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Hose, Fittings & Pipe

Project Logs December 29, 2011 Recently, I routed 2″ exhaust hose out below the cockpit, through the lazarette bulkhead, through a lazarette “splitter” bulkhead and through the lazarette locker sole to test to see if the 2″ hose would be able to make the required bend.  Happily, I found that the exhaust line ran fine […]

Modified on May 6th, 2013

Plumbing


Running Rigging

Project Logs December 29, 2011 The traveler has been installed for a couple months now.  It was a decision between using the old mainsheet blocks or adding a traveler.  When I first bought my Bristol 27, it had a traveler and I also asked other Bristol 27 owners (via our Facebook group) as to what they […]

Modified on February 23rd, 2014

Canvas & Rigging


Standing Rigging

Project Logs July 14, 2011 For the past two years, all the spars have been sitting outside of the boat shed awating some attention.  That attention was paid to them a couple weekends ago, my Dad (Paul), who was able to strip both spars (mast & boom) of all their hardware. He also removed a […]

Modified on February 23rd, 2014

Canvas & Rigging


Sailboat Principles

Research The entire hull structure is not uniformly stressed by the forces of the sea. Bending loads produced by waves and by fore-and-aft rigging stresses amidships and high and low – at the deck edge and garboard [The first range of planks or plates laid on a ship’s bottom next to the keel.] area. Traditional […]

Modified on May 6th, 2013

Everything Else


Metal

Research Anodization Spar Anodization I – ..anodizing is an excellent finish for a spar because it extends the life of the spar and reduces corrosion…Anodizing is an electrolytic process that helps prevent corrosion and yields a harder finish than standard, unfinished aluminum.  (Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of Offshore Yachts, p. 166) Spar Anodization II – If the mast […]

Modified on February 23rd, 2014

Everything Else


Caulking

Research Polysulfide – Most versatile marine sealant…developed in 1940’s for the aircraft industry…two-part polysulfide continues to be used…but one-part polysulfides are as durable as the two-part, although slower to cure. Polysulfide sealants typically cure tack free in about 48 hours and reach full cure in about a week. About the only time polysulfide is not […]

Modified on May 6th, 2013

Everything Else


Self Steering

Research Autopilot The principle reason for poor records of autopilots is that many of the cheaper models – particularly the cockpit autopilots – are not built for serious, sustained use. As the wind and waves build, the loads on an autopilot can increase exponentially. A unit that is perfectly adequate for light weekend use gets […]

Modified on February 24th, 2014

Deck


Radio

Research The category of the whole exercise [weather information collection] will be greatly enhanced by weather reports received from the outside world. This information comes by radio in various ways, transmitted by stations around the world. The stations and their frequencies are listed in a government publication Worldwide Marine Weather Broadcasts….the quality of the results […]

Modified on February 24th, 2014

Electrical


Lighting

Research Fluorescent Lights …fluorescent lamps typically produce about 72 lumens (a measure of light output) per watt of energy consumed (some highly efficient fluorescents produce 100 lumens per watt of energy consumed), whereas incandescent lights typically produce about 17.5 lumens per watt. In other words, fluorescent lights are approximately four times more efficient than incandescent […]

Modified on February 24th, 2014

Electrical


Analog Sailing Instruments

Research Barometer This is the classic instrument for understanding and predicting local weather. While any decent barometer will serve, if the real import gyrations is made to be clear, frequent readings must be made and written down. Because this routine may be difficult to keep up with, it is likely not to be followed. The […]

Modified on February 24th, 2014

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