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Browsing Archive: August, 2012

Foredeck hardware

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, In : deck hardware 
I have been installing deck hardware on the foredeck when ever I get a second person to help.
Easy now that the anchor divider is gone.

This is a dry run, with cleats, washdown, water fill, windlass, chain scupper, foot pedals for windlass, bowsprit.

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New sink and Freezer lids

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, In : Fridge 
New double sink.  $190 new......$25 used.  How used can a stainless steal sink be?

It will be mounted on top of the wood, another piece of 1/4 in wood goes on top of this, but AROUND the sink.  The wink sticks up 1/4 inch.  Then the Corian Counter tops will be cut so no wood shows.  That happens in 2 weeks when Paul gets back from vacation.  

The same corian will be on top of the freezer/fridge, so I am trying to get the lids done.

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Anchor locker

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, In : Anchor 

 I was trying to put pieces back on the bow of the boat.  But that stupid anchor locker divider was killing me.  I am not a small person and all my small friends were away.  Well, I figured I would just cut it out.  It was rotten on the bottom half and needed replacing anyway.....well now it surely does.

But oh, it is now so easy to install hardware on the bow.  Handrails are in, cleats, windlass, and a few other things.


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Isn't it nice?

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, In : Wood work 
Put on some trip I could figure out where to put the hand rails.

Pretty isn't it?

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Holding Tank Fits

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, In : Holding tank 
The New 50  Gallon Holding tank has arrived and it fits.  Folk at MAS Precision Plastics did a great job. (out of Toronto) 
We added an angle to the box that allows you to slide it in the limited opening.  All the fittings are accessible through the closet floor behind the stairs.

Under the tank, the old plywood was replaced with Bullet board by the previous owner, then I cut it out to replace tanks, and then put it back in.  Strong stuff!  When I stand on it, there is NO bend at all.  (I'm 225...
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Other work happening.

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, In : Rant 

I know I don't post very often, and then a bunch at a time.  And I still don't show everything that is happening.  But I am trying. 

Some things I have been working on that are not show:
The Water Tanks.

I have had some good advise from respected Whitby 42 owners on the water tanks.  A known issue.  I am going to try a combination of ideas that do not involve serious alteration to the boat.  I have inspected my gasket ? Caulk stuff that holds the tanks in place and in the end, I have decided tha...
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Electrical is starting

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, In : Electrical 

I did a temp set up of the electrical 120 panel so I could run all the outlets.
And pretend I have an Air conditioner (the middle label)

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Painting and Varnishing

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, In : Varnish 
We have all been painting and varnishing pieces. So they are ready to be put back on.  
Fill any bad holes, fix any delaminating plywood--or replace, etc....

In theory, it will all be ready to put back together and will happen really fast...ish....sort of...eventually.


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Cushions Saved

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, In : Cushions 
Tara took on the old cushions and brought them back to life and saved them.

She used carpet/Upholstery cleaner on the foam, let them soak for a while, rinsed, then vacuumed out the water.

About 3 times each.  One time used a mix of bleach and water.

Incredible amounts of sand and silt came out.  An interesting note, the dirt only gets about 1/2 inch into the foam.  We had a piece that was glued together and it came undone, so you could see a fresh side view.  The dirt is really only on the surfa...

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Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, In : Fridge 
We like ice cream, Smoothies, and margaritas.  So we have been working at making a freezer that will hold ice for a long time.  We debated on how much smaller to make the boxes and followed some of the advise of Don Casey in his book, "This Old Boat".  

I don't know if the previous owner, who had already started rebuilding the boat had done anything to the boxes, but they were not in good shape.  There was only about 1 inch of insulation on the top and about 3 on all the sides.  The freezer ha...
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Seacocks Going Back in

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, In : Seacocks 
All the seacocks have been fixed up and are going back on the boat.  New 1/2 inch solid fiberglass backing boards were made and epoxied into place, replacing the wood.  The seacocks were all lapped and cleaned.  I used a bronze brush wheel to clean up the treads to make things easier to put things back together.  A Dremel with a bronze brush was used for the female threads.  I also got rid of all the old caulk on the bottom, making them shiny.  Now I know that bronze will turn green and that ...
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Bryan Haas

Please feel free to contact me! I grew up on the waters of the Chesapeake sailing and fishing. I was paid to work, sail, race, and sometimes live on a 51' Hinkley (they didn't really need to pay me but they offered!). I am a high school science teacher who likes to learn by doing. Used to teach at "The Sound School" in New Haven Ct. Check it out, the most amazing on- the- water school there is. I have rebuilt smaller boats from scratch, but nothing on this scale. This is an adventure. All help is greatly appreciated.

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