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Old 03-06-2016, 06:58   #3421
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Some bad stuff happened with my family recently. So I decided to put my 31'er up for sale. I put an ad in classified.

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Old 03-06-2016, 15:12   #3422
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thanks for your well described reply.
You probably thought about replacing the morse but decided to go for cables. I like the idea of taking the pedestal off centre to port also. Was it something like these ones on Ebay Edson Pedestal: Boat Parts | eBay
If you have the time photos would be nice to see.
Another subject
I thought of putting an electric steering push pull fitted just inside the transom connecting to a little bar tiller
Has anybody seen it fitted back there. I know Jim Brown fitted his under the cockpit seat directly onto his tiller.
Here is a link to pictures of what I did for the steering on my Searunner 37. I built the John Marples quadrant, built my own pedestals and hardware, made the wheels and connected everything with dyneema. All the dyneema was lead old style powerboat. (the winter pictures are winter 2014-2015 in RI)
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Old 03-06-2016, 15:18   #3423
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Some bad stuff happened with my family recently. So I decided to put my 31'er up for sale. I put an ad in classified.

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Sorry! I hope works out well.
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Old 10-06-2016, 07:15   #3424
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John,

We have finished and splashed our 40' Searunner Look-A-Like. It has taken two years and four months, 847 lbs of various glass resins, fillers and epoxies. This is what we have done:
All 90 degree angles were filled in and glassed over to contoured shapes.
Completely re-glassed 240 ft of hull
Reinforced all the bows with heavy weave glass, going from tips to ten feet back.
Contoured underwings
Cut right angles and screwed and glassed them along all four original 1" stringers
Painted all hulls with Awlgrip and raised boot stripe by two inches
Installed back-up sonar
Re-installed all thru-hulls
Installed custom, folding swing ladder on Port Wing
Reinforced webbing rails and installed cables through bows.
Applied non skid and top paint, two part epoxy
Built custom canvas dodger
Cut out, filled in all original molded, plate glass port lights. Then cut out and installed 12 new elliptical port lights that are functional with screens for a nice cross breeze.
Installed LED lighting under the wings. We can run blue, green, or both.
Shored up electrical system
Re-installed the Electra San treatment center.
Applied graphics to all three bows and stern.
And more, but let's stop there. The sea trials were great and the integrity of the boat was obvious from the start. Please take a look at our finished product (although still working on life lines and dodger) at: www.winginit.shutterfly.com/pictures/521

Happy sailing!
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Old 10-06-2016, 10:53   #3425
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Sorry! I hope works out well.
Yeah, thanks. Life happens when we are not looking.

Anyhow I will keep her on the hard this summer and since I am basically retired and need to keep busy I decided to repaint. Maybe in September if I still have her I'll take her south. Doesn't seem to be much interest around here.

I'm almost finished with the main hull topside. Here's a pic forward. I'll post more as I finish. I removed the old paint with paint stripper, sanded, primed and faired with epoxy then painted.

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Old 10-06-2016, 10:56   #3426
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John,

We have finished and splashed our 40' Searunner Look-A-Like. It has taken two years and four months, 847 lbs of various glass resins, fillers and epoxies. This is what we have done:
All 90 degree angles were filled in and glassed over to contoured shapes.
Completely re-glassed 240 ft of hull
Reinforced all the bows with heavy weave glass, going from tips to ten feet back.
Contoured underwings
Cut right angles and screwed and glassed them along all four original 1" stringers
Painted all hulls with Awlgrip and raised boot stripe by two inches
Installed back-up sonar
Re-installed all thru-hulls
Installed custom, folding swing ladder on Port Wing
Reinforced webbing rails and installed cables through bows.
Applied non skid and top paint, two part epoxy
Built custom canvas dodger
Cut out, filled in all original molded, plate glass port lights. Then cut out and installed 12 new elliptical port lights that are functional with screens for a nice cross breeze.
Installed LED lighting under the wings. We can run blue, green, or both.
Shored up electrical system
Re-installed the Electra San treatment center.
Applied graphics to all three bows and stern.
And more, but let's stop there. The sea trials were great and the integrity of the boat was obvious from the start. Please take a look at our finished product (although still working on life lines and dodger) at: www.winginit.shutterfly.com/pictures/521

