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Filling holes in one area, and making others in another... Here goes my access ports...

Holes cut...


The purpose of these is to provide access to the motor mount, and also access to the backing of the ladder. My "plan" is once I've worked on those two items that I'll use the "plate" to mount some very small speakers for a stereo. I'm going to buy 2 spare plates so that I can pop in plates if the speakers give me grief.
 

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Beckson deck plates installed... I'll clean up the black marks left from the sabre saw later... cockpit got dirty by all this, so I've since vacuumed all this garbage up.
 

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I've installed my new hatch slides... A friend from our sail club has a machine shop, and also has an S2 7.9. He's also the guy to beat in our club! But regardless he made an extra set of hatch slides (and also duralin gudgeon bushing or 2)... When I need them he also manufactured a few rudder cheek plates, but anyway, today I just got hatch slides... mine were destroyed after 32 years of use. These look great..


Here is a complete shot.
I've also added a wood block to the lock plate, to make the lock/hatch mate more proper. So this is a complete top part... I have to get crib board keepers yet (just ordered the starboard for it).. but I'm happy with the hatch.
 

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I was busy tonight.. my pre-cut to size starboard came in some black pieces, and some white... Here's the result...

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Completed hatch and crib holders...

here is my Simrad IS20 stuff installed with my new white starboard.

covers off...


All the work together..
 

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new Dr. LEDs installed 31mm LED festoon lights for running lights all the way around.

Also installed LED white lights for all the fixtures below, into the original fixtures. No pictures...

Next projects are the swim ladder install, VHF with DSC install (using NMEA 0183 for postion to send to the tiller pilot).. Tiller pilot install along with Simnet connections for all the electronics (less pretty work)... and making the tiller pilot, depth, speed, wind, GPS, all talk. That should be entertaining. I also have to replace the coax to the masthead with RG113, as well as run the transducer cable for the wind speed/direction... FUN FUN!!!

Somewhere in here I have to remove the mast and get it to ground level to install all this as well as replace all the halyards.
 

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Where was I last... Oh yeah, 1 layer of chopped strand installed and sanded...

Ladder backer created.. and sized, and yes I can fit it into the transom.

Backer installed, lacquered, bolts are 2.5" stainless, holes drilled were overdrilled and filled with epoxy. Bedding compound used was 4200.. hope that'll work.

Poof swim ladder installed... 1/4" bolts should hold nicely and yes it holds my rather large keester nicely. That ladder was a bargain on Ebay... I think $60 shipped.
 

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Oh yeah, the S2 is odd, the pintles are on the transom, gudgeons are on the rudder. There are the bushings old in the middle, new are bookends...
 

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Ok, no boat of mine is complete without some tunes.
Cut a hole...

from the back

Original wiring looked pretty good, except the instrument power, which has now been replaced with 14 gauge.. I added in another ground, a direct to battery backup (with fuse) to yellow memory backup, and new lead to the accessories switch... I created a Y for adding the instrument cluster as well, that'll be the stereo and instrument cluster on the 10amp fuse (should be sufficient)...

My idea is to create a chair rail (with cushion) just below this to protect the face, but I've found the location to be ideal to use the remote control for the unit from the cockpit... I sail solo a lot so this is ideal.

Earlier you'll remember I installed beckson ports where the swim ladder was and also where the motor mount was... Now I've removed the beckson plates (6") and installed 4" kicker speakers (2 Way)... I drilled them, sealed them with 3M 4200, and screwed them back into place. I used CAT5e cable to run my speaker wire (1 wire to run).. used orange for right positive green right negative, etc..
Here's the back of the mounted speaker. I did this so that if I sell the boat in the future someone can easily replace theses plates with flat plates..

here's the result of the mounted speaker...
Finished product...


Sound quality is quite good.. loud enough, clear enough and has a decent amount of bass because the lazarettes are open across the bottom of the boat.... speakers shoot INTO the cabin too, so the sound is decent even below. Worked out better than I expected.
 

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More pictures to the thread nobody ever looks at! hehehe... whatever, in for a penny...
VHF installed, and has power now...

SIMNET is also powered.

Mast is now off the boat... that's a multi-purpose thing... One, to paint the mast (it was already painted once)... 2 to install all new halyards.. and 3 to run the simnet cable up it, as well, and mount the wind transducer.
 

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Thanks Ward... yeah, Ebay is one of those places you should check periodically you'll never know what you'll find... I was VERY happy with my find.. I missed my swim ladder on my last boat (had a nice one on my Capri 22, but my 25's transom was consumed by my motor mount in the center).

I did a bunch more work yesterday, sadly much was not really picture worthy as it was wiring and such, but I was quite happy to report a few things..
My NEW triducer (speed, depth, temp), is a drop-in to my old Standard Horizon knot meter through-hull. I mean threads and everything match. It is also nice and flush...
Ignore the bottom, its on my list (its actually VC17m, just needs burnished and a few coats):

I think that fit is pretty stellar fit. You'll note that there is a roller right up against that spot so I pulled the triducer out, and placed the "plug" in... until she splashes.

