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 Post subject: Hull #240 (keeping it in the family)
PostPosted: 19 Aug 2020 07:31 
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Hi - my father-in-law has owned #240 since 1990. He is 86 and wants to keep the boat in the family so I have become a co-owner. While I have sailed on the boat many times since 1996, I wasn't fully aware of how much work the boat required. Well, after three straight weeks working on her, now I know! The boat basically required a full re-fit. Decks are wet, systems not working, engine needs work, rigging and electronics are poorly conceived or outdated, interior is a mess, etc etc. I am beginning the long multi-year schlog through the re-fit process. Boat is in the water (Deale, MD) and my initial goal is to make her dry(ish), safe, and reliable for fall cruising. The heavy lifting will begin in the off-season.

I have an appreciation for the boat, it's design pedigree, and suitability for Chesapeake Bay cruising. So, despite it's condition, it's worth doing the work. There are two other T37's on the next pier over from me in far worse condition so that makes me feel a bit better about what I'm attempting to do.

Spent the first two weeks just cleaning her out. There was a ton of accumulated crap and the boat was covered with mold. Pulled the main salon overhead to fix leaks and will replace with PVC. Of course, the boat is a Pandora's Box - everything I uncover leads to a few more issues! I pulled out an incredibly sophisticated (for it's time) 1980 vintage autohelm (Sharp "Seapilot") with a massive bronze/brass gear or rack connected to the rudder post. It had never worked for my father-in-law but was still hooked up and causing a parasitic drain. I weighed the system - 80 pounds approx! I'm on to engine work. Overheating issue caused by heat exchanger fouling (never cleaned!). Mechanical cleaning really helped but I decided to pickel and flush with Barnacle Buster.

I'm mostly a small boat racing sailor and now windfoiler, and while cruising has an appeal, going unnecessarily slow does not. So, I will be "optimizing" the old gal as much as practicable. Just ordered a new North mainsail, full battens, max hoist/roach, loose foot. I plan on pulling the CB over the winter to fair (God knows what that thing looks like!) and seal.

I appreciate all the knowledge here (been lurking for a month) and look forward to sharing what I discover along the way. Thanks!

File comment: stbd chainplate rot. Took a good look and the plywood rot was from the bottom up but didn't go through to where the bolts are located. Will bond in new core.
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PostPosted: 20 Aug 2020 08:42 

Joined: 09 Aug 2017 15:35
Posts: 468
Location: Maine/USVI

Get 'er out, take her home and do 'er up stem to stern. Not rocket science, but requires sitting and staring for hours on end. I've got #216, and wish I had simply bought #488 instead. But I got a tight boat now, about 59.5% done. The last 41.5% will come fast. Mast & boom is newly painted, going back in tomorrow or this weekend. Just have to run the new Raymarine wind unit & cable, mount the new all-round, put the shrouds and stays back on and reeve the four halyards (instead of the two that appear to have been the only ones used ever). Waiting for a halyard exit plate today and that'll do 'er.

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 Post subject: Re: Hull #240 (keeping it in the family)
PostPosted: 20 Aug 2020 20:34 

Joined: 13 Feb 2011 21:19
Posts: 237
Location: Canyon Lake, TX
Welcome aboard! I have #287 since 2011. She was a project when we bought her but I'm still excited to own her. Sail her like you would race her. That centerboard will make her point like you won't believe.

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