I was worried that the anodes were dissolved and the hull covered in barnacles, but today (July 15th, 2017) I took a trip to North Shore Boat Works, at Ingleside, TX., to have a look at Frank.
She was hauled out on the 6th of July, but I did not see her hauled.
North Shore is a small but busy yard, just across Corpus bay from the marina at Corpus Christi. They mainly look after power boats, but have a great local reputation. When I turned up in Frank, they were very busy but Billy Fuller, the boss, gave me his time and attention so that I could explain what I needed.
I then asked him the best way to get back to Corpus marina, where my car was, and he offered to take me there! He was on the phone a lot – very busy – but during the drive I learned that his parents bought the yard in 1968, and he and his now sister run it. It has been his life, man and boy.
Whilst there last week I also met with Matt and his wife from Coastal Bend Yacht Services, and arranged for Gatewood Service & Repairs to service the engine.
One of the tasks that I asked Billy to take care of was replacing the galley sink drain cock with the new Isotherm heat-exchanger-cum-cock. Also to replace the redundant sea-water inlet cock, for pumping sea water into the galley sink, with a new cock that can be used to pump in water for a water-cooled a/c unit.
Frank has already been cleaned and the two cocks fitted.
Here are a couple of pics:
Isotherm heat exchanger. This doubles as the galley sink outlet. Note the coil inside the cock.
New cock, replacing the old sea water inlet for the galley sink.This will be used for pumping in sea water to cool an a/c system.
Some other pics of Frank. The seal between hull and keel looks good, and I am amazed that the anodes look in good condition after over 12 months under water. The small anode on the rope cutter is in perfect condition, probably because it was painted over when Hooking Bull anti-fouled the prop!
Rear of keel port side, with rust at the seam.
Rear of keel, stbd side, large rust spot. The slight gap at the tip of the keel between hull and keel is normal on all 34s
MaxProp and rope cutter. Anodes in good condition. I use 2 on the shaft.
Engine raw sea water inlet for cooling the engine.
MaxProp, shaft, anodes. Painted-over anode on rope cutter.
Rudder from Stbd side
Hull anode in good condition.
Keel from stbd side. Rust top rear. It is cast iron.