I know I said we weren’t going to undertake any modifications this year aside from adding some new lines (dagger board, genoa furler and topping lift lines and new rudder lines).
There has been one thing though, what I can only describe as an irritation…not high prioity…and certainly an easy and cheap fix. The galley sink and motor well evacuation lines. They formed a T-junction at the stern thru hull and many times the sink grey water would back up into the well. So that has now been addressed.
A new thru hull placed next to the original thru hull. It’s always a little scary drilling a hole in your boat below waterline.
Baby’s butt was really thick. Burned through two battery charges.
Two feet of sanitary line tubing to form a dedicated evacuation of the motor well and another 14 feet that now runs from the original thru hull to accomodate the sink evacuation.
Logically, I would have been the better choice size wise wedged back there under the cockpit to place the fittings but figuratively speaking…I won’t go there. I choose my battles wisely. I did however wiggle back there to help feed the rudders lines through because we are that kind of team.
For the price of tubing, a new thru hull, 8 new clamps, and a tube of 5200 and two coffees this little bug is now fixed.
Should I mention the not-so-pretty calking job? Maybe not. Captain Overkill might be offended. But in his defense, ain’t nothin’ gonna get through that sucker!
Now that my galley storage is free and clear I can start bringing things back onboard.
Our baby has her two coats of polish inside and out, the next step is some anti-fouling touch up, rigging and bringing some gear back onboard. I’ll be back soon once we head out for our summer 2017 Adventure.
You had some great ideas and especially the info on the radar. I am acquiring a 2005 26 M that is a blank slate. I have purchase the B&G sailing package 7 inch Zeus charts,VHF V50 and radar. There is not much info on where to put the Radar so I chose the mast too. Have you had any problems with the articulating mast or the thrust bearing? this was one concern against the mast mount.
Wish you and your wife a great sailing season and for sharing your adventures with us all.
We condemned the rotating mast and have seen no measureable difference in the performance. Care does have to be taken when raising and lowering the mast with radar in place as the modest amount of weight does throw things off a bit but with the two of us we manage quite well. When trailering any distance we simply remove the radar dome to eliminate any unnecessary bounce. So glad to have you along Dave. We have no regrets buying our R.E.D. She has been a source of pure joy and expect it will continue for years to come.