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    by Published on February 20th, 2013 00:30     Number of Views: 8732 
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    The portlights on our boat were in need of replacing. The outsides were chipped and many of the inside screw clamps were failing. I?d like to share with you the steps I took to replace ours.



    I removed the inside as well as the outside trim screws. I was able to pry off the outside trim ring fairly easily by hand. I found the last install was done with silicone and not really well sealed at the bottom.
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    by Published on May 3rd, 2012 00:08     Number of Views: 4459 
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    This is a shot of the flybridge helm with the original Wagner 700 Series helm pump removed. The existing hole does not work for the new Seastar pump. I chose the Seastar adapter kit and I need to make a 4 1/2" hole to mount the new pump in. I must admit that the prospect of damaging the fibreglass made me a wee bit nervous.


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    by Published on April 29th, 2012 00:45     Number of Views: 7372 
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    A seacock needs some extra bulk between it and your hull mainly to absorb abuse from wrenching the valve handle, but also because once you add any adapters and a barb fitting, the hose can put some pretty serious side loads on your seacock flange. Here is one solution for the backer plates;

    When I'm doing any fiberglass work, I try to think ahead a bit by saving some of my scrap pieces of mat or cloth and cut them ...
    by Published on April 7th, 2012 00:20  Number of Views: 3570 
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    OK so I gotta get this battery relocation project going. I hope to get batteries and supplies together this week. I've figured on going with eight golf cart batteries with as much capacity as I can afford and fit into my battery boxes. I like what I hear about Trojan batteries, they are priceyer though. I'm either going with eight Trojan 220 ah golf cart bateries, or for the same money I can get eight US Batteries rated at 245 ah. What would you do?

    I plan on running 2/0 cable from the batteries to the battery switch located in the settee above. ...
    by Published on March 8th, 2012 01:17     Number of Views: 4145 
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    When we first got our boat the v-berth had some moisture issues due to the anchor locker bulkhead not being sealed to the hull. It was made of unsealed plywood that was screwed into blocks at the top and bottom. You can see that there is actually an inch or so space between the bulkhead and the sides of the hull. This is an original Tollycraft thing that did not make a lot of sense. It seems uncharacteristic of the boats overall quality but there it is just the same.

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    by Published on March 8th, 2012 01:12     Number of Views: 6934 
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    I figured I'd start a new thread in the projects area for the carver, I'll link the other one here too. I'll start this one with a really cool item I just received for the boat, an original factory ad for the Carver line featuring the 33' Mariner from a 1976 "Rudder" magazine:



    And a reminder pic of her in the water prior to our purchase:


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    by Published on March 8th, 2012 00:29     Number of Views: 3628 
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    So as with the Cruisers Inc, I am redoing the cockpit teak on the Silverton. There is a bunch more that will need to be done in the future (flybridge steps, cockpit ladder steps, swim platform inserts, pulpit inserts, etc...) but for the time being I was able to remove and bring the small amount of trim work home and get started. Unlike the other boat, which the previous teak coating had all but disappeared, on this trim, there was a lot of varnish still attached. This proved to be a lot more work than I expected.
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