Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Where did "she" come from, and what the survey did not say!

      "Zeta" is the fourth large vessel that we have owned.  In the past we had a 35ft Choey Lee,  Robert Perry designed sloop, "Windseeker" - fiberglass.  Then a leap to the wood side of boating with a 52ft 1951 Benson double ended single engine trawler , "Allegra" (found out that when the weather is nice in the North West, the wind in nil!).  After "Allegra" came a period when we did not know if cruising was to continue in our lives as we moved "south" toward the warmth of Arizona.  Just in case we kept our hand on the helm and purchased a 1977 C & L single engine, fiberglass trawler  ("Santuzza") that we felt would be less to maintain while we where sun bathing in AZ.

     Then I did one of those things that I told myself I would never do... became a two boat owner!
We where at anchor in Friday Harbor, WA when one evening I stumbled upon a vessel for sale that we had seen at a boat show several years ago - a Diesel Duck.  Now why would a tank of a trawler be in Florida (that you can read about in "In the beginning.." posting) and it looked affordable (at least compared to those in the NW).
      So after the haggling, phone calls, paper work, and more paper work we put a signature to paper and went out to the final note before "she" became "ours" ... the survey and sea trial.  Did you know that the final say in a good sea trial is not "the wife", at least not for us.  We have this little critter, "Pizono", a very friendly Bichon" (small white dog) who has had a strong dislike of "Santuzza".  So while we put the "Duck" through her paces in some rolling, chopped up sea's, "Pizono" decided to fall asleep next to the broker and owner.  That did it, the ink was put on the final line.

     But now to get to what I really meant this post to say.  We had a very thorough survey.  Between the person doing the survey and myself the list of "gripe's" became some what long.  A few "goch-ya" items, but mostly small items.  We checked all the mechanical stuff, including lifting the float switches and hearing the hum of the electric bilge pumps.
     Now for most of us, the sound of the bilge pump operating would mean that we had a method to evacuate any water that entered the hull.  As I found out this is not always factual.  We had a cutlass bearing that I knew needed some work and a strange gray water system.  Because of these two items I learned that the humming of the bilge pump motor does not necessarily mean that the water down there was going to end up outside of the vessel.
     It turned out that two different pumps ran, but no water exited the hull.  When the vessel was built the plumbing for the bilge pumps went to a common manifold and thru hull.  Because of this check valves where installed.  When the check valves froze the water stayed right where it was... in the bilge!
      As with all vessel's, it takes time to learn the oddities of each one.  You have to dig deep, even after a survey say's it's a go.... g

Sunday, December 18, 2011

In the beginning....

     "Zeta" was designed by George Buehler.  She is a 2009 Diesel Duck 41-Plus. Built for Warren and Robin Kelly in Izmir, Turkey by Asboat Yacht Building.    Launched May 18, 2010 in Izmir, Turkey.

     The Kelly's cruised the area for a short period, then due to personal reason's decided to ship her to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and put her up for sale.  In September, 2011 we purchased the Diesel Duck, then called "Pepi" and renamed her "Zeta" ("little girl" in Italian).

     So starts a new adventure.  We traveled north from Ft. Lauderdale to West Palm Beach, FL and met some friends there who where staying at the Marriott resort.  After a week we continued north to Stuart, FL where we put her on the dry while we made some tactical decisions.

     We have gone from staying a year on the east coast, traveling north for the summer, then back south and adventuring through the Panama Canal to shipping her to the west coast of the US.