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finally got my Seasprite home!

Picked her up in Westport NY yesterday morning (after driving 400 miles overnight) and dragged her to her new homeport just outside of Atlantic City. She will have to be renamed due to this. The previous owner named her after his full sized poodle.. but having a boat named after a game is beyond tacky in AC



The drag home was not too back. My Landrover took it all in stride even if I had to keep her in third going up the mountains rather than leaving her in drive. Not sure what the trailer was designed for, but it was for a bigger boat than my SeaSprite 23



From a distance she looks good. It is when you get up close that you see that her cockpit sole os spiderwebbed and flexable. I will have to cut it out and redo it in marine ply with glass over it. The cabin top is also covered in fine gelcoat cracks.. but that is easily fixed without drastic surgery.

Inside is a different matter: The quarter berths do not hide any nasty surprises other than hungry spiders. Raid took care of them.





Forward is solid but damp as the hatch does not dog down and has one of those battery/solar vents screwed into it



Inside all the tabbing is pulled away from the wood, so I am going to have to strip out and redo all of it. Which is fine, I have some ideas how to make it better for storage.

Now for the real horrors. The electrical system is in shambles. Supposedly has a new bilge pump and navlights.. but the Navlights are not even wired up.. no telling what the pump. She does have a foot of rainwater in the bilge from the leaking foredeck hatch



And I love the electrical panel. I guess the CG does not do inspections on Lake Champlain.



Found her hull number. As far as the Seasprite association knows. she is the third oldest on the list. Hull number 000 and 101 are the only two with smaller numbers than my boat.. number 110. 101 was built in 61 and 115 was built in 63.. so I think my boat must be a 62 or a 63 (previous owner claims built in 65)

Overall, she is solid enough I could take her sailing today.. but I cannot just put her in the water in the shape she is in. Such a delightful little boat needs a good going over with her wrongs made right
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Re: finally got my Seasprite home!

Nice find!

Good to see a fellow Disco owner not afraid to use their truck for some real work too.
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Re: finally got my Seasprite home!

I can't wait to see what you do with her!
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Not that bad looking for her age!
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From a distance she looks good. It is when you get up close that you see that her cockpit sole os spiderwebbed and flexable. I will have to cut it out and redo it in marine ply with glass over it.
I would not cut anything. Just lay marine plywood on top of it and glass it over. Stronger sole and less work.
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Re: finally got my Seasprite home!

Seasprites tend to sit "bow down" as they were originally designed to have a small inboard engine. As I intend on taking this small boat cruising more than a weekend at a time, I was going to double up the battery capacity and move them as far aft as possible. To do this I was going to put a sealed box under the cockpit with a watertight lid to hold the batteries. That is all wasted space on this boat, and just tucking the batteries up there would be a pain for maintance.

That is one of the reasons I was going for a full replacement.. but laying a new deck over the old one has it's advantages too. I will have to think hard about it
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Nice find!

Good to see a fellow Disco owner not afraid to use their truck for some real work too.
I could have bought an F150 or 250 for what I paid for my disco (it's a 2003 with 71,000 miles) but then I would not have just been sore from sitting 16 hours.. I would have been beaten up too. The Disco is a nice place to spend time on the road.

I know people badmouth these trucks for being unreliable, but it never missed a beat the whole way up and back. 400+ miles both ways. The only bad part was the climb up out of the valley Lake Champlain is in. I was in the far right lane floored for several minutes. I was beginning to smell oil from blowby.. but as soon as the road evened out, she just kept right on going like nothing was wrong. Most of the time I had the CC set to 65 and just rowed back and forth from D to 3 as needed to keep the speeds up.

Mine does not have air ride as you can tell in the pic
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Seasprites tend to sit "bow down" as they were originally designed to have a small inboard engine. As I intend on taking this small boat cruising more than a weekend at a time, I was going to double up the battery capacity and move them as far aft as possible. To do this I was going to put a sealed box under the cockpit with a watertight lid to hold the batteries. That is all wasted space on this boat, and just tucking the batteries up there would be a pain for maintance.

That is one of the reasons I was going for a full replacement.. but laying a new deck over the old one has it's advantages too. I will have to think hard about it
How about installing a big water tank under the cockpit? You can never have too much water. Maybe one battery on each side closer to the middle? These 'watertight' boxes under the cockpit are never really watertight - too much flexing is going on there and there is always water there.
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Great boat! You will have hours of pleasant sailing ahead.

I don't recall any issue of a bow down attitude though.

She'll be the prettiest boat in the harbor.:-)
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Carl Alberg-designed boats sail sweet, and keep you safe. Good luck, and good sailing.
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