Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Galley Hose

Short post.

I did some cleaning up inside the boat this past weekend. Since I wanted to replace the flat-head screws on the side paneling, like I did in the forward salon/v-berth area, I cleared out the port quarterberth and removed some screws. While I was at it, I added some of the same insulating material. Only able to do a couple parts as I ran out of what I had on hand. At the same time, I replaced a hose that went from the fresh water tank below the quarterberth to above it. I think it's for venting and to keep from the tank from being damaged from a vacuum when being used. The hose was a bit disgusting inside and it was sticky all around. I think something left over from when the boat was infested with bees.

close up of old hose

old hose in the trash

New hose in place along with some insulating material
Lastly, I got a small tube of Sikaflex 291 that was used to bed down the seacock. Once this was done, I attached a small piece of 1-1/4" ID hose. I closed the seacock, put some water in the sink until it came to the drain and waited. No loss of water, no leaks. Job well done! Still need to put the thru-hull on, but thinking to wait until I do some work on the bottom.

the other seacocks are waiting to be installed for the cockpit drains

In the meantime, I'm making plans for making an order of electrical supplies (wire, terminals) and waiting for it to warm up so I can continue on other projects. Sometimes, these small projects make a big difference in between the major projects.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Nav Desk Panel

In a previous post, I showed a little breaker panel that I ordered from Front Panel Express. I wanted to place it under the nav desk where an old car stereo was located, that I had already removed. Last weekend and today, I cut the hole a little larger to accommodate the breakers. When I tested the fit, everything worked out fine. Plenty of space. I only have two breakers for now, but will get others another time. The only other thing I need to do at this point is to screw it down to the cabinetry and wire up the VHF above the nav desk.

Small project, but the recent cold weather keeps me from doing other major work. A small step forward, but it's still progress

the small holes on either side were from the old car stereo

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

What's Old is New Again

While I made a few posts on my mast and boom already, I decided to post something longer to show the progress that went into where the mast is today.

When I moved the boat from Tennessee to Virginia, I had it parked nearby in the neighborhood. I moved the boat to Rockhold Creek Marina a week later. Before the move to the marina, I took the boom off and stored it in the garage at the house for some work. Took the hardware off, and cleaned up a few pieces here and there. I had expected to do all the work myself, but then decided that it would be best to hire some of it out.

I took the gooseneck end off as there was a LOT of corrosion and paint was lifting up and it was just a horrible mess. With two cam cleats mounted on either side, I went to remove them. One of the bolts holding it on did NOT want to come out no matter how much I used the hammer. I used pliers to twist it out but still nothing. The pliers caused the exposed portions of the bolts to shear off. I ended up having to drill it out and knock out the piece that was left after the drilling. Thankfully, drilling it out worked out well. I sanded it down with 80 grit sandpaper to get a lot of the corrosion off and soaked it in vinegar too to hopefully eat away some of it. Of course, I rinsed it down with water as well.

From what I have been able to find online, or rather NOT find, is that these two end pieces on the boom are not available anywhere so it's a good idea, I think, to take care of these before they're too far gone.
Badly Corroded

Drilled out, mostly

Knocked the last piece out

Vinegar soak
I pulled the piece off from the other end of the boom. I removed the lines going through it and set them aside for measuring and replacement at a later date.


this is how the outhaul was attached in the boom

Serial number?

Made by Forespar USA
Here, a video showing the boom and hardware placement for the reefing setup.

When the end pieces came back from the rigging shop, they came out very nice. You can still see the pitting from the corrosion that was there but it's so much better than it was before.

Took off all the hardware from the boom. The slide for the gooseneck had a backing bar in the boom that dropped from place when the bolts came out.

When I took off the three reefing blocks, I found electrical tape on the bottom side. I believe this was meant to keep the metal from rubbing and ruining the finish on the boom.

Last piece to remove was attached by rivets.

The mast work to this point has been pretty slow as I work on other projects.

I consulted a shop about fabricating hardware for the mast. Like the tangs holding the standing rigging. It's more for preventative measures since much is still 35+yrs old. I also want the shop to repaint the mast, but the owner said I have to do the grunt work. Meaning, I have to take all the hardware off, pull the wires, running rigging, and even sand it down to bare metal. NO Paint!

