Marine Systems — storage

Winter Storage: Shrinkwrap Engineering

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While many boat owners are consumed with the annual task of hauling and storing their vessels for the winter, others are prepping for the cold months by turning theirs into a stationary den.  Here in the snowbound Northeast, most liveaboards cover their decks by erecting a temporary structure to be wrapped in heat shrinkable plastic sheeting.  This cover adds a layer of protection and comfort for the ship and her crew by helping to shed rain and snow, reduce condensation and provide passive solar heat during the day.  Albeit temporary, I’ve decided to build a seasonally reuseable structure that offers...

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Winterization: Sail Flaking

Posted by Phillip Gutowski on

We’re really lucky to be having such an unseasonably warm fall and winter here in Boston.  It’s made it much easier to get ready for the inevitability of the harsh weather.  Here we are putting sails away and building our shrink wrap shelter.

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Repowering: Hoisting a boat motor

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On our personal boat, a 1984 Tayana 42 we pulled our old Perkins 4-108 for a rebuild to recover lost power, stop oil/coolant leaks, and repaint.  While it’s out we’ve got lots of room to give the engine compartment a proper refit!  Here are some photos and a time lapse video of us pulling it out! Built a stable cart to make the engine easier to roll down the dock, up the ramp, and onto shore. Draining the coolant. Hard to tell that a lot of disassembly is already done here. Gone is the mess of spider web battery cables and...

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