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As many of you might know I purchased Hull number 006 a couple weeks back, and have slowly be upgrading and refitting the boat to my liking. I have nothing but high praise for the prior owners of this boat, it was obviously very lovingly cared for.

I made 2 mistakes in picking up the boat (that I've noticed so far)... One was I forgot the outboard (you'd be surprised how much stuff I hauled back, my back seat was full, the bed of my truck was full of stuff that would NOT blow away, and there was a generous amount of stuff on the boat as well). So you can imagine why the outboard was left behind. Also the owner kept the plywood floor inside as he had just had it refinished, and it also got left behind.

Anyway here is the boat as I dragged her home:


I was lax in my strapping down the mast on the forward end, and I didn't cross lash the mast I just looped over it... the good news is it wasn't a problem until I was almost home, but the bad news is, I could have (but didn't) easily buggered the mast, it slid OFF the pulpit and was laying on the lifeline, off to one side on the trailer. That was to close and I'll have to pay more attention going forward.

Here she is backing into her winter home (note I fixed the lashing of the mast by then):


Its hard to tell, but someone recently (last 4 or 5 years) painted the decks, and looks like kiwi-griped the nonskid. The color LOOKS off white, but it is apparently brightsides white (as the owner left a color card in the paperwork).

As you can see there were some minor things, like the hatch slide:

but the boat came with a bunch of sails, 4 more on the floor outside of this picture of all the ones on the shelf


We trailer launch our boats in our local puddle... so this trailer isn't gonna work:


Bottom was already VC17m (freshwater boat), but it appears to need a new bottom coat:
 

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First fix was to eliminate the most glaring thing I forgot... The good news is, the 3.5hp outboard he had was of the same make/model of the Nissan 2.2 I had on my Capri 25 that caught fire. I hated that 2 stroke, only 2 stroke I never liked.

This is my big expense for the boat this year, a 4 stroke 3.5 hp outboard... I'm actually quite looking forward to using it... I'll be using 100% ethanol free fuel, cause I don't need a carb repair in my future.

Before you say it, I know, the Merc in this size is a rebranded Tohatsu... I DO know that... but I got the Merc about $50 more than the Tohatsu, so I paid to have the name... OK! That's a long shaft... F-N only model... integral tank, no external hookup. I wanted simple and hopefully reliable.

 

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I started right away in making keel guides for the trailer. I KNEW I had to make the guides before the boat was off the trailer. I can paint them and if need be carpet them when the boat is off... but for now, I had to make sure I configured it all up before the boat came off.

Couple things I don't like... the slot for the keel is to small, ideally I want to grind off the "channel" and replace it with a 2x12 pressure tread (or 2 2x6s is fine)... Just want a nice wide space to lay the keel on.

Also the boat has no space for, nor does one exist, a winch pad, or bow stop. The trailer is a "lift off" model Triad, and I need to make it so I can "float off." Its not gonna be perfect, but I need it to work JUST the same.

Here is my work:

I had no way to create the angles easily, for a chute for the keel, so this is what i did... Door hinges.
 

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Next thing to go was the wood motor mount...

Using the wood mount as a template, and having ordered a new starboard mount from Catalinadirect (they have them for the Cat 22 and Capri 22)...
Sold as a kit with the backplate (which best I can tell does not work with anyone's mount)... My mount already has a backplate, so its not a big deal, but for some reason I bought the damned plate again! Oh well.

Purdy no?
 

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Yes the mast is a mess in this picture, but the key point you should see is I created a mast rest on the starboard stern pulpit... This is important, because if the mast sits in the middle like most trailerables, it is directly in the way of getting aboard, also there is nothing easily (or lightly) built that can support the weight. I thought this was a good compromise... the mast does not exceed the width reach of the beam either this way (surpirsingly)... Plan is to ratchet the mast to the stern cleat. Now I can place a 6' step ladder directly behind the open transom and it is JUST high enough (6' step ladder sides below the waterline, and yes its a 24 foot boat!

I also made a quick way to cap off the hole for the mast (will paint it later, as I will the mast supports)

Also did a bow pulpit support this is heavy, but it needs to be.

 

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Unexciting stuff, quick sand of the old bottom (used 220 on my RO Dewalt):

First coat Red VC17m going on:

Boy that spruces up the bottom quick no?

Stepping back (note there is a keel stop on the keel guides... this is to prevent loading the boat to far forward, hope it works):
 

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I stripped the hull bare of all her markings today... all indications of the old owner, name and registration are now gone, and I rubbed down the hull with paint thinner to get some of the black stains off the hull... the hull is painted brightsides white. Here is the result of the work.