Happy sailing!
She's a beaut all right!
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:13   #3427
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John,

We have finished and splashed our 40' Searunner Look-A-Like. It has taken two years and four months, 847 lbs of various glass resins, fillers and epoxies. This is what we have done:
All 90 degree angles were filled in and glassed over to contoured shapes.
Completely re-glassed 240 ft of hull
Reinforced all the bows with heavy weave glass, going from tips to ten feet back.
Contoured underwings
Cut right angles and screwed and glassed them along all four original 1" stringers
Painted all hulls with Awlgrip and raised boot stripe by two inches
Installed back-up sonar
Re-installed all thru-hulls
Installed custom, folding swing ladder on Port Wing
Reinforced webbing rails and installed cables through bows.
Applied non skid and top paint, two part epoxy
Built custom canvas dodger
Cut out, filled in all original molded, plate glass port lights. Then cut out and installed 12 new elliptical port lights that are functional with screens for a nice cross breeze.
Installed LED lighting under the wings. We can run blue, green, or both.
Shored up electrical system
Re-installed the Electra San treatment center.
Applied graphics to all three bows and stern.
And more, but let's stop there. The sea trials were great and the integrity of the boat was obvious from the start. Please take a look at our finished product (although still working on life lines and dodger) at: www.winginit.shutterfly.com/pictures/521

Happy sailing!
Nice looking! Enjoy her.
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Old 20-06-2016, 21:41   #3428
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I sits and I waits to be launched at the Hinckley yard in Portsmouth, RI. The lead launcher "technician" doesn't like me so I always get pushed to the bottom of the list, obviously I am not the multi-$ customer they are used to so he says to me, "we are busy, you are on the bottom of the list." Granted, I had leak issues with my centerboard trunk rebuild but I am still a paying customer and shouldn't get comments such as, "if that boat leaks I am going to take it out an put in in the dumpsters".

Other than this particular jackass Hinckley has been wonderful to work with. My service manager has gone out of his way to make my life here as pleasant as possible. When the rates changed, from $62/foot to length x width x $5, he was able for me to keep my old rates, big difference. So, if ever in RI and need a great yard for service go to Hinckley. Just remember, the lead boat haul guy is a rude jackass and if he thinks your boat is not worthy will treat you like dirt.
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Old 21-06-2016, 12:18   #3429
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I sits and I waits to be launched at the Hinckley yard in Portsmouth, RI. The lead launcher "technician" doesn't like me so I always get pushed to the bottom of the list, obviously I am not the multi-$ customer they are used to so he says to me, "we are busy, you are on the bottom of the list." Granted, I had leak issues with my centerboard trunk rebuild but I am still a paying customer and shouldn't get comments such as, "if that boat leaks I am going to take it out an put in in the dumpsters".

Other than this particular jackass Hinckley has been wonderful to work with. My service manager has gone out of his way to make my life here as pleasant as possible. When the rates changed, from $62/foot to length x width x $5, he was able for me to keep my old rates, big difference. So, if ever in RI and need a great yard for service go to Hinckley. Just remember, the lead boat haul guy is a rude jackass and if he thinks your boat is not worthy will treat you like dirt.
I want to apologize for some of my statements above. I was in a bad mood when I wrote it. I do maintain that the Hinckley yard is a great place if you need a haul in RI.
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Old 21-06-2016, 14:23   #3430
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I want to apologize for some of my statements above. I was in a bad mood when I wrote it. I do maintain that the Hinckley yard is a great place if you need a haul in RI.
Grats for being a big enough person to say I erred.
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Old 21-06-2016, 15:06   #3431
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Mark your kindle book is just superb.
I dont believe there is another book that covers anchoring like the one you have written
I downloaded on my PC and can easily see all the diagrams etc.
This information is invaluable and with so many tips.
I cannot recommend it enough for Searunner owners because it most certainly has that slant.
Brilliant and well written.
Have you thought of doing something else specialising in eg trimarans.?
Ross, Thanks so very much for the kind words about my Multihull Anchoring E Book. There was a lot of error along the trial and error road to getting there, but our anchoring/mooring/hurricane drill system, works like a charm now. I probably did the drill 20 times over the years, with most of them ON the boat...

