Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tanzer 16 -- Some time off -- Banderas Bay

Tanzer 16 -- Some time off -- Banderas Bay --  November 24, 2015  --  Taking a few weeks off for Sunshine Therapy in Mexico to inoculate ourselves for the gloomy winter ahead.  (Plus we missed a few storms at home.)  Fred and Judy invited me out for a sail in their Serendipity 43, Wings.  They have raced their boat all over the world and circumnavigated during a 15-year cruise.  Great people. Great boat. Great time.
In three ways, their boat is a lot like a Tanzer 16. It has a pointy end.  It has sails that are
roughly triangular in shape.  The wind makes is go.

Fred has an incredibly interesting blog at Wingssail.blogspot.com.

Fourth thing.  It has a tiller instead of a wheel.  

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tanzer 16 -- seat patch finished

Tanzer 16  seat patch finished -- November 5, 2015  -- To finish off the patch, one layer of cloth was added on top the mat.  Then sanded the last layer of build-up back so it faired in with the seat surface.  Now for a couple of coats of heavy primer, and it will be ready to paint. Started filling the holes and dings.  After 40 years, it will take quite a bit of fussing to complete before painting.  While the resin was mixed we also filled in a few factory "owies" in the gelcoat.



Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tanzer 16 -- seat repair continues

Taner 16 -- seat repair continues  -- November 3, 2015  --  At this point the patch is secure from below.  A number of small pieces of cloth were laid in to make the patch level--it had some low spots.  A layer of mat was applied.  When it was sanded out, the patch was stronger than the surrounding area, but it was still too low.

So a piece of mat was torn (as the U-Tube video suggests).

Then the mat was laid into the center of the patch to bring it up to grade.

We'll give that a day to set up.  Then we'll sand it out and see if we need a layer of woven cloth or some resin with micro fiber to bring it up to final height.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Tanzer 16 --Buy, Sell, Trade, Substitute

Tanzer 16 --Buy, Sell, Trade, Substitute -- November 2, 2015 -- It's not easy to find parts for 40-year-old boat.  Especially since some of them were custom made for the Tanzer.  For some reason I have developed kind of a mild* personal obsession with keeping these special, old boats in the water.

Kind of thinking that it might be helpful to add a page to the blog where people could list items they would like to buy or sell--or trade.  And maybe we could list tips on things that can substitute.  (Such as the hinges from the O'Day Day Sailor for a hinge.)  I was thinking maybe we could find somebody to cast the plugs for hinged mast conversion--or I could make them out of oak.  

I would never advocate scrapping a hull that could be saved, but when it can't be saved, such a page could be a forum to list parts, sails, etc.  (Heck I even know where you can find a free hull that's sound.)

If you think this is a good idea, let me know at jslosson@aol.com.  Thanks for following this blog.  If you would like to send a picture of you and your boat, sail number, and a little narrative, I would love to post it for others to see.


* My wife would argue with the mild characterization, but she has never known any really hard-core sailors.