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  1. Singlehanded - LA to Kaua'i - Part III

    After a week of profound serenity, monotony began settling in: the same sapphire-blue ocean; a steady 15-18 knot wind driving gentle, predictable waves; night after night of luminous stars, and a Milky Way Id never seen without obstruction, or with such brilliance. The days grew warmer, and I began finding ways to pass the time. I stared aft from the cabin often, studying carefully the back-and-forth movement of the rudder head, which protrudes through the cockpit sole on the 35-II. Mostly ...
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    Racing & Crusing
  2. New Companionway Hatch: Laurel & Hardy

    by , 07-18-2016 at 11:17 AM (Ericson 25CB Resurrection)
    All of the original exterior woodwork was beyond saving when we purchased our Ericson 25CB, and the companionway hatch was no exception. It was severly worn, had cracks that extended all the way through the wood, and broken pieces near the cutout grooves for the runners.

    We started this portion of the project by using the hatch mold so generously donated by Terry Steller. He did an amazing job figuring out the curve of the hatch and making a mold to create new companionway hatch ...

    Updated 07-19-2016 at 03:54 AM by olsenjohn

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Portlights and Portholes
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  3. Mast Base / Molded Mounting Pad

    by , 07-17-2016 at 05:31 PM (Ericson 25CB Resurrection)
    A quick blog post on the molded mast step mounting pad.

    The original fiberglass top of the cabin contained a molded pad the size and shape of the mast step that fit into the bottom of the mast. Around this was an area with no non-skid that was level with the cabin top. The aluminum plate bolted to the molded pad and had holes in it for the centerboard pennant and coax line for radio antenna. The original mast step pad was molded with a built in incline to what I assume was supposed ...

    Updated 07-18-2016 at 07:44 AM by olsenjohn

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Balsa Core Repair , Deck Hardware
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  4. Fairing Cabin Top

    by , 07-17-2016 at 05:07 PM (Ericson 25CB Resurrection)
    We are behind on our postings, but have continued to make slow progress on the resurrection of our Ericson 25 CB. Life has its way of distracting us to other more pressing issues, and progress is slower than we originally think it will be. In this quick blog we catch you up with the preliminary fairing of the cabin top. Note we say preliminary since before painting the whole deck and cabin will be gone over again more finely, and of course again after a coat or two of some heavy fill primer. ...
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  5. Singlehanded from Los Angeles to Kaua'i - Part II

    https://youtu.be/_HtdHNO0308




    The next week was idyllic, our reward for enduring the initiation of the first few days. Wind was a steady ~15-20 knots, sailing on a broad reach with seas ranging from 2-5 feet. Blue skies, popcorn clouds apparently typical for the trades. The VHF radio gradually got quiet, but I still received Coast Guard and Vessel Assist/Tow BoatUS broadcasts from various ...

    Updated Today at 02:28 PM by ignacio

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