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Old 05-18-2012
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Shoestring Hunter Adventure

Hello Everyone,

I have read about alot of posts about people asking whether or not they should do stupid things. This post is different, I already know I'm going to do it, it's more...documentation.

The situation: me and one of my best friends just graduated from college. He has been taking care of a Hunter 25 for a friend and she wants to move it from Wrightsville Beach, NC to Washington, NC. I have the opportunity to take a few weeks off before I start working and my little brother is free for the summer so it was only natural that the three of us would offer to do it.

While we were still in school planning the trip, the boat was stolen. The insurance company found it, unfortunately it was filled with trash, the outboard was gone and so was the VHF, GPS, stereo, tools, flares, line, gas tank, basically anything with a value over 5 cents.

Undeterred, we continued planning for the trip. While the boat was sitting at anchor it came loose during a storm and beached itself. Long story short, a "good samaritan" tried to help one night without permission, and while pulling the boat off the hard, bent the rudder. The shaft is almost torn in half where it connects to the rudder and the rudder has a massive crack running down the leading edge.

In addition, the jibsheet eyelet is torn out of the jib. The main is tiny and underpowered, and according to the 4th noticed posted on the boat by Wildlife, it will be removed and destroyed tomorrow. The outboard my friend traded some things for on Craigslist doesn't work. My friend is only able to get off work next week.

Will we make the trip? Absolutely! Maybe not in the ocean... But we will make the trip.

2 Days ago we scrapped the bottom. Hull speed over 2 kts - check.

This morning we moved the boat to a friend's dock. No repossession - check.

Went to West Marine, bought sail repair materials thanks to our good friend Mike for the help. Will be busy all night sewing. Working sails - almost check...

At 4 this afternoon we went to Home Depot and bought a 2x12. We then cut it out with a jig saw. Next, went to Lowes and bought a planer. We then shaped a rudder from scratch. Pictures are below.

Tomorrow we will be fixing the outboard, fiber glassing the rudder, cleaning up the boat, and fixing the sink drain hose - we don't really want to sink...

We have all the proper safety equipment, my handheld VHF and GPS, and will soon be stocking up with food, water, and gas.

I will post updates in this thread. Should be a pretty insane trip. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.
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