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Bob, as'long as you are the Maestro, you can be anyone you want. :-)
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Nice pool it should have two drains. Both connected this so a person can not be held to the drain buy serving as a drain stopper. Yes' I might think a drain is fundamental to life. I make a living with pipe. Water gas and air WOG Another drain The propane locker drain on some of the larger boats need to be reworked. propane will not run uphill or drain thru water. Unlike water it can go boom. Boats heel and this changes the angle of the drain. I hope I can keep this in mind when I shop for a bigger boat. I am not sure I would feel safe with the any gas that is not lighter than air. Might have to be all diesel ? Thanks for answers about the cockpit drains on my little boat.

What boat is in the Picture ? It looks nice and solid at the dock. Any pictures of it sailing ? I do not know a lot about boat types. I am learning. I was trying to find it on sailboat Data but keep getting this full keel and one other that I am sure is not it.
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The black boat is the 70' LOA 24,000 lb., MERIDIAN, a very fast and docile cruising boat that lives in Seattle. I designed this boat about 25 years ago. Tis photo was taken right after it was fitted witth the Leisure Furl system on the mainsail.
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The Islander Freeport 36 was designed as a couple's coastal cruiser (I think that's what Bob Perry mentioned once), but many people over the years have taken this boat to blue water conditions. The longest voyage I've kept track of in 7 years of an IF-36, was a boat called Aquilla owned my a Michael Rafferty. He sailed the boat on a Baha Ha Ha, then did a Pacific Puddle Jump. He made it as far as 80 miles off New Caladonia (On his way to New Zealand) before it sank because of the old style shaft seal leaked extensively, and his bilge pumps could not keep up with the leak. He experience a broken mast I believe on his way to Fiji, but was able to make repairs to continue on. Other than those two items he did not report any other problems with the IF-36 on his voyage.

Tom and Jeanne of s/v Eagle that was mentioned earlier, did experience very rough conditions coming down the coast of the PNW on their way to San Francisco a few years back (Bad NOAA weather report). They reported their IF-36 handled the conditions well, even though the large seas were cause for concern.

Another IF-36 owner in Florida has sailed his boat all over the Gulf of Mexico for several years, and reported often his boat did well in many conditions.

To date there is at least 124 IF-36s (13 A plans & 111 B plans) , 19 IF38Cs (Same hull as the 36), and 6 IF-36CCs (These were a very limited production) still operating that I know of, but the total number of these boats still in service may never be known. One was found being sold as far as the Canary Islands, one in England, and one in South America. The highest hull number for IF-36s found is #156, for IF-38Cs is #23, and for IF36CCs is #148.

What I can say about these boats is everyone that owns one appears to love them, and usually never sell them except for health or financial reasons.

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I prefer forward and aft cockpit drains because you never know how the boat is going to be trimmed. I generally slope the cockpit sole down away from the wheel so that when it is wet there is no puddle of water at the helmsman's feet. Guess how I learned that.
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I feel your pain pal.

No that's not what happened to me.
I was 30 years old and bringing one of the very first Valiant 40's trhrough the locks in Ballard. The small locks were under repair so we had to wait for the big locks. It was pouring down rain. We waited and waited. All the while a puddle grew at my feet because I had placed the drains forward in the cockpit and I was standing aft, behind the wheel.
A light went on in my 30 year old pea brain. Hey!
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Thanks!, Bob.. That means a lot, coming from you.
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My buddy Ed broke his arm at the elbow. He was in the hospital for a few days. I know that kind of break can be quite serious. Hope it won't hold up your guitar playing for too long.

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Decision, our Freeport 36 has both the Western and Eastern Caribbean under her keel from the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, she has no bridgedeck. So when she goes "bluewater" her two companionway drop boards are caulked in place. This leaves a step-over through her companionway doors. Never had a problem with the cockpit drains. Two drain holes plus the openning under the dropdown stern. Large windows concern some. They install plexi sheet over the windows when going blue. We just don't push it and wait for weather. Previous owner spent a few days sailing her in a hurricane in the Gulf. The side decks ended up with a couple of spider cracks from that one.
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