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  1. toddster's Avatar
    OK, I just noticed I've got plenty of vice on board already, but I'm still pondering the vise.
  2. toddster's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Christian Williams
    Very nice indeed.

    Can you work in a small vise? I have seen one mounted, inverted, on a storage compartment cover, hidden from view. When needed, the cover is placed on the bench and the vise is already mounted and available. Even a miniature vise is invaluable aboard, as we all know.
    Thank you. Yes, the vice is one of those details that I haven't decided on yet. The problem is what sort of vice? I have a 4-inch and a 2-inch mechanics vice on hand that could simply be bolted onto the top. Maybe a flush-mounted carpenter's vice with a bench dog system would be handier? But a bit of a project. The benchtop might be too thin to hold bench dogs, as it is. It wouldn't be hard to cross- laminate another layer of plywood to the bottom. I did that with a dinghy seat that seemed a little too lightweight. (Now it seems too heavy. BTW, the seat can be seen in the "Sailomat" post, getting painted - doesn't look like much, considering that it has eight (!) parts. It just looks like a board with non-skid ) But if thickening the top, another option might be to inset some T-tracks. Ah well. It's not this year's project, I think.
  3. Christian Williams's Avatar
    Very nice indeed.

    Can you work in a small vise? I have seen one mounted, inverted, on a storage compartment cover, hidden from view. When needed, the cover is placed on the bench and the vise is already mounted and available. Even a miniature vise is invaluable aboard, as we all know.
  4. Brett DeVries's Avatar
    I installed a new center board from Ida Sailor 2 years ago. I have a 1973 Ericson 25CB. I put plastic washers on my pin to take up the side movement.
  5. kapnkd's Avatar
    Excellent imaginative creativity in a design that better utilized V-berth space so well! Nice workmanship/craftsmanship as well.

    As for 30’ is enough, ...INDEED!! Back in ‘73, I overbought, size wise, my 32 as I was looking for a 27 but couldn’t pass up the great deal I got on an in stock boat. She proved more than adequate even for Bahamian cruises of up to a month.

    Tempted over the years to trade up, but costs VS my real needs didn’t equate. Also, so many friends who DID move up later also moved down again or totally out as age set in.

    Perhaps an ideal size is 35 to 40 foot max if more extensive offshore sailing is intended. (A nicer sized head WITH a shower is more of a necessity than a luxury ...unless cruising remote Southern latitudes and using an on-deck Sun-Shower that all can see in a crowded anchorage.

    Again! ...Great design and workmanship!! Kudos!!

    Fair Winds!!
    Updated 10-30-2019 at 11:45 AM by kapnkd
  6. Filkee's Avatar
    The inside of my winter cover has never looked so good.
  7. Filkee's Avatar
    It was always a spectator sport from my perch in Ocean Park but nerve wracking just the same when considering my hill-dwelling friends. Glad you’re okay.
  8. Christian Williams's Avatar
    Fire one mile away. But out fast, since no wind. Next few days to bring 30-50 mph gusts, which will be great concern with tinder-dry conditions.

    Re the hatches, in retrospect the issue was that I chose a hatch replacement acrylic that was somewhat thinner than the original. Maybe 1/8th" thinner. No strength issue, but it meant the new material sat low in the frame. I built the bedding up with with an extra layer of butyl tape. Not the best solution, because of compression and oozing. With acyrilic of the same thickness, hardly any bedding is necessary, given the mechanics of the hatch. Today I would use Dow 795, not butyl tape. A little more on the general topic here: https://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoex...ng-Vetus-cowls
  9. Filkee's Avatar
    Hope that fire wasn’t too close.
  10. Filkee's Avatar
    I saw this note on your VIMEO page and was wondering if there was more to consider with the benefit of time:

    UPDATE: The hatch dogs produce considerable localized force on the acrylic when closed tight, squeezing the plastic against the aluminum hatch lid. This has caused oozing of the butyl tape near the dogs. It would be a good idea to place a noncompressible material between plastic and frame in that area.

    I've disassembled and hope to move the project off the ski tuning bench before the snow flies. Any new wisdom?
  11. toddster's Avatar
    1-year update. Simply “raising the waterline” by upping the CPP bottompaint line wasn’t very successful - it doesn’t stick very well to the boot stripe paint. Should have spent a couple of weeks taking it all down to the base and applying barrier coat under the boot stripe. I’m sure that nobody else notices. Yet.
  12. mjsouleman's Avatar
    Should I say ditto? I have seen others do a similar fix on this board and it is on my list. Maybe I will get to it this winter?

    MJS
  13. woolamaloo's Avatar
    I fantasize about having rear access to the engine on my 30+. (I have a smaller and leaner buddy that I’ve helped enough that he gets in my lazarette for me.) Besides the oil filters, I also have the control unit for my autohelm and a huge junction box to protect my Raymarine network cables attached to that bulkhead. I had given up on taking out that bulkhead but your pictures are making me rethink it.

    I think the deciding factor would be how well can you access the steering quadrant? Any chance you can take a picture that shows that?

    Thanks!

    Jim
    Woolamaloo
    Cleveland, Ohio
    1985 E30+ #685/Universal M18
  14. Slick470's Avatar
    I love the bike skewer solution! Please keep these posts coming. Our Olson is laid out somewhat similar to your E29 and we have similar issues with a lack of storage. You keep making modifications to your boat that I want to make to ours.
  15. bigd14's Avatar
    Nice job! That is a well thought out addition.
  16. Slick470's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by toddster
    Ah, they're just another unwanted "inheritance." For some reason, my parents got a pair of them almost fifty years ago. I would have thought they'd die out from inbreeding by now, but they seem to stay in population equilibrium with the coyotes and the hawks and the poachers. When my dogs were young and vigorous, their number-one job was to keep the peacocks on the other side of the county road, away from my house. But now the dogs have gotten old and died and the darned birds are still here.
    Huh, would have never guessed anyone would have them as pets. Thanks for the explanation.
  17. toddster's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Slick470
    Thanks for the additional details, but I have to ask. Why do you have a peacock?
    Ah, they're just another unwanted "inheritance." For some reason, my parents got a pair of them almost fifty years ago. I would have thought they'd die out from inbreeding by now, but they seem to stay in population equilibrium with the coyotes and the hawks and the poachers. When my dogs were young and vigorous, their number-one job was to keep the peacocks on the other side of the county road, away from my house. But now the dogs have gotten old and died and the darned birds are still here.
  18. Slick470's Avatar
    Thanks for the additional details, but I have to ask. Why do you have a peacock?
  19. Mark F's Avatar
    Looks really nice!
  20. toddster's Avatar
    Thanks for the kind comments. There are some more construction details - perhaps too many - in a follow-up post that has not been "approved" for viewing.
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