As I've said before, Moor'ea sat for a long while with very minimal care in a relatively harsh environment. Much of the deck hardware was pretty shot, but worked well enough to cruise around the Delta for a spell. The goal, however, is to get the boat prepared for the rigors of San Francisco Bay and the North Pacific Ocean - neither of which are forgiving in the least. So, pretty much every block, line, clutch, cam and jam cleat got removed once I settled in down in Sausalito. This made for a nice blank canvas and lots of options. I also don't really want to have to rely on other humans to go out sailing for an afternoon or weekend, so singlehandability was the priority. I wanted the loads to be light (in terms of how much effort it takes to sheet in a line), so there is a lot of purchase in most control lines. The designs are sort of a hybrid of dinghy and small racing keelboat setups. I also wanted things close at hand so every control line, halyard and the first reef are being led back to the cockpit. With the traveler and double-ended mainsheet already there, the real estate aft on the cabin top went fast! It took months of noodling, doodling and pouring over catalogs until I finally had it figured out...
Meanwhile, I set about taking care of other general tasks that needed attention.
Rigging/Deck Hardware Refit
• Relocate/Reinforce Traveler (see note 1)
• Install Mast Base Blocks (for Gadget Plate)
• Install Clutches
• Relocate Cabin-Top Winches
• Replace, relocate Deck Organizers
• Re-bed Toe-Rail Tracks
• Design, install Cunningham (see note 2)
• Design, install Outhaul (see note 3)
• Design, install Vang (see note 4)
• Replace all Running Rigging (see note 5)
• Replace Mainsheet Cams
• Modify/Install Bow Pulpit (see note 6)
• Modify/Install Stern Rail (see note 6)
• Replace Bilge Pump
• Thorough Cleaning (three days worth!)
• Overhaul Top-End of Atomic 4
• Replace LPG Tank & Regulator
• Replace Starting Battery
• Replace Battery Charger
• Inspect Rig (see note 7)
• Replace Mooring gear (see note 8)
• Re-bed Deadlights
• Mount VHF
• Install Stereo
• Refinish Washboards
• Refinish Handrails
SO, I think that just about does it for projects completed thus far. If I think of anything else I will add it to the list. There are still a few major hurtles to be over come, but I think I'll clear 'em.
• Replace Spreaders (see note 9)
• Replace Forestay & Tang
• Mount new Range (see note 10)
• Finish Traveler
• Make new Tiller (the previous tiller blew up one night in the delta while dousing sails in a narrow river)
• Make new Forward Hatch (the original one blew away in an 84kt gust during a storm)
Once those few hurtles have been cleared then it should be smooth sailing, literally!
1. The traveler had pulled up through the bottom layer of fiberglass one the port side of the deck - my traveler is mounted above the companionway - obliterating the defenseless balsa core. The area was also slightly damp. I dried out what dampness there was and filled the holes with West Systems Epoxy fortified with 404 High Density Filler. I then relocated the traveler 3" forward of its original location. I did this for three reasons: for one there could be the possibility of braining yourself pretty good on it; two I wanted to mount some instruments aft of the traveler over the companionway and felt that there wasn't enough space with the traveler in its original location; and three because I didn't trust the area of the deck where the damage had occurred. So, to avoid a similar event, I proceeded to create epoxy slugs where the fasteners would go through deck. I achieved this by drilling out a 5/8" hole centered where the fastener would be. I used the same concoction of West Systems with 404 and filled the holes I'd just drilled. I like to give epoxy a good cure before I sanding, so I left it to cure overnight and sanded, drilled and fastened the traveler in place the next day, using some Sikaflex 291 FC to bed it down. I'm a big fan of the epoxy slug. All the compression load from the fasteners is transferred to the epoxy from the balsa core, and it spreads out the tensile and sheer loads over a larger area.
2. Cunningham is an 8:2:1 Cascade with 8mm v100 and 6mm Amsteel
3. Outhaul is a 3:1+4:1 Cascade with 8mm v100 and 6mm Amsteel
4. Vang is an 8:2:1 Cascade with 8mm v100 and 6mm Amsteel
5. Halyards are 9.5mm Warpseed, Mainsheet is 9.5mm Salsa Line, and the Traveler is 6mm Sta-Set
6. The boat came sans pulpits and stanchions. I was able to acquire 4 sets of stanchions and bases as well as a Bow Pulpit and Stern Rail from an Ericson 27. Oddly enough they were both too big and required some modification before they would fit correctly. The Stern Rail only needed a minor adjustment to the two forward legs, though none of the legs corresponded to the molded-in mounting pads. The Bow Pulpit, on the other hand, required a bit more effort to coax into place. With some judicial whacking here and there I managed to get the thing to fit onto the factory mounting pads (more critical up forward due to sealing issues with the waffle pattern non-skid), and perhaps even more impressive, I managed to get the fastener holes to line up with the originals, negating the need to fill & drill new ones!
7.. The standing rigging was replaced before the stint in the delta, and saw very little use, and was in a fresh-water environment. Thus, it was not in very bad shape. The forestay needs replacement before any sailing, but the rest will do 'till they get swapped out in the near future.
8. I spent the first 8 months I had the boat on the hook, so ground tackle was an important issue to me. The primary setup is a 16lb Danforth with 50' of 5/16" chain and 250' of 5/8" Megabraid. The stern/lunch hook is an 8lb Danforth with 25' of 1/4" chain and 175' of 1/2" Megabraid. The primary hook will most likely be upgraded to a 25lb CQR for venturing outside of the Bay. For the Bay and Delta the Danforth style anchor has served me very well. When funds become available the Danforths will get swapped out for Fortress anchors of equivalent size.
9. I was on a boat
last summer that had a :wooden: spreader fail, which resulted in a dismasting.
This catastrophe was compounded by the fact that the boat was ketch rigged. The spreader failed due to poor tang design which allowed water to penetrate into areas critical for structural integrity, as well as difficult to impossible to detect water intrusion. The insurance surveyor that looked over the boat after the incident was skeptical that the damage was not visible until he saw the spreader and agreed. So, I'm not willing to risk having the rig come down because if a rotten spreader. One of the spreaders has a gnarly crack where it attaches to the spreader tang so I have no hesitations about having new ones made. I opted to go with wood again due to cost, and because I like the way wood looks. My friend's spars and spreaders came out beautifully, so I'm having the same shop
whip me up some new ones. They should be ready in about a month (they've been pretty busy building boats!).
10. I got a Stove with Oven to put into the galley, but it's a completely different size from the two-burner Force10 drop-in. So I'll have to build a new 'bulkhead' onto which the gimbal brackets can be mounted, as well as refinish the countertop.