Rewiring the Boat

Figuring out what was what This boat seems typical of most old small sailboats.  Electrical needs were simpler back in the 1970’s, and systems weren’t built for expansion and extra gadgets like they are in some modern boats.  On our boat, the switch panel was small, and the cabinet behind it was also very small.  […]

Rotten, Delaminated Chainplate Knees and Their Related Structure

  When we first looked at Affinity, our Sailstar 26, the owner had warned us that the chainplates were leaking.   I also noticed that, while looking at the side of the hull, there were indentations where each of the chainplates were attached to the hull.  I was looking for a bit of a project boat, and […]

Bristol 26- Replacing the chainplate knees on the galley side

This summer, I tackled the chainplate knees on the opposite side of our Bristol 26. There were two knees on this side–one for the upper shroud, and one for the aft lower shroud. The forward knee is in the locker across from the head. It looks like it’s in much better shape, so I can […]

Filling deck holes on the Bristol 26

This spring, I removed relocated, and resealed a lot of the deck hardware using butyl rubber. While I had the hardware off, I also took the opportunity to seal up the balsa core around each hole. I was surprised that most of the holes in the deck weren’t sealed with epoxy–even the ones that were drilled at the factory. Luckily, I didn’t find too many spots where the core was damp.