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The Lockers are In!

posted May 30, 2011, 5:58 PM by Christopher Hubbell
I was successful in reinstalling the cockpit locker lids.  One of them ended up skewed for some reason I have yet to understand, but after a little adjustment all was well.  It is so nice to have them all attached and not have to worry about where to put my feet.

The chainplate filling went not quite as well.  I injected thickened epoxy from the inside of the boat, but I was surprised to find that it did not make it all the way to the top.  I ended up with about 1/8" short of the mark all around.  So, after the first round of epoxy kicked off I tapped the plates up a few inches and slathered in some more from the top.  Unfortunately, I had other things to do at home before the epoxy set up, so I'll have to finish sealing everything up tomorrow.  I can't see any reason why I won't have that project completely wrapped up though, so I'm pleased with the progress.

The forestay padeye has a new backing plate, and has been re-bedded.  I couldn't quite get all the bolts properly torqued without a helper, so I'm saving them to the list of not-quite-tight stuff which I'll wrap up next time I can get someone out to the boat to hold a screwdriver for me.

I also installed backing plates for the new swim ladder.  that project is going to be a bit of a challenge as I need to extend the stand-offs by about 4".  I have plenty of extra 1" stainless tubing thanks to the pedestal upgrade, so I just need to get a coupling next time I'm at West Marine.

So, what's next on the to-do list?  Here's the short term goals for the next few days:
  • Wrap up the chainplate re-bedding
  • Lubricate the steering cable conduits
  • Lubricate the pedestal needle bearing
  • Connect the engine controls
  • Connect the steering quadrant
  • Install through hulls
  • Finish trimming new cockpit locker dividers for fit
  • Install cleats for cockpit locker dividers
Yikes!  That's a lot of work...