Tuesday, April 22, 2014

We Have Pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, so this Mac laptop is fantastic, but the operator, not so much.  I had Tom B. re-send me the pictures I seem to have messed up yesterday.  I had to tell him that a lot of folks might be really unhappy with me if I didn't get these pics uploaded.

Soooooo here goes!

This is the picture that when opened it at work, caused several people to rush over to my desk, thinking I was in the midst of cardiac arrest!

At the end of this camera roll was Tom B's comment: " She's the big girl in the factory now".   Her bow is very imposing and will look wonderful "dressed" in a Forest Green sheer stripe.  My heart skips a beat every time I look at this picture.  It really skips a beat when I realize this is my boat.   Most girls from Brooklyn don't get to even think these thoughts, let alone say them!

If you're like me (and many simply are not), I had to call Tom B. to ask what I was looking at - as I did with most of the pictures in this presentation.  We're looking at the engine room, with the twin John Deere engines in the forefront.  The fuel tanks are alongside.  Next to be installed is the Northern Lights generator (genny among those who know what they're doing).  There was apparently a snafu with the order which is being rectified this week with installation to follow immediately upon arrival.  You can see where one of the water tight doors will go if you look at the top of the pic.  This is the part of the boat that keeps me up at night.  Once the granite and pretty settee covering is selected, it'll be all about those engines!

Since the genny had not yet arrived, the boat's sole (floor) was still upside down in the work space showing its underside and maze of wiring to the world.  I'm sort of glad I'm actually getting to see what a 15 hour plane trip would have allowed me to see, never mind the $$$$$$$ needed to get there.  Each wire is carefully placed and plays an integral part in the boat's functional capabilities.

Once the wiring is done, the sole is flipped and placed underside down in the boat to show off her pretty cherry and spruce floor.  Only we will know about the miles of wiring lying right beneath our feet.

This is another view of that very special engine room looking forward (I think).  You can see the Racors in the foreground.  I actually know what those are, what they do, and how to check that they remain clean and at the proper level.  Checking those babes was one of my engine room jobs on both For Us and Serenity.  Surprised you, huh?  LOL

Here we see the bow and part of the salon aft.  You can see the area where the windlasses will be installed, the chain locker, bow lockers (to ultimately be covered with pretty cushions) and where the superstructure will reside.

This picture appears to be the swim platform (I think).  The yard is looking into rub rail material for the edge of the swim platform.  This protection is not only for the occasional misjudgment of the distance to the dock, but for those yahoos who decide to stop by for a cocktail in their dinghy and think the boat is a really a big dock for their dinghy.  I (we) had already decided to have staples installed on the swim platform.  It always amazes me how high the boat is relative to the dinghy when the time comes to get off the small boat onto the big boat.  Besides, they look cool.

If you use your imagination, this shot looks like she's a rowboat with a wide backside and uncluttered transom, wide enough to pass thorough without turning to one side or the other.

Without perspective, it's hard to tell just how long she is. I'm sure there will be plenty of other pictures to give the appropriate appreciation of her size.

This is the wood (cherry) that will be used for the joinery work.  They really do everything by hand, with great attention to detail.  They apparently try to take care of themselves as well.  It looks like this worker might be preparing a section of the cap strip.

Looking at a boat without a top is weird, but especially so on this boat, since the pilot house with its Portuguese bridge is such a defining feature of this boat.

So that's it for the most recent yard pictures.  Tom B. assures me there will be more to follow now that progress is being made at a good pace.

I was thrilled to find out that those pesky table struts on the wood hi-lo tables have been re-designed and provided by a different manufacturer. They've been approved by the yard so it looks like I will have my wood hi-lo table after all, at a modest additional cost.  I really did not want the steel pedestal
table on this boat.  In addition to wanting a table that looked more like a piece of furniture, I didn't want to have to cut the rug I insist on putting under that table.  The rug is a Persian rug that Tom and I gave each other as an anniversary present many years ago.  For those years, it was the centerpiece of our den.  It's now up in the loft in my apartment.  It fits that area perfectly and is not subject to any traffic up there.

That famous build sheet is now 3 pages, but there are a lot of "completed" entries, a real sign that this dream is unfolding before our eyes.  There are days when I think I won't be able to wait 5 more minutes; then there are the days when my knees get weak at thought of what I'm doing.  It's a good weakness, but still weakness nevertheless.

Next post will have plan views of 2 views I requested: one of the guest stateroom looking to starboard.  I wanted to see how the electronics cabinet mounted in the passageway and pilot house access steps would look in that room.  The second view is standing in the salon, looking starboard at the new staircase providing access to the pilot house.

I'm saving those views for tomorrow's post.  One reason is that I'm falling asleep; the other is to save you from yet another post of all text with no pictures to amuse you.  Thoughtful, right?

