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Re: Helms25 Window Gaskets
Welst, the boat has a Greek name written in Greek characters that I don't know how to pronounce. My friend tells me it means hiding or saving as in saving money but it depends on the context. I'm thinking that it means hiding money in a hole in the water.
It is and has been on private dock on a creek off the Magothy River in Severna Park, MD and will be moving to a nearby marina next week. There is no trailer with it.
The deck and topsides seem to be structurally in good shape. I don't see any soft spots on the deck. It has some small fractures in the gelcoat in some high stress areas like around the winches, but otherwise seems solid.
All of the teak is cracking and needs treatment or replacing.
The Windows leak like a screen and need to be replaced, ergo this thread :-)
I haven't seen the bottom yet. I understand that it got a shorthaul last year and that the bottom looked good. I understand that the keel looked pretty good to less corrosion around the hole where the cable goes through. I am hoping to have it pulled this Fall/Winter and paint and inspect it.
It has a Mercury 8 HP motor (1978?) that it is working but needs some TLC. It misses occasionally and stalls sometimes when put in neutral.
It's mainsail was completely beat and I bought a used Macgregor 26 sail that seems to fit it nicely. It has a 110% jenny that seems to be in good shape.
The electrical system needs attention. I was surprised and please to see that the masthead light works when I hooked it up to a battery directly at the bottom of the mast. No love anywhere when I hook the patter to the panel and try any of the systems. I haven't had a chance to look at that yet.
Below deck needs attention but it seems mostly aesthetic. The table is dead. The fiberboard had been soaked and is falling apart, probably from the window leakage. The sink and icebox are DISgusting. I've been reading about what others have done with the icebox and am contemplating some serious rebuild of that area.
The cushions need to be put out of their misery. :-)
The rigging is in good shape.
The thing that I think will be one of the manually hardest to deal with is that a previous owner decided to use tar to try to waterproof around the hatches and popup. It all needs to be cleaned up.
I'm working getting photos onto Picasa and I'll post out to the group when they are up.
In the mean time I really am grateful for the opportunity to learn from the group's collective experience.