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General Discussion / OD for P38 Rudder post
« Last post by Bob Murphy on October 04, 2019, 02:13:47 pm »
Looking for the outer diameter (size)  for a 1997 P-38 Rudder Post.
Bob Murphy
P-323 / Re: Replacing Cabin Floorboards
« Last post by Ed Criscuolo on April 27, 2018, 01:10:25 pm »
Just a quick update.

I've gotten the last of the floor up in the main cabin.  This required removing the floor-to-ceiling pole that the dining table is attached to.  The end flanges on the pole were seized on, so I could not disassemble the table, and had to jockey the whole pole-table assembly up the ladder and through the companionway.  This required four hands and a lot of of head scratching.  Sort like solving a a giant puzzle (...Lift here, now rotate,.. slide back a little, now up...) but we finally did it without damaging anything.

The old floor panels, and the table, are now home in the garage.  Next step is to create a paper or posterboard template for each piece, transfer those to some inexpensive 1/2" MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard), and make full size mock-ups to check for fit.  The MDF will then become the templates for cutting the expensive teak/holly veneer marine plywood.

I may have to put this on hold for a while, because the boat will be coming out of the water in the next week or so to redo the bottom paint.
For Sale / Pearson 35 1977
« Last post by FT Clark on April 08, 2018, 08:40:02 am »
Pearson 35 keel centered Westerbek deisel
Rooms comfortable documented vessel suitable for long distance or family cruising
Sails Main with two seats of reef points. 150 percent Genoa with Harken and North Seafurl.
Ulcer flasher with spinnaker sock. Reaching strut Two Lewmar 40 self-tailing winches. Two Lewmar halyard winches.
ELectronics- Raytheon depth sounder. Raytheon autopilot. 5 Richie compass
Mechanical- Automatic and manual bilge pumps.Manual holding tank with Y-valve 6 gallon water heater. 110 -volt shore power with cable.
Interior Accomodations - Stainless steel sink. V-berth filler fitted mattress pad
Custom interior cabinetry with outstanding storage.
Engine needs transmission work.
Asking $4500. As is. Boat is at Haven Harbour in Rock Hall, Maryland in drydock.
Franklin Clark 301-588-0437
Cell- 410-227-0593
P-323 / Replacing Cabin Floorboards
« Last post by Ed Criscuolo on March 26, 2018, 10:02:16 pm »
This winter, I have started on a long overdue project: Replacing the sole in the cabin.

Our boat (hull #42) has the original teak/holly floor that was available as an option.  It is constructed from 1/2" plywood with a teak/holly veneer. 

Over the last 40 years it had gotten pretty ragged in two spots: Under the main cabin hatch and beneath the companionway ladder.  Repeated drenchings, and a leaky hatch (since fixed) had caused some of the veneer to delaminate and disintegrate.  Still, it was servicable if unsightly.

All this changed when we left the boat in Florida for a month last year when we interrupted out trip to come home for Christmas.  When we got back, we found the sole was wet and soggy. Big sections of it had delaminated, and the plywood underneath was soft and rotted.  At first, we thought it was due to a storm that had gone through while we were away.  The locals told us the wind had been coming directly on our stern, so we assumed that it had managed to blow water past our loosly fitting companionway.  We dried things up well as we could and got underway.

But that floor would not dry out!  It remained wet and soggy no matter how much ventilation we provided.

It took me weeks to finally locate that there was a slow leak in our freshwater foot pump that was trickling along the liner and under the floorboards! Once I turned off the water to that line, it dried out in a couple of days.

But the damage was done, and it continued to shed veneer for the remainder of the trip.

So, this winter, I began tackling the task of getting up the old floor, trying to keep it intact enough to use as a template for the new wood.
The floor is built in three sections: 1) A small piece under the ladder. 2) A large single piece the length of the main cabin. 3) A medium piece under the offset dining area.
It's all flat, and when I discovered that the floor was only attached by screws, with no glue, so I thought it would be simple to get up.


I quickly discovered that the bulkheads were put in and trimmed out AFTER the floor had been put down!  At one point, this meant that a 2 1/2 foot section was firmly under a bulkhead by about 3/4 inch!  The only reason I managed to get this out without removing the bulkhead was because the wood was so rotted that it flexed and crumbled as I pulled on it.

At this point, I've got two of the three sections out.  I've attached some photos of the carnage, with the bilge access panels still in place.

Stay tuned for developments!
General Discussion / 2018 Sock Burn, Flea Market, and cookout
« Last post by Ed Criscuolo on March 26, 2018, 12:56:06 pm »
Seeing as we often still have snow in the forcast on the Equinox (and did this year!), PSA's version of this event is usually held about a month (or more!) later.  It is a combination cookout and nautical flea market, and will be held on Sat April 21 at Oak Harbor Marina in Pasadena MD, hosted by Ed & Joan Criscuolo. Oak Harbor has a nice large outdoor deck with grills and picnic tables.

