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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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 10:28 PM by toddster

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  4. Varnish - Le Tonkinois edition

    We have two boats in the family now, Discovery, a 1983 Ericson 30+, and a 1978 Cape Dory 27. Both excellent boats, but both very different. The CD has a ton of exterior teak which the PO said point blank "I cared about safety and sailing, and didn't care if she was pretty." As we all know, the options for teak treatments are nearly infinite. Before tackling a bigger job, I wanted to try my hand on a smaller project with lower stakes.

    I also was intrigued by Le Toninois, ...

    Updated 10-13-2018 at 05:52 AM by csoule13

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  5. E38--Stern Rail Jump Seat

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    Visibility at the helm is fine on the E38, especially without a dodger. In fact, with a wheel pilot I'm seldom actually "at the helm," but rather nearby or next to it, steering by the buttons.

    That means standing up, because if I sit down on one of the comfortable quarter seats, nicely protected by the weather cloths, I can't see forward sufficient to identify a paddleboarder and her dog prior to violently separating them, or scaring ...

    Updated 10-25-2018 at 01:35 PM by Christian Williams

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