what I had into it.

Built an extended tongue for launching on the shallow ramps of Seattle.

An 18'  Maximum runabout. Fixed it up and sold it for a $2000 profit.

A 10' Boston Whaler inflatable. Had it for 25 years and sold it for half of what I paid.

Had a Ranger dinghy for a while. Got it free and ended up giving it away free. It needed new gelcoat on the keel area.

And while in the Navy these two boats PBR 32' and the Swift boat 36" were common to come up to the pontoons while I was in Vietnam. Most of the work involved patching bullet holes and running gear repairs. The PBR's had (2) 6-71 Gemmies with blowers (jet drive). 

The PBR's were for the rivers.

And the swift had (2) 12-71 with blowers (3-blade props on a shaft drive).

The swifts were for Coastal runs or river entries.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Latest Pictures

Here are some pictures that have been taken over the past couple years, which I'll categorize in the future.

The latest deck work.....................................Used Kiwigrip to finish the whole deck surface..

 Except for some additional Treadmaster....

Made up a 5/8" bridle for the Sampson post for anchoring, or a Sea Anchor. Plus, an adaptor for tying to rope rode.

Solon table- unfinished, which is finished now. just need an up to date picture.

At last, finally getting the head liner back in. Just need to seal the wood and cover it with vinyl upholstery material.

Oh, and finally said good bye to San Francisco!

Check out the wind speed indicator. This was just the second day. Things got worst! The boat sure proved itself on the trip all the way down from Seattle.

Avalon  from the mooring.

And here is a lot of the tools and supplies that was accumulated in the rebuild.  Not including a small machine shop that I sold off recently.

BTW the boat is for sale now. Retirement doesn't supply but a couple boat credits per month to live on. It was fun while it lasted!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Passage to San Francisco

On Sept. 1, 2013 we got underway. I set up a crew in advance to sail the boat to SF from Everett, WA, and did it pretty good on keeping it together.  The first two days we spent inside the Sound (San Juan Islands) getting the crew familiar with the boat. 

Here we are passing under the Deception Pass bridge. The tide was against us that morning so I motored up Saratoga Pass. 

We arrived the early morning of the 3rd in Neah Bay, where I tightened up the shrouds a bit more. Then we headed over and topped off with fuel and then headed out the inlet. The first way-point was the #2 buoy off of Cape Flattery. After that I set a way point past the coastal shelf.

In the morning of the 4th (4:30 am) we had travelled 160 miles, and we were straight out from Cape Johnson (N 47ยบ 57'). It was still a bit cold even during the day.

By the morning of the 5th we had passed by the Columbia River inlet. At that point we were about 50 miles off shore The farthest during the whole passage. 
The morning of the 6th we were off of the Umpqua River.  That night is when we got hit by gusting winds a rough seas.

The morning of the 7th we pulled into Crescent City (The City of flies) for some R&R and reorganize, then to find a weather low building even more so off the coast. 
We call it the City of flies b/c the first afternoon some kelp flies showed up for a BBQ and went away at dusk. The next morning they called in the whole family before we could pull out. We must have killed 100 flies between Crescent City and SF. They wouldn't leave the boat. We must have been the fresh meat in town.

That morning of the 8th we snuck out in the fog to out run the weather low, which was building and heading north. We made a good decision. We hugged the coast until Cape Mendocino and then headed out around the point that evening. 

During the 9th we sailed on a reefed Genny thru the night to half way between Cape Mendocino and Pt. Arena then hit dead air about mid day, so motored that day and thru the night, which turned into a light fog the rest of the night. During that day I got a video of a family of white sided porpoise playing along side the boat as it motored along. 

The morning of the 10th the wind picked up. So we hoisted the sails and started the last leg for SF it was about 4 hours away by calculations. But as time passed the wind begin to build. After two hours were were in 26 kt winds and hauling ass on a close reach. When we reached the entrance buoys we turned before the wind and headed for the Gate. And just as we passed under the gate we came head to head with the Oracle which was starting its turn to head back SE. We rolled up the Genny and sailed by the main alone since it was straight down wind, then sailed under the Bay bridge and on into Alameda. And here she sits.

