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Project Log:  Friday, September 3, 2010

Over the course of an hour or so, I stripped the standing and running rigging and loose hardware from the mizzen mast to prepare it for storage.  I planned to paint the spars later, at which time I'd remove the remaining fittings.

The standing rigging from both masts seemed to be in fair condition, though I'd inspect it fully later on.  The running rigging was all trash, stiff, worn, weathered, and stained, but would make good utility line around the shop once I'd used the old halyards as templates for new rigging later on.

The nearby passage of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Earl had rearranged our cruising plans for the long weekend (after some concern earlier in the week with the storm's track, it turned out the storm was minimal and stayed well offshore, bringing only rain and moderate wind to the area), so it seemed a good chance to get some serious dismantling done. 

First, though, I took advantage of the calm morning to spread the sails out and have a look.  Most Fishers have tanbark sails (i.e. Dacron dyed rust red), so I had to admit a small disappointment to discover that my sails were white Dacron, as during the course of my Fisher research I'd grown to like the tanbark look.

The jib, a 155% by Sobstad, was in generally good condition and relatively new, but I'd need to get the sunshield changed, since the green didn't fit in with our planned color scheme.

The full batten main, also by Sobstad, was in similar condition and of similar age to the jib.  The sail number indicated 202, while other information I'd found seemed to suggest the hull number was 129.  Further investigation required.


The mizzen was original, according to the previous owner, and certainly appeared older, though still serviceable.

I didn't spread out the cruising spinnaker, as it was contained within a sock, but it looked to be in good condition.  I was glad to have this sail in the inventory from the getgo, as it was not a sail I'd normally rush to purchase, though I'd enjoy having it.  I also discovered, as I stored the mizzen mast next to the yawl-rigged mizzen from my other boat, that the size of the mizzen mast would allow me to potentially use the mizzen staysail from my other boat, since the Fisher's mizzen mast was a bit taller than the one from the Seabreeze.

After storing away the sails for the moment, I set up to get to work on the boat, installing a power cord, lighting, and collecting various tools and so forth.  Then, starting at the stern, I began to systematically strip all the hardware from the decks, including various cleats, eye straps, and winches in and around the cockpit. 

Access to many areas was challenging thanks to the design of the deck mold; some installations on the caprail, at the top of the bulwarks, would require long extensions and difficult contortions, particularly at the aft end.  Since I wasn't yet sure how to go about accessing the nuts on things like the aft mooring bits, I left those alone for now.  It appeared that the pulpits and lifeline stanchions were secured with machine screws tapped into aluminum plates secured beneath the caprails, with no nuts, so hopefully they'd come off with relative ease.

Note that I took these photos by holding the camera out of sight around the edges of the lazarette opening in the cockpit, with the lens point up into the 2' tall molded void, at the top of which was located the hardware seen in the photos.


In any event, I removed the remaining hardware that I could reach, plus the complicated rolling door trim for the pilothouse door.  I removed this piece by piece, reserving the old pieces for future reference.  The process went relatively smoothly till I discovered that many of the fasteners for the lower rail and trim were hidden behind a plywood panel at the lower aft side of the pilothouse--a panel that I'd probably have removed anyway, but didn't expect to now.  The panel came out easily, though I discovered that it hung beneath the pilothouse floor and provided important support for the aft end of the floor and its structural members.  I'd have to add temporary structure to support the floor till I could replace the aft panel or otherwise secure the floor's structure.


The aluminum-framed pilothouse windows featured a 2-piece frame secured together through the fiberglass with ordinary self-tapping screws from the outside.  I was pleased to find that these screws came out easily, as did the window frames themselves, which were bedded in something that looked and smelled like ordinary window glazing compound.


I was amused to find that this rugged step, which had been located on the port cockpit coaming near the ingress to the sidedeck, was secured from the back side with this rusty wingnut.  One sees all sorts of oddities in boats.  There was no visible sealant on any of the hardware that I removed from the cockpit area.  Access to the back of this step was through a very small opening located at the aft end of the storage area outboard of the port pilothouse, beneath the sidedeck.  While I was in there, I also removed the remaining hose from the waste deck plate above, and then removed that deck plate as well.


I removed the trim and cowling from the overhead hatch in the pilothouse, allowing me to slide the hatch forward and remove it.  I'd have to completely replace this hatch, as the original was in poor condition.  I removed the traveler, handrails, running lights, and other hardware from the pilothouse roof, plus the huge loudspeaker that had been located at the forward edge of the pilothouse and which everyone seemed to "like".

Removing the handrails, which turned out to be secured with threaded rod between the inside and outside sections, allowed me to also remove the overhead liner panels in the pilothouse.


These rusty, awful U-bolts fortunately unscrewed easily; I'd been worried that I'd never get this thing off without cutting.

I ended the day by completing the hardware stripping on the port side of the pilothouse, removing the two windows, Fisher 30 placard, various hardware, and whatever.  I also removed the lifelines for storage and eventual replacement.  Some brilliant mind had installed a plain steel screw in place of a cotter pin in the turnbuckle of the port lifeline, which was rusted in place and prevented me from removing the turnbuckle body to pull the lifeline aft through the stanchion tops.  I had to cut the stud, which was OK since I'd no intention of reusing the ancient lifelines anyway.



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