Tuesday, February 3, 2015

January Summary

An update on what we were up to in January...

We're continuing to get small projects done on Junovia including more wiring changes along with cleaning up some pluming issues related to a water-maker that was removed.

On a scary note: the AC outlet in our aft head stopped working and when I took it apart I found a situation where a spade connector had come partially off the outlet screw and heated up enough to start melting plastic and completely disconnect itself.  This is the shared GFCI for our aft cabin outlets where we've been running a 1000 watt heater, so that's what generated sufficient load to cause the overheating.  After some research in the ABYC standards I learned that if open-ended spade connectors are used they must have the bent ends/tabs to prevent it from pulling out of the screw.  For AC connections like this you're allowed to run the wire directly to the outlet provided there's a plate between the screw-head and wire such that it's pinched between that and the terminal.  I eliminated the spade connectors and replaced the melted outlet with a new GFCI.  Need to go through the rest of the boat and rewire any other AC outlets that violate the ABYC standard.

Along with keeping our sailing skills honed and having fun racing on Elixir in the CYC Sailing on Sunday Series we got Junovia out of her slip for a two night trip to Sandy Beach on Government Island.  This included motoring up river in the dark Friday night, a nice sunny Saturday practicing maneuvers and sailing around in wonderful west breeze followed by a rainy trip back to Salpare Bay early Sunday morning.

A very exciting development is that after just a couple months of trying Tara is now pregnant.   So, we'll need to start preparing the boat for additional crew.  Really hoping everything goes well and looking forward to raising a serious boat kid!

Also, I spent two weeks at Flagship Maritime in Tacoma going through classes for USCG credentials.  My complete application package got turned in Jan 20 and I've been getting email updates from the coast guard every couple of days since as it goes through their process.  Expecting to have a 50-ton Inland Master Merchant Mariner Credential with endorsements for towing and sailing soon.  This officially earns me the "Captain" title along with the ability to do more paid work on the water.  Here are the direct expenses I've paid for getting my captains license:

  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential $129.75
  • CPR and First Aid Online Certification $39.95
  • OUPV Course and Exam $900
  • Masters Course and Exam $300
  • Towing Endorsement Course and Exam $125
  • Sailing Endorsement Exam Free
  • Medical Exam and Drug Screening $126
  • USCG Application Fee $145
  • TOTAL: $1,765.70

While I was at Flagship I took the quick FCC Element 1 class and exam for $40 to earn a Marine Radio Operator Permit.  This is required any time you're sailing to another country or using the SSB marine frequencies.

Oh, one more thing - I've become the Vice Commodore and Race Captain for the Small Yacht Sailing Club of Oregon (SYSCO).  It's the group that organizes most of the keel-boat regattas we've participated in.  I'm sure I'll be writing more about this experience going forward, for now I'll say it means we're flying the SYSCO pennant with the red Vice Commodore flag on our starboard spreader.

Ackerman Island at 12:30, Government Island to starboard, Mt. Hood in the distance

Sandy Beach/West Dock, Government Island

Sandy Beach/West Dock, Government Island

Tara and Nat "working" on the boat in Salpare Bay Marina

Tara removes "Jenny-V" lettering from the stern