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Excellent! You will love your Midship, they are grand little beasts and are great fun to travel with.

Actually out on a trip right now along with Stagg, anchored out at Kiptopeke riding out some foul weather in the harbor made out of scuttled WW2 era concrete ships. We are getting bounced around pretty good and out of an abundance of caution are standing anchor watches tonight hence why I finally got online and saw your posts.

Hopefully we will get some pics uploaded once we get to a spot with a little better data coverage.
 

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On the water again for the year. Here at anchor in Cornfield Harbor by Point Lookout in the Chesapeake Bay.


Spring lined to the boat ramp pier at Kiptopeke for a quick stop.


Right up to the beach at Point Lookout State Park
 

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Hello! This is an amazing trove of information! I'm the semi-recent owner of a PD 26, named Slowpoke, living in Sitka, AK. I purchased my boat as a liveaboard, and somewhat comfortably lived on the boat for about a year and a half. I found that now that I've moved back onto land, it's easier for me to actually get around to doing some of the many projects I've put off (these projects tend to make mess, which isn't as fun, when you're sleeping on the boat every night).

Here's me and my buddies setting sail from the tiny 100-person village of Tenakee Springs where I bought the boat. Our three-day journey from Tenakee is it's own story, involving the engine crapping out and us getting some very timely help from a bear hunting charter.


I have a couple of questions, that I'm hoping someone here can help me out with. I'm fairly new to boats in general, so apologies in advance if I'm asking ignorant questions!

Zincs
I recently put Slowpoke on our tidal grid, and put on a fresh coat of bottom paint, after scraping off a colossal number of mussels. I replaced the prop shaft zinc, as well as a zinc on the keel. I saw no evidence of a prop nut zinc, and I couldn't find any info online. Does anyone know if I need one there?

Here's Slowpoke on the grid, pre-scraping. It was nice to see the bottom!


If anyone has questions about using a tidal grid I'm happy to help. The process wasn't super difficult, but there were some things I wish I'd known a little better before my first go at it! Although, my understanding is they don't really exist anymore outside of the PNW...

Forward Cabin Hatch Window

I've got a persistent leak from the window on the forward hatch of the forward cabin. Has anyone else experienced this or have any ideas on how to fix it, short of replacing the whole thing?

Here's the window from the outside:


And here's the window from the inside, where you can see how the water pools up in the window. There are drain holes on the fitting, but the window rests below them, so water always fills up here with the copious amount of rain we get here in SE AK.


Reseating Stanchions
I've got some water seeping in at a couple of stanchion bases, where it looks like old gaskets have worn out. See this picture for an example:


The research I've done on this project has led me down endless rabbit holes of products to use - LifeSeal, Butyl Tape, Epoxy, Form-a-Seal Gaskets, etc. and I'm a little confused about all these different marine sealants... I'm wondering if anyone has done this before and could offer advice?

Thru-Deck Interior Caps
I'm also getting some leakage through these rusted out caps where the deck rails bolt through. I'm not sure how to get at these, since there are wood plugs covering the top of the bolt up on deck. I'm also not sure what to call these little caps, and I'd like to find more and replace almost all of mine, since most are rusty and unsightly, or just missing and unsightly:


I'm sure other questions will come up as I go along, and this thread has already answered some of my questions!

Thanks in advance!
Two last glory shots from our last trip out on the Sitka Sound:


 

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Great pics! I remember seeing Slow Poke for sale up there, looks like she went to a good home.

I totally understand it being easier to work on while not living aboard. Not a lot of excess space on these guys so shuffling stuff from place to place to get work done gets exponentially harder when you start adding more of your stuff into the mix.

I had the same style front window in my Parker Dawson and it was also a persistent scourge that was determined to dribble on my bed. I replaced mine, as well as the far aft port, with Beckson fixed deadlights (a portlight that does not open) and had not had a leak since. I did not find the opening port to be particularly useful since if I wanted air flow I would just open the hatch anyhow and with the fixed deadlight I can still see out which is occasionally handy when it's yucky out and I end up using the front cabin as a pilot house and just letting Otto do the steering while I keep and eye on everything from the comfort of the cabin toasting my feet with the forced air heater.



Previous owner added a second window to the outside of the hatch in an effort to keep the water at bay. Clever looking solution that in practice did not actually work all that well.



Beckson fixed deadlight (this one in the ft cabin)

I have a prop shaft zinc and an engine zinc but no prop zinc. I am sure one could be added but I have not had an issue with mine and given that it's the original prop, it seems to be doing ok so I am not going to go crazy trying to solve an issue that's not that pressing.

