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Fuel Polisher - Blanca, 17Jun2013

This spring (while waiting for penerating oil to penetrate the stuck piston in the starboard engine) I put together a fuel polishing and distribution system for Blanca.

I had an issue with water in the fuel tanks--  they sat mostly empty all winter, and when I started the port engine, the water separator did its thing.  I had to shut down and empty the sludge bowl every 3 minutes or so!  I'd been ruminating about a fuel polishing system, so I decided to move that up in the schedule.

Sister Ship - Blanca, 17Jun2013

Awhile back, I discovered that Blanca's sister ship (the other of only two made) was docked in Alameda, California.  She (oddly, named "Gypsy") recently underwent a change of ownership and was relocated to Ohio.  I've traded emails and phone-calls with the owners, and they shared some pictures of her as she was being relocated.  So strange, to see "my boat" (with slight differences), being partly disassembled and trailered!

Pumpkin Pie - Blanca, 17Dec2012

After the high of getting "Patty" started last month, I spent the long Thanksgiving weekend tearing into "Selma", stripping her down and removing the cylinder head.  Let's just say it wasn't quite as clean inside as the port engine.  I knew I was in for something more "interesting" since I've never been able to turn the crankshaft with a wrench like I could on the other one.  So I was rewarded with some "pumpkin pie" rust in cylinder #2.

starboard bare blockstarboard bare block

Blanca Speaks! - Blanca, 19Nov2012

My apologies for the long interval since my last entry, but I haven't really had any *visible* progress until this week.


I've been working on the port engine ("Patty"-- the starboard one is "Selma") since March.  This included removing all the engine components including the cylinder head.  I was prepared to do a complete overhaul, including pistons, sleeves, rings, etc. but I discovered that would require pulling the engine, which I hadn't planned to do. In any case, once removing the head, the pistons and sleeves looked clean enough not to need that attention.

Cabin Progress - Blanca, 04Mar2012

I've been remiss again-- haven't updated this since last fall.  But I've been busy all "winter"  (Hardly a winter we had this year-- no snow and only a handful of freezing days.  But, who am I to complain!)

First, I finished the under-waterway compartments.  Here's a couple pictures of the completed product (except for paint).starboard waterway completestarboard waterway complete  

port waterway completeport waterway complete

 

A lost Caravel lost in the sands of time

A lost Caravel lost in the sands of timeA lost Caravel lost in the sands of timeThe year was 1612, proudly three small ships were being keeled, three years later a turn of events will mark them in history. Little is known of the changes or modifications of what is referred to as the "Latin Caravel" similar in design to two of the three ships that Columbus sailed across the Atlantic to discover the New World in 1492, but changes in the course of the years did evolve.

Still Here - Blanca, 11Sep2011

 

It's been almost a year since my last entry here-- sorry!  Work has progressed on Ballena Blanca, even though I almost uniformly forget to take pictures of the results.  Finally, here's somewhat of a progress report.

Launched! - Blanca 29sep2010

Ballena Blanca launched today!  all wetall wet


 


 


We did decided on a red stripe for the boot-top... here she is a with a little bling last month:red stripered stripe


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