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I appologize this is kind of a repost from the welcome forum.
But anyways hello Sailnet Community,
I am new to the site. I am also new to being a liveaboard. In April I bought my first Sailboat, a 1978 29' C&C. After viewing several for sale I decided this was the boat for me. Low hours on the engine, updated interior, roller furling genoa, etc. The reason for purchasing was two-fold: I wanted a Cruiser small enough to handle by myself and mostly at least one other person, and it has been on my list to be a liveaboard even if only a few years, having recently graduated. I bought the LONESTAR in Mandeville, LA and cruised it over to its new home in Delcambre, LA. (stories of the trip later)
I'm 24 now and I grew up sailing with my father on his 32' Endeavor, and also taking out the yacht club's 420's and flying scotts. However I'm new to being a liveaboard but am enjoying it quite well so far. Any advice about regular maintanace would be great. soon to change the oil filter and oil so any hand tips would be good.
Will post pics soon. Thanks in advance!!!
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Welcome, The 29' C&C is one of my favorite boats. Great choice. Great cruising area down in LA as well. (SSHh, don't tell anyone, i want them to stay over there in florida) Great people down that way.

If i would make a recommendation; i would install new smoke detectors in the saloon, engine area and lazerette. In addition install a carbon monoxide detector as well. Check them regularly.
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I would get an air conditioner. If you're not comfortable you won't enjoy living aboard and if you don't enjoy it you'll give up quickly. I would try to keep the boat sail ready at all times ad not succumb to what I see alot I lives boards doing where they out too much stuff everywhere and it would take too long to clean it up and they therefore never sail. So my two biggest bits of advice are be comfortable but keep the boat sail ready.
Just have to take the mainsail cover up, ready the lines and go.
I would learn to sail well and move to Florida. My girlfriend was born in Erath and I refuse to even visit anymore. It's the worst place I've ever been.
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Welcome aboard, Coastlife.
Pay no attention to northocean slamming your cruising grounds. He's from the PNW and apparently doesn't like humidity unless it falls out of the sky 300 days a year.
He's not wrong, though, about keeping the boat ready to sail. Good advice.

Regarding oil changes- get a small "beach ball" style vacuum pump.

It makes the process simple. insert the extraction hose into the dipstick tube as far as it will go, pump the handle 20 times or so, and then go make a cup of coffee, or find your oil filter wrench. Come back, check the flow of oil to beach ball, and level of oil in ball, if it looks right, carefully remove extractor hose reistall dispstick, swap out filters, (don't forget to prefill the new filter) fill crankcase, check level, done.

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When changing the oil filter have a bin bag open and ready. Use a second big see thru bag around the filter when you loosen it. Drop the used filter into the bag as it comes loose.

Wear latex gloves and have a second pair ready.
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So I didn't go into detail about all the luxury upgrades the previous owner had installed. One of these being an internal AC.
Bljones that ball pump is a great idea thank you. I will surely be investing in one of those.
I have kept the boat sail ready however on the trip over the genoa cover stitches came loose so I'm looking for a place that could restitch it for me. It's not the sail that's damaged just the suncover.
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An internal ac sounds perfect.

To get to the gulf do you sail down the canal? How long does it take? What is it like once you get out there?
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