This might be a better representation of what else I did... I plugged in both transducers, wind, and triducer.... and tested them manually...

Hard to see, but I aligned and mounted the wind transducer (no I didn't run the wire, that's gonna be in conjunction with halyards and fixing some other stuff)...
turned out nice and straight.

This is the location I came up with for my tiller pilot... I struggled with this, because I really wanted to locate the TP to the seat, but I'd need the largest drop for the tiller (which I have), but then a 3" pedestal for the cup.. which of course would screw up using the lazarette lid... So not really a good plan. So take 2 says put it up on the combing, and get a 7 inch extension (ugh). So I used a crib board to lay the tiller pilot flat... and align things.


The hole needed for the receptacle was HUGE. Also an odd size. 1 1/4" which I didnt' have so I ran to the local hardware store to get a bit... drilled it out... The reason for the big hole? The tiller pilot requires dedicated power (10amp fused), and has connections for SIMNET, and also for NMEA 0183... so a bunch of wires. It also has a 6-8 foot simnet dedicated cable attached.


This is it mounted but not wired up yet... I have to remove the socket, and resin it all up to protect the core.


The butt end of the tiller pilot has a 1/2" pin, that drops into a brass cup. I drilled that through the combing, and that layup is stupid thick there, has core and all, probably every bit of 3/4" thick there. It too will require me to overgrind out the hole and resin it up to protect the core...
 

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I have appeared to have neglected my own thread here...
Some more electrical stuff done now, actually I am all done...

Last layers of fiberglass mat down...

The brush I used had some VC17m in it, and it added color to the resin, but despite that the glassing is finished.


Here is the "visible" wiring to the Simrad instruments, VHF power, coax, power, and NMEA 0183 for GPS to the tiller pilot.


Here is the clean up of the tiller pilot socket as well as the 12V aux socket (side by side).
The yellow loop is the inline fuse for the tiller pilot.


I posted this elsewhere on here, but this is my tiller pilot test... after installing the 5 inch extension, and a 1", the throw is just over the cockpit seat on port and also on starboard, so about perfect.

I've since cleaned up this socket (had 4200 all over it)... Yep I got sloppy.
 

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Boat is getting nasty dirty from me hiking up on it in boots from the winter snow... Happens every year I work through the winter on the boat. So its part of the ritual... if I get a warm day in the next couple weeks I'll drag the boat out and clean it up again.
 

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Some more work done today... or rather more work completed today.... I've been working on this for about 10 days off and on.
Sanding down the mast and boom. I finally realized my old skil brand finish sander was not up to this task, bought a dewalt random orbital today.... and got lots of work done quickly..


All sanded...


Mast and boom sanded and primed (yes the interlux primacore or whatever it is is silver, someone should have thought about that, and made it white or something)..


Another project.. making an armrest, and also a box for behind the bulkhead, for another electrical panel (additional).. My boat didn't have a steaming/spreader light combo, but has the wires for it... so I want to add that and also an analog battery meter. I also might add a 2nd battery at some point, boat has a selectable battery bank, and I have enough electronics now to perhaps require it... But anyway, here is where I am with it so far.
 

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Super productive weekend... Mast/boom were sanded and primed (see above), and I got down under the boat, gave the VERY OLD (2008) VC17m, a quick palm sanding, smoothed out some rough spots, and then got under there and started painting.
I had to jack up the trailer so I could get my fat keester under the boat axles, to sand and paint.

Here is how it looked before.

I really think it came out nice.


Next up is hull compound, polish, and wax. I have gelcoat coming tomorrow, but I need a proper weather window to do it (needs to be about 40 or above outside for me to get it to 65 or higher inside). I do have some patches necessary before waxing. Plus I have the core repair spot in the cockpit I have to coat. So still lots of things to do, but I'm making progress (finally again).
 

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TakeFive I swear you'd track me down anywhere... can you now find me on the lake though without the bright red boat?

Once the lake season starts you should shoot me an email my username above at yahoo...

Maybe we can get a sail in together.
 

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I'm going to plod along in my own thread here, without audience or with... maybe someone will stumble into it and find something useful.

I am not sure I mentioned it, but when I took the mast off, I also removed the spreaders. I wanted to clean them up, sand them, prime, and get ready for paint.. what I found was kind of a surprise to me... Freezing and thawing cracked the spreaders.


Thankfully some of our guys at work were able to weld them up... New spreaders would run me over $250.


When the mast is in the down position, and outside, water gets in, and the freeze thaw cycle pops the seams on the spreaders. Suggestions are to drill weep holes in the spreaders. So I will, after I sand/prime and paint.
 

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Starting to paint the mast and boom.


Not sure why but I really wanted to try black on the mast. I don't dislike it for sure.
 

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I FINALLY got a warm day... 55 degrees here (yeah that's warm for here), actually it topped out at 58.. but was 55 when I got home. I fired up the heater in the pole barn, to bring the place to 75.

