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My boat floats!

Let the first sentence of this post be a gigantic thank-you to Sailingdog, he is my personal boat hero. Without his help this boat would still be sitting in the yard. He is a genuinely good person with a huge heart.

All the planned boat projects (new electrical being the biggest) are complete. Only thing left is fixing the VHF antenna, it looks like the one that came with the boat is toast. Could be a crappy connector (since I put it on myself, maybe I messed that up), or it could be a broken antenna since it was lashed to the side of the boat for a while and was being stepped on constantly.

I thought I messed up the anchor light, but it only dawned on me a few hours ago that the light has a photodiode and of course it won't turn on at noon...

Then the engine took forever to start. Once it finally got going, Sailingdog undid the docklines and shouted "Go!". Of course I thought that was completely insane, having never piloted a boat in reverse under power before, but off we went (well after stalling out & having SD spend another 15 minutes trying to make the engine start). I managed not to T-bone any of the fancy yachts all over the place, we found the mooring (which had become an artificial reef this late in the season), tied up the boat, and then left since it looked like rain.

Pics below. The last pic at the mooring, I have a tarp tied down over the starboard windows, they leak like a sieve and we're supposed to get torrential downpours tomorrow.





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it looks like you have one of those retractable masts, its not there in 2 pics and it is in the third. reverse is easy, controlling it is the harder part, the trick is let it pick up some speed before you try to turn.
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The retractable mast is in case of capsize. You just pull the mast up through the bottom and start sailing again.
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The retractable mast is in case of capsize. You just pull the mast up through the bottom and start sailing again.
now thats funny i dont care who you are /larry the cable guy
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