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So even though i've already posted a few times, and bugged the heck out of everyone with some eletrical questions, i figured i'd post up a formal introduction to me and my lawn orniement.

My name is Rich, i've been in the CG (DC) for 13 years now, and currently in Southern Maine.
As far as my boat (1978 Islander 32), i'll bless you all with the long story My Aunt and Uncle were very into sailing back in the day. My Uncle had passed away 10 years ago now from Lyme Disease. He had placed "Reflections" on the hard planning to do some winter projects, and came down with Lyme. And it sat there for close to 20 years. My cousins are not the most handy individuals, and she had gotten neglected for to long. The oportunity to rehab her kinda fell into my lap after a night of Rum and Cokes with my cousins.
Anyways, so now she is up with me in Maine, and i'm taking this plunge. this is my first real boat of anykind, and honestly have never sailed under wind power. But being a DC in the USCG, i am a pretty good handy man, just not so much with electrical...and even with that i just need a little expeirience.
Work wise, she needs allot of elbow grease. As you guys can see from the pics (that hopefully worked) she had a good bit of water in her. Everything below that line is getting replaced, including allot of stuff above. Oddly, all the wood work is very solid, only some of the plywood was rotted or peeling. I already been playing around with the Teak cleaners, and still trying to decide what kind of interior finish for the interior. But it's a far way from that. I'm taking everything down so i can scrub and refinish every square inch of her. All of this work i am doing on my own, or with some help from my coastie buddies. I'm very excited to be doing this project, and i can't wait to have her in the water for my families sake. For any of you guys in southern maine that like cold beer, i could always use some advice and and just some good ol BS'n. Thanks to everyone on here!!
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Welcome Brad. Where are you located specifically?

I would give you some advice that may seem a little harsh but unless you are in love with this boat, you will likely never get out of her what you put in(financially).

If it is a labor of love and you have no delusions of profit then good luck and keep us posted with your progress.
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not in it for profit. And i'm into it for $0. if i can break even in 10 years (for what i put in it) i'll be happy. And does anyone ever make a profit on a boat really? I've seen many boats on stands for sale for several years now. There are many more sound investments than a boat!
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And i'm in Kittery
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What a shame to allow a boat like that to be neglected. Any idea how long water was allowed to remain inside? Boats are designed to have water on the outside, not the inside, so there may be some severe structural damage as a result. Have your read "This Old Boat" by Don Casey?

If the hull, deck, rig, keel and rudder are sound, you might gut the boat completely, salvage and sell whatever teak you can, and starting from the keel up, rebuild the entire interior with a eggcrate grid, new bulkheads, and a simple, seaworthy, traditional layout, ala Herreshoff.

If you decide it is too much, you can always try the chainsaw/dumpster route, salvaging and selling on eBay whatever can be removed.

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Brad,

My first keelboat was an Islander 28. Island Majic still maintains a place in my heart as I wobned her for almost 8 years.

They are rare here on the east coast being made in California where there are still a lot of them and many Islander sailing groups. The teak joinery work in them is astounding by todays standards. The fact it sat all those years with water rotting it is a sin.

If the hull is sound, the deck is sound, the engine works ( I assume its an Atomic 4) and the boat is structurally sound and you have the time...go for it as it has some sentimental value since it was in the family.

However if you cant get it to sail within a reasonable amount of time while you continue to upgrade and work on her...think about that also. Sailing is what makes these boats so beautiful.

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Boats are a investment in life, and this far out weights any depreciation! I rebuilt less.......Dale
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Hey Brad
Greetings From Aus

I recently made Sail net my home page and reading your post is one of the first benefits of doing so.

You are a bit further down th road then me in actually owning a boat
but it was the reference to rum and coke, cold beer, projects eminating from mates gatherings, that initiated this greeting.

Good luck with the project

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