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  When I arrived today, it was a beautiful day. BOY did I wish Dragon Wing had been in the water! But, alas, today was the remove the stuffing box day.  Well, make that “try to remove the stuffing box” day. When I got there, I tried to come up with a plan of attack. …

No more leaks

I wish I was saying that about Dragon Wing. Unfortunately, it’s “just” the dinghy that isn’t leaking.  Although the Seal All seemed to be holding well, I wanted to put a more permanent patch in place.  On Sunday, I cleaned the repair area with MEK substitute, cleaned the patch with it too, then put 3…

Motion Sickness

I was researching butyl tape last night (yes, I have an exciting life) and came across the Sundowner Sails Again blog.  Their comments on butyl were interesting, and I also liked their idea of painting the inside of the hanging lockers with bilgekote.  Our lockers need that (once I stop the leaks with the butyl). …

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6 days to find a leak

In addition to Dragon Wing, our 31′ Allmand sailboat, we also own 2 other boats.  We own Skywalker, a 15′ Albacore sailboat, and an as-yet-unnamed 8’6″ inflatable Bombard AX3 dinghy.  I bought the dinghy last year off of Craigslist, and the main reason I had it was in case something went wrong with Dragon Wing while…

Why is there water HERE?

Today it was pouring, and I really didn’t feel like driving out to Dragon Wing.  But I needed to put zincs on the boat, and she’s supposed to be splashed this coming week, so it was either go out today or install the zincs in the (still very cold) water.  So, I drove out and…

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One step forward, and one step back

The replacement prop arrived yesterday, and wow is it really neat! It is significantly different from the other propellers I have seen. Instead of an essentially flat blade, this has a cross-section more like an airplane wing. Plus the ends have cupping to them. Really, really neat. It will be interesting to see how it…

Holding Tank Repair

I contacted Todd, the makers of our holding tank, to see if they had any suggestions for how to repair the polyethylene (LDPE) tank.  They said to try 3M’s 5200 sealant; it’s the only thing they have found that does a decent job.  So, I’ll stop by a boat store this week and pick up a…