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Project Log:  Friday, February 17, 2012

After a bit of unexpected delay, the final pieces I needed to effect the through hull installation in the engine room arrived earlier in the week.  There were two 1-1/2" fittings for the cockpit scuppers, plus a 3/4" fitting for the engine intake.  I'd left the aft end of the engine room unpainted pending the completion of the through hulls.  Unsure of the best hose leads, I'd covered the bases by ordering both straight and angled tailpieces (technically pipe-hose adapters) to have on hand.  As elsewhere, I chose bronze flange adapters and ball valves, a flexible system I greatly preferred over all-in-one seacocks.

With some time available at the end of the day, I decided to get a start on the installation by shaping the backing blocks for the flanged fittings.  From 3/4" G-10 fiberglass, I cut bases for the three flange fittings, plus a round backer for a 2" bronze through hull depth/temperature transducer for my nav instruments, which I planned also to install now.  I selected a transducer with built-in 20° angle to approximate the deadrise of the hull, obviating the need for angled backing plates on both sides; I could install the through hull straight through the hull for a cleaner, easier installation.

I'd hoped to be able to prepare the holes in the hull and install the backing blocks, but didn't have enough time to complete those tasks properly.

In other news, earlier in the week I'd removed the spreader bases from the mast, as I wanted to have new spreaders and bases made to replace the tubular original spreaders and cheesy bases.  The nut securing the through bolt holding the lower shroud tanks had galled, but eventually I got the bolt out when continued wrenching simply snapped the stainless bolt at the base of the nut.  Otherwise, it was straightforward to remove the bases, which I packaged up to send to the fabricator for general reference, along with the original spreaders. 

All the hardware on the mast would have to come off eventually anyway, so I could prep and paint the spar later, so with other jobs also heading off to the fabricator, now was as good a time as any.  The rest of the mast work wouldn't occur till later in the year.

Also on the rigging front, I ordered new booms for mainmast and mizzen.  I'd discovered long ago, shortly after the boat arrived here in 2010, that there were no booms on board, and the previous owner couldn't locate them in his basements, garages, or other storage areas.  Not wanting this detail to be forgotten, I worked with my rigger to secure new booms, which as of this writing were under construction at Selden Spars.


Total Time Today:  1.5 hours

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