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P31 General Discussion / Re: Water logged sole over the bilge.
« Last post by Dolce_Vita on October 20, 2017, 11:28:02 AM »
Mine on my P323 are shot too, and I plan to go back in with teak/holly marine plywood. After all, the original lasted over 30 years!  The critical thing is to get all surfaces, especially the edges, well sealed. Epoxy is great for this.

If you're really set on a non-wood solution, look into Lonseal ( ).  A friend with a Catalina 30 used this on his cabin sole and was quite pleased with the results.
P31 General Discussion / Re: Water logged sole over the bilge.
« Last post by Bill1188 on October 19, 2017, 03:05:30 PM »
I took my floor out two years ago. Pain, chipping out all the bungs and removing screws. Heat gunned off old finish, light sanding, five coats satin polyurethane. I fastened the floor by flush sinking some inserts into fiberglass and then flush fastening some shouldered brass washers in the wood. Then took some flat head brass screws to fasten floor. Looks great, brass and nautical. And I can take up floor any time by removing screws instead of hammering out bungs again.
P31 General Discussion / Re: Water logged sole over the bilge.
« Last post by Chance on October 19, 2017, 01:05:25 AM »
On Chance 1977 pearson 323 hull 10 in 2012 , replace the old teak and holly floor.  Install a new teak holly plywood floor and edge trim all bilge access with solid teak  on the floor and access panels .  It took 2 sheets  4x8 feet for the hole cabin sole .  Make sure you line the holly up in the main cabin. It require three pieces from the two sheet.  With enough left to do the fore peak and chart table floor. To protect this project ,I put three to four coat of Clear West epoxy  on all 6 sides of each piece .  If you have out gassing  problems , bubbles talk to West Epoxy techs  for advice.  I then put on four coats of gloss varnish on expose surfaces that will be seen after install . Then screw in place and bung the screw holes .Two more coat of varnish to cover the bungs.  In 2017 spring put another two coats  . The sole looks great and wears real well . If you use wood again make sure you seal  it with epoxy all six sides it well never rot. Good luck Bob K
P31 General Discussion / Water logged sole over the bilge.
« Last post by Tom Tierney on October 18, 2017, 01:12:38 AM »
I just bought an 87 32-2. Hull #3 My first sailboat. My first boat. They always were a job for me. Now I'm 60, single and ready to liquidate the land and go to sea (and the marina).

My new girlfriend has a couple soft spots. Typical leaky grommets. But then she is 30 years old now. I know how that job goes. But before I reinvent the wheel (a nautical term), how have y'all dealt with the sole boards over the bilge rotting? Clearly, more wood doesn't make sense. What waterproof material did you find?

P323 Electrical Systems & Electronics / Re: New autopilot
« Last post by Dolce_Vita on October 17, 2017, 12:25:51 PM »
We use a Raymarine Wheelpilot with an ST 6001 control head, interfaced to our Garmin GPSMap 545 chartplotter via NMEA 183.
In addition, we have an ST60+ wind gauge, interfaced to the autopilot via (original style) SeaTalk.

This combination has served us faithfully for 8 years and thousands of Nautical Miles, although the wheelpilot is now showing some wear on one of the nylon components that can cause the clutch to pop open under load.  For now, a small bungee cord cures this, but the parts are available online for replacement.
10M General Discussion / Re: 10M Owners
« Last post by khann on October 17, 2017, 11:47:41 AM »
Thank you to all for some really helpful info!,
P323 Electrical Systems & Electronics / Re: New autopilot
« Last post by Alma on October 16, 2017, 09:39:24 PM »
P323 Electrical Systems & Electronics / Re: New autopilot
« Last post by selene on October 16, 2017, 05:42:10 PM »
Older model Nexus autopilot - they are now owned by Garmin, I think. Belowdecks hydraulic ram to the steering quadrant (love it). Flux compass under aft settee storage area.

The PO uploaded a great series of photos showing the installation:

Only issue I have had is that I cannot get the autopilot to connect to the newer Garmin anemometer.  This is a pain, as it will not auto tack without that instrument connected - as I solo sail quite a bit, having a tack feature would be darned useful.

So far this has proved a reliable setup.  Disclaimer - I have increasingly become a Garmin convert.  Good products, good customer service...
P323 Standing & Running Rigging / Re: Internal Halyards
« Last post by Chance on October 15, 2017, 10:20:36 PM »
On Chance we have two internal jib halyards .One internal main halyard. Add another crane for two external spinnaker halyards. We do race  a lot with crew, so we do sail peels  or changes including spinnakers.  Set one inside the other,to down size or up size .Never really found slapping inside if pull tight on halyard winches. I would be very concern coming off  spin crane to mast sheave on pearson 323 being  your talking about line not cable halyards.Make  sure put your exits at different heights not do weaken the spar.  Bob K  Chance Hull 10    1977    Owner 40 years.
P323 General Discussion / Re: CRAZY ALERT
« Last post by Chance on October 15, 2017, 08:57:25 PM »
If you are going to salvage her.  I could use the anchor well cover if in good shape, also  the latch for opening and locking it close.  Bob K
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