RESTORATION OF A GRAMPIAN 30 "PATCHES"
This is the story of how RJ acquired the Patches, the renovations he is making and those he plans to do plus the voyage he is planning. Rj has his own website where you can read many more of the details about his work and plans http://rjmega.com/ My thanks to RJ for permitting me to add this great posting to the Grampian website.
The Acquisition of Patches
What has Happened Since
There was a lot of sailing and then:
Replaced the compression post
Replaced all floor timbers
bought new sails
replaced the port main bulkhead
replacing both forward bulkheads (aft of the V berth) this weekend
re-fabricated a bowplate/stemhead fitting from TIG welded stainless steel
I plan to:
seal/rebed forward hatch
install ~100 gallons of water tankage
replace all running rigging
rebed thru hulls
coat keel-hull joint with G-flex
install solar pannels and batteries
repack the stuffing box
install new depth transducer
remove all carpet and replace with paint
etc, etc, etc
Honestly its been pretty overwhelming working on all of this alone and if you have any useful advice or words of encouragement, they would be appreciated. (Webmaster has my email)
I am planning to start my trip the beginning of August 2017, lol.
The following is an update to the above story with links to RJ's Blog and YouTube video's. (01/01/2018)
My fiancé Sydney and I have been living on the boat for 5 months now full time, we left Michigan 02-SEP-2017, headed for the Gulf of Mexico. I know our plan was to sail out the Erie canal, however 2017 was a very cold summer for Michigan, so we headed south down the Illinois river via Chicago and the Ten-Tom waterway. We have arrived at Marco Island Florida after 400 miles of pretty intense sailing across the Gulf of Mexico. We are currently making repairs/modifications after visiting the school of hard knocks. After about 3 weeks of modification while at anchor we are preparing to sail to the Bahamas and further into the Caribbean.
Thus far the boat has been great and I have learned to appreciate and depend on her. The accounts of our adventure are chronicled at our website www.chasingpatches.com , you will also find a link to our YouTube channel "Chasing Patches" https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeYJnS3epeMWKxvLAfTx1zA
I am so grateful that Sydney has been writing the blog and editing the videos. I want to contribute to the content more, however learning about, maintaining, and modifying Patches is currently a full time job for me :)