The stern rail has been getting our attention. We have re-done the bimini to stern rail bracing.
We removed the port brace that was quite long (#1) and put it from the same spot on the bimini but to the stern rail by the outside of the davit mount on the rail. This helps clean that up and braces just as well. We used the leftover stainless steel 1" tubing to replace the piece that runs from the stern rail to the port davit mount. That piece was from a salvage sale and was quite old and beat up. We had the ends on the new brace on the stern rail to bimini welded for strength and so the bottom one would not collect water. On the other we just had the bottom end welded so it would not collect water, it is squished in so no worries about the ends being pulled off.
This piece was put on by the previous owner(PO) and we do use it for various things. Debbie and I talked about removing it but decided to keep it as it is handy. We will put a new piece of 1" ss tubing in it and have it welded. The ss tubing in it now has a tendency to slip up even with the set screw. We sometimes put the davit block with the hook end over it as we leave the boat in the dingy. Also we drop the dinghy painter over it at times. May add a cleat to it?
There are a few snaps screwed into the gel coat along here by the PO and we will remove them and gel coat the holes.
A couple of picks of the stern with the Achilles 10.2" dinghy up while in (lsla Ixtapa) - Isla Grande 2015. You can see how busy the stern gets.
The raising and lowering of the stern steps got revised. You see in the picks the block and line that runs to the stern steps. There is also a strap that holds the block that runs to each davit. This helps us make it easier to raise the dinghy but often gets in the way while entering or leaving the boat with the stern steps down. Sooo we have eliminated the set up and have been using a line from the end of the stern steps to the stern anchor windless rollers. It works good to raise the steps out of the water when leaving the boat. Even with a good float at the end of the steps a good swell or wake will cause the steps to bottom out and could damage the steps and the hinge that holds them to the boat. So we no longer need that block and lines etc. We remove the line from the stern steps when not using them. We do use them a lot though.
it will be much simpler and comfortable (on the port side, so far) :)