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  1. Long Winter Nights. Part 1

    It appears that this winter is not going to relinquish even a single day and we are to dwell in snow and ice well into March. Nothing is getting crossed-off the list of tasks that Must Be Done before re-launching the boat. But of course, there is an endless supply of smaller tasks that can be addressed while waiting for the weather to clear.
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    I just got in from winching the FedEx truck out of the ditch. Coincidentally, it was bringing me an electronic ...
  2. Re-Re-Re Re-Rig

    Music and lyrics by Max Headroom. So the rig is down and out on a greenhouse table where I can work on it in relative comfort. Good thing too, because there is a thick layer of snow and re-re-re Re-Frozen slush on the ground and all over the boat.

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    So, I've gone over all the wire and fittings, and the only thing that I can find really wrong is the aft lower turnbuckles are both slightly bent. None of the shrouds were installed with a toggle, ...

    Updated 02-18-2019 at 12:31 PM by toddster (problem with photos?)

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  3. Day Ten: Back In Black

    Wow, barely more than a week and already Arcturus is getting a little antsy about being out of the water so long... gonna be a long winter. Especially when he sees me taking Lil' Bote out to play.

    I spent a week fixing little dings and details and slathered on three coats of West Marine CPP. Left a quart or two for touch-up details before launch in the spring. Most of the days elapsed were due to playing musical chairs with the stands and waiting for the paint under each pair of ...
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  4. Day One: A real hoser

    Got the boat parked and leveled and thought I'd better get the slime cleaned off before it set up into some kind of bio-cement. The pressure washer "easily" removes all of the old CPP ablative paint. At least more easily than it removes the waterline scum. And any place with spongy growth leaves a stain behind that won't hose off. Will investigate additional treatments later. So, the nominal "North" side of the boat is all spongy, while the "South" side is more ...
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  5. Up, Up, and Away!

    So there I was, getting the boat ready for a Fall cruise down the Big River, when one of my dock neighbors came by. "Say, are you going to leave that boat in the water all winter? 'Cause some of us are going in on a crane rental in a couple of weeks..."

    Well, I do have a few Things To Do when the boat is out of the water. And it HAS been... six? Six years! And the price couldn't be beat. So, I've foregone what looks like a couple of weeks of outstanding cruising weather ...

    Updated 10-12-2018 at 09:28 PM by toddster

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