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  1. Keelbolt repair... silver lining.

    When I did the survey on Miga, she was gently pushed out of the water like a synchronized swimmer in a water ballet. This machine that moves the boat out of the water is called a ‘slip way’ or ‘railway’ system (to my knowledge) and acts like a water elevator to bring the boat to dock level, and then rides on rails to a desired location.

    While great for a ballet, not ideal for a survey when trying to assess potential issues with her bottom half. The boat, not the swimmer.
  2. Ericson Artificial Intelligence

    In this age of autonomous vehicles, machine vision coupled with machine learning, it’s astonishing to find that my boat came equipped with artificial intelligence…Thank God it did, because natural intelligence aboard my boat is in rare supply!

    I discovered Ericson A.I. while in my slip. I had instructed ‘Miga’ to increase throttle, in order to back out of my slip. But luckily for me, she knew better! As much as I tried to move the throttle lever, it seemed unusually stiff. This must ...

    Updated 07-13-2018 at 11:40 AM by vcirelli

  3. What's a J-Bolt?

    Ultimately, a lot can transpire during ownership, a ton of value added, or taken away and ultimately something is sold at a price where the value/cost proposition makes sense for both parties.

    Was this boat a good deal? Not sure… Maybe this blog is a way for me to justify and convince myself I would be spending the time and money anyway to make sure its as safe as possible.

    There are interesting intangibles, elements which deal with the psychology of the individual who ...

    Updated 07-13-2018 at 12:08 PM by vcirelli (grammar)

  4. Yup, she's backed up.

    In some ways, I know I would have spent the money pulling every piece of the boat apart regardless, just to verify with my own eyes that everything was safe for my family. I’m neurotic that way. But here begins a few entries over the last 7 months of ownership.

    Miga was already in really great aesthetic condition compared to the other Ericsons for sale at the time in a similar price range. She’s 33 years old at the time of writing this.

    It’s a beautiful boat, and I knew ...
  5. Hi Matt. Thank you Matt.

    See that shoulder in the photo, screen right of the Sea Tow? That’s Matt.

    Hi Matt. Thank you Matt.

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    Well, let me start from the very beginning...

    You see, before taking the boat from Los Alamitos Bay in Long Beach up to Marina Del Rey, I thought I’d post on this site and see if there was anyone with a good amount of experience interested in sailing up the coast with me. I wasn’t going to do the trip ...