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  1. New Inverter

    I added a new inverter to the boat this past weekend. I had a cheep cobra inverter but I didn't trust it to not catch on fire and also to not ruin the mackbook pro. I chose the Xantrex 600 watt pure sine wave inverter because it seemed like a quality but inexpensive unit that had enough power for my needs.
    The wiring was pretty straight forward, I wired it in after the "1/2/both" switch so I could use it off either the house bank (which I use for starting too) or the small ...

    Updated 05-24-2016 at 12:31 PM by Shelman

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  2. Time is Fluid (mast re-hab, part 3 of 3)

    At Christian’s recommendation, I called Buzz Ballenger and asked about his “spar seal” product. This is basically a polymer-based sealer that protects the pores in an anodized spar and keeps it looking nice, too. Per his guidance, I lightly scrubbed (the entire spar) with some “bon-ami” on a sponge, wiped it down with a bit of acetone, and then applied the sealer. Overall, I’d say this stuff is …. Good, not great. It goes on with a damp sponge, and has a propensity to show streaks and such; ...

    Updated 05-19-2016 at 04:21 PM by bgary

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  3. Time is Fluid (mast re-hab, part 2 of 3)

    Next phase of the project was to replace lights and wiring. Most of that wasn’t very dramatic, thanks to the design of the Kenyon spar that Ericson used in this era. It is a beautiful design – there’s an aluminum sail-track that slots into the extrusion, and when you pull that track out from the bottom of the mast it exposes a built-in wire channel, the full length of the mast. No fishing wires through conduit or draping them down the middle of the spar for halyard to rub against. This is like ...

    Updated 05-20-2016 at 11:13 AM by bgary

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  4. Time is Fluid ** (mast re-hab, part 1 of 3)

    (**) "Time is fluid, so the moments where everything feels perfect pass in a wink, and those where you're on your knees in despair drag on like the death of a thousand cuts"
    ....Ann Aguirre

    In other words, "how a small job becomes a four-month project, in three easy steps"

    OK, so I’ll start this by saying that I should probably go back and edit a post from January, where I opined that the mast would be back in the boat within a couple of ...

    Updated 05-20-2016 at 11:11 AM by bgary

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  5. E-32 Folding Transom Ladder


    My winter project is finally mounted on the boat! You may not be able to see it easily in the photos, but the bottom wooden step has a two step stainless steel folding ladder bolted to it. Here's the pros and cons of this design:

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    Bottom step sits right at water level while stainless ...
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