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Browsing Archive: March, 2012

Whitby 42 Fuel Tank

Posted by Bryan on Monday, March 26, 2012, In : Fuel tanks 
I finally got up the nerve to tackle to center fuel tank of the Whitby 42.  The dreaded tank.  It was originally put in and packed with expand-a-foam to hold it in place.  Then fiberglassed over.  If water ever gets in past the fiber glass, it pits and corrodes the tank.  From pictures I took through a hatch I cut in the tank, I knew mine was not in good shape.   Another problem was the black sludge in the bottom.  I couldn't clean it out because of the baffles.  Very annoying.  But now the t...
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Sea cocks--Wilcox Crittenden

Posted by Bryan on Friday, March 16, 2012, In : Seacocks 
I almost left the seacocks alone and was just planning on adding some lube and away I go.  Glad I did not.  I have now taken all of them out.  12 of them, plus one other through hull fitting.  The Seacocks are the original 30 year old all bronze seacocks and they are in good shape.  A little green, but that is just cosmetic.  A few had steel pipes attached to them and have filled with rust over the year.  WHO DOES THAT!  Put a STEEL pipe BELOW the water line on an intake valve?    I removed 1...
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Main Winches

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, In : Winches 
I dismantled all the Barlow 27 winches.  One is missing (broken) main gear and the other lost a small axel bearing.

Both have the self furling upper jaw busted.  So in order to get new parts, You only have to contact Australia!
The Barlow company went under some years ago and this company bought the plans and still makes spare parts.

It is only $500 in parts. Only.  So I am looking at the possibility of just getting some new used winches.
 Not in a hurry on the purchase, but just planning ahead t...
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Ordering Stuff

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, In : Rant 
I finally got the OK from the doctor to not wear my sling and I can start doing more boat work, although slowly for the next month.  I have been spending hours and hours looking up and ordering parts that I will eventually need.  I found a local person to build me a new Aluminum fuel tank once I get the old on out, a somewhat local fabric supplier, to redo the main salon cushions, and lots of little bits and pieces.  I found a place that would sell me a full sheet of Teak vaneer plywood for o...
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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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