Just a couple of days can really change stuffâ€¦ The tarp is just temporaryâ€¦
Tomorrow will sort out the Spagettiâ€¦ and start testing equipmentâ€¦
putting in fire extinguishers and suchâ€¦
Itâ€™s so nice to see electronics on the consoleâ€¦
Five coats of varnish so far on the caprail. Need a light sanding and then 2 more to finish it off.
Installing parts and the beginnings of the full bimini.
Wait till you see the cloth top that I picked outâ€¦
Nice to start seeing something on the console.
Itâ€™ll be a long weekend of work, but itâ€™s so much nicer not to have to drive a long distance to work on the boatâ€¦
This was a short week for the boat building department. They finished all of their tasks and on Monday, the boat goes into the water to return to the boat ramp and back on the trailer. Then the boat will be transported back to scuba charters central in David Panama for the welding, electrical and motor teams to finish it up. The hatches are all done as is the floor over the tank, they will be gel-coated at headquarters, because of the controlled environment (the wind has been howling for a week now). The vessel has been registered with the country and actually has a number and has been named. This is the new â€œBugzillaâ€ (named after my favorite lobster)!
There is still alot of finish work and fine sanding that has to be done before the marine varnish will accentuate the teak.
This next week, all the accessories will be addedâ€¦ including the new 1000 watt stereoâ€¦
Another peaceful week in paridiseâ€¦
This weeks dive boat progress brought to you by â€œTeakâ€â€¦ not just for breakfast anymoreâ€¦
This is a view of the new caprail and the beginnings of the bench seatsâ€¦
This is the anchor pulpit in teakâ€¦ that is just sexyâ€¦
The other side view of the caprailâ€¦ on the edge of a deck, it would be called a toe railâ€¦ Wait a minuteâ€¦ is that a steering wheel???
Coming along wellâ€¦Iâ€™ve had a friend describe the difference between a yacht and a boat as â€œbrightworkâ€ (brilliantly varnished teak). Now, this is by no means a yacht, but I think the teak classes it up a bitâ€¦
Iâ€™m thinkingâ€¦ party for the boatbuilding teamâ€¦ wooohoooâ€¦ Sheâ€™s ready to go back in the water and come home to Scuba Charters Headquarters in Sunny David, Panama. At headquarters, the welding team will get into the swing and so will the engine and electrical teams. Will finish up the bench seats and odds and ends for the rest of the week. The doors for all the hatches are finished, just need to be painted and installed.
An interesting week here at Scuba Charters Central in Panamaâ€¦
Soooooâ€¦ you donâ€™t just go down to the lumber store to buy teak, like the U.S. First, you go to a lumber broker and ask about teak. He points you to a pile of timbers in the yard and tells you the price per board foot ($.85/ft). You pick out what you think you need, plus a little extra for knots and defects and pay him (10 timbers ranging from 4Ã—4 to 6Ã—7, all 7 foot long, and paid $109). Then you take it to a lumber cutter, who does a rough cut for you (cut 1+â€ thick with the most width, price $20). Not only do you get to watch, but you are expected to help. Then you take the rough cut boards to a furniture maker and he runs them through a planer. Again, you have to help ($13). Now you have furniture grade lumber. I ended with around 35 boards, 1â€³ thick, 4 to 7 inches wide and 7+ feet long for around $142, or in the ball park of around $4 per board. I checked the west marine catalog, and they sell a board of teak, 3/8â€³ Thick x 5 3/4â€³ W x 5â€² L for $80. Hmmmmâ€¦ I must be in the wrong biz. I could be selling teak insteadâ€¦ Iâ€™ll repost this story with pics in the future.
Iâ€™ve got the bow of the boat done in teak and the caprail mostly finished. All I have to do now is cut it out. But, it really looks good. Iâ€™m chomping at the bit to put a coat of clear varnish over it to bring out the colors and the grains. But, I need to wait until itâ€™s complete. And, again, pics in the near future.
So, this weekend had an open water class. I was kinda dreading it during the week. Also I had to take Friday and Saturday off to take care of the class. Friday was for working on compressors. I have one that wonâ€™t start and the other keeps filling with water and takes forever to fill tanks. It took me a full day to fill 12 tanks with a 15cfm compressor. This usually takes only 45 minutes. Good news, I pulled the starter off of the first compressor and had it rebuilt ($17). So, before next weekend, Iâ€™ll get it back up and running and be back in great shape.
I have 5 students in my class. And, 2 certified divers as helpers, both surgeons. What a great class. Oh, and by the way, itâ€™s totally in spanish. When I arrived here a year and a half ago, I had trouble ordering food. I was surprised how well this went. Of course, you can only use hand signals underwater, that helped alot. And, the training video and course material were all written in spanish. Soâ€¦ I canâ€™t take total credit. Itâ€™s amazing to look at diving through a new students eyes. It kinda gets exciting again. Itâ€™s fun showing them things that theyâ€™ve never seen before. I canâ€™t wait for the first open water dives, when they feel like a sardineâ€¦
The view from the parking lot in front of the pool. The pool is across the street from the David International Airport.
Nice poolâ€¦ the little dots are my students doing the swim testâ€¦
Nice how weâ€™ve taken over and strewn all of our equipment over an areaâ€¦ hmmmâ€¦ looks like a dive classâ€¦
And, of course, am trying out the new u/w video cameraâ€¦
Gotta check to make sure that itâ€™s waterproofâ€¦
The new u/w video is another story for another dayâ€¦
All in all a pretty good week, that ended wellâ€¦