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06-13-2016 09:52 AM
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Looking good!

You should put in the description Spirit 23 sailboat to make your videos easy to find for us Youtubers.
06-10-2016 12:30 PM
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

A couple videos from our sail to Ocracoke. You can see the lines led back tha ti installed, not sure I mentioned that in this thread yet.

We had a great beam reach sail from Oriental, NC to Ocracoke and enjoyed some great days out there. Unfortunately, typical winds coming back are dead on the nose from Oriental. So considering it is 40nm across open water with zero spots to bail out, you are either in a 20 hour day tacking into the wind or you motor it. So the first video is our great sail out, averaged 5 knots in a 23 foot boat on a beautiful beam reach in 15-17 mph winds.

The second is the much less fun pounding directly into the steep chop on Pamlico for 9 hours. And yes I know these are only 2-3 foot waves, but they are like 8 feet apart and steep. Nothing dangerous just tiring.

Anyone know how to embed videos on here?
06-09-2016 11:56 AM
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

I added about 12 lbs of lead. Plain plywood would just float. Is it is mine needs a little coaxing to get it to go down (pushing the cable down the tube) and really needs about another 4-5 lbs to really sink and pull the board down.
06-06-2016 09:18 AM
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Good question Jeff. I am likely going to have to rebuild mine when I haul Zippey out this week. Last time I rebuilt it I only used plywood with no weight in it. My understanding is that most of the weight is in the partial keel and the centerboard is mostly for lateral motion resistance. If that is correct then any weight in the centerboard will further stabilize the boat, but may not be necessary for general cruising conditions.
06-03-2016 06:03 AM
Jeff Wigzell
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

What should the overall weight of the centerboard be? Did you glass over the wood?

quote from page 4

--And on a finaly note, I had to plane 1/16 off of my centerboard and added another 5lbs of lead weight at the bottom. There was one bump in the keel cavity that caused it to bind a bit and I wanted to add some more weight anyway. ---
05-29-2016 09:11 AM
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

So it looks like rain for our trip so I added a bimini top, got it from Amazon for $104 shipped. Had to cut it down quite a bit, it was 46", cut it down to about 33 to fit under the boom so I could use it while sailing.

Oh, and I finally cleaned the top sides!

Link to the bimini (associate link): Best Choice Products SKY1161 6' 600D UV Waterproof Top 3 Bow Bimini Boat Cover with Storage Case: Automotive

05-23-2016 12:39 PM
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Your updates are making me restless to get my own boat out of the water and start on her projects! Waiting on the boatyard since I do not have any land to do the work on myself :S
05-23-2016 12:33 PM
Added a pop top tent. Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

I went ahead and whipped up a basic pop top tent for a little privacy at rest. This is just something i hacked together to get a pattern for when I build a real one from sunbrella with windows and what not.

You can also see the front hatch which I think came out really good.

05-20-2016 12:00 PM
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

That looks great!
05-19-2016 01:14 PM
Refurnishing Front Hatch RE: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC:

The front hatch on our boats is a strong plastic of some variety, not acrylic or lexan. I was lucky in that my front hatch was not badly damaged, just some cracks along the back edge, but a ton of crazing. It was actually pretty solid since i did manage to step on it a few times.

So I figured it couldn't hurt to try to pretty it up now that the windows look so good!. I epoxied the cracks in the back and then brushed the whole top of it with a couple layers of thinned epoxy to fill the cracks and crazing in it. Then covered it with about 10 coats of a semi gloss spar varnish.

The second image is just to show that it is still translucent, never be clear with all the crazing and such.

Overall really happy with it and I think it should hold up pretty well. I will probably make a cover for it for when it is stored just to keep the varnish fresh. Time will tell how it holds up.
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