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Date Posted: - Thursday - 07/16/20 - 8:32am
Author: Hal Oakes
Subject: 31M Hull #128 REMEDY - Now in Restoration in Maine


I wanted to announce that I am the new owner of this 31 Mariner now undergoing restoration in my shop here in Spruce Head, Maine. I don't have much history on her yet, but was given the boat to remove it from storage where it has languished under shrink wrap for the past 15 years. While this protected it to some degree, water ran down the bowsprit and decks causing some damage.
Can be seen here

Having discovered the Mariner Owners website, I find a tremendous wealth of information in photos and details.

At the moment, the most pressing questions that I have are the following:

1. Should I be concerned with the shroud plates in the 31M
as I see many 32M with updated plates externally. Have any 31Ms been dismasted from plate failure? Ripped out or stainless failure?

2. The Perkins diesel after sitting all these years, with new fuel, filters and oil change, started up easily. I could not find the dipstick on the engine, but finally did find a cover under the starter where the dipstick originally was accessed. That cover is under the starter and not accessible, hence no dipstick, Crazy! Is the starter a replacement for the original and just too long?

3. No dipstick on the reverse gear, same thing, none in sight. A vent cap on top is all I can see.

4. How do you rig the triatic stay without going up the mizzen mast? I will probably derig the boat each season and store inside.

5. Are there spare parts around from 31 or 32Ms? I am looking for the 4 trim rings for the large windows. They were removed and thrown away unfortunately.

I look forward to hearing from any that wish to reply.

Best regards,
Hal Oakes

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[> M31 #128 Remedy -- Bruce Canavan, - Sunday - 07/26/20 - 2:12pm

Noticed you hadn't gotten a reply to some of your questions. Regarding the engine & transmission dip sticks, both are located on the right side facing the engine. And neither are easy to get to but it can be done if you get into some boat yoga.

For further information, go the MOA links tab & then go to the Fuji web site. The have many of the engine & transmission manuals accessible under the systems tab.
Good luck on your restoration
M31 #90 Donna K

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[> [> 31M Hull #128 REMEDY -- Hal, - Wednesday - 07/29/20 - 10:22am

Hi Bruce,

Just getting back to this site. Thank you for your reply.

My engine does not have a dipstick, there is a cap over that port, but the starter is directly over it, the cap can be unscrewed, but can't see how a dipstick could be inserted at such a sharp angle. I'll get some photos and send.


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[> chain plates -- Randall, - Wednesday - 08/12/20 - 8:49pm

Hello Hal,
I have replaced all the chainplates about 4 years ago. They all had some corrosion. The 2 forward lower shrouds on the main were nearly completely corroded at the deck. In fact they broke getting them out. I kept them in the same position but had to make each custom made even though Bruce (another owner) let me use his cad drawings. They just didn't fit right. I figure they will last the rest of my life, so why not. Replaced both masts with anodized aluminum which were set by the rigger who attached the triatic stay. Thought about leaving that off and going with a jumper stay. That may be an option.
Good luck with the project, would love to see pictures of your progress.

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[> [> Chain Plates -- Hal, - Friday - 09/18/20 - 8:01am

Hi Randall,

I'm just getting back to this site, appreciate your reply.

I did not see any corrosion on chain plates that were exposed when I repaired the decks around the mizzen plates.

Certainly a concern, will be wondering when the mast will let go, just won't sail her hard.

Finally decided the engine has to come out, antifreeze leaking into the oil, and the engine is a mess despite it starts easily and runs smoothly. Getting it out is going to be quite the undertaking it seems.

You can see the project here, 350 hours since June, and no end in site, I hope to be sailing it next summer.



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[> [> [> Big Project -- Randall (Hilton), - Monday - 10/12/20 - 10:17pm

Quite a project. I can imagine it looking beautiful when finished. I have been thinking of moving the water tank under the v-berth but a little concerned with weight there. Maybe maxing out at 50 gal. What do you think?

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