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Post-TP repairs

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

So we didn’t lose the mast or keel or anything horrible, but there is a handful of stuff to be repaired/replaced/maintained before sailing starts again. Here’s the the list (ongoing):

  • Spinnaker pole car, replace
  • Mainsail headboard slug, repair
  • Galley sink pump, repair, add new hose
  • Diesel shut off valve, replace (finally)
  • Tactical compass light, instrument power connections
  • Re-rewire mast electrics
  • Epoxy repair main stringer

Yard day 2, new SSB

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Shanti is out of the water, powerwashed, and waiting for the new bottom. I asked Mike Haley, our yard project manager, to go with “1+2” on the micron extra (one layer and two extra layers on the leading edges), since it’s just as fast, less heavy, and cheaper. Next spring I can consider getting all the built-up paint off and either switching to new paint or starting fresh.

The mast-pull and re-rig estimates came in. The mast r/r was more than I expected, the actual rigging work was less, so it sort of balanced out.

I bought an SSB and tuner today. Rather than pony out for a new ICOM type-certified marine radio/tuner (for upwards of $3K), I bought a lightly used Kenwood TS-50, which is a ham rig that gets good reviews, and weighs 1/3 as much. I also got an SGC 230 tuner, which gets rave reviews (though their radios do not). I also put together an install list to do it “right”.

  • Group U1 31AH battery in battery box underneath chart table (also use for nav alternate power)
  • 2 way battery switch
  • 30 amp DC breaker
  • Battery cables (long ground, charger to switch, switch to battery)
  • Copper foil for antenna groundplane
  • Mini8 coax for radio-to-tuner connection with UHF type PL-259 connectors
  • GTO-15 high voltage wire-for-tuner to antenna connection

Yard Tasks

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

The boat is going into KKMI on tuesday for about a week on the hard. I’m going to try to do as much as possible myself, because my checkbook is trembling in fear.

  • Sand and paint bottom
  • Replace propshaft cutlass bearing
  • Pull mast and inspect mast and hardware
  • Reinforce gooseneck (i.e. throughbolt or backing plate)
  • Quote new standing rigging and replace if appropriate
  • Install backstay insulators
  • Install Orca Green tricolor masthead light
  • Install external forward halyard block, rig messenger
  • Drain the old diesel, replace shutoff valve, replace w/new diesel
  • Fabricate new lifelines

Surveyor’s list

Friday, May 18th, 2007

When I bought the boat from Dave, I had it surveyed in and out of the water by Brendan Schmidt, CMS. He was thorough, and really reassured me that this was the right boat. He did find a list of things that I should repair (of course). These are his “first priority” items:

  • Repair 3″ decrapitated engine vent hose
  • Secure/Strap batteries
  • Replace fuel tank shutoff valve

Countless tasks

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Hopefully this list will start shrinking faster than it grows, and soon. I like how things that would have been “huge” last year are now just countless.


  • Lee cloths
  • Handrails by companionway
  • Install auto bilge pump
  • 4 overpriced white sort-of-SOLAS-approved handflares
  • Regular engine service
  • Medical kit and medical guide
  • Seasure gimballed stove
  • Replace cabin lights with LED puck lights
  • Drawer guide in head
  • Quarterberth cushion rail
  • Torches and spotlight
  • Install liferaft
  • Bulkhead mounted barometer


  • Move foreguy padeyes forward, install bullet guides
  • Tether attachment points
  • Shim tiller
  • Shim MOM8 outward 1″
  • Install driver’s cockpit toerails
  • Upper and lower halyard exit boxes
  • Mount epirb
  • unbreakable” spare tiller
  • radar reflector (and “data”)
  • MOB hoisting device
  • washboard retaining device
  • 2nd bulkhead compass (Plastimo 101 or 130?)
  • Fix tiller extension or replace

Rigging and sails

  • Re-do spinn halyards with heavier shackles
  • New spinn sheets (ordered)
  • New upwind halyards (ordered)
  • Backstay bungee for the running backs
  • New lifelines
  • New Lewmar 43 jaws, or install sheet cleats