This is a "pot luck" affair, with everybody bringing whatever they want to grill and drink.  Plates, plasticware, napkins, and condiments will be provided.  The flea market begins at 11am, and the grills fire up around 12.  Rain date Sunday April 22. With spring comissioning here, this could be a great opportunity to recycle old gear or pick up some bargains!  RSVP to

Socks WILL be burned, so be sure to bring an old one!

Hope to see you all there!

General Discussion / Swan Creek Rendezvous
« Last post by Ed Criscuolo on September 20, 2017, 08:58:21 am »
Just a reminder to all that our annual Swan Creek "Hurricane" rendezvous is this weekend, 9/23-9/24.  This is one of our most popular rendezvous, so you don't want to miss it!  The weather forecast is looking good, with clear skies and no rain.

Ron Harbin is the cruise captain.  Please get your RSVPs back to him:

Full details and directions are available on the website:
General Discussion / Re: August Rendezvous and Crab Feast
« Last post by Ed Criscuolo on August 05, 2017, 07:50:35 pm »
Just a reminder. The deadline is approaching and we've only heard back from one person! Don't put it off. RSVP today! :)
General Discussion / August Rendezvous and Crab Feast
« Last post by Ed Criscuolo on July 23, 2017, 05:34:09 am »
Joan and I will be the cruise captains for the August PSA rendezvous. This event will be a crab feast to be held on August 26th, 2017, Rain or Shine. The cost will be $25 per person. Bowley's Marina and Yacht Basin, located at the mouth of Middle River,  has graciously agreed to sponsor us.  Ron Harbin has his boat there and has been extremely helpful in getting things set up for us!  The marina can be reached by land or sea.  The address is 1700 Bowleys Quarters Rd, Baltimore, MD 21220.  More detailed information with parking directions, dinghy docking, and transients is available on the website:

We will need to know how many people plan on coming to be able to order enough crabs for everyone.   
We plan on ordering 8 crabs per person.  We will be sorting them into paper bags with your name on it for easy distribution at the event.

Also, we would appreciate that each family bring something to share.  (This is Joan's favorite part - everyone's tasty sides!)  We will ask people with last names beginning with A-H to bring an appetizer, I-S to bring a side dish, and T-Z to bring a dessert.  We will order the crabs, corn on the cob, paper items, and non-alcoholic drinks.   

Please RSVP as soon as you can.  In addition, there is a hard cutoff date of Wednesday August 23 for receiving your check.   We are leaving for Maine for 3 weeks on July 23, 2017 but can be reached by email (preferably) or by our cell phones.  Cell and Internet coverage is poor up there in the woods, so please know that one of us will get back to you as soon as we can get your message!

Joan can be reached at
   Cell:      301-233-8126

Ed can be reached at   
   Cell:      240-731-8009

We hope to see a lot of you there!  Our 9 month trek down the ICW and the Bahamas was wonderful, yet our time with our PSA friends was greatly missed!
General Discussion / New AIS Radio
« Last post by Ron Harbin on April 27, 2017, 09:58:32 am »
I've tried several times to connect my (Garmin) chart plotter to my VHF (icom).  The radio has DSC and I wanted the radio to know where it was (Long/Lat) all the time so the Coast Guard (and other vessels) would know where I was if I were ever in distress.  This spring, I tried for the last time - and gave up.  I put the radio on Craig's List and got half what i paid for it - it was only 3 years old. 

The replacement radio is a Standard Horizon GX-2200.  It has the GPS built in so there is no need for an input from the chart plotter.  It also has an AIS receiver.  I got it online  from the GPS Store for just over $300.  Several other makers have similar radios but prices are double what I paid and I like Standard Horizon hardware and instructions.  Installation was fairly easy and so was the setup.  I feel the controls are very intuitive.  In addition to the radio, I got a remote mic (my old radio would not accept one).  The mic is also very well designed and has all the AIS functions built it.  As a bonus, I connected the new radio up to my Garmin chart plotter and was amazed at all the AIS features that are available there (target displays, alarms, data, etc.). 

Like lots of electronics these days, this thing will do things you can't even imagine.  But, besides the obvious features, there are a few that I hope to try and use.  I'll try to remember to update this post after I've had a few months to play with my new toy.
P-31 / Barrier Coat
« Last post by Larry Conforti on March 31, 2017, 03:06:21 pm »
After 30years of accumulated bottom paint (Lunasea P31-2 Hull # 82), I had the bottom soda blasted.  My question is, since the original bottom did not have a barrier coat (it had something called Blister Bloc in the resin) do I need a new barrier coat before bottom painting?
Thanks in advance Larry Conforti (Knapps Narrows)
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