Leaks from the stanchions and pushpit have been a bit of a nuisance. I can usually get things under control by pulling everything, cleaning up and rebedding with Butyl tape but in time they always creep back to leaking. I am looking for a better solution this season so stay tuned and we'll see if we can engineer a solution that puts that one to bed for good.
 

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Missed the question on the wood railings.

The little plugs you just remove. Drill a little hole in the middle (try not to accidentally drill into the screw underneath) then use a wood screw to grab the plug and pull it out. That gives you access to the screw from the top. On the bottom side, just pry off the covers which will then give you access to the nuts on the bottom side. I usually use a nut driver on the bottom and try to just hold the screw still up top. I the caps on mine with white plastic caps from the hardware store instead of the rust prone metal ones. In several places, I added an additional eye bolt to the bottom which I then use to attach bungees that then do handy dandy things like hold my paper towel rolls and such.



See the paper towel rolls as well as other hangy bits and bobs up top.
 

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Greetings all,
I have truly enjoyed this thread which I stumbled on while researching boats under 30ft for single handed blue water sailing.
In case some of you have not seen it here is a great read.
The work some of you have done on your boats and the great adventures you have had with them is truly inspiring.
Fair Winds to you all.
 

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H guys ..just landed on this thread and brand new to sailNet! I am in Nelson BC Canada and picked up a 1973 Midship 25 in Calgary at the end of the summer ( hull 103 .) This midship has been sailing Alberta reservoirs and lakes in Saskatchewan for the last 15 plus years but apparently, before that she was located in Victoria and sailed up and down the Coast. Wish I knew a bit more? I am new to sailing but have windsurfed and understand the basics but am excited to see where the adventure leads.
I am so appreciative of all the info I am finding on this site. Thank you so much! Found the link to the old Dawson 26 manual. ( would have made lowering the mast much easier haha)
We trailered her through the Rockies and have it parked for the winter. I am rebuilding the Vire 7 ..that was running but needs some love including a new stainless pump shaft, seals etc ..Quite a simple unit and fairly easy to work on. Everything seems pretty solid, just need a few running rigging bits, ...some new bottom paint would be nice but otherwise, I am hoping she's good? Apparently, she hasn't been in the water since 2012. Oh yes, rear window is leaking a bit so I'll have to figure that out if anyone has any ideas?

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Hey everyone! I've got some updates about the work I did on the S/V Slowpoke last summer, but to start off, I've got a new question!

Ignition?
My engine - an original YSE8 - is starting to be a little picky about starting up. I'm finding I need to have my key in just the exact right position to get it to turn over. Once the key is in the perfect little spot, the engine starts up no problem. The batteries were recently replaced; I've followed all the wiring and it all seems to be good connections. Do you think I need to replace the switch itself? Or possibly the key? If so, any tips on where to find replacements - I'm not having much luck on the internet.

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Replacing the forward/aft ports with Beckson deadlights solved all my leaking issues in the aft. The forward deadlight still drips a little, but I'm guessing that's my fault during installation. I'm contemplating taking the deadlight out entirely and fiberglassing over the hole since the whole hatch opens anyway...

I reseated stanchions with butyl tape and found it very straightforward to work with and so far no leaks. I may have to maintain that every few seasons, but it wasn't a huge hassle, as long as you've got a buddy to help you.

I'm hoping it's a little less rainy this summer and I can get the sails up a little more this summer! Happy sailing to all of you as well!
 

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Hey everyone! I've got some updates about the work I did on the S/V Slowpoke last summer, but to start off, I've got a new question!

Ignition?
My engine - an original YSE8 - is starting to be a little picky about starting up. I'm finding I need to have my key in just the exact right position to get it to turn over. Once the key is in the perfect little spot, the engine starts up no problem. The batteries were recently replaced; I've followed all the wiring and it all seems to be good connections. Do you think I need to replace the switch itself? Or possibly the key? If so, any tips on where to find replacements - I'm not having much luck on the internet.

Updates
Replacing the forward/aft ports with Beckson deadlights solved all my leaking issues in the aft. The forward deadlight still drips a little, but I'm guessing that's my fault during installation. I'm contemplating taking the deadlight out entirely and fiberglassing over the hole since the whole hatch opens anyway...

I reseated stanchions with butyl tape and found it very straightforward to work with and so far no leaks. I may have to maintain that every few seasons, but it wasn't a huge hassle, as long as you've got a buddy to help you.

