Sunday, June 8, 2014

Haulout and bottom paint

Speedo and transducer holes, unholed.
New seacocks and throughhulls
New seacocks mounted on 1/2" fiberglass expoxied to the hull. Yard made fun of me for having ~1 1/2" solid glass, but these will not be a weak spot!
Old throughhull. Yes, that's one entire thread holding the seacock on for the last 30 years.
Watermaker inlet
Watermaker brine discharge

Shaft Seal

I suck at pictures, but....

New PSS shaft seal running on new shaft

The old stuffing came out as something like greasy sawdust. The old shaft, courtesy of a corroded flange fitting, came out in two pieces with the help of an angle grinder. In went a new shaft, rebuilt prop, and PSS dropless seal. Yay for maintenance, boo for the checkbook.

New cutlass bearing
Old now 2-piece shaft
Popped right off - after a few hours of cussing and beating, a very expensive hour of "professional" cussing and beating, and a half-hour with a grinder.


T-ball fitting spliced into top of solent stay
Below decks, 1/2" threaded rod with eye fittings lashed from deck throughbolt to stem throughbolt. "If you can't tie a knot, tie a lot."
Finished stay. T-ball fitting on top, Colligo terminator on bottom, both Brummel-spliced into 7mm Dynex Dux (16,500 pound breaking strength, comparable to 7/16" 1x19 316 SS wire.)
Tensioning mechanism - pair of Colligo terminators, secured to the deck with a 1/2" (20,000 pound) shackle. Lashing replaced with 3/16 Amsteel - the 1/4 was difficult to tension properly. The tail is left long enough to reach the windlass for tensioning.
Stay and sail tack. 1/4" Amsteel loop and soft shackle for pennant.
100 square foot heavy (7oz??) high-cut blade jib flying. Balances a double-reefed main perfectly.
Sheets are turned at the base of the mast through a system of soft shackles and aluminum rappel rings. Rhapsody has only one set of winches, so flying the jib and genoa at the same time is problematic.