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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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 04:52 AM by csoule13

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    Maintenance and Mechanical
  4. E38--Helm Jump Seat

    Can there be a solution without a problem? Good question. Maybe that's why I have all these unused solutions lying around and taking up space.

    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. I steer with the buttons, the occasional push 10 degrees right or left to dodge boats or keep in the channel. Generally, I find, I'm standing up in the cockpit to ...

    Updated 10-14-2018 at 05:54 PM by Christian Williams

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Racing & Crusing
  5. Last Year's Winter Projects

    And so it goes with owning a boat. As in these are “winter projects” from last winter; things I’m just now finishing up months later than planned. The winter list was something like this:
    - Alter sail cover to fit around Dutchman and add bird-proof netting underneath,
    - Revamp compass and teak base,
    - Re-finish and repair damaged bilge cover-plates and mast trim rings.

    I contracted the sail cover work out over the winter, so that was completed on time and ready ...

    Updated 10-04-2018 at 08:21 AM by Kenneth K

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    Maintenance and Mechanical
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