Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bottom Paint on the Mariner

Another great day of work on the Mariner with a special visit from Mariner Class Association member John Davies, #3337. John drove up from Traverse City with his wife to take a look at my boat and offer his extensive knowledge of the Mariner and personal recommendations on the condition of the boat and the repairs I am undertaking. I am very grateful for his generosity.

John told me the repairs thus far look good and made a great list of the next steps. His first recommendation was that I get the trailer rollers in proper contact with the hull so that I can prevent the same issues coming back. Next, scraping or grinding out the interior of the hull/deck joint and adding 3M 5200 to prevent water getting in at that point.

He confirmed my observation that there does not appear to be any lead ballast in the typical area along the CB trunk in my boat. Our thought is that this was a Spindrift-only variation. Perhaps because of this the CB trunk does look like it needs reinforcing as I noticed with the cracks around the opening, John recommended reinforcing this area all around the trunk with several layers of glass.

The biggest structural repair that needs to be attended to eventually is that the rear crossmember of the hull liner is delaminating from the hull. In fact most of the hull liner around the cabin sole, quarter berths and at the support member are delaminating from the outer hull. Perhaps this was a result of the Spindrift manufacturing process? I will post pictures when I have a chance to take some more in the cabin and under the cockpit. John recommended fixing the tabing and adding new glass over the the joints when I have the time.

After John left, I sanded down yesterday's glassing and put on the first coat of bottom paint. The bottom paint I am using is West Marine's Bottom Shield which should work well for the limited time my boat spends in the water. My short term plan is to add a few more coats of bottom paint, finish removing the old beat up stickers from the hull, re-bed the deck hardware, and thoroughly clean the topsides, and then go sailing! Other projects that I hope to get to this summer are sealing the hull/deck joint, reinforcing the CB trunk, and fixing the joint between the hull liner and outer hull.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Fiberglassing the Mariner

I spent the day grinding out a bit more in the target areas and then laying glass. The cracked area on the starboard side where a bunk had pressed in turned out to be much larger than I realized. The area had multiple weak points, damaged areas, and was completely waterlogged. I ground out all the bad glass tapering the edges back and dried it out as best as I could before glassing over the hole. I ended up with 7 layers of thick glass matting which I estimated to be about the thickness of the original hull.

I was not able to add glass on the inside at this time as I have not cut into the berths yet. It also looked like the cracked area was directly beneath the corner of one of the berths because I was able to see the vertical end of a piece of plywood right behind it. The plywood, though waterlogged, appeared to be in good condition. My hope is that this will eventually dry out? I have drilled through the hull and will be adding a bronze garboard drain so even if I do get more water in the winter, at least it will not collect. Perhaps I will be able to add more glass from the inside when I start exploring the insides of the quarter berths.

As soon as I took a grinder to the damaged area at the front of the CB trunk (where I thought it had been hit) the fiberglass turned out to be extremely weak and I noticed signs of a previous repair with a hard white substance. I ground out everything and added glass matting and then biaxial on top. I did not get to building it up to the original shape and perhaps will come back to that. I then glass along the very corner of the CB trunk all the way round. I am not sure this really added all that much strength as I only added one layer of fabric, but I figure it's better than nothing. My hope is that with epoxy paint, the boat will at the least be considerably more watertight than before.

My next task will be removing the deck fittings and rebedding everything in an attempt to keep out rainwater. I'd love to paint the deck as well, but am not sure about what to do with the hairline cracking. Maybe I will leave that for another time.

Last but not least, I believe that the majority of the water that got into the boat over the winter got in at the low points of the hull/deck joint as the boat was fairly well covered over the winter and still took on a couple of inches of water. My thinking is that those areas would be where any ingress of water would collect. I wonder if there is a recommended way of sealing these that doesn't involve removing the riveted section. I am considering caulking the inside with something like 3M 5200.

