Finally, Spring is here!

Spring at last
Spring has finally arrived and I’m sure we’ve all been busy at the boatyard getting our Hustler’s ready for launch into the new season. The break in the cold weather allowed me to finally start and complete the replacement cockpit seat/locker lid project.

This has involved getting some custom made tops built and sent via a company called “Permateek” then removing the locker lids, remove the old wood and refitting. The before and after results are below (Whilst it was dry I also scrubbed clean and applied some Teak Oil to the Toerail and coachroof grab handles :-)).

New Cockpit Seats

As you can see a vast improvement and so much better to stand, sit and kneel on. The old garden decking that was used, whilst strong was supremely uncomfortable and just didn’t fit with a boat such as the Hustler! An article will appear in the next week or so outlining how I installed it, how much it cost and my experience with the different synthetic teak suppliers when researching this.

I wish everyone the best of luck with their refits and hopefully we’ll all be back in the water by the end of May! Come on summer, you owe us all fair winds and great sunshine after last year! :-)

New Article: Renovate Teak Locker Tops

Renovating Teak Locker Tops
HOA member KevO has submitted a new article to the HOA sharing his experience on Renovating his Teak Locker Tops on his Hustler 30 “Whitecap”. The article covers how he removed, rescued then restored his tops. Many thanks to KevO for sharing this with everyone. Click on the link here to read it or go to the menus. As always it’s confirmed members of the HOA only who will be able to access the articles.

The finished article

Just how did KevO get his Locker Tops looking like this?… Find out here!

Hopefully it won’t be long before this snow clears and we can all get back to the business of readying our boats for launch, this winter has gone on far too long!

New Article – Replacing the Forward Windows

Replacing The Forward Windows
HOA member KevO has very kindly written an article explaining how he replaced his Forward Windows on his Hustler 30 “Whitecap”. Click on the link here or head into the members area by logging in and selecting Technical Articles > Exterior and you’ll see it there. The articles are for confirmed members only.
To become a member you need to register, send your boat details and you are in! It’s that easy :)…. Thanks once again Kev it’s very much appreciated!

Winter, Starters & A New Article – Replacement Perspex Washboard

Well, as we are all aware winter is definitely here! I hope you have all had a safe layup with no problems. I covered my H30 with some Tarpaulin hoping to keep the decks that little bit more protected.

However, with the first strong winds the Tarp was shredded and the plastic bottles I’d filled with water to keep the tarp down went brittle with the cold. These were duly cracked open when they swinging in the wind. Needless to say I’ve given up on the tarpaulin cover!

Replacement Perspex Washboard
A massive thank you to Saltire of Clyde for submitting a small write up and some images of his very smart replacement Perspex Washboard. I need to replace my own Washboards and I’ve been in two minds around Perspex or Wood. Having seen Saltire’s results I’m leaning heavily towards Perspex! Confirmed HOA members can find the article here.


Starters and the Re-wire update
I was due to install the new stereo and write the article about it. However, I had another more pressing job which I promised Hariette B I would do. I also needed to change my starter motor for my Volvo Penta 2002 engine. The starter was getting worse towards the end of the season (sometime sticking and turning really sloooooooow). The last time it worked was due to a copious amount of cajoling, promises and prayer.

Hariette B rewarded me by starting the engine (very, very reluctantly) for one last time as long a I promised to sort the problem out as soon as I could. I made my promise and she started and got me home on our last end of season sail. So my first job has been to get the starter out and determine whether to go for a new one or rebuild. I’ve read some horror stories about cheap Chinese starter motors breaking up and wrecking engines. So I went for a total rebuild. All new Danish parts, brand new drive everything for £150 quid inc VAT.

However, when I took the starter off I noticed rust on the engine which was hidden away when I bought her. I can’t leave it like that so I’m in the middle of applying Fertan Rust prevention, then a couple of coats of TK line anti rust primer and finally some good old Volvo green. When that’s done I’ll resume with the stereo as I’ll need to connect all the batteries again when the Starter is in so I’ll combine this with the stereo install.