Thanks for your patience while you waited for me to untangle my 2 left thumbs and get on with it.  I hope you enjoyed seeing these pictures as much as I did (don't see how you possibly could, but it sounds good).  Be back tomorrow (if my dinner with friends doesn't run into the wee hours).

Your comments will be more than welcome.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Technical Difficulties

It's 11:08 pm and I got home from the barn a mere 2 hours ago after being out since 8 am this morning. In my hurry to leave the office for a dental appointment, I neglected to forward the boat pictures to this computer.  Well, I thought I did, but apparently not.

I'm so sorry for any disappointment, but since I have to be up at 6 am for an appointment, I haven't got the time right now to try to get the pictures off my phone.  They're sort of jumbled together.  Rather than just not post anything, I decided to come clean and ask forgiveness.  Tomorrow is a new day and though it will be jam packed until about 9:30 pm, I'll try again to get the pictures to you.  They're worth waiting for, believe me.

Thanks for understanding.

Stay Tuned - Pictures Tonight!

Assuming I don't run into technical difficulties, I'm going to upload Tom B.'s pictures from the yard in Taiwan tonight.  I'm at work right now, so that's why the upload isn't happening now (in case you were wondering).

See you later!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Houston, we have ignition

We have pictures!!!!!!!!!

Stay tuned.  They're on their way!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

It was the best of times........

Spring is here in the northeast - it finally found us!

For a horse owner, spring means bringing mounds of muddy, dusty and just plain filthy blankets of all weights to the one laundromat within miles that will do them for me.  Gone are the days when I'd slink in the back door of a laundromat miles from the barn with several of those huge black plastic leaf bags suspiciously bulging with something other than leaves.

Anyway, the point of this meandering story is that the laundromat is just 2 blocks from the marina where we kept For Us and Serenity - and only 4 minutes from my old house (which I can't bear to go near).  Now, many folks might find it difficult to visit the site of beautiful memories - I'm no different - but I was on a mission that popped into my mind en route to the laundromat.  I was going to put my bid in with the marina manager to lay claim to Serenity's old slip for Summer, 2015.  Serenity had one of the most prized slips - very wide, lovely long finger and no neighbor on one side - ideal.  Considering I will be a VERY novice captain when the new boat heads north next spring, not sharing a slip with another boat is a dream come true - for both of us!

The marina folks were lovely.  After condolences were offered, I hurried to change the subject and lighten the mood.  I find myself doing that often, by the way.  I want to put people at their ease and move the conversation along as quickly as possible.  It's good for everyone.  I guess the economy is improving - they told me nearly all their slips are reserved (see how quickly I changed the subject).

While I was there, I walked down the main dock to my former D dock to see if anyone was around.  I ran into a friend (a sailor with a gorgeous huge sailboat) who told me he is going to do a solo circumnavigation of the world in November.  He has a great sense of humor and offered that we'd be dock mates in 2015 if he made it back.  He and Tom enjoyed each other's company; more condolences offered.  I continued my walk and was disappointed not to run into anyone else.  All the boats are out of their winter shrinkwrap, so I guess it's just a matter of a few more weekends til the dock is buzzing again.

Word travels fast in the boat world.  I hadn't even gotten home when one of my favorite dock friends called to say she heard the good news.  It seems her husband arrived shortly after I left, ran into the marina manager - and the rest is history.  I do think by the time the boat and I arrive in the marina next spring, we might actually be celebrities.  One thing is certain - the marina can accommodate close to 300 boats of all sizes - there will NOT be another Kadey Krogen there, and there will NOT be another single woman living aboard her own boat.  So there!  During our chat, I received an open invitation to spend time aboard my friends' boat this sumer.  She is a fantastic cook and always has wonderful things aboard to eat.  Since Serenity had the wine and Donna had the food, we spent lots of time on each other's boats.  At least I'll be near boats this summer - it's been a long, dry spell.

Weekends are still tough for me - despite a blistering schedule.  I rode this morning, spent 3 hours at the barn, THEN embarked on 3 more hours of errands.  Once the errands were done, I drove 25 minutes to pick up my grandson for a sleep over.  We had a dinner "date" at Bertucci's, then headed to the apartment for a bath and playtime.  He's finally asleep after watching a Winnie the Pooh movie on my iPad.  I can still be lonely in a room full of friends.  I know this feeling will ease over time, so until it does, tomorrow is another wild day!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

We're on target

I was delighted to hear that we are on target for where we should be in the build process.

Today was an "email" kind of day - and not too many at that.  As we speak, Tom B. is sending me a couple of large swatches of Ultraleather which I somehow narrowed down to Light Oyster and Almond.  We tabled the Sunbrella discussion pending getting some cost information from the yard.  No sense spinning our wheels until they need to be spun.  There will be plenty of spinning to come in the days ahead.