I am really looking forward to sanding, painting, and getting this thing back in the water.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Centerboard Trunk Cracks

I spent 4 hours sanding to the bottom yesterday and got the majority of the existing paint off and established an even roughed up surface. I focused a bit more on the damaged areas and tried to get them down to bare glass.

One thing I noticed during my prolonged time on my back under the boat was that there were quite a few hairline stress cracks all the way around the CB trunk right at the corner of the opening through the hull. I do remember the CB trunk moving side to side a good bit when I had her out sailing last year. At the time I thought it could be normal, but now I am wondering if this could be the cause of the cracks.

I also noticed a good bit of cracking and gelcoat chipping around the front of the CB trunk slot. This looks like it was caused by the CB being dropped and hitting the front of the trunk. My hope is to grind these areas down a bit more and lay fresh glass over them, sand and fair, and then paint with an epoxy barrier coat.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Water In The Boat

So, got the boat uncovered last night and she looks good except for a couple of inches of water in the cabin. After removing that water, my plan is to let her dry out a bit, and then sand down the hull for painting. I am taping off the bottom today and plan on sanding with 80 grit in preparation for epoxy paint. I will sand out the damaged areas down to raw fiberglass and then add fiberglass and fair until smooth, then paint. I figure I'll come back later and do the topsides, but this will be a great way to get her in the water and sailing.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Mariner 19 "Grebe" 2018 Season

It’s been a busy year and I am finally getting around to thinking about putting “Grebe” back in the water. I bought my ’81 Spindrift Mariner last spring. She was in pretty rough shape. Luckily I didn’t pay much for the boat and trailer as the previous owner had let it sit uncovered for a year or two and the boat had filled with water (and probably frozen). One of the side effects of this was that (because the trailer wasn’t fitted properly to the boat) I have some hull deformation where the trailer bunks pressed into the hull and a crack at one of those points which I have temporarily fixed with epoxy. Apart from that, the boat cleaned up really well. I sailed her quite a bit last summer and thoroughly enjoyed the Mariner’s handling and ease of sailing. I am getting ready to put her back in the water and in anticipation of that I have a few questions.

Hull damage 
First off, I’m really more interested in having fun with the boat and actually sailing it than making this thing look perfect. The hull deformations don’t really bother me as much as the leak… I’d like to be able to leave it on our mooring for a week or two without worrying that it’s going to take on enough water to sink. (I also have a couple of bilge pumps and solar panels, so I can rig those up as well, but I would prefer to figure out the leaks on their own. When I first put the boat in the water it would take on about 2-4 inches of water per hour. That was when I found the crack in the hull where one of the bunks had actually pressed in enough to create a crack in the hull. I did a quick fix on that last summer and got the boat to the point where it would only take on a couple of inches of water over night. The location of the two deformations and the crack is right under the quarter berths (where I can't see it). My tentative plan is to sand the hull, re-epoxy/fiberglass the cracked area, and then paint the hull. A more involved idea I had was to cut large access holes in the quarter berth, build some reinforcing structure in there to repair the hull shape, repair the leak from the inside with fiberglass, fill with fresh floatation foam, and re-fiberglass the quarter berths. Sounds like a lot of work that might be a later project!

Hull and deck paint 
As far as hull paint, I have been reading everything I can on the Mariner forums and on Nate B's Orion website. I do think that I am going to repaint the hull and deck this summer. It sounds there are a lot of options for paints. I am thinking I will try the roll and tip method of application. For the deck, I have a lot of the usual spider cracks. I am not sure if a thorough sanding and painting will take care of that for a couple of years, or should I consider a more involved approach with grinding out the cracks and filling them.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Across America on a Janus Motorcycle

This post was originally published on the George A. Wyman Memorial Project blog:

A virtual interview with Richard Worsham, co-founder of Janus Motorcycles,
conducted by Tim Masterson, project manager for the G.A. Wyman Memorial Project.

