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  1. Starboard (under) Side Deck Reveal

    Here are some pix of the underside of the starb. deck above the galley. I opened up this area two years ago to get at the wiring that goes thru there to the next area aft, the overhead in the hanging locker.
    At the time I was changing all of the bulbs out for new LED bulb assemblies. The original fixtures are still looking like new, FWIW.

    I needed to clean up the wiring that fed the bulkhead light and the light over the aft berth. Factory had used 3-way crimps for these wires ...

    Updated 02-13-2019 at 09:43 PM by Loren Beach

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  2. Lee Cloth "Quick Connect"

    Here is a little interior upgrade that I have been considering for a number of years. On our boat and many others, over the decades, I find that the attachment for the lee cloth is often fussy to deal with. Usually you are trying to secure yourself while the boat is rolling around and likely this is happening in darkness or with a dim red light at best.

    A metal snap shackle would certainly do the job, but inevitably it will bang around on the bulkhead, bunk edge or the varnished sole. ...

    Updated 11-29-2018 at 07:46 AM by Loren Beach

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  3. Marine Survey Check List

    I have known several surveyors over the decades. They answer my ill-informed questions with patience, and I believe that they could have been teachers had they chosen it.
    I was looking thru the web site for one of those folks, and thought that others here might like to consider (print out...) the list she uses as a general guide.
    It is a long list. A survey usually takes a full work day, and after that a written report with a lot of digital pix is prepared and conveyed to the purchaser ...

    Updated 09-21-2018 at 12:54 PM by Loren Beach

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  4. New panel cover for engine gauges

    The new engine panel fits differently than the old Universal one with its recessed gauge and switch molding. There was never any plan to reuse the old panel even if we had chosen to repair the old engine -- wiring harness was shot and all the instruments needed updating. The old black plastic mounting 'box" had cracking in it from UV and the brittle-ness that happens to cast plastics over time.

    A new cover had to be designed that would keep spray off and still allow access to ...

    Updated 08-10-2018 at 09:23 PM by Loren Beach

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  5. G10 praise

    One more close up of the new flange that better shows the G10 fiberglass plate.
    I used some 3/16" scrap to make up this piece, and it took four pieces. They were joined with an overlay of two layers of light glass cloth on each side. Total thickness ended being about 1/4". For a light duty application like this it's very strong.

    While I trust the epoxy bond, I added a few screws as well, to accompany the clamp pressure. After some thought I later removed them -- extra ...

    Updated 08-04-2018 at 07:58 AM by Loren Beach

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