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Geoff W.

Liveaboard Prep 1: Removal of Wine Rack (gasp) pt. 1

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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 month, so those three pieces of teak are taking up some pretty prime real estate in the galley, but how the heck do you get them out of there?

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Well, turns out the bottom "u" piece is easy enough. There are two bunged screws in the lower part of each U, easily de-bunged and screwed out.

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The upper "u" piece is more complicated. The left side is held in by a screw located within the cabinet nearby, easy enough. But the right side looked to be screwed in somewhere behind the tilt-out cupboard slightly more to port of the wine rack area. I unscrewed the tilt-out cupboard and was concerned at first, because it looked like the whole section was glassed in. Also, how long have these zip-locs been there?

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Looking around, it seemed like there should be space out in the lazarette, so I did some boat gymnastics and climbed into the lazarette, happily finding the right-side screw for the upper "u" piece of the wine rack. I also found the two screws holding in the right side of the piece with four circle cutouts. The downside was that these screws were inaccessible to my screwdriver behind the tilt-out glass hood. The hood is attached via 7 screws to the lazarette, so it's easy enough to take off and move out of the way, giving you access to the screws seen here.

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I'm out of picture space, so this will be a two-parter.

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