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Thread: Dry Mooring Maintenance

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    Default Dry Mooring Maintenance

    This question is in regard to a 38 ft. Chris Craft Constellation in an uncovered dry mooring at the Charleston Shipyard in Charleston Oregon. The rainy season has begun in Oregon, and the boat will be in a high humidity environment throughout the winter rainy season. There may be a few times during the winter when it will get below 32 deg. f. During the warmer periods, will the hull of the boat have adequate humidity just from the moisture in the air to keep it from drying out? My second question is: Are there any extra measures that I should take when the weather freezes? The freezing weather sometimes lasts up to a week at a time before it begins to warm up.

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    Default Re: Dry Mooring Maintenance

    Keep the coolant in the engines from freezing

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    Default Re: Dry Mooring Maintenance

    Dry mooring...You mean hauled out?
    Other than winterizing the engines...assume we are talking of the wood boat part?
    CCC are not carvel built, they will tolerate a bit of wetting and drying.
    I might put some tarps over her, (not on her),their weakness is the cabins,decks,drains....far as rain water damage.
    bruce

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    Default Re: Dry Mooring Maintenance

    Hi Bruce,
    The boat is out of the water and on Jackstands and 12 x 12's. There is a canopy over the bridge. By "Not on her", do you mean touching the wood surfaces? I plan to cover the canopy and attach the canvas to the railing at the stern avoiding contact with the wood surfaces. Does that sound right?
    Thanks for responding,
    Neil

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    Default Re: Dry Mooring Maintenance

    Thanks for the advice!
    Neil

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    Default Re: Dry Mooring Maintenance

    Their aft corners of the hull are especially prone to fresh water decay. Thats not just winter but all the time. Does she have those ss corners?

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    Default Re: Dry Mooring Maintenance

    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    Their aft corners of the hull are especially prone to fresh water decay. Thats not just winter but all the time. Does she have those ss corners?
    Yes, I believe that the corners are SS. You can view the boat advertisement at Stan Miller Yachts, 1965 38 ft. Chris Craft Constellation, Cathy Ann. Do the SS corners keep the moisture from collecting in the joints?
    Neil

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    Default Re: Dry Mooring Maintenance

    The bedding under them gets old, then ,given a ding or two, capillary action draws water in.
    I prefer to take em off and leave em off, but at least take em off ,check em and re bed them every decade or 3 !
    bruce

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    Default Re: Dry Mooring Maintenance

    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    The bedding under them gets old, then ,given a ding or two, capillary action draws water in.
    I prefer to take em off and leave em off, but at least take em off ,check em and re bed them every decade or 3 !
    bruce
    Thanks Bruce,
    I will take them off, check them, and re-bed them periodically.

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    Default Re: Dry Mooring Maintenance

    While you've got them off soak the wood with this boron salt wood preservative.

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    Default Re: Dry Mooring Maintenance

    Hi Gib,

    Thank you! I will do that.
    Neil

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