Restore a Sailboat - June 2019

Many of our friends already have their boats in the water and have done some races. Where the boat is located in the shipyard, to get to the Lake it must travel through all of the downtown bridges of Chicago. On May 5 the crew departs with the Bridge Tenders at 9:30am opening each bridge,... Read more »

Restore a Sailboat - May 2019

It’s the race to the finish line this month.  I have 5 weekends, including the 3-day Memorial weekend to get the remaining 14 projects complete. While it doesn’t sound like many projects, some of them are quite involved and will take many days of work. 238. The boat was built with 10 solid un-openable windows. ... Read more »

Restore a Sailboat - April 2019

Needing days that are 50-degrees and higher 24 hours around the clock to wash down dust, paint, varnish, caulk, epoxy, this is the month to get things done. Well, on my last work weekend of the month, on Saturday it snowed all day with an inch of snow on the boat cover, and Sunday ice... Read more »
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Restore a Sailboat - March 2019

This is the month where the weather turns the corner. It can be cold, but a few warm days can get the grass green, trees and bushes starting to blossom.  March is starting out pretty bad, with lows overnight of minus 1 and 3 degrees on March 3 & 4.  And the end of the... Read more »

Restore a Sailboat - February 2019

With -23 degrees on Wednesday January 30, 2019 I zip forward 5 days to Sunday February 3, 2019 and enjoy a 46-degree day working on the boat. If you don’t like the weather in Chicago, wait 15 minutes. 209. Replaced all fuseholders on the switch panel and tested them. This was done because in the... Read more »

Restore a Sailboat - January 2019

We’re past the shortest day of the year and onward to summer.  Only its time to deal with the two coldest months of the year. The boat is at the end of this shipyard, at the end of the outlets on the fence. I run a 100′ extension cord to the boat and by the... Read more »
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Restore a Sailboat - December 2018

I reflect on my wife’s comment a few months ago. She said, “With all of this work you are putting into this boat, none of it shows.”  I’m pretty sure it was a compliment.  I think. Where the boat is stored for the winter on shore on a cradle, it has a gravel/sand ground. Tracking... Read more »

Restore a Sailboat - November 2018

The average high temperature in Chicago in the month of November is 48 and the average low temperature is 32.  Much to my surprise, I read that epoxy (West Epoxy Systems) can be used in temperatures as low as 34 degrees.  As removing and fairing the old rubrail ridges is the priority, this one task... Read more »

Restore a Sailboat - October 2018

September got busy racing other boats which is pretty common now a days.  Most sailboat racers have many options to race, and don’t focus on just one boat any longer.  So in October time frees up to start working on this 42 year old Ericson 35 Mark II. 179. Put labels on the steering pedestal... Read more »
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Restore a Sailboat - August 2018

I had to take a breather from this boat after it let me down in the Chicago Mackinac Race, I’m sure you understand.  When kicked off the horse, you gotta get back on and ride again.  The good news is, all of the work done up to this point didn’t have any failures in the... Read more »