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Averisera-Starter Motor

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Our original starter motor was a randomly operating device. Seemed to have a "Flat Spot."  After years of putting up with the annoyance, we replaced the starter. Yes. We know. It should have been done last month when the engine was on the bench.

We went over to New Bedford, MA and bought a new one. Son Zachary directed us to Niemiec Marine on Pope Island for the part. They had it on the shelf. For about $400, we got it off their shelf and into our car.

Back at the boat, we had the old one out and the new one in within a half hour. Once we got the right tools in hand the job was simple. The job called for a 14mm socket and 7 inches of extensions between the socket and ratchet. See the bolt-head in the center of the picture? That one and its mate on the other side graced us with easy removal. After a few hours of engine operation, we will tighten the bolts again.

The engine fired right up faster than ever before.

Averisera: Mast Work

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One of the things we forgot was a necessary repair to the shroud to mast connection points. Sunday, Zach, Elizabeth and Norm unstepped the mast. We removed the forestay and one T-ball backing plate. It has a small crack, as do they all. We will replace all in the next week or so. Maybe mast up after that!

Averisera is pictured mast down. Monday, Plan A is to get the five new fittings and make the mast ready for mast up.

A trip to Fairhaven, to see if we can replicate the backing plates is next on the list. Oh boy! A drive off Cape!

Update: We got off-Cape on Tuesday to find the rigging parts we need. First stop was Fairhaven and Rigging Only. They were very helpful but did not have the correct part. Tom did take the time to explain a few things about the backing plates and their installation. It is very helpful to have a pro explain something and confirm what us amateurs think to be true. Rigging Only will make us a new forestay while we're at it. Thanks, Tom. Great doing business with you.

We telephoned a company called Rig Rite in Rhode Island. They do not have a retail store. Too bad since we were nearby and could have picked up the pieces that day. Fortunately I had the part number so I was permitted to place an order.

Averisera-Winter Storage, Winter Work

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For the time being, we have a winter berth at Harwichport Boat Yard, thanks guys. After two years on the hard, Averisera needs to settle in to a water berth. We see evidence of her benefitting.

A chore we failed to put on the list of jobs is a replacement of the shroud T-fitting reinforcements. They are cracked and probably have been for some time. So, we will unstep the mast, replace the failed parts and restep the rig. 

The forestay fits into the opening above the sheaves. The bottom of the fitting is worn and cracked. How did we (more like, me !) leave this off the list. There are five such fittings and they probably cost a hundred bucks all told.


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