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Maintenance and Mechanical

  1. Hull Ceiling Replacement

    This is an on-going upgrade project and is likely of less interest to Ericson owners with their nice teak ceilings. But there are a few Olson owners checking here from time to time.

    The Olson's have a heavy duty fabric glued to the hull sides and their hanging lockers have vinyl concealing the hull side, same tough material as the overhead fabric.

    The original hull ceiling material would likely have outlived the boat unless (!) a prior owner allowed it to get damp and ...

    Updated 06-12-2016 at 09:08 PM by Loren Beach

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  2. Upgrading the misaligned seat hatch ("before" pix)

    After a couple of decades of minor albeit constant irritation at the poor fit of the only (!) evidence we've found of poor mold (plug) tooling anywhere on our boat, I decided to fix/upgrade the port side cockpit seat laz. seat hatch. While I have seen one later O-34 with three hinges, ours had only two. Courtesy of a slam-it-open mishap by the prior owner, there was also a small stress crack around the forward hinge.

    Having been on a couple of past ocean deliveries on other boats where ...

    Updated 06-07-2017 at 07:11 AM by Loren Beach

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  3. Rot --> Rig Failure

    The rig just came down, in a couple of twisted pieces, on an older IOR one-tonner that was out for an evening sail. Winds were moderate. Good looking Peterson 37. It's been day-sailed and club raced around here for decades. Rod rigging, but that was not the problem.

    I got a look at the boat from the dock last night. Port side chainplate appears to have pulled straight up through the deck, cleanly, with a wad of decayed plywood still attached to it. This type of chain plate attachment ...

    Updated 10-17-2011 at 09:42 AM by Loren Beach

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  4. Winch Riser article

    Since Olson 34's are rather rare, only 39 having been built, I have a current project that I thought I would write up as a sort of trial blog. Perhaps this should be somewhere in the Maint. Forum, but with only 38 other Olson 34's in the world, there might not be too much general interest.
    So I shall try it here first.
    Learning about molding out FRP parts has been quite an eye opener, too!
    So here we go...

    If a "blog" is a sort of digital ...

    Updated 08-22-2011 at 11:50 AM by Loren Beach

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