IF you got your E book from Amazon, a positive review would help sales no doubt. Thanks!

I also have "Multihull Cursing the Caribbean", a LONG audio CD disc, with slide show, (there is also an electronic version).

http://www.outrigmedia.com/digitalme...caribbean.html

AND one item that Jim gets all proceeds to in "Conversations With Jim Brown" It explains the lowest tech, most reliable way, to have modern accouterments on your Searunner.

Jim Brown Inteviews Trimaran Sailor And Long-Time Cruiser Mark Johnson | OutRig Media

FUTURE?
I have in fact put a LOT of carefully thought out information about these boats here on CF, and as you know, they got more wordy and detailed than perhaps they should have.
It was my answer to the frequent request for a modern updated version of "The Construction Manuel".
One can go to "Past Posts by Mark Johnson" to find the last 20 pages of titles, and I have copied what preceded it. If I were to copy it all, it may well be over 1,000 electronic pages with as many photos!
Such a volume about a subject with a relatively small audience, is not cost effective.

This stuff is a LOT of work, and I find that sitting at the computer all day is not healthy, so I will not make it into a proper edited, indexed book.

What I MAY do, is finish copying these past posts, and put them back to back chronologically, without editing out for spelling and such, and without the index that would make it so much more useful. Why not? Because this editing of where to find what, might take me all day for a year!

IF I make this crude version, I will make it available through me personally, on a flash drive, since I would not expect to sell many.

Searunner Owners, and even owners of One Off Trimarans, are quite the minority these days. It is a shame. I consider the design to be a true classic, and ours has served us SOOO well!

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A TALE OF HUBRIS:

With over four decades of experience as a carpenter/shipwright and all types of electrical wiring, one hard and fast rule is to "remove all jewelry" first!

I had done this for the two months of wiring our new rental dock with large #4 wire, but after finishing the VERY involved job, I started wearing my wedding ring again.
Shortly thereafter, our boat's 360 AH, 6V X2 battery bank, had to be replaced.
Strange, these 100 lb + batteries (ea), seemed heavier than when I put them into the cockpit, down the ladder, and into their box... 8 years ago. Hmmm? What's that all about? They must have gotten heavier!

Anyway... After getting the old ones out and replacements into their box, connecting the two 6V batteries in series (to make 12V), and hooking up the final wire, I made a VERY stupid mistake! (Heat index was 104, glasses were fogged over, and I was squatting down uncomfortably)...

I had the wrench on the + battery nut, and was holding the opposite end firmly in my fist to insulate it from the opposite post for these 10 turns. It seems that inside my tight fist, the wrench end was touching my HIGHLY conductive wedding ring, and the outer side of my ring must have touched the - battery terminal, causing a direct short through my ring, which partly melted! It got this hot in perhaps, .1 seconds!

All of these metal parts sparked and welded themselves together for a second or two, until I could get them loose, and use the other "now" burn't hand, to claw the ring off!
It took about a minute, due to my swollen arthritic knuckles!

I will not elaborate further, and the ring can be repaired (filled), but I am out of commission for a few days if not weeks, a wiser man! This was so ****ing dumb!

Moral? If you do electrical work, EVEN WITH low Voltage, TAKE OFF YOUR RINGS, as I "NORMALLY" do... without exception!
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I have loved tris for their draft and seaworthiness. The down side is berthing, hauling and interior space. The cat following seems big however I don't see the same geometry as far as pitch poling or turtling in a beam sea. JMHO
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Sorry about your hand, Mark. That's a mistake anybody could make, but good advice for those about to do a similar job.
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Does anyone know what the difference is between the interior size of a Searunner 34 verses the Marples 35? It looks to me like the aft cabin is about the same but I was wondering if the slope of the deck on the Marples 35 makes the fore cabin feel a lot smaller?

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