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Old 16-05-2015, 17:14   #421
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Re: Refitting a Compass 47

All boats are projects, some more than others! Good luck with it and keep the photos coming. It is an inspiration to see other projects. I just bought a 1976 Dufour 27 and am going through her now. It is in decent shape but there's always something that needs work. Seeing projects also provides ideas on different ways to do things. Thanks again for your posts.
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Old 21-01-2016, 19:50   #422
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Wow I can't believe it has been so long since I last posted. Boat work has slowed down now that I am working again (about 5 months now). I only have the weekends to work and sail. I am finishing up the holding tank install, then after that the water heater goes in and I am going to move aboard for at least 4-5 days a week. I just can't stand being away from her for 5 days straight during the work week. Hoping to take some long weekend type trips over the winter. I will report back with pictures of the recent work.
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Old 21-01-2016, 23:31   #423
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Good on ya, cpa. Boats are demanding mistresses!
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Old 08-10-2016, 21:20   #424
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Hi everyone. Well it has been another long period of time between updates. Things here are going well. I have resigned from my job. I was driving nearly three hours a day to the middle of the state for work. The boat was an hour in the other direction. As a result I saw the boat two days a week and for me that is unacceptable. I have a few things that I am working on and hopefully something will pan out.

We are finishing up another long summer and I am looking forward to some decent weather. I managed to knock a few items off the list. I finished the head/holding tank install, Seafrost freezer bin install, the Isotemp water heater install, and quite a few little projects.

For the head/holding tank system, I went with the Raritan PHC, 15 gallon poly tank, and I believe a Jabsco macerator pump. It was a pretty uneventful install. As the boat did not have a MSD tank, it was a blank canvas. I did have to cut some holes in the bulkhead between the head and forward cabin. That was painful. But I coated the holes with some epoxy and for some reason that makes me feel better.
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Old 08-10-2016, 21:58   #425
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For the boat's refrigeration, I decided to go with a Sea Frost BDXP air cooled unit with the standard sized freezer bin. I had always been intrigued by the freezer bin idea. I am glad I went with it. The boat had an old engine driven holding plate system. It was pretty easy to clear out the old and install the new.

The boat has a pretty large top loading ice box. It has 5 inches of foam around the sides and 3 inches on the top. I did not want to jump into re-insulating the box until I determined how well the old insulation worked. I did add a three inches of R-5 foam board to part of the top of the icebox area. I did not purchase enough cork to finish the cabinet, so that will have to be revisited.

I mounted the compressor in the area where the old engine driven a/c unit was mounted. I ducted the fan to push hot air out of the old AC vent. So far the system is working great. It has been running for about 3 months now. I have not really calculated power usage yet, but it does not seem to run too often. I am having to defrost about every 4 weeks. I plugged the drain with a removable foam plug.

I also managed to acquire a Sterling ULT-25 portable medical freezer. It is 12v and can cool to -86 degrees. It is pretty sweet. right now i am using it as a night stand.
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Old 08-10-2016, 22:06   #426
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Not much to say about the water heater install. I went with the isotemp SPA20. I mounted it above the motor. The old water heater was mounted in a similar fashion. I also installed a header tank.
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After my younger brother took a slight fall down the companionway stairs I decided to make the boat a little more slip resistant. I added some nonskid tape to the hatches and swim ladder. I also created crushed walnut shell nonskid areas on the companionway steps. They worked out very nicely, although I feel like I need to bring the nonskid closer to the edge of the steps.
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One thing that has alway bothered me about the boat is the heavily oxidized black aluminum toe rail. I often searched for any ideas on how to bring it back to life. I have checked and I am unable to find an anodizing company that can handle 18 foot long pieces in my area. I found someone on Cruisers Forum that had decent luck using Lanocote. I gave it a whirl and it seemed to help a little. I then decided that I would do the unthinkable and wet sand what was left of the toerail's finish with some 400 grit and then try the Lanocote. It came out better than I expected. The first sections that I did have been exposed for one month. I am hoping to get three months out of it. Until I get the toerail's re-anodized, I can allocate a few hours every 3 months.

I then decided to paint the cowl vents. They were pretty much yellow and quite foul looking. I picked up a can of Krylon Fusion paint and went to town. It came out OK, but did not quite meet my standards. I ordered new vents from Defender and although the size was the same, the vents were too small. I then ordered a set of Plastimo cowl vents. These were too small as well. I ended up putting the old cowl vents back on. They look OK, but maybe next summer I will give it another in an effort to get a better finish.
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There are a few other projects that I have managed to accomplish. I finally sanded and rebunged the cabin top hand holds (picture below). They were in pretty rough shape. A combination of green algae/various primer and paint splatters that would make any derelict boat happy. It came out nice.

Although I am unable to find any picture I also stripped and revarnished the dinghy floorboards. I used the crushed walnut shells as a nonskid additive in the second to last coat. It came out pretty decently. I will post pictures later on. I almost painted them, but in the end just could not cover that pretty wood.

I also gave Spotless Stainless a try on my difficult areas of stainless. It worked very well. I went through half a bottle and will use it again.

I have also come up with a name for the boat. I have decided to call her Surge. I have never really changed a name of a boat, so it feels a bit strange. But I really like the name.

My future projects/purchases are:

Replace steering cables
Get an outboard
Compound and wax the boat!!
Install lazy jacks
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cpa, You've made a whole lot of progress. Sorry about your black anodize. Good to see you back again.

Fwiw, we had an older boat, and didn't know any better, and began the cut and polish routine on old gelcoat. What happens (as we found out when it was long after too late) is that gelcoat is microscopic bubbles. So when you cut it, you cut off the tops of the bubbles, leaving a semi-spherical void for grime to inhabit. If it has never been cut before, I strongly recommend using one of the polymerizing products, TSRW or PolyGlow, instead. It will restore lustre for at least 6 months, and in some cases maybe up to a year, and is easy to apply, and, over the long haul does not lead to having to paint it, and paint is extremely fragile, compared to gelcoat.

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