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  1. Grease It Up. Or raather Down.

    Recently, I installed a grease fitting for the lower rudder bearing. A quick little project that is at least whole and complete, in contrast to the many not-quite finished things going on around here.

    The rudder shaft rides on two bronze bearing/bushings. One in the deck plate at the top and one at the bottom of the rudder tube. There is a zerk to grease the top one, but the grease doesn't seem to work its way to the bottom. There is already some wear and a bit of a "clunk" ...

    Updated 06-22-2019 at 12:44 PM by toddster

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  2. Venerable Sailomat 3040 for Venerable Sailboat

    Every proper cruising boat needs a windvane self-steering gear. Right? This is one of those things I thought I'd go full-mad-scientist on, some time in the future when other needs were taken care of. Those things are expensive, but plenty of people have successfully brewed up their own. However... I noticed this old Sailomat unit - it its day, the "Cadillac of Windvanes," gathering dust in the back corner of a local marine consignment store. For years. But the price was a bit too ...
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  3. Long Winter Nights. Part 1

    It appears that this winter is not going to relinquish even a single day and we are to dwell in snow and ice well into March. Nothing is getting crossed-off the list of tasks that Must Be Done before re-launching the boat. But of course, there is an endless supply of smaller tasks that can be addressed while waiting for the weather to clear.
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    I just got in from winching the FedEx truck out of the ditch. Coincidentally, it was bringing me an electronic ...
  4. Re-Re-Re Re-Rig

    Music and lyrics by Max Headroom. So the rig is down and out on a greenhouse table where I can work on it in relative comfort. Good thing too, because there is a thick layer of snow and re-re-re Re-Frozen slush on the ground and all over the boat.

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    So, I've gone over all the wire and fittings, and the only thing that I can find really wrong is the aft lower turnbuckles are both slightly bent. None of the shrouds were installed with a toggle, ...

    Updated 02-18-2019 at 12:31 PM by toddster (problem with photos?)

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  5. Day Ten: Back In Black

    Wow, barely more than a week and already Arcturus is getting a little antsy about being out of the water so long... gonna be a long winter. Especially when he sees me taking Lil' Bote out to play.

    I spent a week fixing little dings and details and slathered on three coats of West Marine CPP. Left a quart or two for touch-up details before launch in the spring. Most of the days elapsed were due to playing musical chairs with the stands and waiting for the paint under each pair of ...
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