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crgerardi my boat is like yours & my mast is 310.5"
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Thank you!

Thank you very much! That means they only took one inch off my Mast I think I can deal with that! I appreciate your help!
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Need new rudder...

So, I had a bit of an accident this weekend and my rudder is now non-existent below the waterline.

I have no idea how to get a new rudder, or even where to start. Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance!

BTW, this accident happened on my birthday... too ironic not to mention.
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78 Spirit 23 alive and well on Chesapeake Bay...

hey folks - been lurking a bit and read all the posts I can find on our sweet 23 foot cruisers. This is my 3rd boat and one I searched high and low for. Work done so far to "update" the boat:

1. MOVED the Cabin battery: located in starboard seat next to the BILGE...bad place for a battery!

2. Rewired and Put in new batteries, switches, and Masthead 360 light.

3. REPLACED both cockpit drain hoses! They literally were rotted/cracked and letting water into the boat when she heeled (and one of the drains was under water). Replaced with Heavy Duty Hose w/ Stainless Clamps.

4. Just had bottom painted - including the scraping of barnicles off Fiberglass Swing Keel and the Inner Trunk. If you keep the boat in brackish water make sure you get a coat of paint on the Keel Itself - meaning it needs to be on a lift for 30 minutes at a yard.

I'll get some pics up - have some good shots of the boat on the forklift - etc.

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Spirit 23 Bimini Top

This season the big upgrade is a Bimini Top for the boat.
SIZE: 30"HIGH X 60" LONG X 77" WIDE.
Will post some pics when the unit is installed.
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78 Spirit 23 on Sue Creek off Middle River, MD

Here are some pics of my boat at my's friend's Dad's private dock...

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Boat Name: KISS OF THE WIND (in Italian)

Original 78 Johnson Sailmaster 9.9hp 2-stroke w/ remote kill switch.
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Hope to be out SAILING this weekend! - D
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Battery location

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I'm in the process of rewiring my Spirit 23. Where do you think would be a better location for the battery(s) and what are you using for recharging them?
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Battery location(s)

Hi Chris,

I have a smaller battery mounted inside the port cockpit locker aft above to the motor mount - the 9.9 johnson charges that battery always, and the "Cabin" battery as well when the batt switch is on BOTH.


As for the location of the Cabin battery I made the starboard aft bunk into a place to keep extra equipment, removed some of the cushions, installed two heavy duty handles, and place the battery between them and have bungie cords holding it in place. THis is the battery I periodically will charge with a portable 12v charger - so easy access to it is key.

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Also for camping out on the boat (and my '86 22 foot RV) I have a Yamaha EF1000iS generator: "With this unit Yamaha goes head-to-head against Honda in the small portable generator market. This is a sweet machine that is compact, lightweight and very quiet. MSRP: $829.00." - Camping World
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