Restore a Sailboat - October 2017

WelcomeBusiness occupied my September and I didn’t visit the Ericson 35 once.  Hardly a vacation!

51. New masthead LED light installed.

52. Reminder sign to keep valve under head sink closed is laminated and taped on head mirror.

53. Chart of thru-hull fittings locations laminated and taped between windows.

54. Exterior VHF Speaker installed.

55. Latch on stove installed to keep it from swinging.

56. Shock Cord and hook mounted to hold oven door handle closed so it doesn’t unlock and pop open.

57. Two large holes in wall by electric switches filled, sanded, with 3 coats of varnish.

58. Flathead screw in stanchion which could cut a toe walking by is replaced with round-head screw.

59. Replaced cockpit drain hoses that are under the waterline. In the prior month I explained this loop in one hose was cracked on the underside of a loop – the compression side.  The tension side on top of the loop was not damaged.  I have no logic to explain how this could occur, have no idea how long it has been this way, and will never figure the logic how this could ever be.
60. Removed duplicate inline switch for engine blower.
61. Relocated eyelet up from behind cushion for lee cloth.
62. Cover over stove had a keeper removed by prior owner.  Installed a new keeper so the cover won’t slide out when heeling.
63. The two aluminum tangs sticking out the front of the mast up high are grabbing halyards and a problem for those who never look up. Ground those unused tangs off.
64. Removed signal halyard and pulley on underside of spreader.
65. Toilet paper dispenser installed.  Now the boat needs toilet paper!
66. Fire Extinguisher port installed on side of engine box.  Having attended Safety at Sea Seminars I learned a fire extinguisher should be installed up in the cockpit as most fires start belowdeck, and having a fire extinguisher in hand before heading down the hatch is a good thing as you are ready to hit the fire immediately without having to search for an extinguisher belowdecks in the smoke.  Secondly, many fires start in engine compartments.  To get at the fire, commonly the lid is removed, giving a blast of heat to your face, and giving the fire more oxygen spreading smoke quickly.  It is recommended to install a port (hole) on the side of the engine box so you can spray a fire extinguisher right into the engine compartment without removing the lid.  I built a teardrop fiberglass piece on one screw to cover the hole that pivots out of the way to discharge a fire extinguisher.
67. In the crazy race we sailed in the fall, the backrests in the cushions below were flying around.  Acquiring 4″ wide Velcro, glued 6″ strips to the walls and to the backs of the cushions to hold them in place.
68. From a SWR Meter test when the mast was up, it was clear that the VHF wire, or antenna was not working.  Testing the wire, the one from the top to the bottom of the mast has a short in it.  Also it is under-sized for the length of run.  New coax and connector fittings acquired and installed.
69. Gooseneck LED light with dimmer installed over Navigators Table.
70. With 30 leaks in the deck, we pulled those bolts out, cleaned, and installed new Life Calk. While it sound simple, some were in teak handrails where you drilled out a wood plug, cleaned the hole out to get at a screw head or nut.  Once rebedded, then the hole had to be filled with a wood plug, chiseled off, sanded, vacuumed, and varnished with 3 coats.

The next owner is really going to enjoy this boat.

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