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Progress on the v-berth

Posted on Mon 07 February 2011 in articles • Tagged with Interior, Projects, Systems - Hull

While my clavicle has been healing Dawn has been busy as monkey working to convert the shelves along the port and starboard sides of the v-berth into cabinets. Along with that she's also been working on turning that v-berth seat that a lot of boats have into a cabinet as …

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Chain Locker Bulkhead Design and Material Issues

Posted on Wed 08 December 2010 in articles • Tagged with Projects, Systems - Ground Tackle, Systems - Hull

Preparing to make a huge mess

I’m hemming and hawing a bit on the chain locker bulkhead. I need to make a removable panel that keeps the chain and water out of the v-berth. There probably won’t ever be any substantial amount of water in the chain locker, just the normal mess from brining …

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Replacing gate valve with proper seacock

Posted on Mon 22 November 2010 in articles • Tagged with Projects, Systems - Hull, Systems - Plumbing

Gate valve

On the left is a shot of the original thru-hull for my shower sump. It has a bronze thru hull with a gate (common household hose bib) type valve. It is situated above the waterline unless you’re on a port tack then it’s well underwater. I don’t …

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DIY Seacock Installation

Posted on Fri 19 November 2010 in articles • Tagged with Classes and Workshops, Projects, Systems - Hull, Systems - Plumbing

I’m in the middle of replacing a gate valve on my boat with a proper seacock and thought I’d share this video from Forespar. It does an excellent job of showing step by step what you need to do.

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Windlass Project is ramping up

Posted on Fri 24 September 2010 in articles • Tagged with Fiberglass, Projects, Systems - Ground Tackle, Systems - Hull

Preparing to make a huge
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DSC_8889]({static}../images/old_flickr/orig/5145201624.jpg "DSC_8889")This week I got a quote on the work to create a proper chain locker. That estimate was higher than I thought it was going to be so I’ve started …

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Big Weekend

Posted on Mon 21 June 2010 in articles • Tagged with Projects, Systems - Hull, Systems - Rigging

I love to update the blog with checkboxes as we go. Feels good to celebrate the wins and document our progress. As you know we’re working toward stepping our masts on Thursday 24 June.

I got all the pins from Andersen Machine Shop in Port Townsend and they were …

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Things are coming along !!

Posted on Tue 25 May 2010 in articles • Tagged with 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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Setbacks and Problems

Posted on Mon 05 April 2010 in articles • Tagged with Projects, Deep Playa, Systems - Electrical, Systems - Electronics, Systems - Hull

This week was full of unexpected issues and problems and very little movement forward on projects.

It started out when we noticed the some leaking with our newly installed portlights, which is fine really, a bit of tweaking was expected. However the leak got into the new wood (which was …

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New Portlights

Posted on Mon 22 February 2010 in articles • Tagged with Destinations - Port Townsend, Interior, Projects, Systems - Hull, Portholes

When we bought our Pearson 424, we knew right off the bat we had to replace the portlights and the teak eyebrow trim along the outsides of the cabin top. The existing portlights were old and leaked causing the interior teak veneer to delaminate, no structural issues. The plastic windows …

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New Year, Same boat projects

Posted on Sat 02 January 2010 in articles • Tagged with Projects, Systems - Engine, Systems - Hull, Systems - Plumbing

Ticked a few things off the to do list the past few days.

New Years Eve day, Dawn worked on the masts and booms filling all the holes we don't need anymore with Belzona 1111. Thanks to at for helping us get started. Dawn is really good at these kinds …

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