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Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Wow! What a Winter
Moved the Chrysalis to home port on 03/31. Came in to a still-broken section.. Oh well?! Went down todyt to square her away and re-commission the water system and such.Couldn'tfigger out why the pump was giving spurts and spit till I realized the tank-to-pump line was still off. D'Oh! Then,got busy scoping out the auto-bilge switch when water trickling sound informed me the. tankage was overfilling. Good thing the bilge pump was working and the salon deck needed mopping anyway.
Sails and rigging installed and run up'n'down.. A-OK. Next was the new,re-purposed old man as a cockpit/boom tent/cover . An original main was right wore out, so I disected it and sewed it back together as a. 9x12 tarp, complete with hi-tensile nylon tape in the hem and new brass grommets. The velcro seam around the boom tag and backstay worked out perfectly! when stayed out to the tops ofthe stanchions, it covers everything within the coamin and runs from the stern coaming to ahead of the open hatch by enuf to keep all but the worst storms out. If I drop the lines down to the toe-rail, it'll pretty much storm-proof the cockpit; except for the open ends. It was a bright,breezy day and the white,filtered light was shady enough to let us cool our heels between projects. Next project is the fiberglass pole system, replacing the boom ridge, to haul it higher with the main halyard and create much more headroom ..

Looks like the week after Easter will be our 2014 inaugural sail.. Here's looking towards a greatsailing season!
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