Tim Masterson and Richard Worsham pose in front of the George Wyman Waypoint at Janus Motorcycles in Goshen, Indiana

Tim: We are pleased to have Janus Motorcycles join the 2018 - Wyman Memorial Challenge, 'Rendezvous'.

    Richard Worsham, co-founder of company will be riding the Janus Halcyon 250 from San Francisco to New York City. The Halcyon, a single cylinder, 229cc, 14 horsepower, 5-speed motorcycle is built at the Janus facilities in Goshen, Indiana. Janus Motorcycles is the hosting authority for the Wyman waypoint in Goshen.

    Richard has been busy planning his ride and running the company! Please welcome to this brave rider to the long-distance motorcycling community.

Tim: Richard, what were you thinking when you signed up on Ride Master for the 2018 'Rendezvous'?

Richard: I am an avid daily rider, but the mileage we will be putting down each day equals my longest ever day in the saddle. There is definitely some well-found nervousness on my part with the mileage, but I believe that has more to do with my own condition than that of the bike! That said, I and the rest of the Janus team are delighted to participate in an event celebrating George Wyman, an undoubted connoisseur of small-displacement motorcycles and a pioneer of long distance riding. We are very excited to continue his story.

Tim: Being the co-founder of Janus, you are obviously passionate about riding. How did you start out in the sport?

Richard: My introduction to two-wheels started with a fascination with vintage pedal-type mopeds. I appreciated the aesthetics and design of these scaled-down motorcycles, the do-it-yourself mentality, and the humor of the small, unreliable, two strokes. Most importantly, I loved the feeling of openness and lightness of these small bikes.

Tim: How did Janus Motorcycles come to be one of just a handful of American motorcycle manufacturers?

Richard: While in school, I started visiting and working over the summer in my friend's vintage moped repair shop. After several years exploring what we could do with mopeds, we had the idea to create our own bike, the way we wanted it, from scratch. That first one-off moped turned into the idea for a production motorcycle and we founded Janus Motorcycles.

    Our design brief was simple: create a lightweight, small-displacement motorcycle that didn't look like all the other plastic covered bikes on the road. We wanted something that looked both to the past and the future, with classic styling, handmade quality, and at the same time modern technology and components. Six years later, with three models under our belt and a growing customer base, we continue to find satisfaction in our lightweight, small displacement motorcycles. We have seven full-time employees and currently produce around 4 road-legal, EPA compliant motorcycles a week.

Tim: That's interesting. Do you see a connection between Wyman's journey and Janus Motorcycles?

Richard: It was 115 years ago when George rode his 200cc California motorcycle through our hometown of Goshen, Indiana, within a block of where Janus Motorcycles are currently built. Though his bike was different in design and performance from our production models, it was essentially the same thing that we create today: a small engine strapped between two wheels.

Tim: To me, the Halcyon seems to be the Janus most suited to a long distance ride. Are you doing any special modifications to get ready for the trip? 

Richard with the Halcyon 250 (JM 068) upon which he plans to ride across America
Richard: Yes, the Halcyon is certainly the best Janus
model for long distance riding. The Janus team and I have been going over the Halcyon I will be riding and making sure it will perform as designed. This will be my first long distance ride and the first attempt at crossing the country on a Janus. We are keeping the bike as close to stock as possible in order to be able to use these miles to prove our production models. Our model line is designed for urban commuting, short excursions, and weekend trips, not necessarily long highway miles!
    In order to equip the Halcyon for this cross country trip we are making some minor changes that relate to the sustained cruising speeds that will be required on a long distance trip such as this, increased fuel range, and rider comfort. To help with the sustained highway speeds, we are re-gearing the bike for lower rpms and higher speed in 5th gear which should also help with fuel range. The fuel range of the Halcyon is a little over 120 miles which for most portions of the route will be more than enough. After learning that Wyman carried an auxiliary fuel tank from San Francisco to Omaha, we decided to fabricate a custom mount for a Rotopax fuel canister that will sit above the rear fender just like on Wyman’s California bike. We have also fitted the bike with a set of aluminum panniers on a custom rear rack that will carry my daily gear and equipment for the ride.

