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New Date for 2019!!

April 12 - 13, 2019


Friday 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(Including After Party with food and Beverages)

New Location for 2019!

Jimmy's Event Center Vadnais Heights MN
 
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If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at info@umsatshow.org or contact Ken Merryman at kmerryman@glsps.org or Phil Kerber at pkerber@glsps.org

We are always looking for speakers that would like to present a great topic about their scuba diving or adventure travel experiences.

Please let us know if you, or anyone you know, would like to be a star and speak at a future UMSAT Show!


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Air Down There Scuba offers free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment while participating in GLSPS projects. Thank you, Scott and Tracy!



Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center offers free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment while participating in GLSPS projects. They have also loaned us a GoPro HD video camera for a few projects. Thank you, Steve and Jolene!

Videos produced by Steve at Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center filmed in Lake Michigan on a Milwaukee charter trip. Click on their above logo for information to join them on a charter to visit these shipwrecks.
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Jay Hanson from North Shore Scenic Cruises has helped the GLSPS on many projects. Jay has many years of experience as a Captain, dive shop owner, dive instructor and commercial diver.

Jay has taken a different path for the past few years and his scuba charters are no longer available. However, in 2012, Jay purchased the Wenonah which was previously used to transport people from Grand Portage, MN to Isle Royale, MI. He now offers day cruises on the North Shore of Lake Superior and is docked at the Silver Bay, MN Marina.

If you are interested in booking a 2 hour - day charter cruise on the North Shore of Lake Superior, please click on the logo above for information on joining him and his staff on a north shore day cruise.

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R/V Preservation Work Weekends

When:
Saturday, May 5, 2018 to Monday, May 28, 2018
Where:
Spirit Lake Marina
121 Spring St.
Duluth, MN  55808

612-578-1551
Contact:
Kenneth Knutson
Category:
2018 Projects
Registration is recommended
Bring your warm and older clothes or coveralls, safety glasses and respirators. We only have a few respirators left out of all the ones we had. They were getting old and beat up and had to throw them out.
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R/V Preservation Work Weekend #4 Sunday
R/V Preservation Work Weekend #4 Monday (Memorial Day)

2018 R/V Preservation Work Weekends


The summer project season is fast approaching!  We could really use your help in preparing our research vessel, the R/V Preservation, for an exciting season of fun and interesting projects. We are working on some still-in-progress items and include a number of improvements for the new season. Please review the To Do List and Dream List to see if there is anything that you could help with. We invite you to join with us and get to know our boat and some people in the GLSPS. We'd love to share a weekend of boat work and camaraderie.  With the R/V Preservation and Phil's camper, we can usually house up to a dozen volunteers at a time!

Registration

This event is split into separate activities for each day of each weekend. Please register for each day you are able to attend so we can plan tasks and sleeping arrangements based on the skillsets and headcount of those attending each day.

Task Status

The task list below will be updated each work weekend (hopefully each day of work). Task progress will be reported in blue font and completed tasks will be marked (Done!) .


R/V Preservation To Do List - As of 04-20-18

Please Note: Tim Pranke is in charge of ALL painting projects on the R/V Preservation!  All painting instructions and procedures must be approved by Tim. Thank You!

Painting / Projects

  1. Pressure wash entire outside of boat - required each year.  (Launch Weekend)? 
  2. Grind/clean and repaint all pealed/rusted areas - annual process. 
  3. Check the top of the Pres (white roof areas) - completed 2014, verify good coverage. 
  4. Clean interior walls and repaint if needed - annual process.
  5. Inspect rear wall and door. Clean, paint and reseal wall as necessary.  Some rust is showing in corners of rear wall.  Rust  grinding sealing and painting needs to be throughout the season.
  6. Install threshold in bottom of door and make any necessary adjustments.
  7. Clean bilge areas in all compartments. These high-moisture areas may need some paint work or primer applied if bare metal areas are noted. 
  8. Inspect and repair mid-ship scupper drain pipes.  Some leakage was noted!!!
  9. Clean and paint the rear deck. (Preferably before Diver Benches are bolted in.  After paint, re-install the rubber deck mats.
    • Tim repaired deck supports. We are contemplating some additional changes. We hope to weld them prior to painting.
    • Tim will be welding in new exhaust plumbing on Starboard side only - May affect some paint projects?

Mechanical / Electrical

  1. Re-Check the rear fittings on the new hydraulic steering - slight weep at a fitting still noted?  Refill / top off reservoir as needed. 
  2. Check for oil leaks in the engine room and repair as needed.  Note the rest of the leaks (here) that can't be repair this year.
  3. New horn has been installed! Mountings/wiring may need to be modified and resealed on roof? 
  4. Mount dive ladder to dive platform. (Annual project). Done
  5. Check to ensure no leakage is occurring around wires to the radar mast?
  6. Chart "Battery Switches" and document to ensure a safe operator procedure to start engines in the event of a discharged battery.  
  7. Check fresh water pump impeller on both engines?  (Change every other year). (Was change last in 2016) Done!

Annual Maintenance - Engine

  1. Change oil on both engines. Done.
  2. Change diesel fuel filters for both engines and fill with fuel.  Done.
  3. Change oil in both injector pumps.  New drain plugs have been installed, please use them to drain oil.  Done.
  4. Install grease zerks in place of grease thimbles.
  5. Re-grease all white lithium grease zerks on freshwater engine cooling pumps. 
  6. Rocker arms and push-rods were replaced  (Recheck valve clearance)?  (2019)
  7. Replace both Fresh Water Pump Impellers. Done. (Re-ordered two more to keep on board vessel)
  8. Check both Love Joy couplings for tightness.  They are connecting fresh water pumps to injector pumps.
  9. Check both alternator belts for wear and tightness if they are OK.
  10. Engine Hours (2017 Season) after completing above - Port =   ____  Starboard = ____
  11. The Port engine had ____ hours put on it in 2017 and the Starboard engine had _____ hours put on it in 2017. 

