Did a few boat projects today. Mainly I worked on the outboard. Got to start it for the first time. I had a lot of broken parts that needed replacing and I have most of them. I'm still waiting on a couple more to make it complete. However I got it to run, and it purrs like a kitten. I don't think this engine has ran more than a few hours in it's life. Started right up and once it warmed up idled smooth. I'm gonna enjoy that. From there my attention turned to the boat itself.
For starters I set up my mast crutch. I then removed the boom and set that inside for storage and from there I lowered the mast. My homemade crutch works beautifully. I've even got a couple of pictures to share as well. Sorry if they turned sideways. Don't know how to fix that. The crutch is made mostly from scrap that I had laying about. All I really needed was a roller. That makes moving the mast forward and back much easier. I have several coats of paint and clearcoat on it to seal it up. My next project is the windows.
I just happened to have quite a bit of 1/4" clear plexiglass. Scraps from something or other. I don't remember. It's still good and not a sign of crazing. So I'm hoping to be replacing the windows tomorrow if the weather allows. The current ones leak, one's cracked but the other is in good shape. I'm going to use the good one as a guide for how I'll cut the new pair. I may increase the size a bit. Before tackling this I did a fair bit of reading. I read that Dowsil 795 was the go to adhesive to use as it'll stick to both the glass and the fiberglass without either being eaten or eating either surface. Chemical are fun, aren't they?
Anyways, once I get the windows replaced I'm planning on fabricating a mast raising system. Then I'll move on to getting my boat itself ready to come off the trailer. I'm thinking of putting it in a marina for a week or two while I work on the trailer. I'm going to replace the bunks and possibly repaint it. I was also thinking of doing some basic modifications including a step or two on the front and maybe those pole things you use to guide the boat on. Once I get that taken care of then I can focus on what I need to do to make it safe and easier to sail.
Oh, I'm also going to make a pigtail for the boom I think. If anyone has a picture of one or know where I can see one That'd be a big help. Eventually I'd like to set this up with a simple boom tent to give me extra room inside while sail camping.
I really appreciate all the advise y'all have been giving. I'm so glad I found this place. If I ever get a chance to meet y'all I'd like to buy you a beer or the like.