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Love a good boat chore day

So, I can't get my boat out because of the rain. My yard's too wet from all the rain and I don't want to leave ruts in my yard pulling the boat out. At any rate this was a beautiful weekend. I couldn't just waste it so I got to work. I fabricated a mast raising system that at most has cost me $20. I did that on Saturday. I have a couple of adjustments to do to make it work right but I need the boat up by the house in order to do that. After that I started digging around in the boat taking assessment of everything inside.
I found some bumpers, a swim ladder, and lots of various lines. However, I found something very interesting. The old boy I got it off of seemed to be thinking the same thing I was about running the lines to the cockpit. Back in the aft under the cockpit I found a bag. Inside was a pair of blocks for a deck organizer, and a pair of deck mounted pulleys to turn the lines aft. They work perfect with my cam cleats. So Sunday I installed them. LUCKY!!!! All I've left to do is run my new halyards and I'll be set.
Hopefully this next weekend if I'm not stuck I can take it out sailing again. If I'm still stuck then it's more boat chores. I'm rewiring it as I don't like the hack job that was in it. I've never see so much bare wire put together so haphazardly in a wet environment before. Gonna add a battery kill switch on the back wall next to the keel winch. I think that'd be a good idea. Also going to add a fire extinguisher. Need to get it refilled. Accidentally set it off.....
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Re: Love a good boat chore day

It is good to love boat work as it's a steady part of boat ownership.

When I first owned my boat, I wanted to be sailing all of the time. I felt like the boat work interfered with the sailing. It finally occurred to me that boat work will take as long as it does and I should enjoy it. I was still on the boat. I was still spending time with my SO. Once I learned this, I learned to love boat work. Glad you already know this.
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Re: Love a good boat chore day

Just an update cause I'm still stuck inside this weekend too. I wasn't able to go sailing last weekend due to a sever lack of wind. otherwise it was a beautiful day. Instead I spent all weekend fooling around with that boat. I rewired it from end to end. I put in new tinned marine grade wire. Changed all the lights out for LED versions. I'll be adding another interior light as I have a spare one. And all I have left electrical wise is installing the battery cut off switch, battery, and securing the wires back out of the way.
I then got to work on the trailer. I took a pair of jack stands and lowered the front of the boat as far as I could. I then stretched a pair of 2x6s across the back with some padding on it. I made sure that it as far forward as I could make it and still be able to work. I then lifted the front of the boat with a floor jack and a large block of cedar. I was able to lift the boat just high enough to get the old bunks out one at a time. From there I put in new bunks made of 2x8x10 treated lumber wrapped in some good carpet. The old bunks were just normal 2x6's. I'll be adding a pair of bunks off to the sides for more stability soon.
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