New companionway doors installed, photograph to follow and lock to be installed.
New kitchen box/companionway steps and chart table/shelf in progress.
Cabin bench and quarter birth deck boards to be templated and installed.
And,... all the usual winter maintenance projects
|New Companionway doors|
|Locking device to be improved|
|Hull cleaned, sanded and one coat coal tar epoxy with copper flour|
It's the 1st week of March and overnight temperatures are starting to be above freezing with a few nights in the 40's F, time to start hull and deck prep and paint.
March 4, still not warm enough for painting, so remove registration numbers and decal, scrape loose paint under rub-rail and hull scratches (yes sometimes I hit the floating dock and sometimes a piling). Fill sand and paint when temperatures stay above 40 deg F.
Drill 1" diameter drainage holes to lazzaret through transom beam. I will close the lazzaret floor drain connected to the former engine exhaust through hull, and keep this through hull for the high cockpit drain.
March 7 60's F during the day, 40's F overnight and 70 F March 8. light sand and paint hull above water line.
Sliding Companionway Hatch Dome
Maybe this year, maybe not, but not a priority;
|16 inch acrylic dome from Edmund Opticshttp://www.edmundoptics.com/products/displayproduct.cfm?productid=1395|
Uniden depth sounder display head no longer readable, replaced with HawkEye D10D, works on same sender unit frequency 200mHz as the Uniden unit so no need to replace the Uniden Transducer. Save the HawkEye Transducer unit for when/if the Uniden unit fails.
The HawkEye display unit comes with a sun protection cap so the LCD display should last longer if I remember to install the cap when not in use.
Installed tile surround to coleman stove area, to dam hot for cooking in the boat, so I am using the stove in the cockpit only
Under cockpit bench port lights
Ordered 4" fixed round bronze port lights, and will install to provide some light to under cockpit bench area.
Working on lazy jacks, but do I really need them?
Finally installed the mid-70's era Autohelm Mark II, why did I wait so long. Cleaned and re-wired over the winter.
Use and limitations of the Autohelm Mark II;
The electro-magnetic compass dial control provides for the 4 cardinal points and 12 sub-cardinal points, so after setting sail trim to the intended boat compass magnetic bearing, connect the push rod to tiller, switch on and approximate the same compass bearing with the Autohelm dial, adjust until the boat is on the desired heading.The Autohelm can handle rudder corrections with relative ease provided for my boat heel is within 10 to 15 deg, but has difficulty with gusty winds.
I am looking forward to using this on longer trips.
July; Installed a "paddle boat" bimini from Walmart, less than $100 so even if it does not last I can use it as a template for the next one.