Hi, I have just bought and dragged home FS 173, and she'd a beauty. She's a bit tatty but seems solid enough. So can anyone tell me what year it was made, I'm thinking 1960 or 61? Its Douglas built. The tabernacle seems to be teak, should it be coated with something or just oiled. The original boom crutch socket is damaged and the stainless socket moved to the port seat, what does the boom crutch look like? Can I just make one? I will probably buy an outboard bracket and outboard so do I need to make some arrangement for installing the boom crutch on the starboard side? Can it just be free standing or does it have to be fixed into the deck. There is a plastic threaded socket on the starboard deck half way up the cockpit what is that?
Oh another question, I intend to keep the boat on a mooring most of the time, what is the usual arrangement for moorings, last season I dropped an old engine block into the lake, attached a chain to it and a rope to that with a fender on the end as the buoy. How much longer should the line from anchor or buoy be than the depth? How heavy should a mooring anchor be? unfortunately I think I need my current mooring a bit further out, its too heavy to move easily though.
Sorry for the dumb questions
Thanks for any help