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Stuff no one will ever see...

...but that i KNOW was done right since I did it.

So, here's my new thread idea: what's the stuff that you have replaced/repaired/cleaned up on your boat that no one will ever know was done, but you do, and that's all that matters.

I am throwing down the gauntlet here by showing what i did today to re-wire my bow position lights:


..yeah, that's my armpit. Holes filled where clips were screwed into the balsa, not pure fiberglass.


marine-grade wires looped down (to let water to fall into the anchor locker) and out of the way, with clips that fit the wires, and screwed into fiberglass (not the balsa). The previous wires were spliced 3 times in a 4-foot length and the wires were leftover speaker wires, not marine-grade tinned wire (thanks 1982 C&C company workers; yes you know who you are, because I had to chisel gel-coat away from half the screws just to get them off).
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The first two years I owned my Newport 28 I made many fixes that no one will ever know about:

Removed an extra fuel pump from the fuel system.

Wired the oil pressure sensor switch on the "real" fuel pump correctly.

Rewired the 12v distribution panel.

Removed umpteen deadheads, incorrect splices, and duplicate gauges -- only half of which worked -- from the wiring harness and instrument panel.

Still on the list to do: properly vent the flexible holding tank and rewire the shore power harness (currently using Romex house solid copper wire -- I do NOT use the shore power. Ever.)
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I caulked the underside of the rubrail.

I clocked all of the screws. No one is ever going to notice, and it doesn't make the boat better or worse, I just think it finishes a job off.
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When you really think about it, most everything that people notice on a boat is going to either be purely cosmetic, things like brightwork and paint or things that you buy. Like new ports or new sails or the new radar.
Much of the real, important work is going to be stuff that hardly anybody will ever notice. Things like new chainplates or a new mast step or rewiring a running light.
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I removed, ground, polished, inspected, and rebedded each of my 12 chainplates.

Nobody will notice, Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Amen. In our 5 years of ownership, the list is running toward 100 items, only about 10 of which are visible. Easily the most un-visible job that I did was to strip 20 years of bottom paint to the gel coat, fair the keel and rudder, then repaint with Hydrocoat.
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I removed, ground, polished, inspected, and rebedded each of my 12 chainplates.

Nobody will notice, Take care and joy, Aythya crew
Well I noticed that you didn't line up the slots in the screw heads you slacker.
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Soo many but lap fitting a prop to a shaft is one..



Re-bedding deck hardware:


Cleaning, pressure testing and re-finishing the heat exchanger:


Re-building the raw water pump:


Using solid fiberglass backing blocks for the seacocks rather than wood:


Flushing & cleaning the cooling system with Rydlyme:


Having the coupling fitted & faced to the shaft:



Wiring is labeled:


Connections are adhesive lined heat shrink/crimp terminals all rings no spades:


All wire is Berkshire UL1426 tinned marine grade:


Hose clamps are AWAB non-perforated 316SS or T-Band:

You had to ask....
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Maine,

Did you go to that obsolete post to figure out whether to crimp or solder?

Nice Job!
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So many... You had to ask....
Just looking at the pictures wears me out.
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