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Last Winter's Projects
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So, we bought the boat exactly 2 years ago, and spent winter and spring '16 fitting up for delivery.
We were too busy to post last year.  With much work and sailing done in 2017, we now have some down-time.

With the boat in heated indoor storage, and mast down, we were able to complete several projects.  Many of you at TONE, and in the Tartan Sailing were very helpful along the way.

*Had to unexpectedly cut the radar antenna when the mast was lowered -- That working Raymarine R10 raster scan system is for now sale!
*New rudder, from Tartan, installed earlier, prior to our delivery.

- Replaced the original Genoa winches with new self-tailing ones;
- Replaced Raritan water heater;
- Serviced mast/boom winches;
- Re-bedded chain plates (use butyl tape);
- Companionway sliding hatch -- squealed LOUDLY -- removed and built-up the edges of the hatch, back to original thickness, and cleaned out the housing, filling grooves with expoy which had been cut over the years.  She's just slightly too tight now, but solid, and no squeal.
- Cleaned all surfaces below with vinegar & water, then used WATCO rejuvenating oil and satin wax on all the teak;
- Replaced main halyard, halyard diverter block, added a head-sail halyard;
- Replaced backstay legs;
- Replaced masthead vhf antenna and cable;
- Replaced mast lighting (anchor, deck/steaming) with LED;
- Replaced prop shaft zinc;
- Replaced soft headliner over pilot berth and settee; 
- Engine upkeep - heat exchanger zinc, filters;
- Blisters - a few ground and filled; VC17 bottom paint; cleaned and waxed the topsides
- New v-berth cushions;
- New North main sail;
- Discovered and repaired a battery connection error causing battery to over charge on shore power;
- Learned some lessons about how -- and how NOT - to varnish.

Tried to capture some in-process photos of some of this, if helpful to anyone.

This winter, she's in the cradle under a bullet-proof custom cover made by Bob Frak.
Just some small improvements in the works:
- A new custom teak organizer shelf, near the companionway, above the nav seat;
- LED brass cabin lighting fixtures from Alpenglow Marine Lights, LLC;
- Refinish the external companionway trim;
- Something for cockpit shade, at the marina.

Quite the journey!  We're amazed to have "winter at home" this year, and to "just sail" this summer!
Thanks again, to all of you, for sharing ideas and advice.

Dave Werner
T-33 "Yiamas"
Muskegon, MI
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