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Show me the way to go home

No, I am not going to need a bigger boat (at least not yet.. and 10 points for anybody who got the reference to Jaws). I just never liked how most small sailboats all have their compass on one side of the companionway or the other. Growing up, my parents had a Grampian 23. On the Starboard side of the companionway was a this huge compass set on a gimbal. It took up a lot of space, it was hard to see when sitting on the Port side (especially when heeled) and I think everyone in my family lost some blood to it at one time.

The compass on Flirt is better, it is flush with the cabin, but it is on the Port side of the Companionway and is going to be just as hard to view when sitting on the Star Board side of the boat. It had to go.

After pulling it out, I noticed the hole it was secured to was about the same size as the inner tube of a roll of masking tape. Measuring it up, I could see no difference. I draped some wax paper down, laid an old roll of masking take on top, and poured resin. The next morning (I had to work in the meantime) I dropped the whole lot into a bucket of water and after 10 minutes, was able to pop the resin out of the roll with no effort.

I was right.. it was a hair bigger than the hole the compass sat in. Nothing a little persuasion couldn’t fix. I slathered the plug up in resin, pushed it into the hole from inside the cabin and gently tapped it with the heel of my hand until flush on the inside.

 

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While not the prettiest way to seal a hole, it was a good tight fit and after the resin dried, would not be coming out anytime soon. I then took my trusty (and abused) Orbital Sander and ground it down flush with first 40 grit, then 120. A little bit of fairing and some primer then paint and you will never know it was there.

 

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The Compass, a depth sounder, and a mount for an iPad will be going into a centrally located area, but I am not showing anybody my plans yet. You will have to keep checking back to see what I have in mind. I hope it is clever, I hope it is useful, and I definitely hope It works. 

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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