C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Working full time on boat projects

Today was my first day of full time work on boat projects.  From now until C'est la Vie returns to the water, I have cleared my schedule.  I plan to devote the majority of my time to completing the myriad of projects and repairs that have accumulated since our haul out in June.

Since Paul from Omar Sails was in the yard, I spent the morning on the rigging. We discussed various options for the modifications... placement of the new 3" Harken narrow body halyard sheaves; replacement of the upper and lower stays; addition of a inner stay tang; repairs to the spreaders, etc.  We made a plan for the division of labor.

Below is the official before image of C'est la Vie's mast head.
I spend a chunk of the morning removing all the hardware from the mast head.  This area will undergo significant changes before we restep the mast.  Here is a link to the album dedicated to all our rigging repairs & modifications ... Rigging Repairs & Modifications - Summer 2011.

The afternoon was devoted to completing the brackets to support the new, larger holding tank.
I cut notches in the sides of the opening to allow the new tank to squeeze into the space.  Fitting the aft brace (pictured on left above) was the next task to fall.  Finally I used thickend epoxy followed up by some cloth mat to secure the bracing to the hull.  By tomorrow afternoon, I hope to apply two coats of primer to both the vee berth lockers.  Here is a link to the album dedicated to our efforts to refinish C'est la Vie's head... Refinishing the Head - summer 2011

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