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Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Your system is very slick WindyWay but I do have a question for how you prevent the mast from swinging side to side as it comes up? In any case, there is certainly more than one way to skin a cat and while mine is not optimal it gets the job done safely. I would like to do something similar to yours but it's a case of picking and choosing my efforts at this point...

Anyway, here are some pics of the day.

Preparing to dunk it.



Was under just the main for a while but went up to put a head sail on.



Close-hauled (ignore the dirty sails)



Headed back I got the wing on wing going



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Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

"...how you prevent the mast from swinging side to side as it comes up?"

I have a remote for the electric winch that raises the mast. I just stand at the base of the mast, push the button, and hold on to the mast while raising. The sidestays used to always tangle up as well but since I put 3 stainless chain links on the chain plate it's never done it again. (those pictures are under the mod thread). Your pictures are calling me to launch as well. I'm just too busy lately!
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Got out for a bit again Sunday. Wind didn't want to cooperate but I motor sailed and just plain motored and let the auto pilot take charge.

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Also installed a 5w solar panel next to the mast step and put the lifelines back on. One of the POs had take then off and installed cleats. And the aforementioned auto pilot which I loved.


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Posted some pics of sailing on Pamlico Bay here.

Where would you cruise to from NC for a week?
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Redid the v berth cushions. Made them shorter and went back to the original layout so I could use the porta potty. They were too tall and really firm so it made it tough for me to climb in and out at 6'3"

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




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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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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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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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