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  1. E38--Stern Rail Jump Seat

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    Visibility at the helm is fine on the E38, especially without a dodger. In fact, with a wheel pilot I'm seldom actually "at the helm," but rather nearby or next to it, steering by the buttons.

    That means standing up, because if I sit down on one of the comfortable quarter seats, nicely protected by the weather cloths, I can't see forward sufficient to identify a paddleboarder and her dog prior to violently separating them, or scaring ...

    Updated 10-25-2018 at 01:35 PM by Christian Williams

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Racing & Crusing
  2. Cover for the Dinghy, with Name

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    Yes, yet another cover. But the dinghy is wood, with Brightside paint and some exterior varnish, so a cover beats maintenance.

    I have invented many arguments to skip the patterning steps for these canvas projects, utilizing my amazingly accurate eyeballs, a few quick measurements, a rough sketch, and then Jack Daniels. I have found this method successful in making a sloppy job with numerous refits, and in proving how many measurements you ...

    Updated 08-16-2018 at 02:11 PM by Christian Williams

    Categories
    Ericson Ownership , Maintenance and Mechanical , Racing & Crusing
  3. Ericson 38--Replace Line Clutches

    The factory line clutches on Thelonious II were by EZ-Lock, the Swedish company: a triple to port and a double to starboard. Robust they are, sturdy in an aluminum casing with big handles and a thumb release system. They press upon the line with sharp claws, and never slipped in two years--unless, of course, I fumbled the ball at midnight in the rain. A double Spinlock was added years later, for reef luff cringle downhauls.

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    I am theoretically ...
  4. Ericson 38--Refit after Hawaii Cruise 2017

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    2017 breadcrumb trail here. Click on the day icons for log entries.

    I spent more than a year outfitting and preparing the 1984 E38 for this solo sail from LA to Oahu and return. Upgrades included new standing rigging (partial), running rigging, uncoated lifelines, backstay chainplate, diaphragm bilge pump system, renewed DC panel, three Group 31 batteries and charger, 9 oz. mainsail with three reefs and 120 high-clew genoa. Most projects ...
  5. Ericson 38--Bookcase, Stereo Replacement

    Most of us put a car stereo on the boat. They're inexpensive and sophisticated. My existing stereo worked fine, was relatively new, and played CDs just like the one in my 2008 Prius Touring (the best automobile I've ever owned: original brake shoes at 90,000 miles, just about no-maintenance, easy to get in and out of, 45 mph on the highway even with Bridgestone Potenza tires; compare and contrast to all fancier cars).

    Where was I? Ah, the perfectly good boat stereo with CD player. Did ...

    Updated 12-09-2016 at 09:24 AM by Christian Williams

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Racing & Crusing , Ericson Ownership
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