Refit:  Winter 2008-2009

Winter 2008-2009 Refit | Saturday, November 15, 2008

When I obtained our radar pole in 2002, it came along with a plastic clamp to support it at the stern rail; the plastic two-piece fitting, which fit around the 1" stern rail, featured two stainless steel U-clamps to secure it in position .  This worked adequately for many years, but for one reason or another the bottom part of the plastic fitting broke either this past season or last winter, or sometime.  With two U-clamps, and the top part of the fitting intact, I was able to use the fitting during the 2008 season, but its life had clearly come to an end.


Not really knowing what to call this fitting made finding a replacement a little more challenging.  My initial thought was to bring the old fitting up to a nearby machine shop and have them build a new, identical piece--but out of billet aluminum rather than plastic.  But despite my Google-ing limits imposed by not knowing exactly what to call the fitting, I found something on the Garhauer website designed for this express purpose.  Listed under the heading "Radar Tower Accessories", the piece I found was called, logically enough, a stern rail tower clamp.  There was no picture of the item, but I took a chance and ordered it sight-unseen.  (Note also that I subsequently found stern rail clamps similar or original to my old one in the Edson Marine catalog as well.)

Installation was straightforward--four bolts on each piece to clamp to the respective tubes.


I set up the dodger once again, as I had an appointment with Hallett on Monday to determine how to approach my desired dodger modifications, intended to make the dodger more convertible and generally handier overall.  Mainly, I wanted to have the dodger changed to incorporate removable wing panels; removing these panels would provide better visibility and better airflow to the cockpit and make the dodger less in the way on those days when we really don't want it there at all.  Additionally, there were a number of minor stitching and related repairs required.

Afterwards, I cleaned up and sanded the shaft coupling and flex coupling, masked things as necessary, and sprayed on primer and paint, this time in a yellow color for something different.

And so it went in the enthralling world of minor sailboat refits.

Total time today:  1 hour

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