Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: New Bern, NC
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Re: PS 34 Haul out Maintenance
Windrunner is reassembled and back in the water. Thank you all for your advice and patience. I learned a bunch about the boat to include:
-With the factory conversion from wheel to tiller the rudder post tube does not extend through to the cockpit. The PO had a linear drive autohelm installed under the deck that required a steering arm to be attached to the rudder post under the deck. So there is a quadrant like assembly and a stuffing box on the rudder shaft.
-Best advice ever was to adjust the stuffing box before installing the quadrant.
-After my thin neighbor was nauseated by heat and being cramped trying to reinstall the quadrant, we looked for other ways of completing the task. We were able to accomplish everything through the two 6" inspection ports. It was relatively comfortable to stand in the engine compartment and reattach the autohelm through the hatch covering the opening where the pedestal was mounted.
-A short list of stuff accomplished during this first haul out:
-replacing alternator (old one didnít alt from saltwater damage) Good that I had a new set of batteries.
-repairing two internally and externally leaking cockpit hatches that were weeping brown water .
-replacing hatch that covers hole in deck for old wheel steering (repairing cockpit floor around inproperly installed old hatch)
-dropping rudder & pulling shaft & cleaning stuffing box
-rebuilding shaft seal (This was an economic decision. I had purchased a DSS rebuild kit would prefer an old fashion stuffing box, and will
install one at a later date.)
-replacing cutlass bearing
-replacing engine mounts / aligning drive shaft
-removing and inspecting linear drive on auto helm
-painting and recaulking rub rail
-calking outside of rail cap
-replacing missing screw bungs and bowties
-balancing shaft and collar
After launching , unwrapped the fiberglass insulation from the exhaust manifold to the injection loop. As expected along with the salt water damage elsewhere in the engine compartment, it was badly rusted. Not critical, it is at the top of the fixit list.
Now back on the water I will take some pictures of the mizzen and its rigging. It serves as a mount for a wind generator and the radar. The radar presently does not work (or I cannot get it to work) and I am not sure about the wind generator. The mizzen boom does interfere with the Monitor self steering which I am interested in getting to work. I need to sail some to figure out what is best for me.
Bill, where do You keep Irish Eyes? Windrunner is tied up at Duck Creek.