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Main Message Board / Companion Way Sliding Hatch Leak
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:17:24 AM »
Hello all,

When it rains really hard or when it's been raining for a while, water seems to pool up in the area where the companionway sliding hatch goes when it is open. (Not sure what this area is called). When I close the hatch after opening it all that water will come splashing down into the companionway. Does anyone else experience this and is there an easy fix?


Main Message Board / Re: Rebed Hatch Lens
« on: March 12, 2019, 01:12:17 PM »
Good to know, thanks! :)

Main Message Board / Re: Rebed Hatch Lens
« on: March 06, 2019, 01:23:51 PM »
Hi Ron,

Hull # is 212, thanks!

Main Message Board / Re: Rebed Hatch Lens
« on: February 26, 2019, 10:26:21 AM »
Yes, there is a leak in between the aluminum frame and the acrylic lens.

Main Message Board / Re: Rebed Hatch Lens
« on: February 25, 2019, 12:51:50 PM »
Thank you Jon, I will pick up some of this and give it a go! :thumb:

Main Message Board / Rebed Hatch Lens
« on: February 25, 2019, 08:50:30 AM »
Hello all,

I need to rebed a hatch lens (the Bomar hatch above the saloon). What do you all recommend for adhesive sealant? I believe the hatch is aluminum and the lens is acrylic. Any input would be appreciated!

Main Message Board / Re: Winter Sailing
« on: December 06, 2018, 07:09:42 AM »
Another thought is hard water sailing.  Possibly you could find a place where they do ice-boating.  Very fast and close to the water/ice.

I'd be so down to try that!

Main Message Board / Re: Winter Sailing
« on: December 04, 2018, 07:30:30 AM »
If you are in Charleston, then you should check out the fleet that is in the vicinity, ( Boston Sailing Center maybe?). They sail all winter. I always see them out on the weekends whenever Iím in Boston. Iíll bet you could catch on as crew.



Thanks for the tip, I will definitely be checking them out! :)

Main Message Board / Re: Winter Sailing
« on: December 04, 2018, 07:29:23 AM »
switchback, you were right next to my boat this summer, and yes, the wind from the northeast can be brutal. I used to be at Winter Island and got to my boat via dingy and several times we couldn't get out to boat and once capsized trying to get to her. Oh well, stay warm

Yikes! Hopefully we will see you out on the water next summer! We will certainly be visiting Salem regularly!

Main Message Board / Re: Winter Sailing
« on: November 29, 2018, 12:46:46 PM »
Even in sunny San Diego (except today, where we are experiencing rain and 30 kts!?!?!) I run a $80(+/-) EvaDry 2200 dehumidifier. Works great! Nearly silent and keeps boat bone dry. I modified its plastic collection tray by drilling, and gluing a small hose barb with clear fish tank-style tubing that drains the water into the sink to keep it running 24/7 unattended.

Thanks Noah! I'll be sure to check that out!

Main Message Board / Re: Winter Sailing
« on: November 29, 2018, 06:53:50 AM »
Ron, you're right the humidity is definitely a concern. We have dehumidifying thingies placed around the boat which seem to be working pretty well so far. Hopefully they hold up in the coming months!

Jeff, yes we're in Constitution marina! We actually lived on the mooring for Sept-Oct in Salem harbor right next to day marker 23. That was a beautiful place but extremely exposed to winds from the North East as I am sure you are well aware! That made it interesting taking the dinghy in and out to get to work and back. We're very happy to be in Constitution now and no longer have to worry about the frigid early morning dinghy rides in bad weather!

Main Message Board / Re: Winter Sailing
« on: November 28, 2018, 01:13:30 PM »
3 years ago in May we had a lot of icebergs in the apostle islands, went with a friend on his boat dodging the bergs, or floating ice sheets, was a lot of fun, I can see where it would be a rush, OK, been there and done that, now its the BVI's or close to it for me from now on.  Something about beating the elements does appeal to some, , wow living on your boat in the winter must be challenging, What do you use for a heater, I know the boats aren't insulated well, I've stayed on my boat occasionally in the winter with a 1500 watt electric heater,  never did get too warm, good luck get out there and have fun my friend, winter is long and life is short.

Hey Bobg, sounds like you had a blast! I'm glad you got to experience that! This is my first winter aboard (not to mention first few months ever living aboard), and so far so good! We are using a 1500 watt Dr. Heater and it is working quite well. I will eventually be installing a Newport Dickenson diesel heater as the primary source of heat but even without that it is warmer than my apartment was! We put up insulation over the portholes and other various locations on the boat and we are shrink wrapped. We live in a large marina popular for liveaboards and especially for winter liveaboards due to it's well protected surroundings. There are about 150 liveaboard boats here right now. Anyway, I'm young and as such I want to take advantage of that and get out sailing in all conditions whilst I'm still able to be "reckless"! At some point I plan on picking up a bluewater boat and sailing around the world so I am trying to jump at any opportunity to learn to sail in any kind of weather/season.

Main Message Board / Re: Winter Sailing
« on: November 28, 2018, 10:47:39 AM »
Winter is my favorite season. I have experience on other vessels during winter, the challenge and adventure is appealing to me. I also do not have the means to charter in the BVIs so I take what I can get!  :santa

Main Message Board / Winter Sailing
« on: November 28, 2018, 07:09:19 AM »
Hello sailors!

I live on my Catalina in Massachusetts and desperately want to get out sailing this winter. Unfortunately my marina doesn't allow boats to leave the dock during the winter season. Boats and docks are tied together for storm safety. My question is, do any of you sail in New England during the winter months and would you mind having an extra crew member aboard (or know anyone else)? I am a novice sailor but I know the basics and am safety conscious. Let me know if you plan to sail this winter and need some crew!  :D

Main Message Board / Re: Boom Gooseneck
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:40:29 AM »

I was able to finally get this project completed yesterday! Woohoo! I drilled out the rivets with a 1/4" drill bit and used a screw driver to push them out of the hole and into the inside of the boom. I then held a screwdriver against the end cap and banged the other end of the screwdriver with a rubber mallet to work the cap off. Don't forget to loosen the outhaul! This took a few minutes as there was a small bit of corrosion on the inside of the boom. I sanded this off and then applied a healthy layer of lanocote to the inside of the boom where the end cap sits. Then i removed the rigging from the end cap and spent quite a while trying to get the pin out that holds in the sheave. This was held on tight by lots of corrosion. I let it soak in a ton of WD40 then used a hammer to bang it out. Next I coated the new upgraded end cap with lanocote, slapped on the rigging (with a brand new sheave and pin) and used the rubber mallet to get the cap on the end of the boom. Then I pre-drilled the first screw hole which I ended up doing too small and it resulted in shearing the head off the machine screw. OOPS. removing this will be a project for later... I was able to get the rest of the 3 screws (which I also coated in lanocote) in without a problem by switching to a larger drill bit, just down 1 size from 1/4". I drilled the self tapping screw in slowly and backed them out a bit then screwed in further and repeated this until the screw was all the way through. I used pretty short 1/4" stainless steel screws and added nice wide washers as well. On one of the screw holes on the boom there was a pre-existing hairline crack. I figured the washer would help spread out the force a bit better. My surveyor said the crack should not be an issue in any case... This project took the afternoon and honestly there was only mild frustration. Very happy to have the boom operational once again! Thanks to everyone for the tips and assistance. It was incredibly helpful!

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