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Since You Have Hauled it Out, You Might As Well ...........
This first haul out has been a very good learning experience. The reason for the haul out was a very bad looking raw water thru hull and ball valve that obviously needed to go. So out of the water came LittleWing, and she has been on the Hard for almost 1.5 weeks now. After further inspection, 2 other thru hulls and seacocks needed to be replaced as well, with the remaining just needing lubrication and a little maintenance. Since the boat is 28 years old, and the thru hulls and seacocks original, the replacement parts don't match the same bolt hole pattern, so some fiberglass fill work is needed to do the job right.
Since she is out of the water, might as well replace the non functioning depth transducer and knot meter. Of course the new transducers are not the same size as the originals, but luckily, this just means slightly larger holes.
Might as well inspect the cutlass bearing, prop, shaft, and rudder also. Waiting word on their health status. They looked pretty good.
Since it has been 6 years since the last bottom paint job, might as well do that also. The Boartyard Project Manager was surprised how clean her bottom was when hauled, and how well the paint held up. I guess having a diver come by every month to wipe her down below the water line is well worth the cost.
If you are going to do the bottom paint, might as well compound, wax and buff the rest of the hull to make it look nice.
So I guess we will stop at that for now. Hopefully we will get back in the water for under $7,000 for parts, labor, haul out fee, tax, environmental impact fee, etc.
Anyone else with similar stories of when to say "Enough"?
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1980 Pacific Seacraft Orion 27
Sailing Grounds: Southern California
Last edited by LittleWingCA; 09-04-2008 at 04:23 PM.