Monday, May 10, 2010

Down to the Bones of the Boat - Time to Rebuild

May 10, 2010

At this point we are deep into the refit of the ECO 60 for the upcoming VELUX 5 OCEANS race. Considering the start is merely five months away, we still have a whole lot to get done. The location we have in North Charleston is proving to be a great shop, albeit hot and getting hotter by the day. You will see by the photos posted that we are at a stage where the boat is completely deconstructed. There is nothing left on deck. A huge hole was cut out to remove the housing for the old Fleet 77 satellite gear. This bulbous techno-ball of communication will be replaced by something about 1/8th the size and weight thanks to modern technology. The winches are all off and we are rebuilding the winch package and replacing parts as needed. There is exposed carbon fiber (itchy!) and we are building carbon parts to facilitate the new deck layout. It has been hard work for all involved, but also refreshing as we have turned the corner and can begin reconstruction. We are anxiously awaiting some new gear from Harken and Spinlock, who have been super-supportive.

The workspace we created at the warehouse includes some work benches we built, stairs to get up on deck, and ample space for all the gear coming off the boat. We brought in some retired luxuries from home as well, including a mini-refrigerator and old BBQ grill. So half-way through the day we all take a short break and someone is in charge of mastering some hot dogs, hamburgers, or hunting treats like venison and wild hog. Too bad we don’t have that awesome custom of siestas here in the U.S. By the end of the afternoon we are all pretty much shagged. There is only one place to go when covered in grease, carbon fiber, and other goodies… the shower!

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