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A few more pictures from one of the recently completed projects: Radio with DSC and GPS.

First a nice uncluttered ceiling photo.


The radio was bought used and without the regular mount, which was fine since I didn't like the radio being on the ceiling of the cabin anyhow.
Taking inspiration from SV Eastwind's FM radio installation, I decided to install the radio near the tabletop in a box glassed to the hull/deck.
Then run the wiring. This grey wire is the bundle for the new mast lighting. Up in the top you can just barely see the deck fitting for the antenna cable.


Perhaps overly strong for the application


Topside


This was a early spring project so the boat was still covered for the winter snow and rain.


Lots of wiring ended up in this bundle, which will eventually be hidden more or less by curtains and shelving.




Using DSC to call SV Eastwind. Don't mind the wire-nuts (thats a lighting project)


It looks like it works in this photo, but when tested with a meter, we found something was stealing all our magic powers.

Turns out it was these cheapo 90 degree connectors. Swap them out and presto the whole system works like a champ.
Yesterday we were using it to listen to the "local" coastguard station some 20 miles away.


Also installed a RAM MIC in the cockpit, so we don't have to dive headfirst into the cabin to answer the radio each time. This is installed on the port side, next to the PLastimo Commander Compass.


All this is supplemented by two handheld radios so we can move about the boat or do more complex tasks while single handed.
 

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Thru-hull repair

Having a center cockpit boat, means that there are several HUGE lockers in the cabins. One of these lockers on Sunflower, had a single 1/2 inch thru-hull right in the middle of the locker. It had a rusty old gate valve on it and a rotten wedge of wood, and effectively took up the whole locker.


Out with the old and in with the new.
The thu hull in the locker was removed and the locker was painted "Sea Foam Green".


Then the area aroud the hole was ground into a much larger shallow cone, following Don Casey's method of fiberglass repair.
Then we cut many, many, many, way to many round patches of fiberglass cloth and mat. Making each progressively larger than the last.
After plugging the bottom with tape, the hole is filled in using normal glass methods, making a repair that is as strong as the hull around it.


New Hole drilled in the hull beside engine.


A new 3/4 inch thru-hull, with an actual seacock was installed in the engine bay and plumbed into the water pump.


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Thanks for the support.

The project part never ends. However getting to use the boat is not any less work!

Just getting back from a trip to Lake Superior, where we had an excellent adventure. Details to follow.
 

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Busy? No, not at all. I get almost every Saturday off.

That said I did have a long weekend for Thanksgiving. And when Aswayze showed up from KC we managed to sneak in a short 3 day trip.

Launched at Bayou Grande Marina NAS Pensacola on turkey day, and motored out into the gulf. It was a perfect day for sail..... which is good since the motor was being naughty.
1-3 foot waves, and 15kt winds from the shore (N) was delightful.


We ended up sailing back to Pensacola at sunset, without any working engines. Thank goodness the traffic was quiet or we would have been "those guys" tacking across/down the entrance to the bay, and then also down a 1/2 mile of the ICW. The winds were perfect for this last trip through the Pensacola Cut, which everyone on Active Captain cheerfully mentions is one of the narrowest portions in the area.

The buoys in this area have a "license to kill small boats."


Oh and the depth sounder finally quit working altogether. We finally set the new Mantus anchor in clean sand, grabbed our bearings, and set the anchor alarm for the night.
This portion was more adventure than wanted. While it is heartening to know you can SAIL into a tight anchorage at sunset, without a depth sounder, or engine, it is not relaxing to say the least.

After that adventure, we spent the remainder of the weekend exploring the area, working on the engine, and fishing. Starting with the remains of Fort McRee we looked at the accessible bits of history in the area.

Here are the decent photos from the mini trip. Thanks to Swayze for posting them to Flickr.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157663121687588/with/37997434854/
 

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Alberta sounds much cooler than around here. Tonight is "cold" by local standards, at 29 degrees F, but only for a few hours.

It definitely is more fun to sail the boat when the water is still a liquid.
 

