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post #11 of 51 Old 02-04-2012
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Any More Mod's Out There???

Come on guys & gals let's see your stuff! I need some more ideas!
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I have just ripped out the headlining as it had holes all over the place and scruffy marks. Found lots of the deck hardware bolts were loose and letting water in. After tighenening everything up i sprayed the underside with flex seal.
Just replaced the liner with a nice blue color liner. Had new marine vinyl cushions made in ivory, using some leftover vinyl to trim the edges. Stained the woodwork up a cherry chestnut color and varnished. Customised a 100 dollar bimini to stand just 2 inches under the boom so i can actually stand up when its up. Started to take out the windows to re-seal them, but after the first one was jammed in solid i changed my mind and sealed them in place instead. Installed a 4 speaker digital sound system and a solar panel. Removed all the teak wood from the outside of the boat , rubbed it down stained it and re varnished it. Made new entrance panels.
I have a few more bits to do then ill take pictures.
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Geez windyway! I gotta come see your boat this summer!
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Geez windyway! I gotta come see your boat this summer!
Anytime just let me know, I'm off work now for the summer. You'll like the aft rail I built.
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Hi I need to remove my keel for repair it's a spirit 6.5 and the top nuts seem to be covered. Any idea how I can remove the keel.
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Hi I need to remove my keel for repair it's a spirit 6.5 and the top nuts seem to be covered. Any idea how I can remove the keel.
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Please start another thread. This one is for mods if you didn't notice.
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... Customised a 100 dollar bimini to stand just 2 inches under the boom so i can actually stand up when its up.
I have a few more bits to do then ill take pictures.
I'm really interested in the bimini; What brand, where did you buy it & how did you mod it?
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And pictures! We want pictures!

Are you a short person? I feel like I would not be able to stand under a bimini that low at 5'12"
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Geez windyway! I gotta come see your boat this summer!
Ha Ha too late! LOL

Anyway I just thought I'd post what I did to the transom of WindyWay. Included is 1) an aft traveller, 2) The stern Pulpit itself. 3) Boarding Ladder, 4) Cup holders, 5) Port & Stbd mounts for the crane, & finally 6) Life ring & support. I may also put in corner seats if I get enthused enough.
All the stainless tubing was from recycled parts from other boats. The top of the aft rail was originally a frame for a bimini top, I lucked out cause it had the exact curvature of the transom. The hand rail for the ladder was part of a diver tank bracket assy. It took MASSIVE amounts of thought to build this I just had too many requirements. A compromise had to be made for the aft traveller, I would have liked it to be longer but the ladder entrance had to go on the port side. The nice thing about the traveller is the original cables that rub on the tiller handle are gone as the traveller is above the tiller...no more interference!
As a side benefit (pun intended) The aft rail allowed a second set of safety lines up on the foredeck. I just wasn't comfortable with kids up there & a large 2ft gap in the lifelines.
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Re: Spirit 23 modifications

This winter's project on the boat is a LEWMAR Concept 1 windlass. All the hardware is purchased, including cockpit & foredeck UP switches, 90A CB, & solenoids. I do still have to buy the 4g wire though. We have loads of room under the fwd berth for the rode, it's just getting it there from where the windlass has to mount. It has to go back about 3 ft & rope doesn't like to slide horizontally on it's own. I either have to get creative with a small motor & 2 pinch type rollers feeding the rope into the under berth storage, or maybe I'll get all chain. The boat is a little aft heavy, so I could use some more weight up front & lower to help with both trailer loading & windward tracking. Anybody got 300 ft of 5/16 ACCO G40 chain for a good price?

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