As we prepare to go, I've been doing some work on the boat in hopes that it will make the boat happy and keep the gods of the seas, electricity, and diesel engines at bay. These are finally items that aren't high priority, but nice to tick off of the list.
The first was re-rigging the davit system. When I met another Leopard owner a while back he noted that the davit system on my boat wasn't rigged properly. The result of this rigging problem was that loads weren't distributed evenly and the davit bar bent a bit when the previous owner used to store the dinghy with the motor attached on the davit. To re-rig it, I needed a new block with a becket and a longer line (the new rigging scheme requires the lines to criss-cross between the mount points on the arch and the davit bar.
A stop at Sailors Exchange and I was able to find 70 foot of the 1/2 inch line for $40. I also picked up brand new line to replace the main halyard since their price is about half of West Marine's price for the same line and a bit cheaper than I have found elsewhere for New England Ropes stuff. I also found they had the really comfortable bosun's chair like the one I borrowed from a friend back in Brunswick and I couldn't pass it up. Guess you can't take me into a sailing thrift shop. Unfortunately they didn't have the block with becket or a stainless U bolt I was looking for, so we picked them up at Marine Supply & Oil Company.
|New block and line and the davit is re-rigged.|
The U bolt I mentioned was for a minor repair. In the rudder system there is a line that acts as the steering stop. On one side, the U bolt had rusted through and the line was no longer attached. I've replaced the U bolt and reattached the line so the steering stop is once again working as designed.
I have been trying to figure out a good means of mounting the LED light strips I bought for the hardtop for a while now. Not coming up with any really good ideas, I finally gave up and decided to see what would happen if I just stuck them up with the supplied adhesive. The strip is supposed to be weatherproof and the controller is hidden in the wiring chase that is built into the hardtop, so hopefully it will be OK. I guess only time will tell, but so far I like it and think it looks good enough. And for under $30, if it doesn't work out, I guess I won't be out much.
|That is a lot of light,|
|Remember this strip changes colors. Here is red...|