A very late Thank You and hello to you.
I feel a bit sheepish responding after two years. Maybe there should be a law....
I kept meaning to, then put it off, then lost my password, then a hundred other things distracted me. I would be in bed and not be able to sleep thinking of what a hit and run stinker I was (but didn't mean to be). Ha! Somebody sink one of my boats. Oops. Already done.
I would like to thank those of you who responded to my note about that worn Lido CB cap.
I'd also like to confess that I never did fix it. When you get older ;-) your boats can get old with you, as can the roof, the cars, that perennial bed and garden, and the planet.
Caleb-D -- good info. I might just patch it with the epoxy and sawdust (as soon as I can collect the sawdust that tumble onto the floor from my uncovered container). I sanded down the uneven parts and might just put the cap pieces back on after varnishing/Cetol or whatever.
Casco Bay -- where I grew up and wish to return. I miss sailing between ledge and harbor seal and bouys in my little MK Dinghy. These days I'm stuck where my dear old dad warn us kids never to live, because it's always hotter than ____ in summer: inland more than 10 miles away from salt water.
BTW, I like your Isak Denesen quote. I used to read a lot of her short stories.
: thanks for the suggestion to scrounge around boat yards. I'm in stinkpot land, but an hours drive will take me to salt water. Oh, and my comment about being out of my league was more of a nod to how I'm asking advice from an audience with boats that are much larger and more costly. But of course, as you state, many of the members here started out on small boats. I absolutely agree with you about small boat sailing. I feel so connected and at home when I am close to the water (or in it -- in a good way). When I was younger and lived on the shore and had a mooring and haul off, I'd be in the dinghy sailboat for hours. I'd sail until the wind died and someone had to give me a tow in with our skiff because the tide and (forgot name of sideways wind push) were stronger than my little sail and daggerboard.
To Geoff54: thanks to you as well. I'll probably do this patching. I'll have to epoxy-sawdust patch the holes for the screws, then redrill. I think I will need to use some adhesive (what was on there -- white gummy stuff; I bet not original). Maybe 3M 4200?
Good to be back reading sailnet. This is a good time now that I need to fix up yard and house and tarp boats for the winter. Need a new roof too
so why not read sailnet. (I was about to post an ad on CL for a Beetle 'Gull' when I looked for a photo or venue and saw someone asking about the original rudder w the slides (instead of pintles and gudgeons). A peculiar set up. I want to find a good "restoration" home for my Beetle Gull.
Ever see one of these early hulls? Like cast iron. I'm so "old" that I do recall people (locals) suspicious of plastic boats. Even bleach bottle bailers weren't trusted! (actually pre plastic bleach bottles). I've got one of those cobbed-together pine square bottom bailers that fishermen used to use on one of my bookcases.
Happy sailing (or tarping),