Pilgrim Specific FAQ
Here is a list of "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ's). Please feel free to contribute to this page! Much of what appears below comes from summarizing many of the great posts in the Members Only Area forum so be sure to check it out too.

Abbreviations used in this document
MG – Mike Gozzard

Q: Is there additional (original) sales/layout information available?
A: Yes, in the References region.

Q: Where can I find line drawings (drawings used by naval architects for hydrostatic calculations etc.)?
A: The line drawings for the Pilgrim have been lost over time. According to MG, his dad originally drew the lines, but when lofting the boat full size made changes on the fly. The tooling is fairly close the original lines, but not exact. If and when the drawings ever surface, MG has indicated that he will let us know.

Q: Why do the boats have so many layouts/options?
A: Pilgrims were a semi-custom boat. Each boat was laid out (with in reason) and equipped to the original owners specifications. Some had built in furniture, others owners chose to provide their own.

Q: The flybridge was an option?
A: Yes

Click on the pdf icon in the link below for a short summary indicating Flybridge, Number of Heads, Furnature, Propulsion and Genset.
Pilgrim 40 Short Summarypdficon.jpg.

Q: Later boats seem to have more headroom in the forward (owners) stateroom. Why is this?
A: As the boats evolved, the foredeck was raised requiring an additional (folding) step be added from the side deck to the foredeck. This gave additional height in the forward part of the boat. The elevated caprail at the bow was also filled in with structure. If we can ever get an older Pilgrim alongside a newer boat we can take a tape measure to both boats and document the differences. There might be also be differences in freeboard or seat heights in the veranda region of an inch or two.

Q: I read someplace that the hulls were solid fiberglass with no core. Is this true?
A: According to MG, all Pilgrims were built with cored hulls. The coring extends from just below the rub rail to about a foot above the turn of the bilge that defines the keel.

Q: The PVC edging material that covers up the raw edge under the boat deck and the edge of the pilot house and flybridge is getting really bad looking. How do I clean this up?
A: Whatever you do, don’t use acetone as this will cause the material to become sticky over time. Starbrite Power Cable Cleaner/Protector might be a good option (for shore power cords), but is somewhat expensive.

Q: Where can I find the PVC edging if I wanted to do a replacement?
A: MG says the stuff is still being produced. In early 2012 you could purchase it from Gozzard for $3.16/foot (US). The material comes in 200’ rolls from a Canadian manufacture so if they don’t have enough to sell you in stock somebody needs to buy a full roll. To install, use either silicon or 3M 4200. Use paint thinner (mineral spirits) to clean up the 4200 or methyl hydrate (stove alcohol) on the silicon.

Q: What are the differences in rub rails on different year boats?
A: Early model boats were built with wooden (white oak) rub rails. Some boats also had aluminum or stainless rubbing strakes fitted. Later boats use escalator hand rail that is attached to a fabricated aluminum T type track.

Q: Why does tankage (water and fuel) does not seem to be standard across model years.
A: There were generally five 72 gallon aluminum tanks provided, distributed among water and fuel as requested by the original owner. Some boats had fewer tanks, some had more. The aluminum tanks are starting to show their age as they were positioned directly on top of glassed in structure. Leaking rub rails allow water to wick under the tanks hastening their demise.

Q: Some Pilgrims came with a nice looking, Gozzard built lapstrake fiberglass dingy. Can I still have one built?
A: In a word, no. The tooling for the dingy was destroyed years ago.

Q: My window slide on tracks that have deteriorated. How do I fix this?
A: Later boats were built with plastic track and have fewer problems. People have indicated that they have replaced the track on earlier built boats without doing major surgery, but nobody has stated specifically how this was done.

Click on the pdf icon in the link below see a table that relates voltage to percent of charge for battery banks
Battery Voltage Chargepdficon.jpg.

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