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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Thanks gentlemen!

I'm for the first time getting things done that should have been done 2 years ago.

I picked up this "green" paint remover from WM tried it, didn't work; left it over night on "test" spots of cetol and varnish that have been there for oh... a few days and some over 4 years. It works! my O30 has a file like texture for nonskid. so it's very hard to clean. So the decks are going to start looking pretty good and with all the newly finished teak....

And the galley nearly done with new norcold in the Ice box... and the hull clean... still not sure about %$&@!$ compound and wax.. It's hard work!

Now the VHF antenna is leaning heavily in the slightest breeze. and the transmission....

Well time for lunch!

Will report back!
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

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As long as you're assembling a work crew, would you head to Rock Hall? I bet we could get the boat repaired in no time, thereby vanquishing all of the demons that have beset our boats!
Ahh, but you don't know my friends. They'd substitute Pusser's for pitchforks and the work crew would turn into a drinking crew.

You can guess how much we'd get done!

BTW, any updates from Haven Harbor on your boat?
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Jim, I'm not a big drinker (Diet Coke being my preferred drink), but at this stage some Pusser's might just be welcomed.

No updates this week. Last time I spoke with them was last Thursday, when Mark told me that my boat probably wouldn't be pulled until Monday. I'm anxious to get everything started, but at the same time I don't want to be too big of a pest (all in all, they've still been very nice, and I don't want to change that, especially if I'm going to be paying out of pocket for the repairs). Yesterday I put together some pictures of the prop, cutlass bearing, hull, engine, and prop shaft, along with the videos of the boat slipping from the slings, and E-mailed a link to that collection to the folks at Haven Harbor. I haven't received a reply yet. If I don't hear from them by tomorrow afternoon, I'll give them a call. My plan is to head down there on Sunday to do some work on, and generally inspect, the boat, and I'd like to know whether I'll be working on land or with the boat in the water.

Denise, the green stripper did a good job with Cetol and paint on your non-skid? Did it generally get the non-skid cleaner, too? I have sandpaper-like non-skid, not the molded-in stuff, so mine is easier to clean, but it still would be good to know.
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Haven Harbour pulled the boat earlier this week. The prop and prop shaft look fine; lots of little barnicles, but otherwise everything looks fine. That means that there probably isn't an insurance claim. I've given them the OK to proceed with opening the engine to inspect/remove/replace the damping plate, and checking the transmission. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that the transmission is OK, but something tells me I'm not going to have that kind of luck.
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Jim, one of the good things about flex plates is the ease of which they fail. Kind of like the last line of defense for a transmission input shaft. If it were a rigid connection the transmissions would not last long at all this seems to be true of most any kind of power equipment. Me thinks the sailing gods will be with you!
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I was down at Haven Harbour yesterday for a few hours, and managed to catch the guy who has been overseeing the "work" on my boat. Now that she's out of the water, and now that most of their customers' boats are in the water, they hope to start the repairs soon. This coming weekend isn't really an option for me (too much going on), but I really hope that the first weekend in June we'll be able to take the boat for a ride, even if it means having to drive to Maryland instead of New Jersey to do it.

I managed to create a pattern for the "shelf" that had rotted through, create a pattern for the bimini (that should be interesting), install a solar fan, and start organizing and cleaning up the cabin some. It's still very much a work in progress, and I need to install the second fan to get better air flow in there, but at least I felt like I accomplished something. Last night, I tore apart the old sail cover so I could use that as a pattern for a new one; I hope to start on that tonight, then move on to the bimini.
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

All good Jim but where are the photos?
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

LOL...no photos this trip. Or at least, none of my boat. Lots of biminis on other boats, but none of my boat.
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Hey.. the sailing gods must be smiling on me!

The trans goes into fwd and rev very well, in fact; it's even better or seems to be. NO RATTLE! What I did was move the cable down on the 2nd hole of the shift lever on the trans. that actually makes the distance traveled by the cable longer. So.... with blessings from the sailing gods We will be good to go this season!

Hoping you get good news soon Jim!
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Still waiting on news. I called them on Friday, and they didn't return my call, which suggests to me that they haven't done anything leading into this long weekend. My parents are in town for their twice a year trip to this area (the other being in December!), and I had REALLY hoped that the boat would be in our marina in NJ this coming weekend, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen. I'm still holding out hope that she'll be in the water by this coming weekend so we can all go for our first official outing, but something tells me that I shouldn't hold my breath.

I've been busy this week. I took apart the old sail cover and used that as a pattern for a new one. The new one wound up about 2" shorter than the original, but the original was a little over-sized anyway, so hopefully it will be OK. Otherwise I'll be adding a collar! I still need to add the twist-locks to it, but hopefully that will be a straightforward process. With any luck, I'll finish that tomorrow, and then be able to take it with me on Saturday when I go visit the boat. This weekend didn't have a lot of productivity from me - today was my youngest son's 5th birthday, so we were busy planning, prepping for, and hosting a small party for his grandparents today. I'm going to be traveling part of this week, too, so I probably won't make too much more progress until I come home.
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