Hello, and thanks for having me!
First off, I am new to sailing (I sailed a little sunfish for an afternoon 25 years ago).
I'm not new to fixing things up. I have been riding and fixing my own motorcycles for 23 years now. I have build frame up choppers, dirt bikes, and road racing
bikes. I have 15 years low voltage and AC expereince with the phone
company. My point in all this is I know how to fix stuff. I also know how to rig stuff up (call it what you want) to get it to work.
I'm also not new to online forums
. I am very well aware of the different personalities that are online. I will ask this: if you are a sailing/ woodworking/ fiberglass/ mechanic
"purist", stop reading now, and find something better to do with your time. I am going to ask how to short cut, rig up, and spend the least amount of the little money
I'm going to put into this boat to make it work!
With that being said, and since you are still reading, let me give you the history
of my Wandering Star. The baot sank at the dock
a few years ago. I was told the toilet valve was let open, it back flowed into the boat and sank. Now, fast forward, two people have owned it whose goals were to live aboard and so they started working on cosmetics, although they didn't get too far.
Since I bought the boat (for $1500, including 1 months morage) I have done so work and a good amount of clean up. My goal for this boat is to learn to sail over the next 18 months, while i fulfill my work assignment here in the Northwest (Portland).
I bought the boat assuming the motor
was basically a "boat anchor" (pun intended). However, a quick pull of the dipstick revealed no water/sludge in the oil
. I removed the exhaust
canister (why it was in front of the flywheel, who knows. Ill find a better spot for it long term) and turned the motor
(Universal Atomic diesel
5411) over by hand (i have a strong grip). Then I hooked up a battery
to the ground, starter cable and through the start button and turned the motor over with the battery
, starter is good. I ordered a new fuel filter
seperator filter. I cleaned out the tank. I will be testing the fuel
guage and sending unit this weekend. I will have to replace all the fuel
lines (looking for a CHEAP
source). I have three alternators, 2 are only cores at best, the third is iffy. I will have one rebuilt. I have several belts. I'll just run them till im through all of those. I was happy to see liquid in the fuel lines when i pulled off all the old hoses. My thought was that means there is a decent chance at the fuel pump
not being clogged. And there was an auxilary electric fuel pump
that tested ok.
My plan is to re-plumb the fuel system, wire up the starter, battery, alternator
, key, glow plugs (to be tested still), starter button, mount the exhaust
canister out of the way, but still below the waterline, and fire this thing up!
This boat has a broken Edson
worm drive, which i will eventually fix and probably put back on, but i need to re-attach a tiller for now.
I'm going over the side this weekend to check the bottom since i dont know when the boat was last out of the water
. Its in the Willamette river, fresh water.
I have one piece of running rigging
"plates" that needs to be re-rivetted to the mast
Here are my current
1. The potable water tank is built into the hull
and had a lid at one time. I cut a piece of wood, painted it with some one coat deck sealant
(this was before i realized it was the water tank). Now, i would like to know what i can cover (paint, seal, or???) the bottom (water facing side, drinking water
safe) to be able to seal up the tank? Also, what sealant
should i seal this piece to the fiberglass
2. Wood trim - I won't put a lot of money
into this boat, because I won't get nearly any back out of it. With that being said, I would like something like the "one coat" wooden deck
sealant I've already used for the floor piece. Does anyone have experience using something like this? I just want to stop any further deterioration (especially on deck). I'm not looking to "restore the natural beauty" of the wood.
3. What is the best money spent to learn to sail? Schools, pay someone to teach me on my boat, volunteer to crew at local races, all of the above? My eventual goal is to cruise
Mexico/Carribean for 2-3 years.
4. running rigging
- the lines look to be in good shape, but i though about buying
a good length of each size to have in case of a line failure.
5. if anyone has fullsize photos of this model vessel, i would greatly appreciate you sharing. I have contacted the webmaster of the Grampian
owners website. HE has provided all he has.
Thank you ahead of time for your time and shared wisdom.