Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I took this from my office, through the window.

A few minutes later this guy was on the ground under the feeder.

This was on June 15th. 2012
And this is 10 days later on the 25th.

Just a short blog today, gotta get some batteries for the camera.

Enjoy, Capt. Dean

Monday, June 18, 2012

                            I decided to trailer it myself :)

Ha, not really, as I was walking down to take some pics of the boat with the windshield in place and the canvas installed when I saw the above photo op. :)

                             The windshield and canvas.

Finally and update for ya,  I got the bimini poles and canvas all sorted out.  I got some dock sections ready to install too.

My friend Mark loaned me a ship to shore radio, so I charged up a battery, hauled it up on deck, plugged it all in and YAY loud and clear.  I can hear boats and marinas from Boyne City, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, and even all the way out to Beaver Island and Grays Reef Passage, all from 4 to 30 miles away!!

Petoskey at my finger and Beaver Isl. is about 30 miles to the north west.

We gave a few more tours and drank a few more beers aboard over the weekend.

The more I look at it, the more I like it.  I got to thinking about the detail they put into these boats, then I think of back in the sixties it was all about SPACE and SPACE TRAVEL this baby looks like a rocket ship to me. 

The cleats

The stantion bases are 7 sided.

The crown style tops with swept back cast fittings.

The engine air intake ram tubes and clearance light.
We are anxious to start checking out the systems onboard.  We have decided that I need to install a couple batteries and see if the toilets work, and see if I can adapt a sewer drain system.  If it doesn't have an overboard pump out, that would be the first thing I will install.  Not that I will pump out onto the ground, but maybe dig a whole, burry a barrol and run a piece of pipe out from there, just so we can pee onboard.

By installing the batteries and hooking up some shore power, I can start checking interior lights, horns, buttons, pumps and all the rest of the stuff.  I don't know if the stove is capable of shore power or not, probably it is but will have to ck it out.  Same with the fridge.

So, I am looking forward to getting the dock set up in a ramp type set up, for easy on and off for everyone.

Later, Capt. Dean

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Things are planted, we got some rain, and now we just sit back and wait.  Yeah, right. 

I made a bit of a change to the apperance of Lake Michigan Boarders, put some shape into the ends of the garden, trying to jazz up the look when you drive up to the building (as jazzy as rocks dirt can get :)  ).  As you know I am a use what ya got type o guy, all these rocks and containers were here quite awhile, I just moved em around on the property.  I got to looking around in the barn last fall and noticed I had a mountian of containers, so what do I put in them?  The blue sage that is already blooming in the giant patch growing in the garden!!!

I have wildflowers spread in the area just in front of the building, and on the garden end, flowers, herbs, onions, and all kinds of stuff.

All the potatoes are growing like crazy, popcorn is doing great, waiting for carrotts, radishes and peppers all lagging behind.  I like to start tomatoes and peppers from seed and also buy some plants.

No movement on the big boat except I do have a line on a section of dock to put up next to it, for easier in and out. 

This is graduation weekend, and some weddings and stuff so we have a nice full weekend of dogs, 11 for a couple days $$  We need it too, cuz we have a beef ordered up and it should be ready soon.

Enough for now, a nice sunny sunday (ck out day$) gotta go,   Bye,

 Capt. Dean