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U20 Boat Maintenance & Care / Re: furler question
« Last post by Dean Nelson on July 07, 2020, 08:17:38 PM »
I re-built my upper furler a few years back.  The ball bearings had elongated and were no longer spherical...causing it to bind a little while under load.  I contacted Harken (262) 691-3320 and ordered out the following parts:  MP-126, Ball Bearing-1/2in TOR (HSB17), and HSB205, Smalley Ring - WSM-106-S02.  Total cost a couple years ago was about $37.  With a little bit of patience putting the bearing in the track, I have an upper furler that now works great!  Sorry, I don't have the part number for replacing the entire upper furler.
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U20 Boat Maintenance & Care / Re: furler question
« Last post by Tin Htoo on July 07, 2020, 01:10:11 PM »
I am also looking for the same part.
If someone can share the information, I would appreciate.

Thank you.
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U20 Photos! / #16 Nostalgia
« Last post by Mike Reyes on July 06, 2020, 01:22:16 AM »
A couple of pics. from some local sailors.
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U20 Boat Maintenance & Care / Re: Covid boat projects
« Last post by Robert Homer on July 02, 2020, 01:15:13 PM »
I spoke with Vince Valdes who was a U20 builder and he told there were different products used for bonding the hull to the deck (Iím just going off what we discussed over the phone so I may miss some details) and what was used on #92 is less flexible than what was used on later builds. Heís confident he can make the repair and it should last without further problems. So hopefully weíll be back on the water soon. I still need to go after the core issues. If anyone has undergone that repair I could sure use some advice. I love the boat and I want it to last far beyond me.
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U20 Boat Maintenance & Care / Re: boat serial number
« Last post by Glenn VanHeel on June 30, 2020, 08:49:18 PM »
Also depending on the builder, some stamped/engraved the number on the front of the starboard side bulkhead.
Sorry, just saw this post
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U20 Boat Maintenance & Care / Re: Covid boat projects
« Last post by Allen Townsend on June 30, 2020, 05:28:26 PM »
I checked my boat for a problem with the hull/deck seam.  I could not reach one quarter of the boat because of where it is parked in my garage, but I did not see any failure.

I have had my boat for quite awhile now.  The stringer repair two years ago was my first attempt at fiberglass repair.  I build furniture as a hobby, so I have some similar experience, but this is new to me.

Good luck with your boat.  If I can help you I would be happy to offer what I can, just let me know.

Allen

 
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U20 Boat Maintenance & Care / Re: Covid boat projects
« Last post by Robert Homer on June 29, 2020, 02:25:10 AM »
I may be looking for your help instead, I had the boat in the shop for some other items and the re-bed of the jib tracks but it still feels soft to me. And now I have the hull/deck bond issue. I really donít want to lay the boat up another summer but this boat still needs some work. Would have been nice to get one when they were new and I could have taken care of it.
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U20 Boat Maintenance & Care / Re: Covid boat projects
« Last post by Allen Townsend on June 28, 2020, 12:30:32 PM »
Normally I keep my boat at our summer place in Maine, about 200 miles from my home.  In late May I brought it home to do some minor work on it and give me something to do during the covid 19 restrictions.  I started with finishing the gel coat on the v birth.  I had not completed this after repairing my stringer two years ago.  (Thanks to Richard Hunt for his help in getting me started on this.)  I have been doing some miscellaneous repairs and cleaning things up.  In cleaning it up I found hairline cracks around the port jib sheet track.  It appears that water has been seeping in around the bolts that secure the track, and the core was damaged.  I have now cleaned out the damaged core material and it is drying.  I plan to replace the core with epoxy and fiberglass cloth.  Bob, I am interested in how your repair of the hairline cracks comes out.  Any suggestions for matching the texture of the non skid finish are appreciated. It looks like the texture from a smooth foam paint roller.

It is nice to have the boat in the garage, be able to work on it occasionally, and think about sailing.  Thanks to Tac, I am looking forward to trying out a new jib and new to me spinnaker.

I am still hoping to get into the water this year, but it is not looking promising here.  July is almost here, and Maine is still requiring a two week quarantine.
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U20 Boat Maintenance & Care / Deck/Hull Adhesion Failure
« Last post by Robert Homer on June 27, 2020, 06:32:04 PM »
Just noticed this while washing #92. It seems the glue holding the deck to the hull has failed. Itís about a three foot section on the port side. Has anyone encountered this?
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U20 Boat Maintenance & Care / Motor mount bolts
« Last post by Mike Reyes on June 25, 2020, 06:57:09 PM »
Does anyone have a source or part number for the motor mount/mast cradle mount bolt assemblies? One of the 3 on mine is broken.
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