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    Enclosed/cargo trailer advice

    So I'm planning to say goodbye :cry: to the 1991 Toyota Previa minivan, which along with a single-axle 14' flatbed has been the workhorse for my tiny cabinetmaking business for the past 18 years. Sure, the Previa only has a 2.4L Four, but it was bulletproof and could swallow 4x8 sheets of...
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    Salon doors: best hinging arrangement?

    Getting ready to hang some cabinet doors on the Ballad. Most of them are straightforward: rectangular and taller than they are wide. But there are four arch-topped doors behind the settees that have low aspect ratios and also lean inward. To swing sideways, as originally intended, the 3/8" inset...
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    Repowering 1972 Albin Ballad

    I've given up on the idea of nursing along the Volvo Penta MD6A that came with our 30' Ballad. It has several negatives: It's raw water cooled, which was fine when it was a Great Lakes boat but won't be in the salty Sea of Cortez. It came with a water jacket exhaust, so a certain amount of...
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    Cushion closures: zipper, velcro, whut?

    Waiting for the next job to start, so I'd like to bonk out a few interior cushions for the boat. Probably start with the V berth, since we already have the foam for it. We'll be layering 2" of memory foam (natural latex in main cabin) over 3" of yellow polyurethane, wrap the whole thing with...
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    Interior hinges: SS, brass, or any old thing?

    We have a number of new doors to mount in our salon & V-berth areas. They will be 3/8" inset style, which requires a particular hinge not often found in SS or solid brass. Sea-Dog seems to be almost the only vendor. Which is fine. But I'd kind of like to go with a black or oil-rubbed...
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    Universal M12 diesel, borked tranny

    There's a low-hours M12, fresh water engine but with closed coolant loop, for sale locally (rare in the Rockies) at a reasonable price. What is the reputation of this engine overall?  Somebody seized the Hurth 50 transmission. Is it possible/likely to unseize it, or how tricky is the rebuild...
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    Refitting Fionn

    Started a topic on the refit of our 1972 Ablin Ballad 30 Fionn, but  search won't turn it up, which is probably a comment on how #%$&@ long the job is taking. :unsure:  Anyhoo, we're slowly going at it from bottom to top & front to back, with lots of digressions on the way. We have got...
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    Protecting cabinetry with ???

    Finally some progress on Fionn, our 1972 Albin Ballad. Interior casework is getting final paint and varnish & is ready to screw into position. Like most European boats of the time, the cabinetry is not part of any hull liner but fastened with screws to tabbing or to itself. What material...
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    Sheet coaming/cockpit boxes: need smart people ideas

    So I found some very nifty fiberglass containers on Zoro for outstanding prices; the idea is to recess two of these into the seatback coamings of our Ballad plus two shallower ones on the cockpit sides near the bridge deck, to hold the traveler,  mainsheet, and jib lines. We use surface mounted...
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    Tint fixed port glass, or replace w/ acrylic?

    Our Albin Ballad is going to Mexico (eventually), and we've been spending much effort to improve light (but not too much!) and ventilation for the hot climate. We are keeping the fixed ports on the coachroof side, tho -- two long, fairly low (7"h) tempered glass lights in aluminum frames...
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    Your ideal bilge pump scheme

    I think we've settled on a low-profile electric pump (900-100gph nominal)  in the  keel sump of our Albin Ballad 30'er, and a Jabsco Amazon 22gpm manual pump bolted to the nav/comms bench. Probably? Probably.  What is your experience with these types of kit & how shall we route the...
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    Water tank vent surge/overflow preventer

    We'd like to vent an under-settee  water tank inside the boat, in a former wet locker, rather than to the outside. My Google skills must be poor, because it's not turning up the name of a ball-floaty-flow-preventer that will let air escape but keep water from shooting out the breather tube when...
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    Marelon thru hull sealant

    Just a quickie about what sealant(s) to use on flush Forespar Marelon thru-hulls and seacock valves. Most folks seem to like 4200 or 5200 for bedding the thru-hull to the fiberglass, but IIRC some of these urethanes do not play nice with plastics. What is your prefererred sealant (or sealants...
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    Woman without Patreon account goes sailing in cold place

    Today's Guardian, with link to an earlier story on same. There are still people living this version of the life, tho it sounds like there are fewer welcoming corners to tuck into.
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    Full extension drawer slides

    So I've built a couple drawers for our sailboat, and they are odd ducks as boat drawers tend to be. To maximize access to the back corners, I want mechanical drawer slides, full extension, ideally with 1" or so overtravel. Accuride and Sugatsune have stainless slides that will work fine, tho...
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    Mounting hatch lens

    I'm adding an acrylic lens to the front hatch of our Albin Ballad. The original hatch had that nasty yellow square where the factory left off the gelcoat to make it translucent. Then a previous owner painted over it. So I cleaned that mess up, laid down a few courses of 1708 biaxial tape...
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    Rebedding hull-to-deck bolts

    Our 30' Ballad has roughly a hundred 5/6" SS carriage bolts passing thru a molded toe rail/bulwark and then thru a turned-in hull flange.  The bulwark is solid chopper/bog/roving without any wood or foam coring, and the bolts are roughly 4.5" on center.  1/4" flathead bolts thru outboard genoa...
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    Halyard lifts: location & angle

    We're setting up our Albin Ballad to bring most of the control lines aft (or at least give us the option to do so). All halyards except maybe the spinnaker will be internal, exit well above deck level, turn near the mast collar, deflect (not very much?) thru a 2-over-2 organizer, then to clutch...
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    Interior doors & door panel ideas

    We're finalizing our stowage & cabinetry details on our Albin Ballad. Interior wood is African mahogany, tho we think much of the panel surface above a certain 'beltline' will be painted off white with wood detail (Herreshoff style). We'll clear finish everything, then hang white paper here...
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