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10-03-2014 09:07 AM
Southron Spirit
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

do you have the cattle chute boards on each side of your keel on the trailer ?
it helps with loading . also i run a line from the stern to the dock to keep the boat lined up with the chute.
09-26-2014 11:04 AM
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Well, unfortunately the pulley is in and I didn't get enough pictures. I ended up not putting the second nit windy way describes to meet the cable Inlet and just used the one on the top to hold things. The board is 48" long from top of circle end to tip, 15.5 inches wide and 1 15/16 thick (original was 1 7/8). The tip at the end is back about 4 inches. I actually think I could have added another couple inches but I wanted to make sure it fit rather than have to cut and down and essay it, etc. I added a stainless tube piece I cut to protect the pointy end.

With a little fairing compound

Other side, not so faired and a pic of the steel protector.

And this is just a bracket and roller I fabricated to support the front of the boat, take some load off the winch post and hopefully make it a little easier to get the boat loaded. I also replaced the tongue on the trailer since the old one was severely and dangerously rotted.

09-12-2014 11:32 PM
Southron Spirit
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

check your messages please
take lots of pictures of the install of the pulley and the lenth of the swing keel
09-12-2014 09:05 AM
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Started working on replacing the centerboard. Built a cable mod similar to what windway did. Built up a centerboard out of strips of some really nice new zealand douglas fir they had at lowes and planed it down. I have the cable fixed and in place but still working on glassing the board in.

I am a little embarassed at the weld shown, worst one and I did go back and redo this one. My welder (and me!) struggle with stainless plus I am pretty badly out of practice.

Board in the process of planing. Not entirely necessary to make a centerboard this shape since a flat plate will work just as well, but it is pretty! A rudder is more important since the angle of attack is greater so makes a much more responsive helm. Next project!

11-19-2013 10:09 AM
Southron Spirit
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

great job , keep the pics coming
11-11-2013 06:51 PM
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Got the table finished and installed.

Also got a great score from a guy that was demoing a cabin cruiser at a local marina. Was able to chop out the stove and sink. Still need to get a faucet and redo the thru hull but the stove was a Kenyon un-pressurized alcohol stove that had probably never been used. Worked great! Set it up to lull out from underneath the companionway although I need to get it to go a little further back. For some reason the panel along the back is at an angle and doesn't go straight across. The picture is with it about halfway back, it did go further.

The box and supports are a basic mockup to get dimensions and also because I was in a rush to get it in before the weekend! I'll redo it and make it purty this winter.

And put it all together and you get to eat well and keep your company happy!

11-04-2013 12:39 AM
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Nice work on the ice chest! I was going to just do steps from the companion way to the inside sole. And have room for an ice chest behind it. But this is much better as you don't have to reach around the steps to get anything out of the ice chest

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11-03-2013 10:15 PM
'81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Took a strip of some plastic lumber I had around and ripped it to width to fill the ruler section on my igloo marine cooler. This made it flatter, gave better traction and stiffened the top a bit as well. I also added a step I salvaged off another boat which I cut down to one step add screwed the brackets to the front if the cooler with a little expoxy. This just makes the step easier for shorter people, mainly kids, dogs and my girlfriend!

Also working on a table since mine was missing. Got two 15x36 aspen panels for $15 each and a 1x4 for the legs. Need to order the hinges but I'll just have the one side for now. I also cut a new panel fir the floor from some marine plywood I salvaged and routed the bottom to allow water to drain into the bilge.

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11-02-2013 08:18 PM
'81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Replaced my companionway boards today. Lowes carries a plastic board now that is 11 inches wide and only 5/8 inch thick so it fit really well. The board was $30. The downside is they are a little heavy, but I plan to put some spare smoked acrylic in the middle one and a vent on the top one so that should help. The bottom one probably won't come out much.



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10-14-2013 05:58 PM
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Also got my centerboard out. Looks like I'll be rebuilding it since none of this is salvageable.

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