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Its warm and sunny outside. Perfect weather for sailing.
Somehow, however, my version of sailing seems to involve lots of wrenches and tools.

For those of you keeping up with the craziness of SV Sunflower. The current project is the "new" yanmar YSB8.
The previous powerplant, the Baldwin Saildrive is going to CW3Shannon, and is somewhere in the postal system.

Here is the new power plant, sitting the shop.



I bought a pair of these yanmar engines, or so I thought.
Turns out we have 1.7333 engines. I'm short an Injection pump and and the injector, but have everything else in spades. So, I now have a plentiful supply of working spare parts.
Going to fetch it was a 8hr drive one way, so I took the fuel efficient car.... We managed to cram both engines and all the extra parts into my Hyundai Elantra. Pictures exist but don't do the task any justice.

Once everything was home it was time to alternatively ignore everything, and then work feverishly, before ignoring it again. (besides it was cold outside)
Step 1 through 73 is strip it down and repaint, refurbish, and inspect everything.


Step 74 is create yanmar windchimes in the backyard.


Which gets us caught up from the last couple of months to this weekend.
This weekend has been a constant task of prep, hang, paint, and repeat. But the growing pile of new looking parts is pretty rewarding work.
 

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The only real battle I've had with this engine is removing the cylinder.
It is pretty well glued in place, by rust, salt, and calcium buildup.

Here it is bubbling away in a bath of acid.

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Hopefully this will convince the engine to give up on this old cylinder, so I can replace it.
While the block is getting the acid treatment, its time to try reviving the piston.
 

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I'm cleaning up the engine block and transmission, and a couple of ah-ha moment.

There are two dipstick lengths. Same plastic threaded piece at the top.
Which one goes where?
Well wonder no more. Aswayze measured his for me, and the results are in.

The long version makes sense in the transmission. I'm absolutely certain that I don't need my starter in an oil bath, and currently the short dipstick was juuust barely touching the tranmission oil.

The short stick goes in the engine block, which holds a fairly large amount of oil.
I'm inclined to think the previous owner mixed them up.... Might be why the cylinder and piston are all torn up too.
 

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More re-engineing (spell checker doesn't believe that is a word)

Start with prep work. Might as well TRY to keep the dust storm out of the rest of the boat.


Find the 60 grit flap sanding disk.
And fill the entire boat with fiberglass dust by grinding a giant hole in the bottom!


The bottom of the boat is 3/4 to 1 inch of solid glass. I needed a 6:1 sloping angle on the side walls for a strong patch (just ask Don Casey for the details)
Using epoxy and biaxial weave fiberglass fill in the hole, in about 3 stages to keep the epoxy curing at a lower temp.


Here is the finished product, that will keep the seas out, and the boat on top of the water.


The next hurdle will be measuring and building the engine mounts.
This is the engine mount from SV Eastwind, and the rough model for the mounts that I will be making.

 

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The Pieces are coming together.

Here figuring out the NMEA 183 connections between the Radio AIS and the Chart plotter. Of course the wires are color coded! and of course the color codes are different between manufactures.
That is why nobody calls it a standard, instead they call it %#$&@!.

It does work on the table now. Two Raymarine chart plotters with WiFi link to a tablet, and New Horizon Radio.

But things are coming together.
 

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Ongoing projects. Seems like every task requires drilling or cutting a hole in the boat.

Locker vents. non-vented lockers were always evil lairs for dank stuff.


Next on the list. Kitchen counter-top replacement, plus Stove and SS sink.

In the beginning the earth was covered in water, and so was this MS25.
It pretty well rotted out all the wooden bits, and bubbled or stained the fiberglass.


Cleaned up and ignoring the blistered surface.


Add a kero-camp stove and the kitchen gives good service. The low counter-top height allowed for a tall stove like this without any issues.
Might even have been better for trips, since we stored a lot of stuff behind the stove, and could also shift it out of the way for more countertop work-space.


