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ltgoshen 03-10-2012 08:24 AM

S/V East Coast Lady Shows her Bottom
Good morning,
As many of you know, I recently picked up a sailboat for almost free. That in it self is kind-a a oxymoron. I have learned a lot in this process and I will share as promised. Yesterday We drove the boat to the marina for a haul out. It was very slow in the water. I have a 2GM Yanmay in the belly. I was pushing her hard just to maintain 3 knots. This boat has a 2 blade folding prop. It doesn’t give good propulsion in the best of conditions. I had a very difficult time in close quarters not hitting anything. It’s been 30 years or so since the last time I had the helm of a boat this size. I have shared a few photos of the process and what a dirty bottom looks like after 4 1/5 years of no one taking care of it. Take a look at the before and after photos of the prop, “Amazing” I will continue to keep you updated. I would also invite you to see my blog. East Coast Lady
It has some great stuff. Thanks to all you guys that have helped me along the way. With out your support and advice this potential cruising sailor would have opted to charter with a captain for ever. Yesterday alone was a great adventure we had dolphins and sunshine. I love South Carolina in the spring. Here are some photos. Enjoy

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Nasty right?

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Prop before cleaning:

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Prop After Cleaning:

Thanks again for all the encouragements.
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chef2sail 03-10-2012 09:07 AM

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suprised you could go 3 knots,,,Join the c&c owners site for ideas about the boat also.
Good luck with her


PaulinVictoria 03-10-2012 04:11 PM

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Great to see someone taking care of her, she's a good boat and deserves it :)

SloopJonB 03-10-2012 04:41 PM

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Pressure washers are your friend. :D

Faster 03-10-2012 06:41 PM

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Thanks for the update.. she definitely looks salvageable! (in a good way, that is ;))

jrd22 03-10-2012 06:46 PM

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It'll be a different boat when you get it back in the water. That was NASTY.

ltgoshen 03-11-2012 08:35 PM

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I went back to the boat yard today. Somthing had just not set right with me. Wasent sure what it was. But I think i noticed the prop-shaft off center? All the other boats in the yard have a shaft that centers there rudder and keel? The C&C 30 it is off set to the starboard side? Does anybody know why the keel is not like the rest of the boats?
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Is this not ODD??

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SVAuspicious 03-11-2012 08:47 PM

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Some builders didn't want to have to deal with structural issues running the prop through the keel.

mananamon 03-11-2012 08:57 PM

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I believe it's for the really excellent reason that if you need to pull the prop shaft you don't have to A: remove the rudder or B: disengage the shaft from the transmission and remove the engine. I wish my builder had done it this way.

Faster 03-11-2012 09:07 PM

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Actually it's offset to PORT, (that's the other starboard ;))

It's not that unusual.. it has it's advantages, pulling the shaft is one - on many boats the rudder has to be removed. On a previous boat of ours the rudder stock was off plumb my 2 or 3 degrees and it drove me nuts to look at it until I realized that that way the propshaft slid by the rudder cleanly.

It may also avoid excessive propwash torque on the rudder under power, which can be tiring on well balanced rudders.

Bob Perry did the same on his Mirage 33.. mayhaps he'll drop in here and explain the whys of it for us. C&C did it on the Ontario 32 as well.. so not uncommon. Lots of old wooden boats avoided drilling through the deadwood in a similar fashion.

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