The Boatress Running the Railway pulley.
I am not sure what the perfect curse word is, since we used all of them. But.. Since owning Sweet Pea, we have known she needs a new cutless bearing. It wasn’t all that bad, but over time had worked some leaks in the hull near her keel. Now, replacing a cutlass bearing on a Smaller Woody is not all that big of a deal. Removing a shaft out of a 18 ft boat is easy. But a 40 ft Trawler? JESUS! A 20 ft shaft. And man oh man!
Just keep going into the office
Power wash the bottom while we have her out
Don’t touch my bone. It’s mine, not yours.. Don’t you have a shaft to pull?
The shaft disconnected from the transmission
But with some perseverance and help from Wayne, Jimmy, George and Larry, with special tools. After about 5 hrs, she is out and we can start the process of installing new bearings and fixing the leaky spots with cotton and slick seam.
Wayne would turn the shaft while I pushed and pulled. And yes, there is a pervy way to read this. GROW UP! We are tugging on a shaft here!!!
SLOOOOOOOOOOWLY the shaft came out
Wayne laughing at some dumb shaft pun.. No HR dept at the Railway
One of two struts that need to be dealt with, and the black area is were the leak is on both sides
Old boat, old railway, old tools and old fools! Like peas and carrots.
A timeless scene. But is what is needed. George showed me how to install the cotton in the seam. There is a zen moment here. Some music, bad double entendre jokes and time freezes and all is okay in the world. A huge thanks to Larry at Jennings Boatyard for the cotton. One of the great things about being here is I am never alone in my craziness. Others are more than willing to share Knowledge. BTW, Jennings Boatyard is the former RICE Marine Railway where Sweet Pea was built. STORY HERE