Hinges, and Bumpers, and Painting ... Oh My!

I managed to sneak into the shop about an hour and a half early today. I’m not normally a project hog, but … sanding.
It was a fun time, but for some reason most people don’t exactly love it.

We got the first section of bumper on the bow. We’re using dock bumper as it is robust and nicely fits the need for this build.

We also got the hinges and hasps on the lazarette hatch lid and the engine box lid. So, the two small lids are mounted.

And we got the inside of the two big lids sanded and painted.


May we more fully realize the hope within us as we celebrate the Resurrection of The Lord.

Lots of Little Pieces

We have been working on the Hope For Haiti each weekend and it is coming together piece by piece. It is amazing how many little pieces and little steps are needed to get the rigging done.

We have tools and parts stacked on the decks and gunwales, so the pictures are not very picturesque. But, you can see the progress. I’ll let the pictures do the main talking.

Back to work on the H4H

We have been back to work on the Hope For Haiti for a couple of weekends now. Last weekend consisted of a lot of sanding and prepping. We also pulled all of the temporarily mounted hardware.
This weekend the hit list was all over the place. The completed projects are listed below.

  • The last of the fiberglass work is done, including the rudder. (Yay! At least I hope that’s all.)

  • The shaft bearing is installed in the shaft tube.

  • The fuel fill and vent have been located, drilled out, and the holes have been coated with epoxy

  • All of the bolt holes drilled (so far) for all the hardware have been resin coated.

  • More sanding for paint work.

  • The gunwales have been coated with 2 more coats of paint.

  • The inside hull sides have been painted.

  • The lazarette hatch lid has been painted on the exposed surfaces.

There may be a few other odds and ends, but that covers the most of it. If you are interested in helping finish, email me to see if I have a project that can match your skill.

Stay tuned!


H4H For the Finish

The Problem

We had a hurricane in September. You may have heard about it as it did a substantial amount of destruction in our community. We (Jennie and I) were not excused from the destruction, and the recovery process is proving to be tedious and painfully slow. Since the hurricane in September, it has hardly stopped raining. Those two little circumstances have kept us at a dead stop for 6 months on the Hope For Haiti (H4H) build.

The Prayer

We needed a dry place to work on the boat out of the crazy weather. We needed a shop space in an area that sustained some level of damages to almost 100% of the structures.
Not much to ask for.

The Answer

We were able to rent a space in a nearby shop for well below market value! And last night we got the boat off the trailer. We are back in business!

Thank You!

Thank you for your support through prayers, financial contributions, and research! Now please pray that we will have the energy and help we need to finish the boat within the allotted weeks we have this space to use.

Farewell and Thank You

With Mission Navigation, as with any ministry, we have a number of dedicated, behind the scenes, people helping make the organization run. A critically important group is the board of directors, who handle the considerable legal and logistical tasks necessary to keep everything moving properly. 

I am blessed to have talented and dedicated people on our board. And it always comes with a degree of sorrow when one of those members steps down. This past meeting it was with sorrow, but also understanding, that we received the notice from Stuart Lewis that he was stepping down.

Stuart has been with Mission Navigation since its inception and has served faithfully as our Board President up until this past year. His personal ministry, as a youth pastor, has taken him to another community, and we know the Lord is using him there.

So I say, Thank You Stuart, and God bless you, your family, and those whom you serve there. Your dedication and diligent service has always been inspiring.        - RV

Oriental Boat Show 2018 - Part 2

At The Show
Hope for Haiti was well received at the Oriental boat show. This was our 4th year at the show and it was really good to finally bring our project out for show-and-tell. We made a lot of new friends and have a number of new volunteers who are planning to work with us. Time will tell about  support.

Big Load
Our overall length (truck and trailer) was within the legal load limit to travel without an oversize-permit. I think we were 57' long total. However, the boat had to shrink 1" in width to fall within the legal limit of "under 10 feet wide." Actually, it only had to shrink 1/4" to be legal, but since I am a professional builder and not a professional driver, my nerves were already at their limit with that load size. So, I decided to shrink the boat by just a little more than an inch. I'm sure it made no difference on the portability of the load, but it settled my concerns.

How to Shrink Your Boat on the Trailer
Shrinking a boat in the ocean is easy business. Simply travel offshore. The farther you go, the smaller your boat gets. It's a different story on the trailer. So I turned to a trusty old friend. Geometry. 
Geometry has helped me solve many problems in life without having to do everything the hard way. I calculated that if the hull was tilted 10° it would measure 118.5" horizontally. With some simple application of leverage, hydraulics, and good old fashioned blocking, I was able to settle the hull at a happy 10° list. That put me comfortably under the 120" limit. It must have looked perfect because, of the eight or so Highway Patrol's I saw on the round trip, none of them gave me a second look. I had my level, tape measure, and witness stick handy just in case.

Working Outdoors
Now we are working on the boat outdoors. That is not necessarily bad, but it does put us at the mercy of the weather. So far I have gotten the boat off the trailer, lowered to a decent working height, and leveled. I've also cleaned up around the boat. The building/rigging can now commence.

Stay tuned for more updates and opportunities to help.

Oriental Boat Show 2018 - Part 1

The past few weeks have been busy preparing for the Oriental Boat Show. Getting the boat out of the shop turned out to be a much greater task than anticipated. However, with a lot of help, a tremendous amount of effort, much prayer, and probably an impossible-to-count number of miracles, we did get the boat, Hope For Haiti, out of the shop and onto the trailer and, eventually, to Oriental, NC, for the boat show. And it was all done without any collateral damage to the workers. In other words, no one got hurt.

I'll report about the show next week. Stay tuned.

Silent But Not Absent

I have been working in the shop for some portion of the past four (or so) weekends. For the most part, the projects have not been photogenic, and the lack of pictures makes it difficult to convey the progress.

Today I spent a good eight hours sanding, grinding, and cleaning on the boat. The progress is still a long way from eye-candy, but it will be a great offset for the next step which is ... primer. Yes, the boat is ready inside and out for primer.