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Browsing Archive: July, 2012

Stainless Steel

Posted by Bryan on Sunday, July 22, 2012, In : deck hardware 

Also, I have been spending money.  There is a local Stainless Steel Outfitters in the area and they are making a few things for me.

1.  Hand rails for the main cabin top.  (74 inches)
2.  Hand rails for the aft cabin top. (38 inches)
3.  A new davit system.  I will be using an aluminum dingy (For Crabbing.....every put a Blue crab in an inflatable boat???  probably not twice!!)  More on the Dingy later.

4.  A swim platform.

Funny story, how it is a small world, the owner of...

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First Wire on the boat

Posted by Bryan on Sunday, July 22, 2012, In : Electrical 
I finally put a wire on the boat the other day.  The shore power connector.  30 amp service.
The old one was broken plastic. 

Putting in the 120 volt so I can get rid of extension cords.  I found some Plastic electrical boxes that are still to code.  They don't have all the metal sticking out the back!  Just a nice little box.  I decided to use the rings on all the wires so that nothing every comes undone....or is less likely too?

I found these handy plugs on sale.  I got them for the aft state...

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Varnishing and more Varnishing

Posted by Bryan on Sunday, July 22, 2012, In : Wood work 
Lucky for us, we have a nice little green house on the side of the house, south facing.  It is an unheated green house I built a few years ago out of old sliding glass doors.  Works great for starting plants for the garden......and for painting and varnishing.  Don't have to worry about rain and smell.  It can get up to 130 degrees on a sunny day with the door OPEN.
So once you get all your paint or varnish on, you can bake it!  We have been painting small things as fast as we can so they are ...
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ALL That Wood.

Posted by Bryan on Sunday, July 22, 2012, In : Wood work 
How much wood does a Whitby 42 have?  Imagine if you took it all out and lined it up in one room. (my room wasn't big enough)

Well, 17 drawers, 34 small doors, 12 hatch covers to lower lockers, 7 large people  doors, 9 floor boards, and lots of little stuff that I don't know YET where it does.         And I didn't put in a picture of the drawers !!!

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Posted by Bryan on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : One year 
July 1st, 2013

Lots of work still to do.  Lots of planning, lots of stuff, large long lists that need to be completed.

But we feel we are still on our schedule.

Engine went in on time, hull repairs were on time, painting is just about on time.  Boat is now clean, empty, mostly painted.  All major repairs are done.  Now to just put it all back together.   Like a puzzle.....with out the box picture. 


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Main Hatches all redone

Posted by Bryan on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : Hatches 
The old hatches have been completely redone.  The old windows had lost their luster after 30 years.  New Lewmar hatches with hydraulic locking positions. 

 The inside of the hull had to be modified slightly to fit the new windows, but more importantly, I wanted to get rid of the old wooden frame around the window.  I took off the old wood, all the old caulk and part of the hull with it.  Then build up fiberglass to make the inside of the hull flat so I could mount new Lewmar screens.  I did no...
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Engine is Reborn

Posted by Bryan on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : Engine 
Dan, my engine man, has finished his complete overhaul of the engine.  It looks amazing.  He has run it for a few hours in his work shop, tuned it up and made sure everything was working, no leaks, etc....  So far it is running great. Then he flushed everything out and added new liquids to get rid of the 30 years of build up.  Ran cleaning solutions through the coolant system and flushed, new oil (all the pistons were redone).  Lots of work.  And a great paint job.

  Here are some before and a...

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Engine Room Ready for Delivery

Posted by Bryan on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : Engine 
The drip pan was finished and a new coat of paint was added to everything.
 Almost looks new.

The old engine mounts were mounted on 3/8 inch aluminum plates on top of the motor mounts.  I wasn't sure if these are going to be needed and they were in serious galvanic bad shape.  So I added Shotgard instead.  Shotgard (aka Bullet board) is an amazing material and I bet more people would use it if they new about it( and could afford it).  I had a large amount that came with my boat.  It is a pre-la...
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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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