We have found that many projects can be completed at anchor, rather than tied to the dock. As long as you have the necessary tools, fasteners, paint, varnish, etc. aboard, there is no reason at all to not do the work in a more congenial atmosphere than the marina.
So, while we were at anchor in Blind Bay on Shaw Island, we completed these two projects:
Project 1: Replace the zippers in the aft section of the cockpit canvas
There are four zippers here, and four sections of canvas that needed to be taken below. I used a seam-ripper to remove the old zippers, but removing the old thread was a much bigger chore. Because the thread on the exterior was rotted to the point where it had no strength at all, almost every single loop had to be laboriously picked out by hand. But our monster sewing machine (a Sailrite LSZ-1) had no difficulty sewing thru 4-6 layers of sunbrella and the vinyl window material. Given what canvas work costs these days, this machine has paid for itself twice over already. And thank heavens for a large battery bank and a good inverter!
Project 2: Replace a leaking 36 year old fixed port
|The new port|
|The new port gives great ventilation|
while at anchor!
Bonus: The window is exquisitely clear, giving more light below!