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  1. toddster's Avatar
    Maybe... I've been contemplating retirement and extended low-budget cruising. The hypothetical use-case is Alaska to Baja. It's a little hard to make a big life decision, but meanwhile I'm doing some "prepping" when the opportunity presents itself. I've accumulated quite a collection of gear that represents other peoples cast-off and recycled dreams. Considering that it may be several years (if ever?) before the boat is back at the workshop again, I'm trying to do as much of the work I'd conceivably ever want to do that requires bottom-out and mast-down access. (Subject to reasonable budget, that is...) E.g. I don't really need the wind vane or the scuba compressor mounted all the time in the local marina, but I'd like to have the hardware and reinforcements in place so that I could simply bolt them on when they're needed.

    (Last winter, the wind vane was disassembled, de-salted, repaired, and painted. Now it's time to get it off the workbench.)
  2. Christian Williams's Avatar
    Just catching up and--say, what's going on here? Steps on the mast, wind vane on the stern?

    Something you're not telling us about cruising plans?

    And by the way, as you already know, many folks wrap the rudder with something reflective, as apparently they don't do well in the sun when drying out.
  3. toddster's Avatar
    Just a one-year update on these grates. At first they seemed a little harsh underfoot. But that was my “winter feet.” My summer feet have no problems with them. And the Chinese spring bolts have worked great. Very robust and come with all the edges nicely rounded and polished.

    Darn... had to start wearing shoes again this week. Totally bogus, man. Gonna have soft pale winter feet again pretty soon.
  4. frick's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by texlan
    I have Ericson 29 hull #8, and am in the middle of a pretty serious refit. Coming up with a plan for the forward hatch is one of the items on my agenda, and your posts on the subject have been incredibly informative. As a fellow E29 owner...thank you.

    -- Sean
    I put a new lens on my old 29 forward hatch it looks great
    Rick
  5. toddster's Avatar
    Well there are a few places where the top layer of the barrier coat is worn away (or never properly adhered in the first place.) I can tell because I put the layers on in alternating colors of white and gray. I suppose I'd better make another trip to WM and add some more. I'd really like to get this repainted while the nice weather holds. Of course, I should be cutting firewood and winterizing the buildings. Interesting how, in some cases, there was less fouling around the spots where the jack pads were located during the previous haul-out. In other cases, those are the spots where the barrier coat is wearing.
  6. toddster's Avatar
    I see that other threads brought up but left unaddressed the issue of “medium profile” vs”ocean hatch.” The lens material, I believe, was the same thickness (and thicker than the “low profile” hatch) while the aluminum frame is thinner and probably not as robust. However two features pointed me toward the medium profile:
    1. The medium frame can be disassembled in the field to replace the lens, while the ocean hatch must be returned to the factory (per the Lewmar manual.)
    2. It was on sale for quite a lot less.
  7. texlan's Avatar
    I have Ericson 29 hull #8, and am in the middle of a pretty serious refit. Coming up with a plan for the forward hatch is one of the items on my agenda, and your posts on the subject have been incredibly informative. As a fellow E29 owner...thank you.

    -- Sean
  8. toddster's Avatar
    Yes, there are no straight or flat surfaces anywhere in this project except for the flange that I built/extended. Some of these details were in another post that apparently did not get "approved."
    Also, that the hatch in question is a Lewmar #50 medium profile.
  9. Loren Beach's Avatar
    http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexc...&referrerid=28

    http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexc...&referrerid=28

    The "barrel nut" solution worked for us but our boat has a flat surface inside for them to recess into.
  10. bigd14's Avatar
    Ahh, this got me laughing out loud. I have had so many similar experiences. It never goes as planned!

    Nice work in the end though. It looks like it was designed that way.
  11. toddster's Avatar
    FYI: I just looked-up and re-ordered that low-stretch blue line that I used in this project. In fact it is Sampson "Amsteel" 1/8 inch, purchased on Amazon in 100-foot hanks.
  12. Christian Williams's Avatar
    Inventive solution, and looks good to me. Leaking hatches no fun at all.

    For those holes--Rockler has a variety of sticky-back veneers in any wood you like. Just cut with scissors to form a "wood" base. Then vanish the veneer. Might work well, and if not--peel it off.
  13. O_Scott's Avatar
    http://www.boulterplywood.com/ is a specialty hardwood supplier in the Boston area, that ships world wide! Apparently they are one of few folks that have teak and holly plywood sheets manufactured these days. They also have solid wood available. Guess we were fortunate to have them local when we replaced our cabin sole. GL Oreon
  14. Loren Beach's Avatar
    There are some good threads here on curtains and related privacy-enhancement ideas. This is also on my "list" for the future....


    http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexc...&referrerid=28

    http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexc...zarette-Hinges
  15. toddster's Avatar
    poly marine two part adhesive. Darned auto-incorrect. Went through two 250 ml kits before I realized that i should have bought the 1-liter kit in the first place.
    Anyway, how this is going: I glued up the floor then added an additional PVC tape inside and out to reinforce the bow section. It's holding OK after a month.
    However, the section right under my feet (aft starboard) came off next. Glued that up. I can see another section that's starting to bubble, though I can't seem to tug it off. I'm sure it will come off as soon as I plan an excursion.
    Maybe I'll have the whole floor re-glued before winter!
  16. toddster's Avatar
    We had some fairly "spirited" sailing this week, with some episodes of extreme heel that led to a few objects sliding around the boat. Maybe even a hurtle or two. The table, left on "half brake" tension, didn't budge.
  17. toddster's Avatar
    I've been kind of kicking myself for not cutting radius corners on those cut-outs. It would have make the woodwork a little fussier, but less potential to develop cracks. Well, no sense worrying about it now. I may epoxy some reinforcing battens along the tops and bottoms of the openings.
    Updated 08-22-2018 at 01:41 PM by toddster
  18. Loren Beach's Avatar
    Your table and support mechanism looks great!
    I had to reinforce the table on our prior 26 footer to keep the coffee in the cup when someone hit it with a knee. The Olson table assembly was much sturdier but still benefited greatly from securing the central cabinet portion to the mast.
    As for how many can comfortably sit around ours, four is fine. Six is rather crowded. I have also heard the old saying about how many people a boat should "drink, eat, and sleep"....
    Perhaps mariners were shorter and thinner in ye olden days?
    Updated 08-21-2018 at 11:47 AM by Loren Beach
  19. toddster's Avatar
    Not all Home Depot's are created equal.

    But in fact, the situation is all HD's fault. Last winter, they started carrying a (poor) selection of mahogany. This apparently killed-off mahogany sales for the one millwork place in the region that used to stock it, so they dropped it. Then HD apparently discovered that they didn't sell enough of it, so they dropped it too. It's now special-order only, and only in 24-inch lengths.
    It's too bad - the millwork place used to have fairly large boards, so you could get more than one project (or a whole larger project) from perfectly matching wood.
  20. Christian Williams's Avatar
    I guess you're nowhere near a Home Depot. That's where I get my "mahogany" and other hardwoods these days.
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