Date: 10 September 2020. The List
(swim platform edition)
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in uploading. J.
When making an appointment to go
into a boatyard for non-emergencies, the yard will want to know your
list of requirements. This is so they can schedule the proper amount
of time for the haul-out. Of course things do not usually go as
planned. Inevitably additions are made to the initial plans.
The Seaweed List:
Haul, pressure wash and paint the bottom.
Raise the waterline.
Remove the old exhaust pipes and seal those
4. Remove the swim platform braces, replacing with hinges so the
whole platform can be raised. This is because marinas charge
by the Overall length of the boat. If I can raise the
platform, I'm going to pay for 2' less of boat. Additionally I
will be eliminating six holes beneath the waterline.
Close the drains that were in the two lockers
outbound in my cockpit. Seal those holes. (There is another
drain in the cockpit so the boat won't flood. I wanted those
lockers to stay dry. Because the waterline was so close to
those drain holes, salt water ended up in my lockers.
The List for Salt Creek Boatyard
was a long one for someone on a budget. The initial items included
removal of the old exhaust pipes, closure of two cockpit drains that
are now at the waterline, removing swim platform brackets and
raising the platform. I also wanted to put the platform on hinges so
it could be folded up when underway.
Skipper likes to hang out on the swim platform with
You may have
noticed a common theme in The List. That is that I wanted under the
water holes closed off and removed. Currently Seaweed has one water
intake for her engine, a second for the watermaker and a third
leftover from when I had a holding tank. That last one is closed off.
When I had the overheating issue on the way to the yard, I decided
that the solution would be to add a secondary propulsion method. I
believed that adopting a similar system as
utilizes would be ideal.
Little Manatee ↑ is
the tender to M/V Manatee.
Manatee has Little Manatee, a bright orange go-fast
dinghy. M/V Manatee is a single engine 36' Kadey Krogen. By virtue
of harnessing the outboard on Little Manatee the owners of Manatee
can safely navigate when/if their main engine has an issue.
TowBoatUS captain Jason
I wanted a similar outboard
set-up for Seaweed. The idea came to the top of The List while I
was being towed to the boatyard after the engine overheating
First, the swim platform was removed.
In the meantime the new waterline was taped in preparation for
As you can see from the previous picture, the original holes through the
transom have been cleaned out, patched and glassed over. Salt Creek Boatyard
did a wonderful job. Those two large holes were my old exhaust
pipes. The other six were from the original swim platform.
I have been extremely concerned
about the unused holes below my waterline. The largest have now been
eliminated. This relieves a tension that I've been holding inside
for literally years. Those of us on a budget often have to wait longer
than we would like. Thankfully, I saved enough to pay for all my
Needs and a couple of Wishes too.
of an outboard to the transom
would require the swim platform to be smaller.
The original was a creation of Mabe.
Mike took the old one, cut out the
middle and then put the two pieces
together seamlessly. It's a work of art.
I wanted my outboard offset. I
had seen a 5hp outboard on a sister ship to Seaweed that was for sale in the
Carolinas when I was shopping for my home. That boat had the
motor on the starboard side of her transom, not dead center. I
wanted the same set-up.
The old support brackets for the
original swim platform after 30-plus
years had deteriorated. Salt Creek arranged for new ones to be made.
As you can imagine, I was delighted by how nicely my new swim
platform turned out. I'm not so young anymore so the platform needed
to be large enough to easily get onto from the water. Those dinky little step/seats
some go-fast boats utilize
simply would not work.
This platform is perfection:
A new black ↑ MOTOR
MOUNT that raises and lowers was also ordered.
Of course a new outboard was needed. That's a story for another
day... soon if all goes as anticipated. Thanks for reading.
I'd love to learn how many under-the-waterline holes you
have in your hull.
And, do you have one of those cool sea chests?!?
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