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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!

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Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

great job , keep the pics coming

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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!

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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

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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.


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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.

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So when I replaced the bulkheads I used regular plywood thinking I could seal it will enough. The chain plates are really hard to seal in my opinion, I feel like once you tension and untension the side stays the chainplate moves up and down breaking the seal and letting leaks in Well turns out I couldn't. I decided to redo it with starboard; doesn't look nearly as good, but it was quick and easy to replace and won't ever rot. It also does lighten up the cabin a bit I think. Gotta love not having to seal, stain, varnish wood!

Here is the old piece, you can see some pretty heavy rot:



Here is the new piece in the boat (ignore the mess). You can also see the carpet I put on the sides.



And finally I gave up on getting the old super cracked window frames to seal. If you can sense a theme here, it rained pretty hard on the last long weekend I took with the admiral so trying to make sure it doesn't happen again! So here is the 1/4 inch smoked acrylic cut in shape and the inside edge painted black with exhaust paint to hide the silicon and tape that will hold it on. Using a metod outlined somewhere else on this site, will link later.



And on a finaly note, I had to plane 1/16 off of my centerboard and added another 5lbs of lead weight at the bottom. There was one bump in the keel cavity that caused it to bind a bit and I wanted to add some more weight anyway.



So remeasuring the centerboard it is now back to the original 1 7/8 width (47mm)

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Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

That starboard looks great! I got my first experience with that stuff this past weekend. It is amazing.

Do you have the measurements and a diagram on how your final centerboard will be done? How much weight are you putting into it?
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Got the pop top working. I had to move the bracket a bit on the front of the hatch and drill a new hole in the sliding bit in the mast to get it to line up right. Partly because the PO had added a mast step to raise the mast and i added a sail track lock for a little extra security. Essentially it hooks up to the mast and slides up. The base also doubles as the place to hook the boom vang. Which puts pressure on the hatch dogs when using the vang but I feel it is manageable. The advantage is you can use the vang to lift the front of the hatch. I haven't quite figured out the attachment for the vang at the gooseneck but it shouldn't be too hard.



Speaking of, anyone know where to find these hatch dogs? one of mine is broken. Catalina has some at $40 apiece (huh?!) which i thought was bad until I actualyl found the perko ones which are $60-72 apiece. For a little latch thing.

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Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

That is really cool. A bit jealous my boat does not have that now
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