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Project boat progress
I am getting to the end of my 3-th sailing/boat owning/fixing season.
3 summers ago I've found an dirty, full of rainwater, mold and slime
Puma 23 at the end of boatyard. The owner (actually, his wife) wa willing to give it away for free. The accumulated storage payment (do not even know for how long...) and any other expenses where the bad news.
The survey was performed by the friend of mine, more experienced sailor and boatowner. His opinion was "if it keeps the water in, it will keep the water out, plus, there is a set of sails stored inside". The next good news was, the boat yard obviously, needed the spot wor a paying customers, and were open to negiotiations when I offered to get the boat out. And after more that fair sum for the coat of bottom paint, they were happy to drop it into water for me. The 9.9 Yamaha outboard and VHF I've got from the owner's wife for a very reasonal money again. After I've put the battery and rigged some wires to get the nav lights working, my first own boat was ready for the seas!
(The boatyard was really in a hurry to get rid of me, they called me to tell that the boat is ready at the dock and I have to come and get it, so I had to plan a night delivery from Long Island to NJ.)
Lucky for me, the delivery went smoothly, 5 am ride trough the hells gate and by Manhattan was unforgettable experience.
So after 3 years, to summarize the experience
- thick coats of old bottom paint sanded off, barrier coat at the bottom, topside painted, deck still waiting
- new portlights frameless smoked lexan
- new bulkheads lightcoloured plywood, not teak, give the boat more modern "Euro" style (more appropriate I think for the design)
- new dropboard same colour
- halyards run to the cockpit
- new lexan front hatch with solar vent
And some stuff I've learned:
- Minwax varnish from Homedepot is not good enough for exposed marine environment
- barrell bolt installation of portlights in not the pritiest from inside - rough fiberglass is too exposed
and, the most important,
all the projects take the valuable time from sailing!!!
Now while getting ready for winter storage, I am making the to do list based of wisdom gained so far.
- halyards run back worked only so-so. lazyjacks, reefing and possibly, some downhaul lines plus the friction at the masthead needs to be fixed, now I have to pull the mainsail down, almost impossible to singlehand in a stronger wind
- outboard bracket shoud be lowered more, now even in a light waves not moving at all, when not moving means not steering. Hit the bridge twice, rt 35 last year, GSP yesterday (Morgan Marina is a really F*%*&d place to keep a boat especially for novice, but the learning curve is very fast).
- working the hank on sail in a breeze with no bowrail is uncomfortable even for a reasonably fit person
and many more.
Once I have her on hard, will plan for the winter and for the next season!