One thing I should mention, I noted the hull had the outline of "Mini Moo" on it, indicating the prior name. I wasn't terribly fond of "Geronimo" with references apparently to the movie "Wind" which I have not seen (its on my list OK?)...

But looking up the old name, I found the prior owner was John Rogers out of Genesee Yacht Club. Looks like John had some success with the boat too, and I got a wild idea in my head. You see, we breed Brittanys, beautiful brown and white spotted dogs, and my daughters Grand Champion Champion is "Woodland's Water Fairy," aka "Misty Moo," or as we like to call her "Moo." IN turn my daughter has been over the top with the whole cow theme since. Now 14 and quickly beginning to think I "stupid," I liked the idea of indulging her just one more time and brought the name back to "MINI MOO"

Of course this opens a WHOLE WORLD of possibilities with the boat! But first to fix some issues...

Gotta cover this, its looks bad


Replace the name as best I can with one the same size shape and font as John's original name on the boat (added some color for flare):


Legal stuff, boat needs to be registered and all (note I nicely covered the old yellow spot with this):


Hailing port!


What? NO way I didn't? Yep, I went there! Race Committee is gonna notice THAT crossing the line early.




Oh yep, this was fun... greatest part yet? If I scratch the hull, put another black sticker on!
 

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Oh and those companionway hatch slides! Here they are off, by the way, they were screwed in from inside the cabin with machine screws, into the teak rails above deck. 5 screws per slide.

Here was what prompted me to do somethinb about them.


I bought 2 pieces of 1x2x39 inch black starboard to replace the 1.5 inch tall pieces of teak used for same... I can only get 1 inch tall stuff easily, so is what I went with.

I thought about using my table saw to cut a groove and almost did... I would have had to move the table guide 3 times, for 1/8 inch at a time to get wide enough of a groove for the hatch... then I thought more on the subject... I DO own a router, its just not a TABLE router. Well that isn't true either, they DO sell a table for it, I just don't have it... Solution? Make your own table! Turn the router over, screw it to a piece of plywood with a hole in the center... VIOLA table router!



The above shot is of the home made table router, but also with a test piece of 1" wide plank grooved with a 1/4 inch router bit. Turns out 1/4 inch isn't wide enough, as the tabs on the hatch aren't perfectly straight! go figure. If you look at this, you'll see how wide the original was, that's actually overkill wide too...
Top is the original, middle is 1/4 inch and bottom is a test with 3/8 inch... I tested the hatch with the 3/8 and it was more betterer.


Now to make a great solution (or mistake depending on your day):


I dunno I think it worked nicely no?





This isn't done by any stretch... these are just set in place... for testing. My aim is to drill 5 holes all the way through these starboard pieces, countersink the holes for proper stainless machine bolts. This will require NEW holes for the cabintop.. Because I'm going to bolt these on, not screw them. That means the holes in the cabintop will be overdrilled larger, plugged up with laminating resin, and dried, then REDRILLED... that also means I'll be filling in the old holes with laminating resin as well. Sucks but this is the price we pay to prevent core damage. I'll post pictures of all that, it'll look much more boring than these pictures of course because the repairs will be hidden but make no mistake, that will all be MORE work than this was.

Note too, that I have new black starboard pieces to replace the companionway hatch keepers too... so the hatch sliders, and keepers will all match. That won't take as long to install. I may also do that the same way, bolts, instead of screws (it may already be bolts though I haven't looked yet).

Anyway, that is where I am so far.
 

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I should note above that the slides are not routed all the way through, and that starboard is rounded/beveled on the top already (came shipped to me that way, as that is how I ordered it)... anyway, that means there is a specific port and starboard hatch slide.
 

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Our venue is frequently light air, and the WL seemed like a better choice than the S2... not sure. 2500lbs 1100lbs of it in keel? Might be an interesting boat to sail. Can't wait to give it a go.
 

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Got lots of work to do this weekend will continue to post. Looking forward to end of April when I can splash the boat, and get some sailing shots.
 

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Mostly day sailing, but we have a few overnights a year on the lake. Best I can tell the quarter berths are decent comfy (about 7 foot long)... they seem likely to be most useful actually under way. The V berth doesn't look all that usable, but I dunno yet.

There is a sink but its setup to pull from a 5 gallon flexible, and seems to drain back to a bucket, the prior owner appears to have adapted it to drain into the cooler.. that works I suppose. I see no reason to use the sink though.

