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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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Two Old Jibs and a Boat Cover

I know, I know… Sounds like the entry line to a bar joke, but after nine days, I managed to transform two old jibs into a winter boat cover for Second Star. The cover is to protect the fore deck … Continue reading

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Bottom Repair – The Big Peel!

  I finally got the bottom peeled. It was worse than I thought and required peeling off more material than I expected. The expense was enormous! And I’m not done yet. Have to apply two layers of heavy cloth in … Continue reading

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Removing Cockpit Cubby from Cockpit Combing

In order to remove the old sailing instruments, the Datamarine depth sounder and knot log, I had to remove the cuddy hole cabinet installed in the cockpit combing. It was impossible to reach the set screws in the locking rings … Continue reading

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Sail Cleaning

Here is the line up of household chemicals I used for sail cleaning. Borax and OxiClean are common laundry detergents that can be safely used on sail cloth. Tilex contains chlorine bleach and should not be used on sails, but … Continue reading

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AC Wiring Renewal

I just finished extricating all the old AC wiring in the engine room. What a mess of shorted and burnt wires, old breakers and household wiring boxes. I removed one wire with 4 butt splice connectors it the space of … Continue reading

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Solar charging system operational

The idea of charging batteries from solar energy sounds simple and the basics are indeed simple however there are several important issues that must be addressed to provide a safe and reliable system. In a multi-panel parallel array, if one … Continue reading

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