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That explains so much...
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But I bought it - sink line and hook - and wasn't until last summer where out side Everett's marina... hit 50+ gusts that simply almost dumped me and my mate at the time to the brink - the Catalina lived up to it - righted and dousing of sails ensued...

I would qualify that as be part of the story line here...

I motored back to Seattle and she was more than happy to be on a plane a few hours later...

Well, the wind can only pin you down, not roll you.......not that I ever want to test that though.

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AC circuits on our boat were all wired with Home Depot orange extension cord cable with the plugs cut off!
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AC circuits on our boat were all wired with Home Depot orange extension cord cable with the plugs cut off!
hey, I don't feel so bad anymore....thanks

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Gotta love the idiots who use romex and wire nuts on a boat... and then wonder why they're having such problems.
I didnt say i'm having problems...I mean, err uhhh, nevermind

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PO cut neat holes in the top of the aft buoyancy tank to make the cockpit lockers deeper!...

It's taken me almost a year to figure out why there was so much crap in the aft tank.

Bloody lucky so far we've never been swamped.

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Brass gate valves...everywhere....
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Just today saw what appeared to be a MacGregor with a couple of pieces of plywood tented over the cockpit. The rest of the boat was covered by a couple of feet of snow. Let's see; it was 5 degrees last week, it'll be 36 degrees tomorrow, and it'll be back down to about 5 degrees next week. As if there wasn't enough maintenance already!

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The PO's of my boat never changed the worn out gaskets on the portlights. Just cranked the screws tighter and tighter till the knobs all broke. The wood below the portlights is like peat moss. I will be sweeping it out with a whisk broom. Probably did $2500 damage or more. Months of work. What were they thinking? But I'm thankful for people like this. I could never afford a new boat and without folks who thoughtlessly ruin good equipment, I'd have a log raft.

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- Wire nuts to the stereo
- many wire connections twisted together and black-taped (including in the bilge!)
- Lazy jacks threaded wrong and wrapped to the mast with (very dead) bungee

now if I can keep the boat nearly as clean as they did, I'll feel really superior
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