My biggest grief is the porta pottie, which would be unusable under the v berth. I may actually permanently attach the head brackets to the middle of the floor (yep you heard me)... and I'll move the pottie from middle of the floor to under the V, depending on what I'm doing. I solo sail lots, so having it easy to reach (and use) with the tiller pilot driving works for me.
 

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Caleb, I had a Capri 25, which is 4' draft... this is definitely deeper 6 inches more looks like a foot to me. I strap launched the Capri, but my concern is this is a single axle trailer and it may put undue stress on the fold down dolly. I'm considering several options right now.

One is a $300 a square tube extension, but it only buys me 4 feet.

Obviously the other one is strap launch with both sets of dollies (front and back) down... our ramp is rough enough that that might very well break the dollies.

Another option I'm considering is creating a tongue extension... 2x2" tube with a ball mounted on it, and a U bolt to hold it in place. I think the only length I'd get out of that is another 4 feet (8 overall)... possibly 5.

Our ramp is STUPID deep though. The first year I had my Capri 25, I managed to get the truck in the water up to the bumper, and my Capri floated off! YEP, THAT deep!

Presently I think I'm aiming for strap launch its the cheapest option...

If you haven't thought of it, single axle means if there isn't substantial tongue weight, then unhitching could cause the trailer to rock all the way back (thankfully I have a dolly back there to prevent it from going far).

So I may get a spare tire mount with a spare wheel hub, and mount it to use AS a dolly. One of these...
Mount it horizontally, and the wheel instantly reaches the ground as a dolly :)

Might be the best option.
 

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Made a little progress today...
Hatch slides drilled and countersunk...


Hatch keepers drilled and countersunk.


It was a couple hours work to get this done, but I installed a scuba swim ladder (removable) on the boat... I used the Catalina direct backing plate (which doesn't fit any motor mount I've seen), I ground off the lips of the stainless, and used it as a 12x9" stainless backing plate for the ladder mount... I'm concerned about this ladder mount... the fiberglass is NOT cored, its flat glass. The plate will help, but I'm waiting to see the whole ladder pull completely out. I DID test the ladder, it works and holds my fat keester. The fact that the transom is angled as such it doesn't help things much. Also that last step might only be under water 12 inches or so. Oh well, it keeps it simple...

Installed and retracted.

extended.


What you don't see is me drilling the companionway hatch holes, overdrilling them taping them off underneath, and filling them with resin. I also filled the old holes for the hatch keepers... I'm hoping tomorrow I can redrill the holes and install both the hatch slides AND the hatch keepers...

All my stuff has arrived, radio, speakers, buss bars, and wire. I also have a tiller pilot to install, and a VHF speaker extender. We'll see how much of this stuff I can get done.
 

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My last ladder had 2. The one before that had just 1... Its a PITA, but it beats NO ladder. Yep now that the ladder is installed, I am thinking of upgrading to 4 rungs, but I'll defer until summer to see how bad it really is (because 2 might not be enough either). My bigger concern is its gonna rip a hole right through the transom (despite the huge backing plate).
 

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Hatch slides and keepers installed, no more teak!
 

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Just spent the last 3 hours folded up under the cockpit installing a new breaker panel. Going from 5 position to 8 position DC panel. The panel was so screwed up I pulled out probably 10 lbs of extra wiring. There was an "optional" aux power in the cockpit for somethign unknown (maybe tiller pilot?)... also the VHF was wired directly to the battery. Finally each power source and ground was run all the way to the battery... I counted 5 leads to both...

I installed 2 heavy duty source wires to a positive and negative bus, then extended that to the panel. I managed to get everything working again after pulling out literally feet upon feet of extra wire. I obviously went to the larger panel because I wanted to add some stuff, which I have yet to do (including converting the cockpit power to Tiller pilot hookup and also putting the VHF on the panel).

I've not sourced the grounds for the LED lighting of the panel yet, but its next on the list. I'll take a picture of the final product as well as the plethora of panel, wires, screws and stuff I pulled out and dumped into the bilge as I lay twisted sideways wiring things up. This wasn't a fun job, but once its done it'll make me sleep better knowing it'll all be cleaned up. I'll probably add a bilge pump too.
 

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Ok, well I only have pictures of a few of the mid-step workings on my electrical panel.
This is the pile of stuff I ripped out and off of the electrical panel...

This is how wedged I was working on the boat... I'm 6'1" tall and 220lbs, and I have to say getting into this spot was hard, but once there, I actually had nearly enough room to sit up!

