boat work

Steering quadrant cover repair

When the Catalina 30 moved to the open/walk through transom design starting in 1994 with the MK III, it was necessary to have a new way of accessing the rudder post/emergency tiller fitting (which was previously accessed by way of the now nonexistent aft lazarette).   Views 6215Likes 0

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Work continues…

Sanding, scraping, sealing, sewing, cleaning, bedding, rigging… Still deep in it… lot to do and only a few months to do it! Still, it’ll be worth it in the end, right? Views 3338Likes 0

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More Power!

Elara is a very “wired” boat.  Being that I’ll be working aboard, I need power for my laptop/ phone/tablet/chargers etc…  Since all these devices are ultimately DC powered, it didn’t make sense to install an inverter (DC->AC) just to be able to plug in an adaptor (AC->DC) to charge my electronics.  Instead, I figured theRead more…

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Gearing up for springtime projects

As winter finally releases it’s icy grip on the city, we are ramping up to kick the springtime projects into high gear! Rebedding deck hardware, re-gasketing the portlights, engine maintenance, replacing all the old light fixtures with LEDs, wiring in new 12v & USB outlets, and lots of cleaning, sanding and varnishing! Big projects areRead more…

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Cleaning the water tanks

The previous owner of Elara had primarily used her for daysailing, not cruising, and as such hadn’t used the onboard tanks very much.  Unfortunately he left them filled as well, resulting in some seriously slimy/grody/smelly crap growing in ’em. Views 2851Likes 0

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One of the issues we noted when getting Elara surveyed was elevated moisture levels in the deck around some of the stanchions and the traveller.  Not surprising, given that they were loose, and the bedding compound had dried and cracked.   Views 42917Likes 0