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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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Dragged the boat out the other day our only decent day above freezing recently..
What the boat looked like before wash/wax/clean

Here is what it looks like after wash, wet sand, compound, polish and wax... Not too shabby.
 

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New name..

I put the registration on too...
But then put up some important info...

Took the lower unit off the outboard... I wasn't going to, because the water stream is still good...

Note the impeller, is missing a vane, and apparently 2 others were cracked. Now I'll be looking for a rebuild kit for the outboard.
 

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I have been neglecting this thread. Lots of other work done, but I just did the non-skid area gelcoating, on my repair of the port cockpit seat. First masking off.


Final product, non-skid applied.
 

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I always felt my "sailor skills" were lacking in not knowing how to properly splice double-braid.

I needed to replace all three halyards and my spin topping lift, and it gets tricky cause if I paid someone else to do it, they'd also need to include a snap shackle on at least 2 of them. Increasing the cost considerably... So I took a chance on Youtube, and the nice NER how-tos online. Bought a pusher, and fid for 5/16 line, and then purchased 85 feet of VPC.. the result was this:


Then I took my skills learned with that, and did 2 more... with the shackles I had kicking around.
 

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NER's video is fantastic... Of course what they don't tell you, is 1/2" poly double braid is a touch easier than 5/16" VPC, which is what I spliced.
 

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I spliced just standard sta-set, and honestly it was harder to do than VPC... I bought the sta-set for the pole top lift. Its also a solid color so as to NOT be confused with the halyards.

halyards are in.

I installed a keel roller, to help align the bow to the trailer winch, while hauling out the boat. This was a $30 piece of equipment from trailerpartsdepot...


Finally I installed some starboard on the back of my crib boards, to bring the crib boards out a bit, as I had 1/4" of space in the slot now (my bad)... my longer term solution will be to buy/build out some starboard for new cribs, and I might just make them 2 piece instead of 4 like this. But overall it turned out well.

Especially when you consider this is what I started with:
 

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Ok, this doesn't look real exciting to you folks, but it means the world to me, the traveler is back on, meaning, I'm getting closer... note, I had to totally rebuild the port cockpit seat, right where the traveler attached, so that meant ALL of that had to come out. I am presently working on new foot blocks (that's those teak pieces on either side of the traveler, these are for when heeling you lock your feet on them).. anyway these are worn flat and I have 4 pieces of teak all ready for them. I had to totally remove them for the port side (so they are missing now), but you may see them on the starboard.


For those that followed this thread beginning to end (God bless you), you'll remember I changed how the hatch crib board keepers were done on the boat, this inadvertently added 1/4" to the channel width of what was already 3/4" thick. So to temporarily thicken up those crib boards I added starboard to the backside of them. My longer term goal is to create new crib boards either out of lexan, or starboard (leaning towards starboard right now, but this will suffice in the meantime).


Oh I dragged the outboard out, dropped it in the horse's water trough (cause they need cleaning anyway), and fired it up (took about 6 pulls)... wanted to make sure everything worked correctly, since I installed the waterpump... make sure gearshift and water flowed well... Very happy with this little outboard, its conversational level loud while at low RPM... very quiet little outboard, with lots of spare grunt when I need it... it's a 34 year old outboard right now, and showing no signs of giving up!

Sorry for the fuzzy pictures, but my phone was dying, so no flash available. But you'll note my spinnaker pole is now on the foredeck. I installed 2 fixed stand-up padeyes on deck to provide a spot to attach the spinnaker pole on the bow. I had this arrangement on my Capri 25 and I missed it on this boat, having that humongous spinnaker pole down below is a real PITA... on the foredeck it's really pretty out of the way.


probably not real exciting to you, but my mast went back aboard again. Note it was losing most it's paint, and all white and chalky when it was pulled... now it's all black, and shiny (well the paint job just stinks, but I don't care the mast is protected now)


I also fashioned a new mast cradle for the bow pulpit... I hated the one that came with the boat (too heavy and complicated... all one really needs is a board that doesn't slide around, that has a yoke to lay the mast in.... so this is what I came up with... I am going to paint this, and the mast upper I built probably in white after launch this year. I am REALLY happy with how it all functions, so I'll be keeping the designs. I know jumble of lines, but believe it or not it's not tangled, it's a way for me to keep all the lines attached to the spinnaker ring, and unable to pay out... note all this running rigging is new.


I got the outboard running too!
 

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Well some more unexciting but totally unnecessary work done... PINSTRIPING! Yeah, no matter what I did, the location of the old pinstripes left a "shadow" on the gelcoat. This puzzled me because I thought I'd be able to sand out the gelcoat and remove the shadow... not so much.. but the solution was simple, buy new striping, the same size or larger than the original, and cover the exact location they were in. I think it works and the color scheme is complimentary...

Here is my ugly port side (I still need to do more gelcoat work on that widest spot on the beam, which is gonna wait until next winter), gray areas in the rest is actually just compounding dirt.


Close-up of port bow...


Starboard shot...


Obligatory outside shot of the stern. I'm not real happy about covering up the lettering by the ladder, so I might do the name on the aft quarters... at another time.


OK, I have lev-o-gauges (heel angle and trim angle), drink holders (2), a flicker and synthetic cascading backstay to go on, and finally I have to put my club number on the bow (6" boat number "57")... then I am ready to splash (I hope).
 

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I always felt my "sailor skills" were lacking in not knowing how to properly splice double-braid.

I needed to replace all three halyards and my spin topping lift, and it gets tricky cause if I paid someone else to do it, they'd also need to include a snap shackle on at least 2 of them. Increasing the cost considerably... So I took a chance on Youtube, and the nice NER how-tos online. Bought a pusher, and fid for 5/16 line, and then purchased 85 feet of VPC.. the result was this:


Then I took my skills learned with that, and did 2 more... with the shackles I had kicking around.
One of the most satisfying nautical things I learned was how to splice double braid and three strand rope. Being able to by a length of rope and make custom sized dock lines was a big money saver.

Nice.
 

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More toys today.


Cupholders..


Flicker built (the S2 7.9 has a roachy main, sometimes interferes with the backstay, so a flicker is helpful).


Flicker from above


Cascaded backstay installed, note it's adjustable from both sides.


You'll note 4:1 backstay adjuster in this picture, and also that I put in a continuous traveler adjustment line.
 
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