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by Bob McGovern
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Hull and Deck
Topic: Mast step truss, inevitably:(
Replies: 154
Views: 116600

Re: Mast step truss, inevitably:(

That's really useful, to see a galvanized (later sail #) truss out of its encapsulation. It looks pretty good! Astonishing they didn't galvanize the early steel. We haven't launched yet, but I believe any mast step solution that drains away water and allows air circulation will last forever if built...
by Bob McGovern
Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Hull and Deck
Topic: Hull bulging and cracking under main bulkhead
Replies: 8
Views: 9385

Re: Hull bulging and cracking under main bulkhead

There is a mild steel 'clavicle', or curved transverse beam, running from side to side almost the full width of the main bulkhead. The mast support truss bolts through it, and it is the thing you step over to enter the V berth. There have been reports of this beam failing at the center, again perhap...
by Bob McGovern
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Hull and Deck
Topic: Advice on skeg damage
Replies: 1
Views: 5791

Re: Advice on skeg damage

Hrrrmmm. Hrrmm? Looks for all the world like either the boat backed hard into something, folding the rudder to the side and levering the skeg forward -- or the rudder got bounced on its bottom a few times. Any corresponding damage visible on the rudder blade itself? Have a peek at the flat bottom of...
by Bob McGovern
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Cruising
Topic: Summer cruising in the Lesser Cyclades and the Dodecanese (part 2)
Replies: 2
Views: 9271

Re: Summer cruising in the Lesser Cyclades and the Dodecanese (part 2)

Lovely photo essay, Nick. We enjoy the playful colors you find in the Med, the Caribbean, and places like Mexico where we are going. One reason we're tarting up our boat with colors like lime, apricot, chartreuse....I think color makes cold places feel warmer and warm places feel cooler, too. The Ba...
by Bob McGovern
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Hull and Deck
Topic: Crackling deck
Replies: 1
Views: 7884

Re: Crackling deck

Hi Marius. The worst places for water intrusion on our 1972 Ballad were: mast partners, aft of foredeck cleat, chainplate eyebolts, and genoa tracks. The eyebolts had putty/bog solid cores, but they were often poorly located & the drill missed them. The mast partners had no real protection at all. a...
by Bob McGovern
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Rig and Sails
Topic: Boom for Larger Main
Replies: 3
Views: 7440

Re: Boom for Larger Main

Hi Ted. We have vague plans for a similar mainsail increase, and many many IOR-era boats have been modified this way with good resilts. As your drawings show, adding foot & leach to the main does not really upset the sail balance at all if combined with a smaller genoa; so much of the 150% G1 is beh...
by Bob McGovern
Tue May 01, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Lifting and removing the engine
Replies: 6
Views: 11407

Re: Lifting and removing the engine

Heavy machinery is definitely an option. My various friends have diggers and forklifts and tractors, but none tall enuf to clear the boat's structure. I could rent, but our town's rental company is a notorious, over-charging monopolist, plus I live 15 miles out of town so the delivery is expensive a...
by Bob McGovern
Tue May 01, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Lifting and removing the engine
Replies: 6
Views: 11407

Re: Lifting and removing the engine

Hi Mark. Thanks for the link. We're creeping along on the refit: have most of the structural done, the forepeak area completed, new foredeck hatch, etc. I want to get the engine out before starting cosmetic on the main saloon. Still torn on the engine, which is why I've waited so long to address the...
by Bob McGovern
Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Lifting and removing the engine
Replies: 6
Views: 11407

Lifting and removing the engine

Any clever ideas for hoisting the MD6A off its mounts & up through the companionway, then over the starboard side & 3m to the ground -- with the boat on stands & the mast down? I've decided to pull the engine completely & probably either have it rebuilt or replace it with a remanufactured engine. To...
by Bob McGovern
Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Rig and Sails
Topic: Forward chainplate above head sawn-off, problems?
Replies: 7
Views: 9411

Re: Forward chainplate above head sawn-off, problems?

I'd be a bit worried by the loss of support. Those metal trusses are annoying and somewhat bodged together, a result of Rolf locating the forward lower shroud exactly halfway between two bulkheads. But they have that triangular depth profile for a reason: they need to transfer upwards pull on a 0.6m...