Since the boom is already started, I went ahead and pulled the hardware off the mast and started sanding it down. For the end of Aug 2016, it's been going well with lower temperatures.

While already posted, here's the video showing the mast stripped of hardware.

And views of the grunt work:

The start of sanding

almost half way down one side

most of one side sanded. At this point, the sander I borrowed stopped working.

Found this line when I pulled wires, so using it for when it's time to run the wires back.

Since the sander I borrowed stopped working, I used the time to see how a paint stripper would work on getting the paint off the metal. Mainly looking to use it in the cracks/corners where the welds are. I thought it worked out well for the most part. Just have to wait for it to do the work.

The square is from the old Forespar factory sticker.
The mast step itself also had work done to it. Here, you can see the wire connections were made on deck. The rigging shop doing the work on the mast insisted all connections need to be made below, in the cabin. So he took the mast step and added a tube to it that would allow wires to be routed below deck.

While the mast, boom and spreaders were at the shop, they did a few modifications. They added a post by the mast head to move the location of the tri-color/anchor light. They patched up some holes for old hardware that was no longer needed and cleaning up some of the corrosion. The antenna connector was replaced and moved to a new location as well. Inside the mast, the rubber flap used for the wiring was taken out and a new conduit was installed. Main reason for this was some of the wires for the light by the spreaders crossed by the halyards

I went to the shop to see the work that was done, and to reattach the hardware myself with the shop owners help using their compressor and riveting tools.

the boom

I'm really happy with how this project turned out. A few people I mentioned this to were a bit surprised that I wanted my mast to be bright yellow and even talked me into other options... white (like everyone else), bare aluminum (which is still protected anyway.... but still, boring) and even one who suggested black stripes with the yellow going the full length, like hazard tape.

My boat will certainly stand out in an anchorage and will be easy to tell people to "find the boat with the yellow mast" in order to find my boat. :-)

And lastly, I wanted to mention that the work was done by Eastport Spars and Rigging in Galesville, MD. John, the owner, and his crew did a wonderful job. Many suggestions and discussions to make sure things were done the right way. Awlgrip products were used in the paint process and the color is Federal Yellow.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Insulated Salon - Vberth

Today was a nice day. Lately, I try getting to the marina early enough that I arrive around 7:30am in order to get more done during the day. This morning, I went next door to Harrington Harbor North and walked around the yard looking at boats. Some in the middle of, or in need of, repairs while others sit with for-sale signs waiting for the next dreamer. There's a lot of nice one's too.

There's a few people who think I'm in love with lapstrake hulls. I mean, why not? The Nor'sea is a nice looking hull. Well, I found this cute little wooden boat and showed a picture to friends who said "a real one, for once, not pointless fake GRP lapstrake"... I had a good laugh at it. Still, a cute little boat.

While I walked a little more, I found a familiar boat. The Albin Vega 27, St. Brendan, that Matt Rutherford sailed around the America's. I recognized it instantly from the stickers all over the sides that were in the news article photos. I believe it's for sale. Since I could only see the outside, I think it could just use a good scrub. With Albin Vega's reputation, someone is bound to have a good sailing boat.

Lastly, it was nice to see a little Cape Dory Typhoon. Nice well taken care of little boat. This was certainly a nice little gem for their owner. (enjoy, Bill 😀)

Rearranged the negative wire from the charger. Took it off the negative from the battery bank and reattached it at the shunt used for the battery monitor. Now, the monitor recognizes power going back into the bank. If power is drawn from the system, the number on the monitor will be negative. When more power is going back into the bank, the number is positive.

Started detaching the stern rail to get ready for trying to remove the wood trim for replacement. When I removed the bolts holding down the bent part of the rail, it popped back out. The whole rail untwisted. I think it'll be alright. Just need to straighten out or replace the vertical piece.

Starboard side

Port side

Lastly, I finished installing the last bit of radiant barrier insulation and then attached the wood slats on the starboard side.

I'm happy with how things are looking right now. Still plenty of work ahead of me, as always. Lately, the temperatures have been in the mid 20s at night. When I arrive at the boat, I plug in an extension cord and the electric heater starts up. Takes most of the day before it gets up into the mid sixties to even be comfortable, but even then, it's pretty much from the waist up, while standing. Everything else is still so very cold. I will still work on my projects throughout winter.

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