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  1. Liveaboard Prep 1: Removal of Wine Rack pt. 2 (and v berth cushions)

    With the bottom "U" piece out, and both screws removed from the top "U" piece, we are now just left with the 4-hole piece in the back.

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    This piece was held in by the two screws already removed from inside the lazarette, as well as two bunged-in screws on the bottom, attached to a small block of wood behind the bottom "O"s.

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    With these removed, I started applying ...

    Updated 02-18-2019 at 01:49 PM by Sati (typo)

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Ericson Ownership
  2. Liveaboard Prep 1: Removal of Wine Rack (gasp) pt. 1

    I think everyone with Ericsons of a certain size and vintage is intimately acquainted with the signature wine rack, though I don't think I've ever seen any pictures of a boat here with wine in the rack. Happy to be proven wrong here. It's a charming detail and, as noted by Christian Williams, likely installed to garner an appreciative nod from high-status couples oooing and aaahing over their new interior amenities at a boat show.

    Well, I don't drink and am moving onto my boat in a ...
  3. Me and "Tween'r" (Ericson 27)

    I've had a lot of boats during my 56 plus years of being on this earth, most of which have been sailboats. Sailing is my favorite. At age twelve we lived on a small 100 lake in north Alabama, Pine Lake. My dad got me a Super Snark. It was Super because it wasn't just a hull of exposed Styrofoam; it was encapsulated in plastic. Oh, and by the way, he threw in a book and said, "Have at it."

    I did, and I've never looked back.

    There was an American 16 as a teenager. ...
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    Ericson Ownership
  4. 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 01:11 PM by Christian Williams

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Racing & Crusing , Ericson Ownership
  5. Ericson 38--Overdrilling Mount Holes, Anchor Lid Pin Repair

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    The Eastport pram is 7 feet 9 inches long, weighs only about 65 pounds, and fits nicely on the foredeck.

    I reshaped the transom to conform to the camber, and padded it at the two contact points. The Taylor bumper rail makes a permanent soft landing for the bow. Two stern lines tie pretty well to the dorade guard before the mast, but that is where tying pretty well ends.

    What is needed for the bow is a folding padeye for a simple ...

    Updated 06-13-2018 at 03:20 PM by Christian Williams

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    Ericson Ownership
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