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  1. Bulk Head Repair

    The bulkhead had about 2'x1' area that was rotten. It was so soft that I could poke my finger into it. Not exactly what you would hope for from a structural member of the boat.

    I've known about it since I bought the boat, so not a surprise but something I didn't want to tackle right away. At any rate, the time came and I started the repair during the winter season (although I live in LA, so winter here means it's dipping into the frigid 60s

    To start, I removed the ...

    Updated 03-16-2019 at 11:36 PM by vcirelli

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  2. Children playing a special sanding game not available on their iphone.

    The benefits of children are plentiful… but none as gratifying as being able to coerce them into hours of hard labor. Safe to say, after having my daughter sand and help paint a mast, I’ll likely be put in a home by her when the time comes.

    A picture of my wonderful daughter on a beautiful Saturday, while her friends were out playing, she was sanding, sanding, and sanding…for a good cause of course!

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    I had just gotten the boat, ...

    Updated 08-16-2018 at 10:15 AM by vcirelli (grammar)

  3. 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.
  4. 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 12:40 PM by vcirelli

  5. 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 01:08 PM by vcirelli (grammar)

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