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Saturday, January 28, 2017

New Cabin Teak Doors

The Old Plywood Doors
The Landfall 38 comes from the factory with 3 interior doors.  One for the v-berth cabin, a second for the head, and another separating the aft cabin from the main saloon.  Some Landfalls are outfitted with rather nice teak faced doors whereas others came with a cheap wood-patterned formica laminate.   The ones which came with Johanna Rose was the later.  In both cases, the doors are constructed from marine plywood with a small cutout section for teak louvers.  The photo to the right shows a laminated door for the head compartment.  It looks much better in the photo than in reality.

When I first purchased Johanna Rose, the original doors were in ruff shape and were not even installed. At the time, I looked into purchasing new teak panel doors.  I found a place in the Tampa Bay area which fabricates custom teak woodwork.  The price for two new teak panel doors, compared to prices I found at other companies, was somewhat reasonable at $1,630 delivered.    But the reality was that I had a lot of other items to get and more important projects to work on, so I made due with the doors I had.  

Attempt to refinish a laminated door

Laminate Removal and Attempted Refinish

Due to aging, the glue for the laminate of v-berth door was severely separating and started to flap open on the bottom.  Looking closely behind the laminate,  revealed what looked like nice teak facing on the marine plywood below.   I removed both laminate faces and then tried to remove the old glue with chemicals, heat and a scraper, and finally some sanding.  The clean up did not work well, and It looked like I might have been a bit aggressive and sanded through the teak facing. I tried to match the underlying wood faces with the outer layer by using lighter and darker stains, and as seen on the photo to the left, was not that successful.  In reality though, the refinished door looked better than the cheap looking formica laminated door.

Teak deal on Ebay

While searching for some teak on Ebay I came across a listing for several new marine teak doors. The listing stated they were originally made for a yacht interior.   The dimensions were a about an inch wider than needed which was fine as I wanted to trim the doors and add rounded top corners.

I purchased one door, and when it arrived, I ordered two more doors.  The price $125 each and under $50 for shipping all three.

Installing New Teak Door

I'm the kind of guy that never throws away anything which may be useful down the line.  And while I removed the old laminate from the v-berth door, I keep it.  It turned out to be a useful pattern for marking the a new door for trimming.   The sides of the door were trimmed on a table saw by removing 5/16" on each side.  A jigsaw was used to trim the rounded top corners, and an orbital sander was used to smooth the edges.  I reused the original door hardware save for the hinges which were replaced with a 48" long stainless-steel piano hinge purchased from Home Depot online.  The photo below shown the new doors for the v-berth and the head.   The first one on the left shows the new unfinished v-berth door installed whereas to its right is a photo of the door after two coats of Helmsman Spar Urethane.  The bottom row shows photos of the new door to the head.  In addition to 
trimming the door width and rounding the top courners, a strip of teak was added to the bottom to increase the door height.

The new door to the v-berth shown unfinished.
The new door to the v-berth shown finished.

The new door to the head shown finished
The new door to the head.  In addition to
trimming the door width, a strip of teak was
added to the bottom to increase the door height.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Below Deck Autopilot

Write up in progress

  • Raymarine EV-200 Sail Autopilot (T70155)
    • Anchor Express $1,660 + $11 shipping
  • Octopus 1212LAR12 linear drive
    • Defender  $1,615
    • Tests show that the patented piston pump unit used in the Octopus Linear Actuator is three times more efficient than the gear pump used by a leading competitor. An Octopus Linear Actuator can be expected to steer a vessel more than twice as far on the same battery charge
    • rated for vessels up to 60ft or 33,00 lbs
    • 12V @ 4-6A/19A average/max current

Raymarine EV-200 Sail Autopilot
Octopus 1212LAR12

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ground Tackle Upgrade

Prior to the present upgrade, the ground tackle consisted of a Fortress GX-23 anchor, 20' 5/16" chain, and 200' 5/8" 3-strand nylon rode.  The Fortress was set and raised by hand.  For the most part, this set up worked well, but on accessional wind shifts, the anchor would break free, foul, and fail to re-set.  With the upgrade, the Fortress has become a second or kedging anchor which is easily set-able from a dinghy.

Components of the New Ground Tackle

  • 44 lb Vulcan anchor made by Rocna
    • Fisheries Supply: $383.99 with free shipping
  • Mantus S1 universal swivel
    • Mantus Anchors: $42 + $5 shipping
  • 150' 5/16" HT G4 Acco chain
    • Defender: $3.29/ft (saved $175 shipping by purchasing at the Defender store location) 
  • 150' 5/8" Nylon 8-plait rope
    •  $1.03/ft + $13.87 shipping
  • 15' Anchor snubber:
    • Made with 25' of the 8-plait rope, 3' of Dyneema Anti-Chafing Sleeve, 5/8" stainless steel thimble, and the Mantus 5/16" chain hook
  • Maxwell RC8-8 windlass 5/16" chain to 5/8" rope
    • $992.94 + $40.10 shipping

The 44lb Vulcan from Rocna. 
5/16" Acco G-4 chain purchased at Defender.

The Mantus S1 Anchor Swivel.  I originally intended not to use a swivel
but every good quality shackle I tried would hang up on the bow roller.
The Mantus S1 solved this problem and it likely the strongest and most reliable
anchor swivel available.  It is rated stronger that the chain for which Mantus
calls "The Strongest Link in Your Chain". 

The Maxwell RC8-8 windlass installed with the chain pipe over the anchor
locker and the windlass drive and motor over the v-berth in a leak-free installation.

Volcan anchor on bow roller.
Hand spliced 5/8" Nylon snubber with Mantus
chain hook. The snubber consists of a 15' section
with loop on one end and spliced thimble &
chain hook on the other.  A 10' section with
spliced loop was spliced to the 15' section forming
a "Y" bridal set up. Dyneema sleeves were
installed at the location where the subber pass
through the bow chocks.