Dec 14, 2018
If you remember, Rip did a lot of work on the Monk before we started The Great Loop. All that work really paid off while on the Loop, making daily life on a boat easier and no mechanical issues stopping our Loop!! It should be no surprise then, that he did a lot of work to the Rossi, too!! All this work takes planning, engineering and a LOT of forethought.
We bought a very well maintained boat in very good condition. However, no boat would be complete without the Rip Tyler’s tweaks. Rip has for worked over the last 9 months on mechanics, electronics, cosmetics and various fabrications.
Cosmetic: The boat was washed and stripped of all her prior name logos and green striping. Interior was striped of palm tree stickers, pirate stickers, pirate boat model and palm tree valances. We did leave the bamboo shades. They may go next year. Exterior was waxed from top to bottom and then, new dark blue stripes and her new name were added.
If you have seen our previous boats, you know we prefer dark blue boats. This boat is an ivory color. BUT, she had green striping and green upholstery. That wouldn’t due.
Added back only the middle striping; leaving the top and hull clean. Added our boat name and hailing port. Less is more!
Added Dri-Dek to the cockpit. this helps Cally not slip.
Added carpet tiles to the interior with rubber underlayment. Again, so Cally wont slip
Corrected a steering issue that was apparently a manufacturing fault in the steering pump.
Adding an additional battery, Victron battery monitor and an Automatic Charging Relay.
New battery means new electrical work and cleaning up prior work correctly. Labels, too.
Adding an Inverter/Battery Charger from one of Rip's favorite online marine stores www.LessIsAlwaysMore.com (great prices and service).
Adding a Windlass (to drop and hoist the anchor) and new anchor; which means removing the bit (aka Samson Post) and cutting a large hole in the boat.
Adding multiple 12 volt plugs so we can charge phones, tablets, vacuum, radio, etc.
The little black things has 2 USB plugs to charge my iPad & iPhone while we are under way.
There are more on Rip’s side
Fixing a Propane leak / Adding a Propane monitor
Added a fuel line for the grill to work off the main LP tank
Added a grill “stand”; a tray for the grill that attaches to the side of the cockpit
Added a rack to carry our kayaks or dinghy
Added a dinghy and adapted an electric kayak motor for propulsion
Adding a Raymarine Auto Pilot with a kill switch
Added AIS transceiver with wireless NEMA2000 gateway so we can see ship’s data and AIS on our wireless devices
Removing the little Garmin Chart Plotter and covering the hole for it
Installed fixed points to attach his Windows 8 Tablet and iPad Mini 4 for navigation software (in lieu of a chart plotter) and engine gauges
Installed a Yacht Devices Wireless Gateway so various electronics can talk to each other
Adding various gauges so we know what is and isn’t running
Repaired the 12 volt plug for the refrigerator and replaced the refrigerator door
Added a second Smart Plug shore power outlet.
Rip created 2 cockpit enclosures. One is screen material for when the weather is nice but there are bugs. One is make with plastic glass windows to protect us from rain and wind. Both consist of 5 panels plus 6 panels that stay in place regardless of which set is installed.
The most clever part is the storage system for the enclosure set not being used.
Created a “permanent” sleeping arrangement in the V Berth
Created a “Day Bed” for daily lounging
Created a table that articulates on a Laguna pedestal arm to various positions depending on the need
Recovered the cockpit bench seat and 2 helm seats
There are MANY small things done also; way too many to remember.
All this, just to go cruising …
All the projects Rip
creates, makes, fabricates, engineered and/or installed saved us a lot of
serious money. To keep supply costs as low as possible, Rip also researched
each purchase. One of his favorite places for electronics & equipment is www.LessIsAlwaysMore.com. Jeff is
very quick to respond (almost regardless of the hour), quick to match or beat
prices elsewhere when given the chance and ships ultra-fast!! Our local fabric
shop in New Bern, Mill Outlet, or www.SailRite.com
are the go-to places for canvas & sewing supplies, www.Defender.com and of course www.Amazon.com are also utilized often.
Lab Partners is a Rosborough RF-246, a Trailerable Trawler with 3 aboard; Cally (our yellow Lab) and the crew, Rip & Beth Tyler. The first Lab Partners was a Monk 36 Trawler when we set on a yearlong cruise to do the Great Loop, starting in April of 2017. 5,000 Miles into our Great Loop we sold the Monk 36; drove home, bought the Rosborough and are now (Jan 2019) back in Florida finishing our Great Loop. The Great Loop is the circumnavigation of the eastern half of the United States by boat!
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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