Spring has sprung, very early here in Minnesota. Ice out on
Minnetonka was the second earliest on record, March 17th 12:17am. I
had taken the cover off of Seeker back in late February as the snow was pretty
much done. My project list for spring before launching was as follows;
New motor mount for the outboard. I had swapped
out the massive all electric bells and whistles 9.9HP Yamaha with a nice simple
6hp Yamaha. Got a bunch of credit as well. This mount also raises the motor out
of the water a bit so, less drag when sailing.
New rudder bushings. The lower ones were shot
and the rudder slid back and forth.
Modifications to the jib car controls. Make them
no longer pin stop and easily adjustable. Got the hardware for
Christmas for that.
New Traveller. 2:1 traveller being replaced by
all new Harken hardware and making it a 4:1.
Anything else that comes up.
|Not bad for February.|
A fine late February Saturday was hitting the mid 50’s for
temps, yeah like I said, very early spring. So I started early in the day and
got a bunch of things done. Motor mount, rudder bushings, took a look at the
traveller and went, yep gotta go.
|Out with the old.|
|Comparing new to completely shot.|
|Yep, that's a motor mount.|
I also saw that a nice little chunk had been
taken out of the trailing edge of my rudder. Well, seeing as I needed to fill
the holes for the electrical wires for the old beast motor, I was going to be
mixing up epoxy anyway. So I backed it with the multi-tool known as duct tape
and had at it. Wasn’t a big deal and it is on the trailing edge above the water
line, so should be pretty harmless.
Got the other holes filled including the
ones for the bimini brackets that were just screwed in to the deck. Why anyone
would think I bimini works on a 235 is beyond me. Was a very successful day,
especially for being February in Minnesota. Ya gotta take advantage of warm
temps as much as possible. At this point I had the traveller upgrade and the
jib car mod left to do. Time to spend a few $$ and order the traveller
hardware. As this was a pretty extensive mod, that will be covered in an
I know, you all can hardly wait…..