Hopefully I’ll have the new article in time for Xmas (Time, work, family and Xmas permitting :-))

New article: Cockpit Hatch Replacement

A new article has been submitted by HOA member “Saltire of Clyde” around replacing the cockpit hatch to the engine space for the Hustler.  Saltire has a Hustler 30 but there’s no reason why this approach cannot be taken by any other Hustler owner if you need to replace the cockpit hatch.

It’s worth noting that Saltire’s solution appears to be much stronger than the off the shelf hatch replacements.  So sign in and check out the article by clicking this link.

Please remember that in order to see the articles you must be a confirmed member of the HOA. By contacting the administrators with details about your boat for the register.  After that access will be granted.

June Update – New Article: Auto Bilge Pump fitting

It’s been quiet over the past few weeks on the HOA as I’ve been extremely busy with work as well as fitting out Harriet B ready for the season.  So far I’ve completed the following in June:

  • Fitted a Sterling Pro-Split R advanced charge diode
  • Re-Run 80% of the wiring, installed/secured new batteries, additional switch panel and fitted a NASA BM1 battery monitor
  • Fitted a small Solar Panel battery maintenance/charger
  • Fitted an Automatic Bilge Pump
  • Fitted a Barton Boom Strut
  • Had new loose footed main sail, stack pack and spray hood made
  • Ran all lines aft and fitted new Barton Clutches
  • Replaced anchor with a new Lewmar Delta

All the above will have articles with them as I’ve photographed the installation and I’ll be sharing my experience.  The first is the automatic bilge pump and the link to the article for registered users can be found here (Don’t forget to sign in first to see it!).

The other articles will be published in the next week or three (work/sailing allowing) along with a wiring diagram of my Hustler 30. I still need to shake down some of the above so I’ll be in a better place to share my experience (So far though the Pro SplitR is brilliant!).

At present the wind is howling and it’s most definitely not June weather so some articles may come sooner!

Fair winds everyone and may your jobs list on board be complete!

2012 Sailing Season Is Here!

Things have been quiet around here as like the rest of you my heads down getting my Hustler ready for the 2012 season (Only four more weeks to launch!!).  I just thought I’d share with you a photo of work in progress the installation of new batteries, wiring and an advanced split charge diode namely the Sterling Pro Split R.
The article about the above, my challenges around the wiring for a Hustler 30 and the new sails and replacement boom/Barton boom strut combo will be coming in the next few weeks after I’ve launched.  That way I’ll know if it all works! :-)

Happy Easter everyone and a here’s to a successful launch to the 2012 season!

New article on water tanks now available

My experience installing new water flexible water tanks into the Hustlers existing moulded FRP tanks is now up.  This article is for full members only so please remember to login before clicking on the link here to see the article.

Next articles will tackle electrics! This will be in a number of parts as this job on Harriet B is pretty big. I have to strip out everything and start from scratch :o

As always if you have any articles you think other HOA members would be interested in reading let me know or send them to me as a word doc along with any pictures and I’ll add them to the articles section.

March Update – H30 Cutter Rig Photos

New Article on the way
It’s been quiet lately as I’ve been busy getting my Hustler 30 for the new season.  One of the first major jobs is nearly complete. That’s the replacing tanks, pipes and running new pipes throughout my Hustler 30 “Harriet B”.  An article will be coming within the next week describing the experience!

Three New Photos In The Gallery
New HOA member Arctura very kindly updated 3 images of his lovely looking 1972 H30 “Arctura” click on any of the thumbnails below for the full image or visit the H30 gallery.  One thing to note about Arctura that’s quite unusual is she appears to have an additional furling headsail (see the second picture).

*Update* – Arctura contacted me to let me know that his H30 actually had the Cutter rig installed prior to his obtaining her.  According to Arctura she handles beautifully with this rig.

Many thanks for sharing Arctura!