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Hi Brad ,
I do have internet aboard & well fixed for heat . Sometimes the signal is a bit spotty but other then that ............. The first year went quick . The honeymoon is over , but I still fall in love with the boat a couple times a week . The last 3 weeks or so I've given up sailing & been all paint & varnish . I completely re-did the aft bulkhead . I took everthing off it sanded it & then 3 coats of fresh paint . I took the wood cleat that had been painted for years down to bare wood & gave it 6 coats of varnish . After that was done I sanded the cockpit deck & gave it 3 coats of fresh paint as well . The helm & the wheel also got 6 coats of varnish . I'm presently in the process of replacing the entire panel in the front of the cockpit with a piece of 100 year old plus oak I was gifted . I have the panel cut out & put the 4th coat of varnish on it last night . With everything I've varnished I've left the weathering or patina if you will intact . I made no attempts at bleaching or staining . To me it looks more interesting . The oak panel I'm working on now has some very interesting little dings in it that turned black with the varnish creating a nice effect . When she's done she'll look like she came original with the boat . When I finish this latest project I'm going to reward myself with a day of sailing . Maybe two . After a year aboard I'm not exactly as far a long as I envisioned owing to the failing economy . The little company I still own out West is not doing well at all , but this is as good a situation as I could have imagined for weathering the storm . It's a peaceful & simple life . I'm happy to awake every morning to a world of prospects instead of a myriad of " issues ". How was your season ??? Were you able to get out much ??? I got out as much as I could & benefited from the experience . Even with little money we ( the Skipjack & I ) have done so well that I can only imagine how good it will be when the economy begins to rebound . Hope this finds you & yours doing well & prospering .
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Kjango, it sounds like you have your course set for a good winter. I hope you have some new books to read. Any new plans for spring and beyond? All the best Turkey Day to you and Skipjack!

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Hi Joe ,
How's that foot ??? I did reward myself with a day sailing the Sunday before the big storm . Flat water & light winds , but I managed to make 5-5 & a half knots all day . A little hard getting the sails up by myself with no one on the helm but after I got them up I spent almost no time with my hand on the wheel all day . She pretty much sailed herself all day . Way nice day by myself out on the water . Made it through the storm ok . If a guy wants to feel really manly all he has to do is rear up on his hind legs & prevail in the face of adversity & do it on a sailboat in a Best regards ......hope this finds you & yours doing well & prospering .
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