Tim: How about riding gear and other equipment? Will you be using a GPS?

Richard: I will be using my regular riding gear and a full face dual-sport helmet. I have purchased a separate rain suit to use over my riding gear. My helmet will be outfitted with a Sena bluetooth headset paired to my iPhone. I have mounted the iPhone in a waterproof Ram case on the handlebars and will be using it for navigation to the Wyman waypoints. The GPX file you provided for the Grand Tour loaded perfectly.

    I have also signed up for a SpotWalla account so all our Janus customers, friends, and neighbors can follow along in real time as I ride across country. I followed your advice and reached out to Mario Winkelman of LDComfort. What a great character! He's setting me up with a full set of his gear including shirt, tights, helmet liner, and off the bike gear. Thanks very much for the recommendation and introduction. I am really feeling like I have the best leg up to make this ride a success. I had no idea the LD community was so well developed and the more I get into this 'Long-Distance' riding, the more I like it!

Tim: Well, I feel confident that the entire long-distance riding and motorcycle touring communities will be following your epic journey 'Across America on a Janus Motorcycle,' with great interest.

Tim: Richard, I want to thank you for joining the 2018 - Wyman Memorial Challenge, 'Rendezvous'event. We are excited Janus has selected the 'Rendezvous' to showcase the Halcyon 250.

Richard: I'm getting every excited for the trip! And, looking forward to getting to know the other riders, as we 'Rendezvous' along the way.

You are invited to follow along with all the Wyman 'Rendezvous' riders on their webpage:

'Across America on Motorcycles' - 2018 Wyman Memorial Grand Tour
May 26 - June 2

Friday, April 27, 2018

"With the help of the California Motor Company and Goodman publishing, Wyman was finalizing preparations for his epic motor-cycle ride across America.  It is likely this two sentence news clipping was the first public notice of Wyman's attempt.  It would be the beginning of publicity designed to launch The Goodman Company's new periodical, "The Motorcycle Magazine."

"Across America on a Janus Motorcycle"
"We are pleased to announce Janus Motorcycles  will join the 2018 - Wyman Memorial Challenge, 'Rendezvous.'  115 years after Wyman's historic 1903 journey, on single cylinder, 200cc motorcycle, Janus Motorcycles is paying tribute to the Wyman legacy by duplicating this challenging ride on their top-of-the-line Halcyon 250.  Janus and riders from around the country will 'Rendezvous' in the San Francisco Bay Area on Memorial Day weekend.  The Grand Tour begins Monday, May 28 and runs through Saturday, June 2, 2018.

"Richard Worsham, co-founder of the company will be riding the Janus Halcyon 250 from San Francisco to New York City.  The Janus Halcyon, single cylinder, 229cc, 14 horse power, 5-speed motorcycle is built in Goshen, Indiana.  Janus Motorcycles is the hosting authority for the 624.3 Goshen Wyman waypoint.

"Since the California Gold Rush days, the distance between San Francisco and New York City set the standard for cross continent travel.  The completion of the transcontinental railway shortened a grueling eight week wagon journey to a relatively comfortable 83 hour express train ride

Iron Butt Magazine, Spring 2013
"Wyman's 50 day motorized journey from San Francisco to New York City represented the next step in the technology of personal transcontinental travel.  Today, on modern motorcycles, members of the Iron Butt Association pay tribute to Wyman's legacy, making the San Francisco to New York City ride in under 50 hours." 

George A. Wyman...
"World's Toughest Motorcycle Rider, circa 1903"

Monday, April 16, 2018

Janus Fork Top Plate Machining

A short video showing the highlights of the machining process for the Janus Motorcycles fork top plate.