To give you an idea... I was behind the bulkheads in this picture :)

This was before I started to tidy up the wiring, you'll note I upgraded the wiring from the battery (that sits just below in this picture, less than 18 inches away), to the 2 separate bus bars. There is a heavy inline fuse from the battery to the bus bar as well. Picture is at a weird angle because I was already pretty contorted to sit in there, so it was all that much harder to take the picture.

All my inline connections were soldered... I used solderless connectors (and I struggled with that decision as I hate them) ultimately for connections to the bus bars, I tried to solder AND crimp them but it wasn't working well with my 35 watt soldering iron.

This is a lake boat, and only has light DC use, so honestly this may be a lot more breaker panel than I need, but I'm hoping it'll give me room for a few other electronics toys going forward.
Here is the panel before I slapped the cover on... You can see the size of the old panel versus the new one here. This is an 8 rocker panel, the old one was 5... The new stuff I added to the panel will be, a stereo, the VHF (which was hard wired in before), a tiller pilot and a bilge bump. What was already on circuits was, Mast head light (anchor), steaming light, running lights, cabin lights, and Speed/Depth.
 

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I also removed the mast from laying on the pulpits, and lowered it down to the garage floor... to work on it... The prior owner kept the mast spreaderless, and the shrouds indoors (great for neatness, but not real practical for a boat that needs everything ready for launch)... I decided I'd upgrade some of the running rigging as the standing rigging is only about 6 years old (and I have receipts to prove it). In this picture you'll see a black and a blue set of halyards replaced... they are spinnaker topping lift and spare genoa... I used sta-set X for those as they are less often used for me (I have hank on jib/genoa, so we won't likely be doing peels).


I got to practice some fancy eye-splicing (yep I still had to watch the New England Ropes youtube video to do it, yes I'm a Newb)... but they turned out well, and if you look hard you'll see the prior owner didn't spend any time learning crazy skills like eye splices... he believed heartily in the bowline saves all :) No worries, those halyards are going too.


I also did some work on my bearings... Funny thing is the trailer has a brake actuator, and brake lines and it all seems to work... prior owner said "brakes might need work." After tearing off the hub, I'd love to ask if he's ever sold a car without a motor, and said "motor needs work." Geesh... Well I guess long term I'll be adding disc brakes :) Good thing I drive a 3500 dually diesel, and stopping is a NON issue.


So this is a picture of the drivers side (port?) wheel hub... it tore apart and other than being dirty, and needing to be repacked, it wasn't bad. The passenger side (starboard?) was a disaster, the bearings were flopping around in their retainer, the retainer was worn uneven and water must have invaded the hub, as everything was rust colored. The rear seal was bent to heck and it looked like the inner bearing was also starting to go. So I replaced it all, new races, bearings, seals... Looks pretty good now.

I put it all back together packed the bearings up nicely with new grease... and then filled the bearing buddies (or whatever these knock-off types are called)... darned wheels look almost new now.

All cleaned up:


An essential part of the sailboat upgrade process that every sailboat should have (for crew)...

They must be placed at various locations throughout the boat, or as a boat owner, you aren't doing your best to provide for your hard working crew.


It should be noted that I'm very much impressed with these Ronstan drink holders... this one has been on my Deere for almost 4 years now. It should be noted that is not the original beverage the holder came with :)
 

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I have way more things to post pictures of, but I've been focused on getting them done, rather than taking pictures. I've been bad about that, I'll attempt to post finished pictures of each of those projects...
Examples of things I've done...
installed a remote speaker (for the VHF)
installed a new VHF antenna
Installed a AM/FM/Bluetooth dial-sized radio into the coach roof (so the crew can change stations, tracks, etc)... Its a Jensen too and has an app for your phone to allow you to control what is playing, change channels, mute, power off, etc (like a remote).
installed speakers to cover up holes in the bulkhead.. and remounted and mounted some things using starboard.

I've also installed a new floor to the boat (the Wavelength 24 has a raised wood floor, that is about 30"x60", that is held in place just by the edges). This floor was left behind when I purchased the boat (and was something someone manufactured anyway). So I actually made my own out of 3/4" finish grade plywood... I stained and varnished one side... then painted the other side white... depending on what route I go with the interior of the boat. About 1/3 of the teak has been painted over white in the boat, and I've been debating on painting the rest of it white.

Lets see I also moved the VHF higher up, to make it easier to see. I may replace this unit with a Standard Horizon DSC one (with GPS)... I loved my old one, and it also allowed me to have a RAM mic. That may be overkill for this boat, I dunno. It sure was handy though.

I painted my mast carrier stuff too... in hopes of helping them last a few years.

Finally my tiller pilot install.
 
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