The boat and equipment did really well except the Garmin 6208 plotter. The thing wouldn't boot up after we left C. City. Just colored lines down the screen. The first day I started up the new Spectra 150 water maker. The boat was able to maintain power between motor runs, which was due to lack of wind, mostly in the mornings. 

In the end the boat had lost a piece of rigging for the lazy jacks, a mast mounted deck light came loose and fell overboard, the RAM mic from the VHF drowned hanging over the side in the middle of the night, wore a hole in the Bimini and blew out the flag on the MOB pole from the 45 kt winds we hit off the southern coast of Oregon.  Oh, and I lost the screw out of my glasses twice, which I didn't find the second time. Had to wire them together until I got home.

The AIS kept us out of trouble running out the Sound at night. Twice we got bumped by our CPA. The big boys don't want us heading in their direction. But I also discovered the AIS can be out of sync too. I had one boat call me and said he was going to cross my path head on. When I check my readings he's was 30 miles behind me pulling into Pt. Angeles. 

Checking back on the weather, It seems we got out of Seattle just in time. After we left a rain storm hit the Puget Sound area and flood warnings were in effect. At that time we had just pulled into Crescent City and caught the weather report history. Funny thing is we left two other boats in Neah Bay who were going to leave south the day after us. They had been waiting out the weather. I wonder what they decided to do? And I heard it was still raining with thunder and lighting. Not something I would want to be in while out in the open Pacific! 
Fortunately, it only took 10 days via Roche Harbor, Neah Bay and Crescent City. That's an average of 97 kt miles per day. A good run I would say. And the good part is we never got into any rain. The wettest part of the trip was pulling out of the fog and going past the Farallon Islands.

Well, That's it. I flew home on 9/17/13, after putting the boat in a floating storage state. IAW stow away loose gear and flush out the saltwater systems, pickle the water makers and do some minor repairs too.
Most of these pictures were taken by Mark O. one of my crew members. Thanks Mark!

The entrance to SF bay....................

Watching the AIS at night.............

After arriving in Alameda, a record of the total miles. And the max speed, probably done on the last run into SF.

And a shot of the Oracle as we pulled under the Golden gate Bridge.

And here is a record of the passage...............

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New Electronics

Well, the last major expense, the electronics! I wanted until the last to buy all this stuff so I would get the latest version of what's available.  I had a hard time trying to decide what brand to go with but hopefully I've done good with the Garmin stuff. I was considering the Simrad Digital Radar and accessories but the radar doesn't seem to be up to it's rep and its versatility isn't all that good. And their prices are a bit higher.

So the first thing installed is the Heading Sensor Garmin or Airmar H2183, they're both the same, just different prices. I installed it right by the alum fuel tank, which is pretty low and about on-center of the boat I can get w/o putting it in the middle of the companionway.

I built this self leveling radar mount, originally for the Simrad but had a change in sizes and mountings so it's a bit of a hack job w/o doing it over, and I don't have time, so it'll have to do. Also, I had to make a wedge to go under it due to the bad workmanship of the arch builder. So, begets the Ugly Duckling.

Here mounted atop of the arch along with the GPS antenna for the AIS (to be discussed later). The wires were a fun deal. The radar wires had to come from below and the GPS antenna wire from the top. The wires for the radar were 40' long. It's much easier to pull from below with a string.

And here with the dome mounted and wired up. I put a support strap from the pivot point, over the front and under to help stop the bouncing. I tried to make the saddle as rigid as possible with what I had but I guess it wasn't good enough. It was still like a spring.
And we now have AIS and extra VHF antenna's. 

Part of the package was a Garmin 6208 MFD/plotter to run the radar and plotter in an overlay. Also the AIS was suppose to integrate in also but there are GPS antenna conflicts I need to solve first. Seems to be a software problem.  Pictures to come later. The boat is over 600 miles away now. See new post "Passage to San Francisco".

Also added in a GMI 10, which was great for an electronic compass and keeping distance records. 

The AIS is a Vesper XB-8000. Picture to come later.  

The use of the Wifi to the iPad worked out really well. I was able to bring it up into the cockpit and check for contacts occasionally. I believe there is an alarm but haven't gone into the usage that well yet.

More to come as it progresses...............