Maintenance and Projects

The links below will take you to posts showing maintenance projects that were performed on the Magic Dragon.  The primary purpose of this information is to establish a maintenance record.  I hope that others an benefit from this information.  I do not claim to be an expert in anything and disclaim any injury, mental anguish, embarrassment or other ugly consequences of viewing this information.



Rebuilding a Whale Mark 5 manual pump

Renewing Stained Stainless

Sailboats are supposed to be beautiful with sleek lines.  I love older boats with cutter bows, bow sprits and dolphin strikers.  Or, at lease fast boats that are pleasing to the eyes.  The Magic Dragon is not such a boat. She does however have a queen size bed in her master cabin, a freezer that will make ice for margaritas and a the kind of comfort in a seaway that 36,000 lbs provides. 

Past lives

Under the names French Toast, Jeanine, and  Meteora , the Cheoy Lee now knows as Magic Dragon lived in the Pacific Northwest.  Her last registered home port was Larsen's Bay Alaska.  

Her last owner brought her to Florida and introduced her to tropical weather while cruising the east coast of Florida and the Bahamas.  


Meteora in Alaska

Discovered in a boatyard in Green Cove Springs Florida, Meteora was looking a bit forlorn.

In the boatyard at Green Cove Springs

New Life

 Meteora has a new name and a new coat of bottom paint, new zincs, new anchor and rode, new electronics and a new lease on life.  The boatyard crud that has accumulated over the past 3 years is being washed away and her systems renewed.

Getting some TLC

Magic Dragon

The US Coast Guard has issued a Certificate of Documentation in the name of Magic Dragon.  Meteora is no more.  Of course a proper renaming ceremony will be conducted, involving rum, at some point in the future.  In the meantime, the old name Meteora will be written on the bottom of the hull so that Neptune can recognize her and not be confused by the name change.

New Name

The exhaust elbow failed

One of the items pointed out by the surveyor was the exhaust elbow which was leaking during the sea trial.  I had it removed and examined.  I could have had it repaired for $300 to $400, which would last a while.  Instead I had a new elbow fabricated out of stainless steel by Tom, the welder near the boatyard in Green Cove Springs.  Total cost around $1,000 plus removal and installation.

New elbow

new elbow installed