Sunspot Photo Tour - Page 2 of 8

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[Port side, bow view]

Port side, bow view. You can see the 60-lb CQR anchor on the bow roller. The furler on the headstay required a few extra toggles to raise the drum, otherwise the anchor shank would bang into the drum when raising or lowering the anchor. The Fortress FX-37 is lashed to the pulpit, since it is doesn't really stow properly on the second bow roller (too big). Behind the pulpit near the Fortress is the washdown hose. The number boards now say "Sunspot" since Sunspot is now federally documented; this deactivates the state registration.

[Port side, further aft]

Port side, further aft. The hatch is for the forward cabin. The dorades were added by a previous owner; they work very well. The boat has an Avon canister liferaft, but it hasn't been recertified in several years. I temporarily store the floor panels for the inflatable dinghy on top of the canister. No lines are led aft from the mast (except the mainsheet).

[Port side, midship view]

Port side, midship view. The mast boot is has a black rubber inner layer that is glued and clamped to the mast and mast partners. The white sun cover is glued and tied on top of the rubber inner layer. Just above the mast boot you can see the lowest mast step. The next "steps" use the winches and boom. The hatch is above the galley. Behind the hatch you can see the rolled-up Avon inflatable. The handsome and effective boom gallows was added by a previous owner.

[Port side, further aft]

Port side, further aft. The dodger is quite tall, and makes for a very roomy and protected cockpit. The bimini can be detached if you want a sunny cockpit. There are stainless grab rails along each side of the dodger. For further weather protection, the dodger cloth can drop down vertically from just aft of the grab rail to the coaming near the primary winches. I usually keep this section rolled up (you can just barely make out the ties by the diagonal brace). The dodger color is "Sunbrella Toast". It was made by Chris Ford in Annapolis, who did a very good job. There are blue line bags, each with two compartments, on the lifelines near the cockpit. These hold the tails for the headsail sheets.

[Port side, stern view]

Port side, stern view. The baggy canvas cover is for the Nissan 3.5hp outboard motor. The stern flag staff must be removed when using the windvane; it interferes with the air vane (not installed in this photo).

[Starboard side, bow view]

Starboard side, bow view. The yellow wire leading over the pulpit is the shore power cord. The number boards now say "Sunspot", since Sunspot is now federally documented; this deactivates the state registration. The Schaefer furler on the headsail is a beautiful piece of work—very sturdy but a little heavy.


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