Annual Maintenance - Boat

  1. Remove tarp and PVC framing from boat.  (Haul back to Cities and store in PK's Barn.) Done
  2. Cut out old Water exhaust piping  and replace new piping on both Starboard and Port sides. In Progress
  3. Check all Anodes - On Hull, Rudders and Heat ex-changers on Transmissions (4).  Can be purchased from Marine Parts Resources. pt# CME00 Link to website, https://www.marinepartssource.com/marine-parts/anodes-corrosion-prevention/pencil-anode-cme00
  4. Grease both rudder posts. 
  5. Check both main batteries - add water if necessary (distilled water only). 
  6. Install both brass props - brass keys are stored in orange case in head or attached to props. 
  7. Check wiper blades and wiper motor operation. 
  8. Replace drinking water filters and prepare system for season. Install new drain valves as appropriate!  Done.
  9. Prepare head system (chemical toilet) for season.
  10. Replace batteries in CO sensor, smoke detectors, bilge heat sensor and digital clocks. 
  11. Inspect all fire extinguishers, flip and roll dry chemical extinguishers to prevent chemical compaction - date and sign tags. 
  12. Inspect and install all safety equipment and check expiration dates for applicable items including: First Aid bag, AED, O2 pack & extra O2 bottle.  First Aid bag gone through, items missing order in put into bag and are ready to go. 
  13. Inspect all distress signal equipment, check expiration dates for applicable items. 
  14. Insert legal paper-work, license, registrations and insurance info in designated areas. 
  15. Install and test all electronics to verify proper function!  All original equipment installed and tested OK - Done.
  16. Verify operation of all switches and indicators on the boat console!
  17. Check intermittent operation Horn switch.  Verify wiring and operation? 
  18. The (12V DC) auxiliary plug in is not working?? (New plug in and new USB charging plugs will be installed!)
  19. Clean debris out of all deck drains (scuppers!). 
  20. Inspect engine compartment intake ducting. 
  21. Final cleanup - clean and vacuum all carpet prior to leaving final weekend! 

Annual Maintenance - Compressor (this is at Phil Kerber's shop in Corcoran)

  1. Change oil on 5-Hp Honda engine - use AMSOIL 10W-30 synthetic small engine motor oil.
  2. Change oil in Bauer compressor - use human grade synthetic oil.
  3. Remove lines and filter canisters and O2 clean them, repack canisters with new chemicals in both primary and secondary filtering systems.
  4. Check paper air filters at compressor and at air intake on radar mast. 
  5. Please Note:  Make sure Primary filter has "NEW" O-rings on both cap ends
  6. Check belts.
  7. Check all hoses for wear and any damage. 
  8. Check CO monitor to see if still showing pink (Pink = ok)  
  9. Check all bleed drain valves. 
  10. Clean any debris and dust form external parts of the compressor. 
  11. Install wet muffler for scuba compressor - can be installed with the compressor! 
  12. The Scuba Compressor has ___ hours (2016) on it  (2015 we used it for 121 hours).

Dream List / Projects

  1. Install rear roof to transom tarp.  Check on who can do it and the pricing (2019).
    • Provide new quotes on Canvas top for rear deck.  See in house canvas company at Spirit Lake marina?  (2019)
  2. Design and build compressor containment for permanent outside mount.  Surrounding built and researching as to what we need to do to permanently mount it for the season.
    • Researching?
  3. Redesign fresh air intake for heater to draw air from cabin area instead of the bilge.  
  4. Design and install deck anchor roller and latch mechanism.
  5. Install USB Power Charging Stations (2) donated by Jack Decker!!   
  6. Install high temp and low oil pressure light and sound alarms on both engines?  Researching!
  7. Water flow indicator for compressor wet exhaust?  Researching!
  8. Check all sacrificial anodes & replace as necessary - swap any zinc anodes with aluminum (note: rudders and heat exchangers are currently protected by zinc anodes! )  Both transmissions need new zincs (4).
  9. Purchase an EPIRB?  If it is within the budget?
  10. Purchase and Install New depth sounder / sonar.  Looking for donations to purchase or have a unit donated.  Transducer and Display were ordered and received.  The transducer will be installed before the 2018 launch.  The display may need to be installed later with the NMEA 2000 network wiring, depending on the time availability.
  11. Design and fabricate a step on starboard side gunwale entrance.  Phil ordered a step from Mac Tools to install.  A slight modification will need to be performed on the step for boat use.

Liability Waiver

The GLSPS requires participant to print, read and sign the Master Liability Release and Waiver Forms for all projects. Please click the link below to print your copy to give to the project or event leader (Thank You).

GLSPS Master Liability Waivers - Medical Forms


"EACH YEAR"  WE DO HAVE TONS OF FUN - JUST COME ON UP!

Please join us for this rewarding time of working with GLSPS Members on one (or more) of the work weekends. Let's get the R/V Preservation ready for an exciting season of dive projects.

Hope you can JOIN IN THE FUN!

Ken Knutson
Boat Chairman
Senior Captain
kknutson@glsps.org
612-578-1551

Tim Pranke
Assistant Boat Chairmam
Captain
dirttrackin2001@yahoo.com
651-395-9451