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Old 18-03-2014, 17:38   #211
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Re: Happiness is a Warm Spool Gun

Pic # 1 - Engine moved aside.

Pic # 2 - Cobbled propeller puller.

Pic # 3 - Due to my paranoia about corrosion, I sandblasted and epoxy primed the I.D. of the stern tube. The thick paint required that the O.D. of the cutlass bearing be reduced a bit. Cutlass bearing was re-installed with more epoxy. I pity the poor bastard (probably me) who will be forced to chisel that bearing out in 20 or 30 years.

Pic # 4 - During the sea trail of 2012, when operating the engine at max r.p.m. and hitting a wave just right, an interference (banging) could be heard. I was hoping to find a spot on the engine or engine beds that would show where the clearance problem lay. Unfortunately, I could not find such a spot. I went ahead and ground away some material that might be a problem - see notches in beds.

Also, It was discovered (not be me) that I had neglected to arrange the 4 elastomeric engine mounts in the proper way. Yanmar provided 2 mounts of one rubber consistency for the port side and 2 mounts of another rubber consistency for the starboard side. It is possible that the interference that I was hearing was within the mounts themselves. The mounts are now positioned correctly.

Pic # 5 - The 3 inch exhaust hose is a real bear to handle in short lengths. It is much easier to simply unbolt the exhaust elbow when removing the engine.

Pic # 6 - Water lift muffler sitting on base.

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Old 18-03-2014, 18:14   #212
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Re: Happiness is a Warm Spool Gun

The sea trial of 2012 revealed a small problem with the mainsail reefing gear. I re-worked some of the hardware.

Pic #1 - Forward end of boom. Cleats added for securing clew reefing lines. (Bolt goes through mainsail tack cringle)

Pic #2 - Aft end of boom. Clew reefing line sheaves moved aft. Dome on end of boom is a welded build-up of multiple chunks of metal, then shaped with grinder and file.

I will explain how the new system works in a month or so when I get some pictures of the sail on the water and in service.

Pic #3 - The boom is about 2 feet longer than the inside of my shop. Boom supported at an angle for painting.

Pic #4 - Cleats painted.

Pic #5 - Belaying pins are original to the boat. Galvanized steel. Fresh paint.

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Old 19-03-2014, 01:17   #213
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Re: Happiness is a Warm Spool Gun

East-west engine looks interesting for a change! (Side-wheeler?) ;-)
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Old 20-03-2014, 13:49   #214
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Boat jacked up and on blocks. Trailer moved forward to paint where trailer bunks bear.

Pic #3 - I caught a little hell for the post interfering with the rapidly growing tulips.

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Old 24-03-2014, 21:11   #215
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Re: Happiness is a Warm Spool Gun

I might've missed this somewhere....but, what kind of paint did you end up using?? It looks great!! Nice work.

I'm getting ready to paint my boat this June (mild steel). My head is spinning from all the paint samples and boat forum discussions!
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Old 25-03-2014, 10:24   #216
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I might've missed this somewhere....but, what kind of paint did you end up using?? It looks great!! Nice work.

I'm getting ready to paint my boat this June (mild steel). My head is spinning from all the paint samples and boat forum discussions!
Hello Kevin,

I am using PPG Amerlock 400 (two part epoxy) as a primer on the bare metal. I get it mixed in the same light grey color as the grey topcoat (that I use) so that if the topcoat chips, the primer will blend visually. I believe that this primer would be very suitable for use on steel.

I am using PPG Amershield (two part polyurethane) as a top coat. My paint dealer (Admiral Ship Supply, Port Townsend) recommended this product to me because it can be applied directly over bare aluminum (steel also) or many other existing primers and top coats. I first applied this product to part of my pilot house structure in 2004. 10 years in the sun and it is still as shinny as the day I applied it.

I am using paint rollers or paint brushes to apply. No spraying. No "roll and tipping".

I am not a paint expert. I relied on the advice of my paint dealer. I did not compare prices of other systems.

I am very happy with these paint products.

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Excellent...Thanks!
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Re: Happiness is a Warm Spool Gun

Finally got around to finishing/fitting the beaching leg (see post #63). Steps added to ease climbing on/off when dried out.

Pic #1 - Leg is positioned in center of boarding gate.

Pic #2 - Wood block protects paint.

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Pic #1 - Pilot house lid sandblasted. Two "hollows" filled with epoxy filler (Quick fair).

Pic #2 - One of the "hollows". Caused by overheating during welding of perimeter.

Pic #3 - Lid painted/non-skidded. Unpainted aluminum will remain so.

I am seriously considering adding a skylight to the sliding companionway hatch to allow a peek at the mainsail when seated in pilot house. A project for a later date - after I go boating this summer.

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Old 27-03-2014, 11:23   #220
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I have never been satisfied with the appearance of the forward edge of the pilot house top. I have mocked-up (cardboard and duct tape) a visor that I am considering making. It will be made of aluminum and will either be left unpainted or perhaps painted green. The visor will keep a bit off rain of the windows but on the other hand, it will further limit the ability to see the sails from the pilot house.

Those practical considerations are very small. The main reason for this is pure aesthetics. And generally speaking, I try and not complicate things by adding "useless fluff".


So what do you all think? Does it improve the looks at all? Is it too cutesy? If I go head with it, should I paint it or leave it raw?

Pic #1,2,3,4 - Without Visor.
Pic #5,6,7,8 - With Visor Mock-up
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Here is the visor mock-up with extended ends and terminating with the classic "scallop". Also, the solar panel is back in place. Without the visor, the solar panel and gps antenna clutter the house top. The visor sorta hides this stuff when viewing from the front. When viewing from the side, the visor "blends" in with the top of the solar panel.

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Nice. The visor is called a brow.


Make sure to paint the under side of your brow with a flat paint.
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Minaret, thanks for the clarification on the terminology.

Regarding the flat paint on the underside, is the concern glare that is reflecting off the cabin house below that then reflects up and underneath the brow? Sort of a zigzag light path?

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Minaret, thanks for the clarification on the terminology.

Regarding the flat paint on the underside, is the concern glare that is reflecting off the cabin house below that then reflects up and underneath the brow? Sort of a zigzag light path?

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Yes, and glare off the water as well, particularly when heeled. I have had clients go with a gloss finish under the brow contrary to advice and come back to paint it flat afterwards. If you do some research, I believe for some reason a dark red produces the least reflection. In any case, I had a client have us paint a brow that color for that reason. Gloss is bad, and so is white. This is much more of a concern on large power boats, and I've seen people try a few different things before finding what they like.
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I think Minaret is talking about light reflecting from the region which forms the underside of your *existing lip* - perhaps he doesn't realise that (unless I am mistaken?) it will still be the underside of your proposed brow?

For what little it's worth, and judging only from the photos, I like the look of the original, and I like it better than with the proposed addition.

To me the original lip seems more in keeping with the overall look and feel, where the forms are highly functional and purposeful.

Admittedly (as you point out) the proposed extension hides what's on top of the deck-house, but only from a limited sector.
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