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Loren Beach
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Painting - Bottom, Deck & Hull
As of March 7, we have almost everything back in place with only the ports and genoa tracks as major items yet to install. We are finally emptying out lots of plastic storage boxes and a host of zip-type plastic sleeves with notes in them and info written on the outside with flow pen. Note...
E38-200 Year 1 - part 2
driftless
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Ericson Ownership
E38-200 Year 1 - part 1
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Ericson Ownership
My wife made a picture book of our first year of ownership. Here it is, presented in 2 acts.
One thing I had on the list for my next haul-out was checking the keel bolt torque. I’ve never had issues over an excessive keel seam, nor water seeping in or out of the seam. I just figured that after three haul-outs (the last one unplanned and due to a shaft seal failure) in my 5 years of...
Today the Admiral and I got almost all of the transom SS parts back in. They had started out shiny years ago, and I was able to quickly buff them up again. Most of the thruhulls are stamped "316", which is a good thing. The pair of molded-in recesses are for the cockpit drains and are kind of...
Here’s a rambling update in the writing-instead-of-financial-advice-or-psychological-therapy vein. I recently had a bit of a setback in my sailing adventures when I ran my boat into a big rock and damaged the keel and potentially other parts of the hull. I’m resolving my best path forward...
Kenneth K
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Plumbing
I just re-did my bilge pump configuration on Mariah for the third time. I keep playing with ways to handle the forward or “mast” bilge, which constantly overfills with water during the Seattle winter. The layout of my 32-3 bilges, as I inherited the boat, was as follows: 4 removable bilge...
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Racing & Cruising
This is a long post about a short cruise with a twist at the end. Getting out of the Bay and up or down the coast some distance has been on my punchlist for some time. It wasn’t a perfect time, but I don’t suppose it ever is, so the second week of February I took a couple of days to head...
Given the recent climate events affecting many of us, and many of our forum members, I thought it would be useful to develop a consolidated resource of winterization best practices and tried and true methods from the perspective of an Ericson owner who does this annually in a cold environment...
Being a new boat owner, every day is a new day. Our boat does not have a trailer. Something to consider for the future, but for now, we have to overwinter in the slip. Thankfully, we belong to a great sail-only yacht club that has even better members. Since we're in Kansas, ice is always a...
Actually, we do. While running the engine the first time, I noticed it got pretty hot (still wasn't sure if I could even trust the gauges), but it wasn't spitting water. I had a pretty good idea of the cause. Thankfully, I think (hope) we avoided any permanent damage. Yeah, tons of people...
Our boat had sat lonely in the slip for a year. She was checked on via video. When the bilge got too full, someone came to break the airlock on the auto bilge pump. Come wintertime, the aerator was splashed to keep the ice at bay. But she wasn't taken out last season. So, there's a year of...
Christian Williams
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Racing & Cruising
I recently ordered a new wind vane, this one from Cape Horn. The decision required a review of my own thinking about self-steering, its value, mission and practicality. The Sailomat 800 had served me well on two singlehanded Hawaii sails, and proved itself across the board as a problem-free...
One day I lifted off the cover from the compass on Rumour to look at the wheel brake mechanism. While I had it open I noticed there were two electrical leads completely disconnected and close to making contact. While it makes perfect sense I never thought there would be a compass light on the...
Hagar2sail
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Painting - Bottom, Deck & Hull
After she was hauled in Rockland, she was quickly brought in the booth and the prep started. It was now September, and we were racing to get the boat back to our yard for the winterizing and storage. Most of these pictures are just like so many others, so I will just let them talk. However...
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