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seeking modification / refurb advice
Hi Folks, (Sorry for the long post)
I have most of the deck hardware, portlights, etc, off of my 1978 Seafarer 30, and will likely be repainting the deck, cabintop, cockpit, etc in the spring, before rebedding everything. A few modifications I am considering are:
- Removing cabintop cleats, moving cabintop winches, one on each side, back about a foot, to where the cleats are now. And installing rope clutches (spinlock type) in front of the winches, where the winches are mounted currently. Since I will be painting the cabintop anyway, I can use epoxy to buildup / round out these mounting bases, and have a good finished look. Main reason for doing this is the dodger is always in the way of the winches / handles turning, in the current forward location. As well, one winch can then handle multiple lines / halyards, as it doesn't need to be cleated off.
- Replacing the cheap white portlights with oversized lexan (no frame on the outside), and using frames as trim on the inside. The lexan would be through-bolted.
I would like to see any pictures, if anyone has done this, or hear comments!
- I pulled off part of the rubber rub rail / toe rail, and removed several screws in the hull to deck joint. I see that the old joint caulking is very brittle, so I will likely remove all of the rubber rail, and screws. Then I will pry apart the joint, a bit at a time, and recaulk using 4200, or something similar.
1st Question - Is this necessary, as I see that the hull to deck joint is glassed / tabbed together on the inside of the cabin.
- 2nd question - If I recaulk the joint, should I consider drilling out the scew holes, and through bolting the joint instead - or would this be overkill. To me it looks like a simple outside flange joint, but Seafarer says it is a girder type joint - If any Seafarer owner can do a little drawing of this joint, I would appreciate it!
- Can't afford to replace my Lewmar 40 sheet winches, with self-tailing models. But, I would like to get rid of the cleats, as people could then sit comfortably, on the teak rails, next to the winches. Has anyone replaced cleats with cam cleats, or something similar? If so, where / what angle did you mount them on?
Thanks in advance for any help!!