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  1. Bowsprit replacement Downeaster 45

    Gear & Maintenance
    Turns out the rot at the back of the bowsprit is much further along than I had originally anticipated. We were originally thinking of doing an epoxy soak to bring back the structural integrity, but now it looks like the rot is so bad that the cleat (that was poorly installed) was able to be...
  2. In need of Venture / Macgregor 25 Keel Replacement

    Any one have or know where i can get a v25 swinging keel replacement? Original is completely rusted out at the pivot hole. i jabbed at it with a screw driver to find all that is rusted out to consider a repair but it seems she got cancer a long time ago.. We just got the boat and found this out...
  3. Roller Furling Bearing Replacement - Necessary to take down entire furling system!?

    Gear & Maintenance
    After several hours of research I finally learned I have a Stearns Twinstay One #8 roller furling system. The bottom bearings need replacing. Rig-rite has the parts available. Oddly though, they are insisting I buy the full top & bottom bearing replacement kit. Which I'm fine with just to have...
  4. Replacing or refurbishing portlights P35

    Has anyone had any experiences replacing or rehabbing the long fixed portlights on a Pearson 35 (mine is a 1979). Mine are leaking at the outer gasket seals and at the window glazing.
  5. Cooper 54 Engine Extraction/Replacement

    Gear & Maintenance
    I need to get the engine out of my Cooper Maple Leaf 54. There is what appears to be a semi-permanent plate in the cockpit floor. Has anyone had experience removing this plate. If so, how is it secured (glue, screws, etc) and any other words of wisdom? Regards GE
  6. Lens Replacement Lewmar "Superhatch"

    Maintenance/How-to Videos
    Video of lens replacement, 1980s-era Lewmar Superhatch./
  7. Replacement Sail Dimensions

    Gear & Maintenance
    Greetings all! I am considering purchasing a Morgan 30/2, whose sails are in tawdry shape. However, I am able to get some very lightly used sails from an old Allied Chance 30/30 at very reasonable prices. The Morgan becomes less good of a deal if I immediately have to buy new sails. So my...
  8. Aftermarket Antenna for Raymarine Chartplotter??

    Hello, I recently bought a Raymarine RC530 Chartplotter. It didn't come with a GPS antenna so I am now looking to track one down. Has anyone had any luck with an aftermarket or different manufacturers antenna/receiver? The Raymarine antennas seem to go for about $300+ which is a little steep for...
  9. Teak Deck Replacement with Nonskid

    Gear & Maintenance
    Today I started the BIG job of replacing my teak decks on my 1981 Cheoy Lee ketch. I just did a small section of the cockpit near my port jibsheet winch. I'm using this post as a guide. It took four hours from getting my tools out until the area is mostly clean. The first step was removing the...
  10. Replacing a Atkins & Hoyle hatch lens

    Gear & Maintenance
    At the beginning of the year I bought a 1981 C&C32. I really enjoy this sailboat but there are several repair that must be made this winter. My priority is to fix all water leaks and for starter I rebed the bow hatch and remooved the old 1/2 inch lexan lens from the Atkins & Hoyle cast...
  11. Maintain character of teak decks with nonskid

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have a Cheoy Lee 41 that had beautiful teak decks when she was new. Now they're 30 years old and the caulk is all dried out and lots of the bungs are missing. There are only two leaks that I know of coming through the deck. What I'm interested in isn't the process of replacing the teak...
  12. Home-made Replacement Rudder

    Maintenance/How-to Videos
    Here is how we made a replacement rudder for our 1971 Ericson 32 when the original began to weep rust out of a crack. Instead of waiting for a rudder failure, we had a local machine shop weld a heavy schedule 80 SS pipe with a series of 1/8" SS plates, which we infilled with foam and covered...
  13. 1972 Pearson 390 Holding Tank

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have to replace the ancient metal holding tank. I'm not sure how to get it out. It's difficult to get exact dimensions because of how it's installed. Also, I don't know if it's too heavy yet to lift out by hand. I'm hoping that anyone with experience has some suggestions. thanks, Jim