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06-07-2012 02:03 PM
Re: 1972 O'Day Mariner 19 (or old Rhodes 19)

Well. The Oday is completed to my satisfaction ordered whitecap bow and stern light, worked out the 3 toggle switch panel just needed some sanding out so the contacts were metal to metal, also have a cigarette lighter connection that clips to the bettery terminals to run a 12VDC ocillating fan, and used a 5 light LED stick on inside the center of the cabin overhead which can be directed to different locations or centered. I have an ice box, rigged a 2 gallon tank with new hose to a flipper faucett and found a stainless steel pan which fits the depression for the sink. Have a porta potty, New cabin doors, painted the small cabin floor, all cabin cushions in place, shelving on each side stows lights, tools, TP, fire extinguisher, horn, and a small battery operated Dory light. The center board is solid and working, sails in great shape with sail cover and bags, rigging and mast fine, hull is sound. Mounted a levoguage on the companionway and a small compass that lights up when a button is pushed. Have hand held VHF, can carry a radio/ipod, have anchor and chain road with 150' of 1/2" line. Except for perhaps paint and replacement of the wood where the motor mounts the boat is in outstanding shape for her age. Trailer in good shape, everything works, new wood runners painted with white enamel and covered in black indoor out door carpet, lights work, have two brand new spare tires, hubs greesed, springs with very little rust. Wonderful back up boat, great day sailor with a very large cockpit for her size, sleeps 4. 10" draft makes her an excellent gunk holer or bay sailor. My Morgan 24 can make the barrier islands, so my focus now turns to her. Dolphin is complete, Felicity comes next. Can also carry the spot light at night that plugs into the cigarette lighter, have type 1 throwable device, and life preservers, oars, and extendable gaff. Good to Go. Now I must work of having her formaly registered so she is completely legal again - so one more task. Oh, and I have a line rigged to fly the colors if desired.
05-26-2012 01:05 PM
Re: 1972 O'Day Mariner 19 (or old Rhodes 19)

Added a couple of shots under Felicity on the Gallery, Felicity is my Morgan 24
05-24-2012 11:20 PM
Re: 1972 O'Day Mariner 19 (or old Rhodes 19)

I am pleased with the boat she is back in shape and has everything she is supposed to have now, and it works, my main focus now is the Morgan 24. But there is always more that can be done.
05-15-2012 10:42 PM
Re: 1972 O'Day Mariner 19 (or old Rhodes 19)

Ya know? not sure how I got that into my head she is 19'2" overall of course, She is an Oday Mariner. Perhaps I like to think she is about 21'???
05-15-2012 02:43 PM
Re: 1972 O'Day Mariner 19 (or old Rhodes 19)

One nice thing about smaller boats is they are easier to repair and maintain.
It is heart warming to read how you are taking care of both of your old girls (the boat and the wife).
I wish you many happy times ahead with your O'Day/Mariner/Rhodes 19' and crew. A friend of mine had one of these that we sailed on the Chesapeake.

What confused me is that you mentioned that the boat was 21'.
05-15-2012 12:58 AM
Re: 1972 O'Day Mariner 19 (or old Rhodes 19)

Oh, forgot - went to build a and designed a near exact copy of the Oday logo with the little blue triangle and all and under it centered Mariner it will come on a glossy bumpersticker I can cut off the excess and have two decals to replace the long gone Oday Mariner name plates that used to be on each sided of the cabin. that site is becoming a favorite with me 5.98 for both stickers and should last several years.
05-15-2012 12:09 AM
Re: 1972 O'Day Mariner 19 (or old Rhodes 19)

