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Ran through the electrical and started to clean some stuff up. Added a battery box under the companionway. I decided to keep the weight centered instead of putting it under the vberth where it was originally.

Let there be light!
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Also made a couple of new hatch sliding boards since they were both seriously rotted. I used recycled plastic boards so that won't happen again. Went with grey for a weathered teak look plus it's what I had laying around!

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Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

With the CB panel out you can take apart those switches & clean up the contacts. Mine were pretty rough and intermittent when I did it.
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Got the bulkheads back in and the chain plates attached so now I can raise the mast. Also replaced the plastic cockpit scupper thru hulls since one of them was broken. I went with stainless steel of course.
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Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

your making headway !
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Made up a mast raising system and raised the mast, looks like a sailboat.

You can see its stable enough to pays partway up, had to lower it to adjust the stays. I need to rig a pulley though since it was hard to reach the winch when I was starting out.
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Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Actually got to finally sail it yesterday! Was on a narrow lake simply because I wanted to avoid traffic for my first trip out but that also made for somewhat fluky winds. Overall, happy with how it sailed but the mainsail is definitely worn (original) so that will be an expense down the road. Didn't try to get the centerboard out, not sure how I will accomplish that but I'm happy enough without dropping the centerboard for now.

Was also happy that I was able to launch it without having to have an extension or anything difficult. I'll post pics at some point.
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Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

congrats on the sail ,my centerboard has been under my carport for a year I need to get around to fixing it and putting it back on .
I had a great sail myself last Thursday .
I have found that having a line on the stern that I can hold the boat straight with the trailer helps with getting the keel in the cattle chute
need to see some pictures of your boat in the water
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Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

very interested in your mast raising rigging, if you could elaborate with more pics?? also anyone else that has such system.

Is this doable with just yourself ??
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Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

I'll try to get some more pics but the gist is a 2x4 with an eye bolt for the jib halyard to attach to, a winch that runs through the 2x4 and connects to the center cleat and the 2x4 sits against the pipe running across in front of the mast step. At the mast step there is a pipe running across that is held at each end by two winch straps. From the end of the pipe are two lines, one that runs to an eye bolt on the 2x4 and one that runs to a ring thing riveted to the mast. Those lines keep both the 2x4 and the mast from moving side to side. You can sort of picture it in the first picture above.

It actually works really well. I need to change a couple things to make it easier to set up, but once it is set up it just cranks the mast up in about a minute. You can stop in any position and move around if you need to get stays untangled or some such. I'm really happy with it.

The biggest change I want to make is to move the mast further down the 2x4 and put a pulley at the top. Right now when the 2x4 is straight up (either starting to raise or almost down) it is pretty hard to turn the pulley handle when it is 7+ feet in the air!

Also the PO had remove the lifeline stanchions previously and put cleats on. The stanchions are actually in a really good location though so when I put them back on I may look at getting rid of the horizontal pipe and connection directly to the stanchion. Position is important because the two smaller lines need to be roughly on an axis of the base of the mast so they maintain tension as the mast comes up.
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Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

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very interested in your mast raising rigging, if you could elaborate with more pics?? also anyone else that has such system.

Is this doable with just yourself ??
I have a mast raising system under the title" Mast Support During Trailering" the raising system is also the supporting system while trailering. It uses no 2X4 & can be done alone with an electric winch that you use while holding / supporting the mast while raising & lowering. I've used this system for 2 years now in total safety with NO hassles at all. Instructions are also under that title. If there is a down side to this system, it's the boat has to be on the trailer to use, but I've never had to raise / lower the mast anywhere else.

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