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That 'just fresh' feeling!

So it's 'Happy Easter' and ordinarily we'd be anchored in Pirate's Cove, DeCourcy Island with our club group... but we hauled 10 days ago and only just got relaunched yesterday. And now the weather's going into the crapper again....

We hauled for a long awaited prop change, routine bottom job and some minor fairing repair around the keel joint. (Used West's "G-flex", a relatively flexible epoxy that should be much happier in that area.. will report next haul)

We were also due an insurance survey and had that delightful experience of essentially dictating the survey and then paying $400 for the privilege.

Anyhow mods were required to the second hand Max prop we bought, so it was all shipped to Seattle (PYI), along with our own prop so that the (non-standard) shaft taper could be matched. This included driving to Blaine to avoid horrendous cross border shipping charges. After a week on the hard with unusually cold temperatures (making the epoxy work rather challenging..) the prop was being shipped back to Blaine. As it happened it's now Easter Good Friday and the border lineups are hours long so we walk across. Long story short, we had a PYI/UPS induced adventure with a mis-addressed package, the prop sitting 25 miles away and us with no car... Good samaritans and good fortune got us back to Canada by 3 pm.

Yesterday saw us scrambling to find some SS keystock because our key piece never came back from Seattle, and then madly (yet carefully) assembling the prop on its new hub for (hopefully) the correct rotation and pitch. We had a 2 hour window before the tide would be too low to launch.

And we made it.. She looks pretty good, we put the extra time to use with some spit and polish and it feels good to be properly prepared for the season - our annual Sailpast is next weekend.







Based on the 2 hour delivery back to the marina, under power and sailing in light airs, I think the Max is going to be much appreciated....
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Wow - that's a fine looking ride Fast.
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Nice boat, Fast. Is that Thunderbird Marina?
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Looks good, great story!
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So did you notice any difference in prop walk when you brought her back into the slip?

We had the grand daughter out for two nights this past weekend. The Easter bunny even managed to find out where she was and paid her a visit. All eggs are accounted for.
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Nice boat, Fast. Is that Thunderbird Marina?
Yes, Thunderbird in West Van. Highly recommend this yard for anyone in the area. Clean, relaxed about DIY, no 'enviro fees' and very skilled with the lift.

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So did you notice any difference in prop walk when you brought her back into the slip?

We had the grand daughter out for two nights this past weekend. The Easter bunny even managed to find out where she was and paid her a visit. All eggs are accounted for.
Hard to tell about the prop walk because we go in pretty slow and don't need a lot of Reverse... but I think so. If it's significantly less that'll take some getting used to, as I kinda liked the prop walk we had, esp for docking port-side-to.

Sounds like a nice Easter, Ray... we get our granddaughter next weekend overnight for our annual Sailpast.
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because we go in pretty slow and don't need a lot of Reverse
We used to do slow, but I don't want to pay insurance for nothing.

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we get our granddaughter next weekend overnight for our annual Sailpast.
The kids require that we bring her back after each outing. Gee they're picky.
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The boat looks great Ron! Glad you made it in before the low tide.
We haul out Thursday for bottom paint and some touch up, and I'm in the middle of re-finishing all the exterior teak.
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....., and I'm in the middle of re-finishing all the exterior teak.
...which, as you know, you have far too much of! Hope we can see the result of your handiwork first hand this year!
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