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Old Dec 06, 2012, 11:28 AM
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Yes, it looks good as it is but there are some issues that I want to address.

1. The boat was painted with Hobbypoxy paint. Nice, but I prefer the vintage look of natural wood above the waterline. So, it's coming off.

2. As it is a 50# boat I wanted to remove the keel weight (35#) to make it easier to maneuver so I've done that. I'll rework the attachment method so I can move the boat around without too much fuss.

3.The winch is an old 6V bang bang from Vortex Engineering. I plan to replace it with a Servo City gear box winch. An RMG 380 is nice but not necessary.

4. The sheeting arrangement used travelers on both sails. It probably worked ok with the Vortex winch but the jury is still out on that one.

5. The rudder skeg is broken and needs repair. I could saw it off and install a balanced rudder but that would detract the look from original. So, it gets fixed and reinforced.

6. I believe the mast and main boom are original to the boat but the jib boom is a replacement.

7. There are lots of Fisher fittings that I will re-use plus I have a good stash of the same. Nice, shiny Pekabe fittings are ok but I want to maintain the vintage look.

8. The sails are a single panel suit from Rod Carr and undersize. I believe they may measure in as a "B" suit and will be replaced with a nice proper sized suit. I'll probably use dacron as Tri-spi is too modern for the vintage period and Egyptian cotton doesn't last.

9. The deck was replaced with doorskin at some time in its life and was glued on with resorcinol adhesive. I'll leave it on but add some features to make it more attractive.

I'll post more pictures of my progress soon.
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