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  1. Sailing school in Greece because of my YouTube channel!

    A lot has changed since my last first and last blog entry. I made it from Mid-Michigan down to Cleveland and bought my Ericson 35 Mark ll. I bought the bought from a marine mechanic who paid next to nothing for her from one of his customers who inherited the boat from his dad. The curtains inside literally fell to pieces upon touch. Everything was filthy and moldy and there were spiders and webs all over. It was a mess. My daughter and I stayed the weekend to clean out the inside.

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  2. New Teak & Holly Sole & Cupboard

    This winter I finally got around to starting the cosmetic to-do projects that the admiral has been pushing me to do since day one of purchasing my E38. Some of the sole in the galley, head, quarter berth, and companionway entrance had been badly water damaged at some point in the boats past, with the epoxy/varnish lifting and holly badly mold damaged. So I ripped up the sections and cut out new sections of Teak and Holly 3/4" plywood. FYI the 8ftx4ft sheets cost $300/each.

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    Updated 04-26-2019 at 10:33 AM by kiwisailor

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  3. New Bilge Hoses

    This winter I finally got around to starting the cosmetic to-do projects that the admiral has been pushing me to do since day one of purchasing my E38. Some of the sole in the galley, head, quarter berth, and companionway entrance had been badly water damaged at some point in the boats past, with the epoxy/varnish lifting and the holly badly mold damaged. I decided since I had the sole up to replace all the bilge hoses that were original and in very bad shape.

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    Updated 04-25-2019 at 07:19 AM by kiwisailor

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  4. First two weeks of living aboard / Tunes at sea

    It's been almost two full weeks of living aboard Delightful now, here on Bainbridge Island. I still feel like I live in a fairy tale, most of the time. The Island itself is idyllic and gorgeous, and my marina location close to 3(!) quaint coffee and breakfast joints makes it easy to walk to whatever I'm looking for. Oh yeah - this time of year, every morning is a sunrise.

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  5. Venerable Sailomat 3040 for Venerable Sailboat

    Every proper cruising boat needs a windvane self-steering gear. Right? This is one of those things I thought I'd go full-mad-scientist on, some time in the future when other needs were taken care of. Those things are expensive, but plenty of people have successfully brewed up their own. However... I noticed this old Sailomat unit - it its day, the "Cadillac of Windvanes," gathering dust in the back corner of a local marine consignment store. For years. But the price was a bit too ...
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