26 August 2010

Doors are in, well all but two... This post has pictures again!

Got the forward sliding glass doors last week and Dan and Duke from Lake Union Dry Dock helped me install them today.  Ten foot double glazed commercial grade aluminum sliders are REALLY heavy!  Fortunately the guys from Milgard that delivered them showed me how to pull the glass panels out and that made them manageable.  I think each of the four panels weigh about 70 pounds. 

We had to do a little bit of wood butchery to install the main door.  It was built to the exact size of the rough opening and didn't give us any room to adjust.  Dan broke out the ever handy sawz-all, a tool that is quite dangerous in my hands but Dan wields it like a scalpel.  Ok maybe not that fine, but he's good with it. 

After the doors went in about 20 of the guys from LUDD showed up for pizza that Barbara had delivered.  I think she wanted to see if Caratello was stable enough for a party but wanted to have real maritime professionals ensure the stability.  Everybody was in the salon and Caratello passed her first of many sea trials.  Pizza and pop - check, next comes the real test - Beer and wine.

Duke and I bent up the metal pieces for the soffits under the second deck poke-outs and got them installed.  It was kind of fun running pieces of equipment that can bend steel plate.  Now I am only missing the two aft french doors to fill in openings and the siding to complete the exterior.  Milgard says they will deliver the doors on the 2nd of next month.   Ballard Sheet Metal is suppose to be getting back with me on their schedule for siding.  I don't think that they will take more than a week to get all of the metal up.
I had a couple of comments that there was no good place to tie up visiting boats.  The times that Gene, our architect, and others have come along side we have had to tie off to the rail.  I installed a couple of really nice stainless steel cleats, one on each side of the starboard access way.  Should make it easier.

The small tugboat that you can see in the reflection and through the front glass doors is Bandit.  She belongs to Brian Campbell and is crewed by Heather and Kelli.  Bandit will be moving Caratello to her permanent moorings as soon as the siding is in place and the riggers have swung the heavy stuff aboard.  You can see more pictures of Bandit and the crew of Campbell Maritime operations at http://campbellmaritime.com/cm/default.asp

Other things that I did this week was to finish installation of the remaining cleats and stainless steel rings so we can tie Caratello up properly.  More electrical and a bunch of other little pick up work.  I got all of the scraps picked up and disposed of, put everything in its place, and vacuumed from top to bottom.

I will have to take some pictures of the Dry Dock facilities.  There are a lot of really cool things to see.  A place that has been building boats since 1919 has a lot of history being used every day.  The crane that launched Caratello is the same one that built the Aurora Bridge in 1930.  They are one of the very few yards that can do repairs on the old wooden hulled ships as well as repair and upgrade modern boats.

These last three pictures are interior shots.  It was raining so the pics are pretty dark.  The first one is aft looking forward from Barbara's office through to the master stateroom.  The second one is of the master stateroom through the new door.  And the third one is the salon (living room) looking out the new door.   As with all the pictures you can double click on them to enlarge, I have to because I can't find my darn glasses.

04 August 2010

Of Cabotage and Kings...

We sent in the paperwork to make Caratello an official Jones Act vessel (Merchant Marine Act of 1920) and a vessel meeting the requirements of the Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886.  Caratello was built at a US shipyard with US labor of US materials.  So, if we wanted to, we could engage in cabotage.  Well, there are other hoops to jump through, it is the Government after all!  And I don't think that Barbara wants to be a 21st century Thea Foss.

Why my interest in this?  Why so many links to Wikipedia?  Who am I and why am I here?

The number of links in this post is because I just discovered the "Link" button on the blog.  I should have found it before but it is cryptically labled "Link", who would have thought?

The interest in what Caratello is is  because of a recent drive by the City of Seattle to ban additional floating homes within the city limits.  It appears that this is limiting the permanently moored homes that are unpowered and are not capable of navigation.  They also are permanently tied to city services such as power, water, and sewer.  The Seattle Times stated that the ban was to be on houseboats, an error in terminology I believe.

Caratello has a lot of things going for her that the floating homes don't have:

1)  Designed by a marine engineer as a vessel.
2)  Capable of navigation:  she has an outboard motor for propulsion and steering, a skeg for stability, navigational lights, a marine VHF FM radio, personal flotation devices, and other gear necessary for navigation and marine safety.
3)  She is Documented with the US Coast Guard as a vessel.  Her official number is 1225055.  Caratello's MMSI radio number is 338098881 .
4)  She carries required vessel insurance, local charts, and a copy of the Navigation Rules (ComdtInst M16672.2D).
5)  Caratello will not be permanently moored.  Power and water are supplied by temporary shore ties. 
6)  She has an independent 12 volt electrical system for lighting, navigational lights and equipment, and utilities.
7)  Tankage includes 150 gallons of potable water, 150 gallons gray water, and 150 gallons for black water.  Waste water must be pumped out whether Caratello is underway or at her moorage.  We have a couple of options:  Go to one of the pump out stations on the lake or, thanks to the guys at the mobile pump out services, we can have them come to us.
8)  We have every intention of taking Caratello out and about when the weather is fair and we have the time.  No blue water, no green water over the bow, and no taste of salt spray in our faces that is why we have Sea Vert!  Why have a boat if you don't get her underway?

Short story:  Caratello is a vessel, a boat, a water craft.  And the Supreme Court seems to have held that the term “vessel" is defined at 1 USC §3 and includes every description of watercraft or other artificial contrivance used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on water.  Additionally they state that Section 3 requires only that a watercraft be "used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on water," not that it be used primarily for that purpose.  And if the US Coast Guard, with 220 years of experience, documents it as a vessel then damn it, she is a vessel.