Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: central virginia
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Re: Ana Capri or Anacapri?
Here are a couple of images of the forward hatch. A trapezoid teak frame with plexi plate. I replaced the original hinges with standard hatch hinges from Jamestown Dist. Note the big rubber bumpers to keep the boys from dropping the hatch and destroying things.
The stern rail is homebrew. Formed with stainless rail and a standard conduit bender. I wanted it low enough to be a good backrest when lounging in the cockpit. It is easy to crawl into the transom area under the cockpit at the back of the boat to install backing blocks and thrubolts, so it is satisfying sturdy.
Rudder is original. It has two holes to match the two holes in the stainless rudderstock end. One for a stainless thrubolt and one for a wooden shear pin. Normally, I leave it this way so it won't fold in heavy weather. When I know I'm in shallow water, I remove the wooden pin and tighten the stainless bolt. That way it will kick up easy....and if really gunkholing I can stand on the motor mount, dip my foot under the rudder, and hinge it up manually if needed. I never needed to rig an uphaul for this.
Yes, simple single speed winches. Not really needed for most daysailing, I usually just use two camcleats on the cabin top for the working jib. In a breeze with the big genoa the winches are pretty necessary. I'll have to check the brand.
I'll be on the road for the next week or so, will take some detailed photos when I get back. I just painted the interior overhead with white enamel, it was old and stained, and I got a cool small kerosene lamp to hang. I've got full remote controls on the Johnson 9.9 sailmaster, which makes life easy, but need to service the cables for easy shifting. Mounted a small solar panel on the small aft deck, I often sail back into the slip so the motor never seems to run enough to keep the battery topped off.
Yes, there is always something to do. But usually just a little at a time and I can usually stay ahead and my wife doesn't holler. Hmmmm - Now, about that worn-out mainsail.....
I hope that once you get yours in shape, you can also get past the hole-in-the-water stage and have a good, solid boat.
I've considered replacing this boat many times over the years. But it is so tough and reliable, it performs plenty good for my taste, it has a huge cockpit and a generous cabin (due to the flush deck forward, like a chrysler 22, there is one in my marina, I can whup him), with the stub keel it sails with the board up (though it won't point as high). So I always talk myself out of it. One the boys are gone I may move up to a diesel inboard, but not yet.
Will post more photos when I get back. We're coming into the best sailing time here, cool days with warm sun and stiff fall breezes.