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Old 27-10-2016, 07:00   #1
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Winter Boat Projects

This is directed to all of us who haul and winterize our boats for 6 months. What are your winter boat projects and what is on your list of items to purchase at the upcoming boat shows ??

Here is my list of items to purchase over the winter:

New VHF Radio with DSC and GPS
New Handheld VHF Radio
New Main Halyard
Wind Instrument
LED light bulbs
Swim ladder steps (over the 1" round SS)
New winch handles
Dishes

Winter projects:

Refinish the boats sole
Get the sails inspected and cleaned
Clean cushions and canopy
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Re: Winter Boat Projects

I have a few minor jobs like moving my genoa cleats forward, rewiring mast light.
My main one is stripping and restaining my tiller. It was looking pretty beat up.Click image for larger version

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Old 27-10-2016, 18:02   #3
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My main one is stripping and restaining my tiller. It was looking pretty beat up.Attachment 134058
Now it's stripped, my son is going woodburn the name into the top face, then restaining.Attachment 134059
This was one that my Dad dreaded, as varnishing was his nemesis.

As to projects, read Bruce Bingham's The Sailor's Sketchbook, it's full of them. And I'd wager that he wrote it over a winter or two

Otherwise it's time to learn to knit, socks. To replace the ones that the neophytes destroy, while learning to perfect their microwave sock warming skills. A vital one to possess for those N. Atlantic deliveries
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Old 28-10-2016, 05:27   #4
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Re: Winter Boat Projects

I have a list longer than my arm of projects, but I also know that I will not get to all of them during the winter, as mine is a project/refit.

Things to buy:
Fairing and filling supplies for above and below the water line.
Barrier coating
Bilge paint
New stainless dorades to replace the plastic ones that are now 48 years old
New portlights
just to name a few....

Winter projects:
Strip the decks of all hardware
Glass in all through deck drains
Remove ancient rubber non-skid form deck.
Fill and fair decks to be ready for painting
Soda blast bottom, fill and fair
Prep topsides for painting
Interior cabinetry
Clean all bilges, lazarette, and cockpit lockers, barrier coat and paint.

This will take more than the winter, but it's a start.
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Re: Winter Boat Projects

I've got just a few projects to work on before next spring's launch. They include:

New roller furling
Hard Dodger
V-berth cushions
Galley remodel
High output alternator
main salon book shelf
Aft head reno
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I've got just a few projects to work on before next spring's launch. They include:

New roller furling
Hard Dodger
V-berth cushions
Galley remodel
High output alternator
main salon book shelf
Aft head reno
It's worth checking out the hard dodger build entry on Snowpetrel's blog/webpage. Seeing that it's both instructional, & very insightful as to what makes a good one, & why. Along with how to build one.
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Re: Winter Boat Projects

New jibs
New water heater
Reinforce dinghy davit supports
Install additional battery charger
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It's worth checking out the hard dodger build entry on Snowpetrel's blog/webpage. Seeing that it's both instructional, & very insightful as to what makes a good one, & why. Along with how to build one.
Thanks for the blog posting! I've been looking around for good examples of hard dodger construction and I seem to already have a lot of his elements in my design. I was a bit surprised that his dodger is build of only 9mm ply! I'll be using 12mm for the sides and top ( mostly because that is whats readily available at reasonable cost (exterior mahogany ply that I've already test boiled successfuly!)
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Re: Winter Boat Projects

The problem with winter projects (not all of them) is that if they require adhesives or paint they tend to delay launching, missing some of the best sailing of the year.

My preference is to stay in all year (even if the water freezes) and haul every 2 years for paint in the summer. There are always a few hot dry weeks when the wind dies and the sailing stinks anyway. With good project planning (no futzing around--work like a pro), good weather, and quick drying times I can knock the projects in a week by really working, and get back to it, rather that try to get paint and epoxy to work in dodgy conditions. It's much easier and you get more sailing.

Counter intuitive, but very true. I haven't hauled for the winter for 26 years. I remember, because one of the yard jacks did some damage (heavy snow load).
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Re: Winter Boat Projects

I wish leaving the boat in was an option. Our lake will get at least a couple feet of ice. A lot of the smaller lakes(10-15 feet deep) will freeze solid.
All painting and fairing work happens in the spring.
I agree though that it's better to have the boat in the water and do some of the smaller projects on wind less days.
Edit, this new format has me messed up:-) I tried to quote thinwaters post.
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Re: Winter Boat Projects

Launder all interior cushion covers, re-install buttons.

Brightwork.

Make new drop-in companionway screens.

Power wash dinghy bottom.

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True aft runners
Sharpen blades
New running rig on boat #2
wait for black ice...wait for it...wait for it....pray it doesn't snow....
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Re: Winter Boat Projects

I've been putting off learning how to splice rigging wire for about 15yrs (cringe). Maybe this winter? Does anyone have suggestions for learning materials & books on this? Such info would surely be appreciated.
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I've been putting off learning how to splice rigging wire for about 15yrs (cringe). Maybe this winter? Does anyone have suggestions for learning materials & books on this? Such info would surely be appreciated.
Youtube for rope, maybe for wire too?
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Re: Winter Boat Projects

Winter projects:
rewire spreader lights(add forward and backward lighting)
make a new masthead light with a 360 light & a switchable forward/backward spotlight). Every light on my boat is LED, which means the wires up the mast can be much lighter guage & easier to get more lines(options), up the mast.

Make a ripstop nylon distress flag ... that plastic flag is a PITA

Re-consider my 33 pound and 22 pound Bruce anchors. On my trip last year, my 15 pound danforth-type anchor worked like a charm, and with 12 feet of chain was quite a haul. Twice, it took me well over 1/2 hour to retrieve my anchor in 10-15 mph winds. I'm thinking a 50 pound(anchor & chain), anchor will be too much(I'm 67 and a twice fractured back).

Make a new mainsail cover.

See my psych., in December/January, cause I generally start going crazy about then.

Early Spring: go to a Nature's Head type head ... I "hate" this watery shiette-hole I've got.

Determine how I want to cook at anchor(I'd like a swinging, 1-burner alcohol stove).

Greatly reduce my on-board luggage.
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Re: Winter Boat Projects

Acquisitions:
LED anchor light
Dinghy (Had the boat in Western Lake Ontario for three years so didn't need one. Just moved her back to Georgian Bay. Sorry Lake Ontario... I tried.)
Flexible solar panel and MPPT.

Projects:
Install solar panel and MPPT (spring)
Install LED anchor light (spring)
Install new autohelm bought at last years boat show and not installed yet (spring. Yeah, I know...)
Refinish exterior brightwork (spring)
Make new salon table (winter)
Refinish cockpit table (winter)
Refinish Captains seat (winter)

Hmmm. Seems a bit much when written down. Best get busy.
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