Hi Russ, My apologies for this slow reply - got sidetracked by the chaos of the holidays. You are more than generous, and I would be happy to accept your offer. However, I am in North Carolina until Early May and won’t be able to meet you in Newton. I would be happy to pay for shipping, if you have a chance to drop them at a UPS store. They can pack and shipping such things. If you send me the phone number of one near you, I could call them and arrange for payment of charges and - hopefully - make this crazy idea work. There’s certainly no rush, so please think about this and let me know. Many thanks, Bill Veno
Rereading your detailed answer from a few years back. Did you (need to) add the harken halyard deflector to prevent twists upstairs? And if you did, did you have to change your OD #1 luff to work around it?
If anyone is interested, I'm [slowly] working on a Sketchup 3D model of the 1982 interior. Because I own a boat, I can't afford the pro version of sketchup, so it'll be a little rough, but should be darn close (can't do curves). I'll post it here when it's finished.
I bought two Duracell AGM group 24 batteries from Batteries+ for about $198 each. The Optima yellow top batteries lasted about 8 years. Life on a trickle charger is good.
12/19 Update: one of the Duracell AGM group 24 batteries lost capacity after two years ( but not enough for warranty coverage ). The symptom was low voltage warning on chart plotter after two hour day sail. The batteries were actually one year old when I bought them. For reliability I replaced them with two Gel cell group 24 that were manufactured in November 2019.
Quite please with the tiller (not their varnish - had to redo it after two years): since then nice. The S form makes a huge difference to be able to sit at the helm with the autopilot helming, keeping your knees out of the way.