Launched the boat tonight, the running lights did not work, wonder if the battery was low, it is old, or is there is an issue with the mast - but no hot wires. I put a lanteren on the stern, raised the main, and in a very light evening air ran before the wind down to my dock, lowered the centerboard along the way and was over joyed to hear that hum, I know it is best to have it raised when running but wanted to check it out - workes fine! There was a small trickle in the port throughull fitting of the cockpit drain, I gingerly tightened it up with a pair of plyers did not want to cause a big problem were something catestrophic to occur. checked the bottom of the boat after an hour just about a quarter cup of water, will try some putty, and address this when the boat is out of the water again probably next week - the hull is not bottom painted. This compact little 21 footer is a joy to sail when everything works. Sails are a little dirty but still crisp. What a joy to be fully under the power of sail with no motor on the boat at all on a calm night. Should have some fun tomorrow! Have not had her in the water in about 5 years - 5 years!
life is so short why didn't I assess the centerboard long ago, now my wife's alzheimers is advanced, yet she wants to sail, I remember how we sailed all over Pensacola bay in this little boat I called the Dolphin (not creative at all for a name) in the early 90's when we were still newly weds, before we had children - sad to see where we are now, her mind failing and my heart breaking. She has her doctorate and taught nursing for years. Working on the boat is therapy for me. I learned to sail in high school at Cocoa Beach on the Banana River in an american Fiberglass Kingfisher, then Dad bought a Morgan 22 a very nice boat, I have always loved sailing but let things get in my way. Not any more. We are going to enjoy the time we have left.
05-14-2012 08:01 PM
Re: 1972 O'Day Mariner 19 (or old Rhodes 19)

Just ordered the Whale flipper MK4 Faucet to cover the hole that has been there next to the sink since 1991 when I purchased the boat, have been musing over painting the interior with a white enamel gloss except where the laminated fiberglass is, and the hull, topsides are really fine, I mean the boat is in pretty good shape for a 40 year old boat, that is the benefit of having the boat on a trailor most of the time. I will carry my little speaker that plugs into my Ipod for music, be able to releive myself, and to wash my hands or get some water. little things that make sailing better and more enjoyable. I am going to purchase about 5' of 1/2" tubing and connect it to a 5 gallon plastic water container, the water will add ballast and I can lift it out and empty it when the sail is over to keep the tank good for drinking water. The Johnson Sailmaster 9.9 will not fire up, the electric start turns the motor over, gas is spilling out of the carburetor, filter and plugs are clean. can't figure it out will have to wait for a pro, probably something simple?
05-11-2012 08:22 PM
Re: 1972 O'Day Mariner 19 (or old Rhodes 19)

I am falling in love with my 1972 O'day Mariner 2+2 all over again. the new companionway doors made out of oak skinned 1/2" Plywood and used an aluminum eaves vent with a screen backing as the vent, stained it with teak oil looks great and is repelling water. purchased an porta potty as there is supposed to be one on the boat. the running and anchor light work great with vintage toggle switches. Plan to install a new sink faucett and find a plastic or aluminum basin to fit in the depression for the sink, will run tubing to the space behind the porta potty to a disposable water dispenser so that the water can be used to rinse hands, wet a towel, wash out a cup, or get a drink. there is also an ice box and room for 4 to sleep. I installed a 5 light led that is supposed to burn for 100,000 hours to roof just aft of the mast support it rotates and the lense tilts so that the light can be pointed where ever it is needed at night. there are two wood coaming shelves on either side of the cabin. Will install a compass. shaping up this 21' boat has been a snap. I am also looking for a 4.5hp motor which would be perfect. To make it look really good I could paint inside and out, and do some needed maintenance on the centerboard. Great boat, roomy cockpit and is wonderful to sail. I am really thrilled that doing this cost so little.
05-08-2012 09:28 AM
Re: 1972 O'Day Mariner 19 (or old Rhodes 19)

I know very little about electricity but as lighting is extremely basic I traced the bow, stern, and mast lines stripped the leads and used alligator clips to connect the battery to each line after replacing the burned out bow and stern light I was thrilled to see just how easy it is to fix my running lights. I thought I had a short somewhere in the mast line as I burned my finger after disconnecting the anchor light on the mast which lit up! Prior to attempting to take all the bolts out of the mast to remove the wire I tried once more - the leads did not heat up! May have been moisture under the electrical tape, after reconnecting and taping everything I slathered clear seal over the electrical tape. I am repainting the electrical box which was rusted, will then reinstall the vintage 70's toggle switches and will be coast guard compliant. I had to turn the plastic lenses around because over the years the exposed part of the lenses were very brittle and cracked. I used clear epoxy to strengthen and hold them together but the bad side of the lenses are now under the chrome covers which shine like new. New lights like these run about $60 ea for what are probably $20 fixtures!!! New bulbs were under $4.00, and the Expoxy, electrical tape, and clear seal were alot cheaper! Should be good for another year or two. I purchased 1/2" oak skinned plywood and an aluminum vent with a screen behind it and will replace the very worn companionway boards plan to use tongue oil and hope that will help to protect the wood, seal the edges perhaps with a little varnish, would prefer a more natural finish kind of liked oiled teak.
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