On Lake Superior, a cutting board doubled our work space, while the stove stored the two most common cooking items in pot-holders.
Really pretty happy with this arrangement and would recommend something like it for other MS-25 boats lacking a fancy cooker.

Omni-stove, but really looking at the space behind the stove where we could just toss things and know they would stay there during a passage. (stove as screwed down at this point)
 

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Lets tell the next part of the story in pictures.



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How think it your boat's kitchen counter?



The new counter-top will be a 1/2 inch base, with several layers of biaxial glass underneath, a biaxial layer on top with a map, and epoxy barrier as finish.
Preparation complete


Pouring in the epoxy. It takes a lot more than you think!


Removing the bubbles, using a heat gun or propane torch. Easy does it.
 

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Warm spring weather is here. Time for sailing. And as always, by "sailing" we mean not-sailing.

New toy is here. GoHoist 3 Ton lifting thingies.

For several years we had been eyeing a hoist of some sort. Driving several hours, and then paying for a boatyard never made sense in the middle of the country, with a trailerable boat.
But I ran out of excuses when I realized this spring that the fellows making the GoHoist are located just 20 miles away in Dayton Ohio.
I live close enough to go direct to the source. That said, they do a very nice job packaging everything onto a pallet for shipping.

Parts being laid out. It took very little mental effort to assemble, and we did it with just two people.


Basic structure is straightforward, with everything generally under compression as the load is lifted. Pins hold everything together, but carry no load, so it just slipped together with no tools at all.


This one is probably safe. The safety inspector approved it, and then spend the rest of the day sleeping in the shade.


Completely assembled. 8ft Ladder for scale.


Over top SV. Sunflower. Just waiting for the boat stands to be built, and we will be neck deep in projects from the keel to the trailer brakes.


More pictures to follow. After it stops raining.... maybe in August.
Jeez it has been a wet year so far in Ohio.
 

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Now that I have a GoHoist? why of course I am using it as a tent frame!


Makes a roomy tent inside. Finally the boat can be dry, which gives me time to rebuild my cockpit drains in leisurely time.


Cockpit drains are located just underneath the engine compartment hatch... which of course means they get plugged, and overflow into the hull.
Midships and Parker-Dawsons tend to "sink" on their trailers rather than on the hook or pier.
Hmm, look at all those leaves, and the boat was covered for crying out loud.


I have been pondering the solution for years, and never wanted to put in the work. But now it is time.
Starting with these.

Some of these

Dare you to use one of these on your fiberglass.


Boat surgery. (Optional surgery during the shutdown IS allowed on sailboats)


Goodbye micro-drain full of leaves.


Boy the engine compartment looks huge now.




Light spots on the bottom are the repair after removing the old Baldwin Saildrive unit.


Now to rebuild the area using the old hatch, and make sure it cannot leak.


This also allows me to install 2 inch drains that can quickly empty the cockpit of water and debris.
 

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Boy, its been a minute since I (worked on the boat) posted anything here.
Updates.

Building a hard dodger. Just in time for another trip to Lake Superior.


Roughed out here. Getting the final measurements to fit a nice box onto an uneven fiberglass boat.


Put some fancy curvy swoops in it. Looking good is half the reason for a hard dodger.


Also gives us lots more space to bolt in extra stuff. Don't hit your head on the fire extinguisher bolted to the roof.
On the other hand if the stove catches fire, there is a handy fire-putter-outer right above you.
 

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As if the broken rudder issues were not enough a couple years ago. Now the rudder bracket is broken. One can only guess it was damaged in the same event that initially broke the rudder itself.
Either way now is a good time to see how the Midship/Parker Dawson rudders work.



Enhance.....


Enhance.....


The whole frame is slightly sprung, and now that the pipe broke we can see how badly it is bent.
 

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Lots of "smaller" projects being added.
New trailer brakes, especially happy with the new hitch. The old one was removed with fun amounts of fire.


Finished the new compass install. Backlit visible from inside the cabin too.




New Wiring, circuit panel and electric (salt) water pump.

 
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