Lost a bit of momentum here once the temperature dropped consistently below 40…with no toxic goop to spread on the boat I didn’t know what to do with myself. So I sat down and made a list of interior projects that need done, and got to work pulling out the old 12-volt DC electrical system. The components of which, upon examination, appeared to have melted from the heat of the engine. A good choice then, to start from scratch. We’ll probably end up putting in a solar panel for a radio, running lights, and maybe a tiller pilot. That’s a bit down the road at this point.
Another nagging item has been to pull out the chainplates and have a look at what condition they’re in. The chainplates are the hefty chunks of metal which attach the standing rigging (which holds up the mast) to the boat. They’re attached to bulkheads belowdecks and pop up through little slots in the deck.
The backstay chainplate looks pretty rough…
Pretty sure rust and bends are bad
Most of them look like this- a little bit of corrosion but pretty good. I need to do some research and see how much corrosion is too much.
Ryan came out to give me a hand removing the bolts on the last few- some of the chainplates are bolted to bulkheads in the boat that required a set of hands on each side.
Pulled out the last few…
and covered the holes with play-doh!
Oh yea, and the yard pulled the engine out too.
Anyone interested in purchasing an 8 HP diesel engine? Anyone?