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Midships 25 Hull number 65 shall rise again

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I traveled down to the hills of Northern Arkansas to look at a the sails that the fellow posted up that would ostensibly fit my Parker Dawson 26. Odd to find random Parker Dawson parts ANYWHERE much less in Northern Arkansas so it was certainly worth the look.

Turns out that neither sail was a particularly good fit for my later Dawson. The guy really wanted to be rid of the entire boat and was keen to make a deal on the whole thing but the reality was that there wasn't that much there that was directly helpful to me.

My buddy Stagg happened to be along and as we looked at the entire hull, Stagg slowly got to thinking that in all reality, the entire boat might be worth bringing back from the dead rather than chain sawing the whole thing up.

The boat was clearly much loved quite some time ago but the previous "real" owner died in 2004 and the boat had been sitting on it's trailer in a forest since then and we all know what that means...

We did not snap interior pics, but trust me, it was plenty wet and the entire thing was generally quite icky. None the less, Stagg was notionally interested and the seller eventually dropped the price to a can't miss price point and we eventually changed out as many of the old tires with spares from my trailer and hit the road.

The trip back was mostly uneventful other than one wheel bearing heating up and dragging a middle wheel down till it heated up and blew one of the middle tires. No big deal, we just strapped up the middle axle and finished the trip as a mere tandem axle trailer rather than a triple.

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Wait what? There's an end to projects? I thought the whole idea of messing with boats is you create a to do list, spend a weekend working items off of it and end up with a slightly longer to do list. At least that seems to be how everything on my boats go.

I just tell myself every time that all I need to do is make a 2% improvement each trip out to the boat, it's easy enough to attain a goal like that and you make progress a lot faster than you think before too long.
Test run of the Balwin Saildrive!
As usual, it pretty much cranked right up. Video was taken just after it started, once it warmed up a bit the miss went away and she ran smooth as can be.

Alternator outputting charge voltage

Certified crazy eyed shop Tomcat thinks the charge voltage is a bit too high. I am going to wait and see what it looks like attached to a real battery rather than the little test battery we had there in the shop.
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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


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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After spending yesterday afternoon trying to remove the injector from my YSE8 Yanmar from the same model boat I do have to confess to being more than a little jealous of the roomy engine bay in that thing even if it does sound like a weed whacker.
A project boat and you sure got a lot of project for your money
All the best
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.
There is a midshipman 25 for sale in Saskatoon SK right now on Kijiji
you guys are great and wonderfull to see this rig brought back to sailing!

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Sunflower coming into the tiny harbor at Devils Island in the Apostles after having sailed the length of Isle Royale then crossed Lake Superior to the Apostles.

Great trip that made the work all worthwhile.

Whole album from the trip can be seen here:[email protected]/albums/72157685731863505
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Were the cabins filled with water when you got it? How did you get the water out of the cabins?
Wonderful documentation of the project! Glad to see her back in her glory!
What a trip, thanks for sharing the photos. What is the next trip?
Stagg is down at Ft Rucker learning how to bludgeon the laws of gravity into submission in just 5473 simple steps using the handy dandy CH47 Chinook so I will answer in his stead.

Yes, the cabins we're quite full of water. In the immediate short term we just dropped in an hose and siphoned most of it out so we could tow it home. From there, we yanked all the loose stuff out, added a bilge pump and started filling and pumping out to rinse loose all the muck. Once we started pumping clear water out, we started actively trying to spray up under the cabin liner to get still more muck out.

The cabintery mostly just needed sanding and adjustment. It's mostly teak and survived fine.

I suspect that the next trip for Sunflower will be the Gulf coast of Florida.
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.[email protected]/albums/72157663121687588/with/37997434854/
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Some nice pics,thank you..nice to see in our winter wonderland...really like your boat ,awsome job...Ralph
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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Ha ya,almost wouldn,t know our season is soooo short, actually having an unusually warm(ish) few days actually about +2 c tonite( bout 35 f),but it has been down to-30 ish (20 below) ,the ice on our lake is plenty thick already..3 yrs ago it was -35 on this day....on a positive note getting closer to figuring out a mast for my S2 ,looking at pics like yours inspires me .......Ralph
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