Category Archives: Second Star

Second Star, a 1982 Gulfstar 40 Sailmaster, hull number 7

Relocating the Battery Switches to an accessible area

Your ads will be inserted here byEasy Plugin for AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. Sometimes battery switches are not located in a very accessible spot. I prefer to have … Continue reading

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Sugar scoop cabinets bonded in place

Your ads will be inserted here byEasy Plugin for AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. The swim step portion of the sugar scoop was completed early Spring 2016 and filled … Continue reading

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Fabricating the Swim Step

In the post “More Sugar Scoop Parts” we saw how to make prefinished gel-coat parts using a window glass surface. With the parts made, the pieces can be joined to make the swim step. The step was made in two … Continue reading

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More Sugar Scoop Parts

In the last post for the Sugar Scoop construction, we saw how the parts are outlined with masking tape on a waxed mirror or window glass.     This process ensures a smooth defect free outside surface as the outside … Continue reading

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Sugar Scoop Construction Continued

Winter is over and work has begun again, for the third season. The new exhaust extension tube was bonded into place. It allows the engine exhaust to pass through the original transom through the area under the swim step and … Continue reading

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Bottom Re-lamination

I was not able to begin the re-lamination of the boat bottom before winter 2013-14 set in. It was an especially cold and long winter in Maryland and conditions were not good to start the resin work until June. However … Continue reading

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Rudder Quadrant Modification for Autopilot

  To accommodate the new installation of the autopilot linear drive, brackets must be added to the rudder quadrant to accept the linear drive pin and rudder reference ball joint. The general layout of the parts were drawn on my … Continue reading

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DIY Carbon Fibre Autopilot Mounting Bracket

A new Raymarine autopilot is being installed on Second Star, using a Type II linear drive to drive the rudder quadrant below the decks. A strong mounting bracket was needed to bolt to a strong bulkhead to sustain the 1,000 … Continue reading

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Sugar Scoop Construction

A nice modification for a traditional transom is adding a small addition which provides a convenient swim step and dinghy boarding area. If the projection is kept to a minimum it should not interfere with carrying a dinghy on davits. … Continue reading

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Swim Step Removal

The old swim step has seen better days. I have been thinking about replacing the weathered swim step with an attractive cold molded “sugar scoop”. I believe doing this before the bottom re-lamination makes for a stronger scoop, as the … Continue reading

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