I'm hoping it's a little less rainy this summer and I can get the sails up a little more this summer! Happy sailing to all of you as well!
Hi there, Doesn't seem to be much activity on this thread in a while? Were you able to get your key issue figured out? Sounds like a bad connection maybe?
I ve been doing lots of work on my newly acquired,(last fall) Midship 25 "North Star" now located on Kootenay lake, British Columbia interior. Over the winter I rebuilt the Vire 7 inboard with help from possibly the best and maybe last Vire 7 parts guy located in the UK... She now purrs like a kitten, (as much as a 40 year old 2 stroke can)... I am happy with the results though The gelcoat was recently buffed. polished and waxed, new stuffing in the packing gland, main fuel tank had so much crap in it after sitting for 10 years ...now I just need to get her in the water...Ha ha still don't know if all the through hull fittings are watertight? Fingers crossed!
I am not overly impressed with the cockpit drains. Gonna leave them for now but wondering about making changes in the future. Do you have the original set up? Any issues? Glad to hear there are some folks still keeping these unique boats alive. You have some amazing broken Island groups up there. Hope you get the sails up soon.
 

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Hey there ... Great to hear you purchased a Dawson 26! I saw a link for the rub rail you are looking for here.
Facebook PD owners group. Otherwise the info was WEFCO rubber MFG. 818-886-8872 part # 12 G-11. as stated in the post... hope the link worked?
Look forward to seeing some pictures when you are able? Congrats!
 

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Hey there ... Great to hear you purchased a Dawson 26! I saw a link for the rub rail you are looking for here.
Facebook PD owners group. Otherwise the info was WEFCO rubber MFG. 818-886-8872 part # 12 G-11. as stated in the post... hope the link worked?
Look forward to seeing some pictures when you are able? Congrats!
Thats a bit pricey. Wonder if there is a cheaper replacement?
 

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Hello! This is an amazing trove of information! I'm the semi-recent owner of a PD 26, named Slowpoke, living in Sitka, AK. I purchased my boat as a liveaboard, and somewhat comfortably lived on the boat for about a year and a half. I found that now that I've moved back onto land, it's easier for me to actually get around to doing some of the many projects I've put off (these projects tend to make mess, which isn't as fun, when you're sleeping on the boat every night).

Here's me and my buddies setting sail from the tiny 100-person village of Tenakee Springs where I bought the boat. Our three-day journey from Tenakee is it's own story, involving the engine crapping out and us getting some very timely help from a bear hunting charter.


I have a couple of questions, that I'm hoping someone here can help me out with. I'm fairly new to boats in general, so apologies in advance if I'm asking ignorant questions!

Zincs
I recently put Slowpoke on our tidal grid, and put on a fresh coat of bottom paint, after scraping off a colossal number of mussels. I replaced the prop shaft zinc, as well as a zinc on the keel. I saw no evidence of a prop nut zinc, and I couldn't find any info online. Does anyone know if I need one there?

Here's Slowpoke on the grid, pre-scraping. It was nice to see the bottom!


If anyone has questions about using a tidal grid I'm happy to help. The process wasn't super difficult, but there were some things I wish I'd known a little better before my first go at it! Although, my understanding is they don't really exist anymore outside of the PNW...

Forward Cabin Hatch Window

I've got a persistent leak from the window on the forward hatch of the forward cabin. Has anyone else experienced this or have any ideas on how to fix it, short of replacing the whole thing?

Here's the window from the outside:


And here's the window from the inside, where you can see how the water pools up in the window. There are drain holes on the fitting, but the window rests below them, so water always fills up here with the copious amount of rain we get here in SE AK.


Reseating Stanchions
I've got some water seeping in at a couple of stanchion bases, where it looks like old gaskets have worn out. See this picture for an example:


The research I've done on this project has led me down endless rabbit holes of products to use - LifeSeal, Butyl Tape, Epoxy, Form-a-Seal Gaskets, etc. and I'm a little confused about all these different marine sealants... I'm wondering if anyone has done this before and could offer advice?

Thru-Deck Interior Caps
I'm also getting some leakage through these rusted out caps where the deck rails bolt through. I'm not sure how to get at these, since there are wood plugs covering the top of the bolt up on deck. I'm also not sure what to call these little caps, and I'd like to find more and replace almost all of mine, since most are rusty and unsightly, or just missing and unsightly:


I'm sure other questions will come up as I go along, and this thread has already answered some of my questions!

Thanks in advance!
Two last glory shots from our last trip out on the Sitka Sound:


Where it's located the zinc for the keel?
 
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