Navigation Lights

Navigation Lights

I braved the cold yesterday (40’s) and tackled replacing the navigation lights. I found a deal on some new port and starboard Obcursco LED Navigation Lights Deck Mount with stainless steel covers on Amazon. I couldn’t find a similar stern light so I bought an extra set in the hope of reusing the clear lens and chrome cover. It wasn’t that easy. The LED strip inside was too tall. So, all I had to do is make a thick shim washer and use longer screws to make it work.

The wires for the nav lights are all original and pretty short. The original lights were not sealed to the hull. The starboard was a little wet and soft. The port and starboard lights went in with no trouble. I seated both with some 3M Marine clear silicone sealant.

The stern light is a different story. Those wires had a short extension that were crimped on inside the hull. Until one of them broke off in my hand! Now I have to peel back the black plastic rub rail and hope I can get access to the wire so I can crimp on new extensions.

UPDATE 4/2/2020: The stern light is on. I removed the screw, carefully pulled back the black plastic rubrail, and pulled the old wires out. After cleaning everything out and drilling out the hole a bit larger, I screwed the new wood base on. I left the wires for the new LED light long so I feed them up through the rubrail track. I crimped on new connectors and pushed them back down into the hole, then attached the light cover. Needless to say, I used plenty of sealant. I gently pushed and worked the rubrail back into the track then pulled it to stretch it enough to get the screw back in.

The main reason I updated all of the lighting to LED is to allow me to use a small rechargeable car battery jump starter instead of a boat battery.

I also had time to install a winch near the bow roller to help with loading the boat back on the trailer.

 

 

Getting Ready for Warmer Weather

Getting Ready for Warmer Weather

Now that the “stay-at-home” order has been issued, I have plenty of time to shop online. I realized that I needed to buy more Interlux e2000 primer for the hull. I had already bought a gallon of gray last fall but didn’t get it put on. Since then I’ve read that its best to alternate colors so I bought another gallon of white. I never decided on bottom paint so I also ordered a gallon of Black Interlux Fiberglass Bottomkote NT. I’m planning on at least four coats of primer and two coats of bottom paint.

I also needed some things to start getting the mast and standing rigging back in order like Forespar MareLube TEF 45 Gel, Lifesafe Rigging Tape, and Whitecap Large Spreader Boots. Defender looked like the best price out there. I was concerned that shipping would take longer due to the COVID-19 situation. Surprisingly, it was all delivered within a week. All $341 of it!

I had debated reinstalling the ladder since the previous owner had used stacks of flat washers and lots of caulk to mount it. While I was making a new wood base for the stern light, I made two smaller slivers to use under the ladder mounts. But when I went to mount the ladder, I realized I wouldn’t need them if I could only “tweak” the bases slightly using a large crescent wrench. It was a good day after all.

Gone But  Not Lost Forever

Gone But Not Lost Forever

Several months ago Yahoo decided that their forum platform known as Yahoo Groups will be shutdown and purged. That meant that 13 years of discussion on Boston Whaler’s Harpoon sailboats would be lost. It appears that is exactly what happened. There is a new website, harpoonsailboats.org. But for whatever reason, the site has had very little contributions and therefore content. I had hoped that the new site would be seeded with the old forum.

Maybe there aren’t as many Harpoons out there anymore or maybe forums have lost out to individual websites like mine.

I took the initiative and purchased a program to backup the entire database of over 5,000 messages and photos. It now lives on my laptop and unfortunately cannot be uploaded to an online platform. I have looked through most of the conversations and almost half are posts involved with selling a boat! But, there is some good information.

If you have a question on something that you think might be in the database, shoot me a message. I’ll take a look to see if there’s anything there that could help.

If anyone has any ideas on how to get this back online easily let me know.

Sails are Ready

Sails are Ready

A couple weeks ago, I began ordering supplies from Sailrite to repair my new main sail myself. Instead of buying yards of Dacron sailcloth $$$, I bought three different weight samples that were 6 x 6 inch for $2 each.

The previous owner had stored the nearly new main and jib in his garage. A mouse had gotten in the main sail bag and gnawed two holes. One was probably a 1 x 2 inch oval at a fold about three foot from the head. The other was the same through the bolt rope about a foot from the head.

I started on the bolt rope hole by hand- stitching a couple of short paracords on each side to replace the missing bolt rope. Then I covered the area with a 9.4 oz piece of sailcloth and more hand stitching. I tried to use my Singer 4423 on the flat, but no way no how!

The other hole I repaired by following Sailrite’s video. I was able to use the Singer with no issues.

I also ordered some new webbing and slugs to repair the old main sail so I could use it for training. And yes, much more hand-stitching was involved.

Now all I need to do is attempt to clean the sails with Sailrite’s Iosso Mold & Mildew Stain Remover. I did some spot cleaning on the new sail. It didn’t get all of the pee stains out but it does look better. 

Solar Vent Install

Solar Vent Install

In an attempt to better ventilate the cabin, I decided to install a SOLATEK Solar Ventilation Fan. The model I purchased off Amazon for $60 has a reversible motor, but only runs when the sun shines. The model with a rechargeable battery backup was another $30.

I really didn’t want to cut a 6 inch hole in the roof of the cabin so I decided that the well worn smoked hatch polycarbonate was the better option. If it broke during the drilling and cutting process, I would just have to buy a new piece. I first thought that it would be centered in the hatch but I soon realized there are braces on the underside that prevented that from happening.

I was able to work on the cover inside a warm garage after I removed the hatch lid by taking out the two large hex head bolts to the frame and very carefully knocking out the two small hinge pins. I used a drill and progressively larger sharp bits for the bolt holes. For the large hole, I used my rotary tool with a small saw round saw blade from Harbor Freight. Working slowly and carefully, it didn’t crack or splinter. Before assembling the fan to the poly, I attempted to polish the poly with some headlight restore kit. It doesn’t look like new, but it I could see a difference.

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