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Repairing Hunter 40 damage from Hurricane Matthew

Discussion in 'Big Boats' started by B757Captain, Nov 30, 2016. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. CYQK

    CYQK

    Joined Sep 11, 2009
    298 posts, 11 likes
    beneteau first 42
    US kenora
    Mark
    Been reading all your posts doin a great job!!!!!!!
    Thks
     


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  2. Kh3412

    Kh3412

    Joined Oct 11, 2012
    49 posts, 2 likes
    Catalina 34
    US Lake Erie
    Love following your progress. Keep up the great work.
     


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  3. JRacer

    JRacer

    Joined Aug 9, 2011
    425 posts, 58 likes
    Beneteau 310
    US Wichita, Kansas Cheney KS (Wichita)
    Hope you are hunkering down!
     


  4. B757Captain

    B757Captain

    Joined May 8, 2013
    128 posts, 50 likes
    Hunter 40
    US Dataw Island, SC
    Watching closely! Latest prognostication (?) looks to miss us here but too early to say for sure.

    I have been working on a progress update, maybe later tonite. Lots of work done.

    Cheers,

    Mark
     


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  5. B757Captain

    B757Captain

    Joined May 8, 2013
    128 posts, 50 likes
    Hunter 40
    US Dataw Island, SC
    Long overdue update:

    I've been slammed with various projects -

    - hurricane prep for Irma which hit us as a tropical storm. No damage, thankfully!
    - boat projects
    - a new toy for my birthday:

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    But this is a boat forum, so on to boat projects!

    Finishing up the work on the bow, I wanted to beef up the attach points for the cleats, so I fabbed up some backing plates for the thru-bolts:

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    The old bolts were corroded, and too short for the backing plates, so new bolts ordered (plus a few extra, the aft cleats might need new ones too):

    [​IMG]

    And everything installed and torqued down:

    [​IMG]

    You might notice in the last pic - the roller furler. Yep, we got the mast back up! I know that for you guys in the northeast stepping and unstepping the mast is a yearly thing, but down here it's a big thing!

    So, it doesn't leak, it floats, I could motor down the river if I needed to, and now I could sail it if I had to. It's a sailboat again! (minus a few things yet, of course)

    Next up, more portlights!

    Cheers,

    Mark
     


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  6. smokey73

    smokey73

    Joined Oct 26, 2010
    411 posts, 49 likes
    Hunter 40.5
    US Beaufort, SC
    Like the backing plates. Did you use Stainless or Aluminum and what thickness? May do that myself.
     


  7. Puesta del sol

    Puesta del sol

    Joined Jan 1, 2014
    106 posts, 6 likes
    Hunter 42
    US Chesapeake
    Mark

    I have enjoyed following your progress and "it floats" was an excellent entry - looking forward to seeing the final interior and exterior work - and most importantly some pics and video of it under sail. The people worried about insurance and resale crack me up. I love doing the work on my boat (thankfully nothing to the extent of yours) and knowing how things work and their condition helps me enjoy the sailing much more.

    Good luck as you finish it out. nice vet

    Keith
     


  8. B757Captain

    B757Captain

    Joined May 8, 2013
    128 posts, 50 likes
    Hunter 40
    US Dataw Island, SC
    I used 1/8th x 1 x 6 stainless. I figured that since the bolts are stainless it would be better to have similar materials. If your setup is like mine, the bow cleats are only secured through the toerail via the bolts with a nut and washer. Strong enough for normal use but as I found out a really hard jerk (or five, or seven!) will damage the toerail. I did replace the bolts with longer ones - the port (undamaged) side had enough threads on the original bolt for the new backing plate but he starboard didn't due to the increase in thickness of my toerail repair.

    The aft cleats are through-bolted through the deck and have backing plates accessible via the lazarette. I did have one side pull loose so I will probably beef up the backing plates there too.

    Cheers,

    Mark
     


  9. smokey73

    smokey73

    Joined Oct 26, 2010
    411 posts, 49 likes
    Hunter 40.5
    US Beaufort, SC
    Thanks for the insights on the backing plates. I'm over in Beaufort at BYSC. I know in a real blow on the mooring the bow cleats can be a weak link. A boat here had this cleats "rip out" during the very hard blow we had a few months before Hurricane Matthew. He was on the boat and could save the boat by motoring into the river and holding it there until the 30 minute or so blow passed by. I think I'll make the same modification. My toe rails are aluminum anyway so the dissimilar metal already exists. I may use 1/8 inch aircraft Al that I already have on hand.
     


  10. pateco

    pateco

    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    1,270 posts, 157 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL
    Mark,

    What size cleats are those?

    I am thinking of adding some mid deck rail cleats by notching and grinding down the vertical portion of my toe rail about half way down the length of the boat, and through bolting some new cleats like the ones on your bow.

    Has anyone else done this to their Hunter with the aluminum toe rails?
     


  11. Puesta del sol

    Puesta del sol

    Joined Jan 1, 2014
    106 posts, 6 likes
    Hunter 42
    US Chesapeake
    One of the passage 42 owners added midship cleats. Not sure how to provide the link here. Go to owner mods for a '42' and scroll down until you find cleat modification
     



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