So last I left it, I had finished layer 4 of fiberglassing... resin got some VC17m in it so it got pretty dark... Pleased to see, it didn't really affect any of it.

Needed substantial sanding.

OH yeah, that my friends is a pretty stellar match in gelcoat color!


Ok my gelcoat work and fiberglass work aren't perfect, but this is pretty good for me...

Oh and I put an armrest against the bulkhead down below, turned out better than I expected. The idea is to protect the face of the radio. The radio was located where it is because it's easy to see, easy to hit the face with a remote from the cockpit, and easy to wire... but I was worried that sleeping or sitting on the starboard quarter berth would create incidents where elbows smashed the radio. So this is what I came up with.


I might get fancy and use my corer and make some plugs for the screw heads.
 

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Starboard polish done.. man my shoulder hurts... its got a light luster to it, but wow it looks tons better already.


I hated the pinstripes on the boat, but where they were so discolored, I may have to replace them. I'm open to suggestions.
 

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There aren't good pictures that tell the true story of what I got done this weekend, but lots accomplished.
The wind transducer cable was run up the mast... It looks off center in this picture but I've measured it against centerline and it's fine... Note I pulled the anchor light to get to the bolts. I wound up cutting a 1" x 3/4" rectangle hole directly below this vane mount, so that I could reach in and grab the main halyard (my feeder line). I used the main halyard to pull through a smaller diameter twine in its place (and I looped it top to bottom so it was continuous)... I used a set of forecepts to reach into the hole in the top of the mast to grab the small diameter line, up through the new rectangle hole. This particular mount runs the cable through the center, and out the back, the vane then has a 12 inch arm that clicks into place.


Here's a Mr. Fuzzycam picture of the masthead in place. You might notice I've sanded the mast and am ready for a 2nd coat of paint.


Closeup... of the masthead, you'll see the new LED anchor light.. this is before I secured the coax for the VHF...


This is all I did for the exit location at the bottom of the mast... I'll admit that I was nervous cutting the SIMNET cable since replacing the 50ft cable is about $100... but this is a trailer sailor after all and there has to be a way to "disconnect."


By the way, I tested the anchor light using my ATV battery (about 4 feet from the base of the mast) to make sure it works.. none of the pictures turned out, but it's bright, and it's a nice yellow/white like the original incandescent, the Dr. LED, perko anchor light bulb from catalinadirect.com was a good match.

The original wiring through the hull of the boat for the mast was retro-fitted with a 4-way trailer plug connector, and then someone later added the VHF... I managed to place the transducer wire (simnet) through the deck between the two (and seemingly out of the way), which puts the cable behind the daggerboard trunk, on the starboard V-berth bulkhead... Here's a shot of the deck (again shiny one in the middle is new):


Here's a shot of the cabin side. I used 5200 under the through deck fitting, as well as screws...


You have to ask yourself, what I did to connect the now cut cable (simnet), and as it turns out simnet is NMEA2000 "similar," which basically shares the same wires, just different connectors (actually smaller connectors)... so what I bought was Maretron Micro Field Connectors. I bought 1 male and 1 female connectors and the wire colors matched exactly. Maretron Micro Field Attachable Connector
The result was pretty good.


By the way somewhere during all this, I waxed the starboard side hull... It turned out better than I expected, but I can't seem to get a decent shot of it.


After all of this I stumbled across my charging circuit from my outboard. I noted that the person who ran the wire didn't put an inline fuse in it... or a disconnect... What is worse (and scary) is the wire (which I used myself) was apparently shorted at one point and the positive sheilding was melted in places... so needless to say I ripped that out, and ran new, putting in a fuse and also slapping a board (like I did on the starboard side) on the vertical portion of the inside of the lazarette to provide a place for me to "clip" the wire. I just used pine on both sides, and will be clear-coating it. But this gets the charging wires off the floor (yep they were on the floor)... and how scary is that right next to the fuel tank? Someone had a death wish.

At the end of this weekends "cleaning up all small projects," I vacuumed up the dust over the whole cockpit, and deck and dropped the trailer off the jackstands, and secured bow and stern lines again. I am HOPING that I can drag the boat out tomorrow (rather today Monday) so that I can give the deck a proper washing. all the lines are off deck right now, as is the mast, so it's an "easy clean." This will also give me a chance to sweep the pole barn clean.

Forgot to say, I took the outboard and slapped it on the motor mount, so I could work on it... I removed the wires from the alternator, so I could run new (they were getting soft, and I was worried they were going to short. Checked plugs (they look nearly new), and I'll be taking apart the lower unit to get to the impeller for replacement as well... I hate outboard work, but its gotta be done.

Maybe I'll be able to get a decent outdoor picture of her after she's clean... boy it'd be nice to get a couple warm days to finish my gelcoating. I'm pretty pleased so far with the match there, can't wait to see what I can do with the port side.
 
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