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Installing Rebedding Chainplates

Posted on Tue 25 May 2010 in Projects, Systems - Rigging

DSC_7136\ Before\

  • The chainplates were previously pulled and cleaned up with a Scrotchbrite pad and water.
  • They were then polished by sanding with progressively finer grades of sand paper starting at 120 grit and going up to 1200 grit.
  • DSC00328 DSC00324 DSC00323\ Plates were then dry fitted and marked with tape so we knew …

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Things are coming along !!

Posted on Tue 25 May 2010 in Projects, Systems - Hull, Systems - Rigging


Dawn has finished re-installing the chainplates. She used leftover butyl from the portlight installation to seal the chainplates as they go through the deck and then put the cover plates on with 4200 and screws. The picture is is before she’s pushed all the butyl in.

She’s also …

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Rose Point Navigation Coastal Explorer

Posted on Mon 10 May 2010 in Classes and Workshops, Geek, Navigation

Last week I went to a talk on Rose Point Navigation Coastal Explorer (CE) which was hosted by Armchair Sailor here in Seattle, WA. The crowd was about 60 strong and there were a handful of folks in the under 50 crew.

The talk was lead by Jeff Hummel who …

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Chainplate Installation

Posted on Mon 10 May 2010 in Projects, Systems - Rigging

 This is our chainplate. There are many like it, but this one is

“This is our chainplate. There are many like it, but this one is ours.”

Dawn worked on the chainplates this weekend and here’s proof of progress. For our friends and family who don’t have boats, the chainplates bolt to the boat below decks and are the mechanical connection …

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Coastal Explorer Class Tonight

Posted on Tue 04 May 2010 in Navigation

Headed to the Coastal Explorer Class hosted by Armchair Sailor. I'll have more later, maybe live updates if there's wifi there.

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Tool Swap This Weekend - 24 April

Posted on Fri 23 April 2010 in Classes and Workshops, Gear, Geek

This weekend at the SCCC Wood Construction Center is the Tool Swap. I’ve never been to this, but I figured some of you locally here in Seattle might want to know about. I got a flyer at Crosscut Hardwoods and I noticed one hanging in Stoneway Hardware as well …

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Running Rigging – How much line do you need?

Posted on Mon 19 April 2010 in Projects, Systems - Rigging

I just spent a good amount time tonight going over my spreadsheet for the running rigging. This sheet includes every line on the boat both ones I need to replace immediately before the masts go back up (topping lifts, running back, etc) and lines that I can wait to do …

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Mounting the Maretron WSO100 Weather Station

Posted on Sun 18 April 2010 in Maretron, NMEA 2000, Projects, Systems - Electronics


A while back I started doing some research about how to mount the Maretron WSO100 weather station to the masthead. The yard had recommended I use a piece of flatbar and I went as far as ordering a piece and roughing it out, but that approach really bothered me. First …

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Fisheries Supply Launches their new site

Posted on Tue 13 April 2010 in Destinations - Puget Sound, Gear, Geek

It’s been a long time coming but the new site is up and looking gorgeous. I’ll let you know if it’s bug free in a few days. ;-)


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Proof of progress on mast wiring

Posted on Mon 12 April 2010 in Projects, Systems - Electrical, Systems - Rigging

Before – just a bunch of holes and messenger lines for pulling wires.



Notice the tangs for the main loweres, spreaders and the new foredecksteaming light. That wire sticking out is the feedline for the new spreader lights.


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