However, we DO have 2 pictures!  One is a rendering of what the boat will look like with her sheer stripe on the bow - Forest Green, remember?

What a pretty girl she will be.  Remember, this girl's boat deck rails will encircle the boat deck so yours truly doesn't take any unplanned swims while tending to the dinghy.  My parents were advised to discontinue my ballet lessons - that should tell you something.

This is a photo of what the mast will look like with the radar and satellite TV dome.  This is a first pass and will be shared with RJ Marine to be sure things are where they need to be for optimum performance.

It's a nice clean look that means business without extra frills that detract from the job at hand.

I'm getting excited that this dream is unfolding in front of my eyes!   Last night, I exchanged a few Facebook posts with some Krogen folks who are already looking ahead to next winter in Stuart.  As I read their posts, I realized that my new boat and I will be part of that winter 2015 scene!  With our slip booked and friends ready to party, can life get any better?  I'm amazed that I'm even capable of saying these words since next week will be 7 months since my life changed with Tom's loss.  I guess it goes to show that with the right attitude, a truckload of determination and courage and true friends, anything is possible.  I must admit my impatience with people who look at me as if I've sprouted wings when I respond to the question: "so what will you do now?"  I think it's the condescending tone or look of pity that makes me want to strangle them.  I revel in their looks of amazement, incredulity or whatever you want to call it when I tell them about my plans to pursue our dream.  For those that get it, there is an immediate invitation to join me on the boat; for the others, a change in conversation.

Anyway, you're not reading this to get a philosophy lesson.  Even though there isn't much to share at the moment, I love to just chat away about the boat and my plans for her.  The posts prior to September 12 go into more detail about the other earlier decisions.  If anyone is out there reading this that wants to know more, please let me know and I'll do my best to fill in whatever details you might need or want.  When it comes to boats (and horses, golf and good wine), it'll be hard to shut me up.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Slowly but surely

The Sunbrella fabric BOOKLET arrived today along with the Ultraleather color card (not a tri-fold but whatever is a 6 fold)!

The choices are enough to make a grown woman cry!  There is one whole side of the Ultraleather card devoted to shades of "neutral"!  Luckily, I'm far enough along in my thought processes to be able to eliminate all the colors other than the neutrals.  BUT, and that's a big BUT, the choices are still vast.  Again work got in the way today, so I couldn't give more than a glances to the "gifts" that arrived.  However, in that quick glance, I could see definite possibilities.  

 The Sunbrella fabric card was another story all together.  Solids, stripes, zig zags, swirls, patterns - AND all of these designs come in COLORS!!  Can you imagine my angst when I opened that envelope and saw the gazillion choices?!   As I panted and sweat, I realized that this choice would most definitely not be the walk in the park I expected.  Now I was grateful that work was annoyingly requiring my attention.  Great excuse!  Once I recovered my wits, I zeroed in on the stripes section (several pages of those devils) and settled down a bit.  The fabrics are really lovely and I think just about anything will look wonderful.  So tomorrow at lunch, I will try not to get indigestion while I try to make a Sunbrella fabric selection for those all-important guest stateroom twin beds.  Would any of my potential crew dare to offer a suggestion?

The folks at KKY really know how to set the pace.  While I was agonizing over these 2 fabric challenges, Tom B. gave me another reason to lose control - granite choices!  OMG, as if the arrival of the fabric books wasn't enough to produce some gray hairs!  Again, I'm leaning in the rich green direction, so the samples Tom B. sent pictures of were pretty much on target.  Needless to say, I asked for a sample of each - and we all know what too many choices do to a woman, right?  How this saintly man manages to remain calm and exhibit a sense of humor through all these decisions never ceases to amaze me.  I know I couldn't do his job without possibly insulting customers' inability to just "move on, for Pete's sake".  There are 4 different granite choices in this dark green that Tom B. will be sending me.  Anyone who can envision an entire run of galley counter top from a 4x4 chunk of granite is a better person than I.  So, my week's work is cut out for me.

While all these decisions are exacting their toll on my nervous system, there is a wonderful sense of accomplishment as each decision is made.  Having pictures of other Krogens is a help beyond measure. Many of you have offered generous suggestions based on your experience and for that, I'm very grateful.  I know I keep saying this, but I can't imagine how other boat manufacturer's customers survive the boat building process.  Without the family of other Krogen owners to guide me, I would be hanging upside down from the nearest tree!  Thanks to all who have offered advice, suggestions and just plain good wishes.

So as the week moves on, I'll be playing house, making those all-important fabric selections.  As I've said, I do have some time, so can enjoy and savor the decisions instead of rushing through them, against the clock.

I'll stay in touch!