We have been in New Orleans for almost two weeks. We stopped here to rest and to address an issue with our rudder stuffing gland and also engine stuffing gland.
Now I am well rested and am ready for us to hit the road, Brian is too! Scupper has been more stressed then we realized. He has tried to bitE serveral people and succeeded with one. So we are regrouping with him and trying to see what can help him feel safer around new people…he loves the boat and has become increasingly aggressive in his sense of territory and boundaries ( towards other people, not us). So I will research and thankfully a gal aboard a boat we may start to buddy boat with is really insightful with dog training, so I’m learning much from her.
Pontchartrain RV park and Marina. We stayed here for about five days before moving over to Seabrook for repairs.
Seabrook Boat Yard has a West marine! Well, actually it’s a small little store with only a few boat parts but still a great thing to have in the same yard!
Seabrook boat yard and marina.
Rain Dog on the Hard. Next to a Searunner trimaran. Seabrook allowed us to live aboard while hauled. Provided power and water. I was very nervous that she would fall off her chocks.
I actually like Seabrook better then Pontchartrain landing, it is more our kind of place, laid back, very very friendly management and workers. It’s family owned and has over 40 employees, so a big busy boat yard. The bathrooms are big and clean and they have laundry facilities.
The culprit. The greenish round thingy is the stuffing gland. It allow the rudder post to come up through the hull without allowing any water intrusion. This gland leaks. As it turned out, it had no packing in it. Two different people searched and we could not locate any. We packed the gland with 8″ of 5/16 GFO packing with Gortex :-). This type of gland only takes one wrap of packing.
This picture shows the steering quadrant removed. In order to repackage the gland the steering quadrant must be raised a few inches. Since our quadrant has not been touched for over 25 years AND they used stainless steel bolts in aluminum. Removing the bolts was near impossible. It took a pneumatic impact wrench, cursing, grunts, banging, drilling some of the bolts out, more grunts and curses, then cutting the final bolt. The quadrant was then taken off and over to a machine shop to dig out the frozen bolts. They said the machine shop even had a hard time with it! So I don’t feel so bad that I was unable to do this job myself.
Here is the steering quadrant halfway back on. The gland is packed too. All the bolts are coated with lanolin grease to prevent the bolts from seizing again. In a week I will go back there and check the bolts, hose clamps, and cable.
Here is the rudder post all put back together. The quadrant seems a bit warped to me, as the seam is raised a couple centimeters. Not much could of been done to avoid that and the steering is smooth an unaffected.
God watching over us. This is the engine shaft stuffing gland. It does the same thing as the rudder gland, it allows the shaft to come into the hull and to the transmission, while keeping water out.
The shaft packing gland. Tinney our mechanic repairing the rudder packing gland is the one who spotted the crack In the backing nut. I had tightened it and hit it with a wire brush and a little PB blaster a week before and never saw the damage. Hard to tell but the crack is all the way through the nut.
The new gland looks quite different from the old bronze one.
New packing Gland for the shaft. This is a PSS dripless gland, Brian intended to replace the gland sooner or later with this new generation type.
All work done, we are splashing the boat!!! Two nights on the hard was two nights too long. Good news is we have a nice dry bilge 🙂
Haul out fairway. That is pontchartrain landing RV park and marina across the way.
Travel lift operator was an army of one. He had a remote control that hung around his neck. He drove, hung the slings, moved the chocks, and splashed the boat. I took the dinghy with scupper to our slip as Brian followed with Rain Dog.
We arrived at the slip a couple minutes before Brian. As I secured the dinghy out of the way Scupper caught sight of Rain Dog and Brian, thought he was going to try to swim out to him!!
Seabrook gave us a nice floating slip instead of the transient med mooring style slips so we would not have to climb a ladder off the stern with scupper. $1/ft a day. We will ride out this storm that is hitting us and hopefully leave Saturday morning for Rabbit Island, then cross the sound.
Earlier this week, Brian and I made a great friend with a taxi driver called Big John. He is a retired cop, jazz musician, and all around neato guy. I asked him if he could take us someplace fairly quiet with good beignets and outdoor seating as we had scupper. Big John took us to the City Park and a cafe called Morning Call. It was perfect. No crowds at that time of day. Pretty park and great beignets. We were dreading being away from the boat. I especially was feeling a bit off with my darn head pain. The park was so wonderful and relaxing. Amazing how one person can make your day, he really made ours.
Brian and Scupper. Great trees!!!
This Park is awesome 🙂
Scups loved it.
There were botanical, art galleries, and sculpture garden