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ldog68 03-11-2012 08:25 PM

Newbie-ish finally starting posting!
Hello to all! I have been lurking around here and reading posts for a long time now. I am a newer member to the sailing community, and have been sailing for about the last three years. Sailing is no easy feat to accomplish here in New Mexico, where I currently reside.We have a ton of beach and just a little water.I, like a few others on these boards, grew up commercial fishing in Alaska. I have been around boats all my life. There is just something about sailing, that has captured my undivided attention! I currently own 3 sailboats. This came about by having big dreams and not enough time to fulfill them. The first boat I bought, was a 27' Catalina. PO said it was sailable as he had just taken off the water a month before. I rigged it in front yard (a few good stories there for later)and decided I was not in agreement with his assesment. So after doing alot of reading, I realized the work was going to keep me off the water too long. This led to the purchase of a Catalina 22' in much better shape! I have been sailing this poor little boat every chance I get! This winter I picked up an O'day 14' Javelin also. I have not put it in the water yet, but looks to be a fun boat. The Catlina 27 restoration has been sporadic over the last couple of years, but took a nice jump yesterday, when the admiral approved my leave and I was allowed to spend 4 uninterupted hours sanding through the 7+ coats of bottom paint! I finished about a 1/4 of the port side bottom, and the port half of the keel is 90% sanded. I have boxes of parts waiting in line for this boat! So wish me luck. I'll try to get some pictures posted tonight, after work.

Lake Superior Sailor 03-11-2012 08:55 PM

Re: Newbie-ish finally starting posting!
Fixing boats can & is a fun hobby. But: I want to sail! I wasted a lot of time getting ready,and would still be dry-docked if I waited till everything was perfect! Repair what you have to but get it in the water!....Dale

Faster 03-11-2012 09:10 PM

Re: Newbie-ish finally starting posting!
Moved you to "introduce yourself"... Welcome to Sailnet.

ldog68 03-11-2012 10:17 PM

Re: Newbie-ish finally starting posting!
Thank You Faster! I agree Lake Superior Sailor! That's why I got the other 2 boats for now!

ldog68 03-11-2012 11:41 PM

Re: Newbie-ish finally starting posting!
Ok, lets see if the pics work..... They start out with the boat having 7-9 layers of bottom paint depending on the spot. total sanding time was about 3.5 hours.Image hosting, free photo sharing & video sharing at Photobucket
Aparently at one time this boat was in salt water water, there are barnacle scars under neath the 3 layers of black....

HPLou 03-12-2012 11:24 AM

Re: Newbie-ish finally starting posting!
Nice pics of the boat. The boat prep can be a combination love/hate relationship. Enjoy the time to appreciate the work you're putting in as when she's afloat you'll enjoy her that much more. As for the barnacle scars, they may actually be previously repaired gel coat blisters. If you are sanding down to the gel coat, a good barrier coat would probably be in order. Good luck in your project and may she be sailing soon.

ldog68 03-12-2012 12:29 PM

Yep, after the blister repairs and the scratch repairs..... high build primer/sealer then bottom coat etc..... its fun, but tedious. I'm pretty sure they are barnacle scars. The previous blister repairs are pretty obvious. I'll try to get close up pics of what I am seeing...

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