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08-05-2013 01:09 PM
rhr1956
Re: Pearson 26 mast support

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Originally Posted by bblument View Post
Just following up. I've got the whole thing taken care of. New laminated white oak beam, new white oak compression strips, new russian birch plywood bulkheads (edges sealed w/ epoxy, faces with 7 coats of spar varnish), new mast wiring, holes through deck for wiring and mast step bolts lined w/ epoxy and chamfered, mast step plates sealed w/ 4200, mast completely rewired, gooseneck for the wires made from bicycle innertube attached to riser on mast step to prevent water from even reaching the wiring passageway in the step and deck... came out great! I have mast lights! A strong, solid support for the mast! An attractive cabin (well, at least this part!). Thanks to everyone for all of your great help. I've attached a pic. Still a few trim pieces I'd like to add to cover the small spaces between the bulkheads and compression posts, but not bad if I do say so myself.

Best to all..

Barry
Good job. Lot of work but looks well done.
08-04-2013 11:49 AM
bblument
Re: Pearson 26 mast support

Just following up. I've got the whole thing taken care of. New laminated white oak beam, new white oak compression strips, new russian birch plywood bulkheads (edges sealed w/ epoxy, faces with 7 coats of spar varnish), new mast wiring, holes through deck for wiring and mast step bolts lined w/ epoxy and chamfered, mast step plates sealed w/ 4200, mast completely rewired, gooseneck for the wires made from bicycle innertube attached to riser on mast step to prevent water from even reaching the wiring passageway in the step and deck... came out great! I have mast lights! A strong, solid support for the mast! An attractive cabin (well, at least this part!). Thanks to everyone for all of your great help. I've attached a pic. Still a few trim pieces I'd like to add to cover the small spaces between the bulkheads and compression posts, but not bad if I do say so myself.

Best to all..

Barry
08-01-2013 12:15 PM
papalearn
Re: Pearson 26 mast support

Hi I am a new pearson 26 owner and in march I replaced my mast support beam. I too had the door replaced with a curtain but I did get the old solid door . I used solid white oak for the new support. The local marina when they rewired the mast drilled in to the side of the support and put a s/steel pipe in the support and the previous owner had injected large amounts of epoxy into the support to fix the rot.
05-31-2013 11:46 AM
TQA
Re: Pearson 26 mast support

If you have not already found it there is a Plastic Classic Forum here Plastic Classic Forum ? Index page

A wealth of useful info including much on the early Pearsons.
05-30-2013 06:09 PM
dbruce85
Re: Pearson 26 mast support

I believe it is a common problem on the P26 ( still miss mine, she was an incredable sailing boat).
Mine was replaced before I had bought her, I believe it was replaced with solid maple.
Enjoy your boat!
05-30-2013 10:09 AM
karlos
Re: Pearson 26 mast support

Hi got some pictures but don't seem to be able to send through sailnet.If you have a email I could send them to I could do that.I don't know how much good they will do you. Karl
05-20-2013 06:07 PM
bblument
Re: Pearson 26 mast support

RHR...

Perfect! That concise, clear list lets me know exactly what I have to do; exactly what I was hoping to find. I can't thank you enough.

Barry
05-20-2013 01:47 PM
rhr1956
Re: Pearson 26 mast support

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Originally Posted by bblument View Post
Hello, all...

Well, the saga continues.. just when I thought I was almost done working/renovating my new-to-me 1972 P26 and could actually launch and start learning to sail....

After a couple generally enjoyable weekends of fixing seams, cracks, and a slightly pitted keel, then bottom painting, compounding and waxing the topsides, rebuilding the bottom half of the 8hp sailmaster, cleaning, etc., I packed up my gear and prepared to start the 90 minute journey home again over the road. Before I left, something I had been chewing on over the past few months since I bought the bought made me go back inside the boat and check something.

What was that, you might ask? ...

Well, the previous owner had replaced the stock door to the head and v-berth area with an accordian-fold fabric curtain. That always bothered me; why do that? It affords less privacy, and, at least to my eyes, doesn't look near as nice as the stock door does in pictures of other boats I've seen. The only thing I could figure was it gave him easier access to the hanging locker, or maybe he thought it made the cabin look roomier. OR... and this is what started bothering me recently... maybe the door stuck and, instead of fixing the problem, he just took it out and threw up a curtain.

Turns out the answer was ... (DING)... the latter. The crossbeam is completely rotted; a 3" pocket knife went in up to the hilt w/ almost no pressure. There's a hole drilled right where the rot is the worst and a thick wire is routed through it; I think it's the antenna wire. That may be the original cause.. who knows.

Does anyone have an experience with this repair on a P26? The vertical posts on either side of the crossbeam seem to be solid, but do not appear to be anchored onto the sole in any way. To my admittedly non-engineer eyeballs, the would seem to be very structural in purpose, are they not?

Any pics this part of a p26 in good condition available anywhere? I've searched quite a bit.. hours and hours.. trying to find specific information about this problem. Dan Pfeiffer's site, this community, Cruisersforum, sailboatowners, Don Casey's books, and Google in general, but am striking out.


Any and all advice, ideas, and offers to help would be gratefully and greatly welcomed. Experienced craftsmen in the upstate NY area willing to do or help with the work would be cheerfully financially compensated

Best to all,

Barry
Barry,
I just replaced a bulkhead in my P26. I had to:
Remove mast.
Remove bungs in compression posts to expose philips screw heads that attach the posts to the header beam.
Remove inspection port covers (one on starboard settee, one on raised pedestal for head) to access nuts for the bolts that secure the compression posts down low.
Remove screws attaching posts to bulkheads.
Remove posts (big rubber hammer) with some effort.
Remove two lag bolts from mast step.
Header beam falls on floor.

Remove the old wood veneer wrap from the header beam. I did this with a putty knife.
You will be able to count the layers of marine plywood.
Make up a new blank by layering the same number of 1/2" plywood. Epoxy them together to make your new blank.
Trace the original header beams profile onto the new blank.
Band saw the blank to the rough shape and finish shaping with a belt sander. If you don't have a big bandsaw you could do all the shaping with a belt sander but it would take a while.
Wrap it in a new veneer (I used the preglued iron on veneer from Lowes) and reassemble in reverse order.
05-20-2013 01:23 PM
bblument
Re: Pearson 26 mast support

Karlos, thanks so much. Is your boat anywhere near Rouses Point? I used to get over to Plattsburg fairly frequently when I worked in Lake Placid, NY back in the 80s. My meager claim to 15 minutes of "fame" ... I was the concertmaster (1st chair first violinist) of the 1980 Olympic orchestra. I enjoyed Placid so much that I made it my home and worked as a musician in town until 1984. Anyway, any pics you don't mind taking would be a tremendous help.

Paul, thank YOU very much, too. Your description of the steps to take was very helpful, and the deck hardware bedding link was great.. exactly the specific, step-by-step descriptions for a neophyte like me to get the job done well. MOST appreciated.

Barry
05-20-2013 07:32 AM
karlos
Re: Pearson 26 mast support

Hi thanks for the reply.I will be going down to my boat for thursday and will get some pics for you.My boat is a hour away on lake champlain upper New York but I live on the canadian side. Karl.
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