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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. 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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  4. Day One: A real hoser

    Got the boat parked and leveled and thought I'd better get the slime cleaned off before it set up into some kind of bio-cement. The pressure washer "easily" removes all of the old CPP ablative paint. At least more easily than it removes the waterline scum. And any place with spongy growth leaves a stain behind that won't hose off. Will investigate additional treatments later. So, the nominal "North" side of the boat is all spongy, while the "South" side is more ...
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  5. Up, Up, and Away!

    So there I was, getting the boat ready for a Fall cruise down the Big River, when one of my dock neighbors came by. "Say, are you going to leave that boat in the water all winter? 'Cause some of us are going in on a crane rental in a couple of weeks..."

    Well, I do have a few Things To Do when the boat is out of the water. And it HAS been... six? Six years! And the price couldn't be beat. So, I've foregone what looks like a couple of weeks of outstanding cruising weather ...

    Updated 10-12-2018 at 09:28 PM by toddster

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