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s/v Merihiisi is afloat, finally....

This is a fantastically beautiful view:



Why? Because there is no longer an enclosure containing a boat



which means means the winter-long refit is over, and s/v Merihiisi is afloat!



Aside from various miscellaneous cleaning, fixing, tweaking and assorted gear improvements, the major items include:

Sodablasting of hull, new barrier coat and bottom paint. Removal of and patching of 8 through hulls.
Refurbishment and reinstallation of two Blakes seacocks (33 years old and still fully fit for service, gotta love 'em).
Polished and waxed bronze prop.
Moved cockpit drains to exit at stern. Added seacocks to all above water through hulls.
New bilge pumps, float switches, and hoses (2x electric + 2x manual). High water alarm in bilge.
Removal of all original interior linings and addition of 2cm of insulation throughout (this IS the northern Baltic ;-)
New diesel forced air heater with air ducts throughout boat.
New cooker and fridge in galley, w/ seawater pump/faucett to galley sink.
Refurbishment and rewiring of both masts and coversion of all lights to LED.
Mast steps installed to main mast.
New standing and running rigging throughout (woohoo!)
Replacement of all 12V wiring, new house and starter batteries, charger, monitor.
New anode and through hull mounting bolts.
New instruments (log, depth, wind), chartplotter, VHF w/AIS, HF/SSB, autopilot.
Cleaned, derusted, primed, painted and rewired engine. New engine bay insulation.
New self-built fluid-separating composting head.
Steam cleaned freshwater holding tank. New freshwater hoses. Carbon filter added inline to galley pump.
New gray water holding tank and pump out. Sink drains run to grey water tank.

Still lots of cosmetic issues to address (deck nonskid, rebed deck hardware, refurbish/rebed ports/windows, interior panelling, teak work, canvas work, clean sails, etc.) which I'll do at my leisure over the summer, or leave until the next winter haul out.

Now to get her gear sorted out, the sails on, and go SAILING!!! ;-)


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Very cool, we've got a few things in common.

I lived in Westend for three years ('56 to '59) and loved living in Finland. We had a '23 wooden sloop, sort of like a Folkboat but smaller. I learned to sail in Newport, RI but really got the "hands on" in Finland with that little boat. Sailed just about every day in the summer.



Also owned a Westerly Padgent for 10 years here in Florida. We always felt comfortable in that boat, no matter what the weather. We've got a 28' Morgan now but inside she's got less room than the Westerly.

My short stay in Finland changed my life. I learned about Sisu, Sauna and Women in Finland. I also caught a disease, I call it the Motorcycle Disease. It started with a scooter .............

Very impressive re-fit, that boat's ready for just about anything. Enjoy your "new" boat and the comming Finnish summer. Do they still use that basket on a stick system of channel markers? Never could figure them out ......

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Very cool, we've got a few things in common.
Even a few more things than you mention, as I was born in Florida (Ft. Lauderdale) ;-)

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I lived in Westend for three years ('56 to '59) and loved living in Finland.
Merihiisi is berthed in Suvisaaristo, just a stones throw from Westend (if you have a good throwing arm)

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We had a '23 wooden sloop, sort of like a Folkboat but smaller. I learned to sail in Newport, RI but really got the "hands on" in Finland with that little boat. Sailed just about every day in the summer.

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Also owned a Westerly Padgent for 10 years here in Florida. We always felt comfortable in that boat, no matter what the weather. We've got a 28' Morgan now but inside she's got less room than the Westerly.
One of the things I was repeatedly impressed with, and quite happy about, as I went about the refit was the construction. These 70-80's era Westerlies are built like tanks. New boats just can't compare, at least not without becoming horrendously expensive. Robust, to say the least.
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My short stay in Finland changed my life. I learned about Sisu, Sauna and Women in Finland. I also caught a disease, I call it the Motorcycle Disease. It started with a scooter .............
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Very impressive re-fit, that boat's ready for just about anything. Enjoy your "new" boat and the comming Finnish summer. Do they still use that basket on a stick system of channel markers? Never could figure them out ......
Fortunately, buoyage is now standardized, so no baskets on sticks.

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Looks like new . Congratulations!

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She's a nice looking boat, I will tell you that much.
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Looks absolutely beautiful!
I would really like to hear more about that self-designed/built urine separating composting head you referred to! We're about to take the leap on a commercially built unit (Air-head) but am fascinated with the aspect of building one myself to better fit the available space and eliminate the excessive hight of the commercial units.

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Must feel great to get to this stage! Nicely done....

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Looks absolutely beautiful!
I would really like to hear more about that self-designed/built urine separating composting head you referred to! We're about to take the leap on a commercially built unit (Air-head) but am fascinated with the aspect of building one myself to better fit the available space and eliminate the excessive hight of the commercial units.

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C.f. Privy 500 - Upgrade your outhouse

Add a fairly airtight container to house the bucket, with air circulation. I use a small computer fan connected to an auxiliary house battery, run 24/7, where the battery is kept topped up by a solar panel -- though many folks use a Nicro day/night solar vent. Pretty simple, really.

A second bucket with tight fitting lid provides a means to rotate the composting waste prior to disposal, since once a bucket is full, it still needs a month or two to fully compost.

For the enclosure, I went with a teak box intended for a hallway or similar, to match the teak already in the head, something close to the following:



to which I added boards internally to make it relatively airtight. You can of course just build a simple wooden enclosure for the bucket.

I reused the toilet seat from the Lavac toilet I removed.

Even with the teak box and ready-made separating insert, the cost is *alot* cheaper than the ready made Airhead or Nature's Head toilets (not to say they aren't quality products, etc.). If you have the time and are handy, you can get an equivalent solution for a fraction of the cost.

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Even a few more things than you mention, as I was born in Florida (Ft. Lauderdale) ;-)
Is your family from Finland? I understand there is a rather large Finnish community in the Ft. Lauderdale area.

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They had this system of baskets on sticks. The baskets could face up or down, could be one or several per stick and offered many different configurations, never could figure them out. Kept me sailing close to home ......

Hope you are enjoying the fruits of your labor and starting your Baltic summer cruise.

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Is your family from Finland? I understand there is a rather large Finnish community in the Ft. Lauderdale area.
Family isn't from Finland. Met a Finnish girl when in England for a few years.
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They had this system of baskets on sticks. The baskets could face up or down, could be one or several per stick and offered many different configurations, never could figure them out. Kept me sailing close to home ......

Hope you are enjoying the fruits of your labor and starting your Baltic summer cruise.

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First major trip coming up over midsummer's eve. Getting the last bit of gear sorted out and will be taking her out for a shakedown cruise next week. It will be SOOOO good to be underway again after the long winter.

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