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Re: Three Years From Cruising

You are welcome aboard any time Schredder. If the plan stays on course, I'll be in Central America on the Pacific side by 2018. Would love to share some empty peelers.
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Going down the rivers, most choose to go up the Ohio to the Tennessee River and the Tenn Tom waterway to Mobile. The lower Mississippi is rather hostile to pleasure boats. A great trip!

Good luck with the adventure
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Here is a short video of my 1984 Beneteau First 35'. The commentary is for friends who don't sail, so you sailors might see it as a little elementary and sometimes flat wrong. Hope you enjoy. You should enjoy the little snippets of comedy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zXnOe-I584
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Re: Three Years From Cruising

You go guy!

Nice video. You will pick it all up quickly.

I was raised in Wheeling Ill. I sure do remember going over to lake Michigan and just looking out over the water and dreaming, even if it wasn't salt water!

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Very nice! I'm sure your friends will love going for rides!
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Re: Three Years From Cruising

Been working every weekend on Cheers:

1. Got all thru-hulls removed. Still need to clean up the old caulk...probably silicon. Got new thru-hulls picked out and figured out the install (thanks SailNet).

2. Removed headliners in rear berths. Scraped old material off the inside. What a dirty, messy, dusty....job. Still need to remove the old glue. Got new headliner picked out at SailRite. May drive there one day to pick it out/up.

3. Sanded the keel down to the primer coat and grinded the rust spots. Want to remove the primer so a barrier coat can be put on. Removed old keel joint caulk. Thanks SailNet for the tips. Dirty, messy, filthy, dusty....

4. Sanded the old anti-fouling paint off the null. Was told the old anti-fouling paint might be Pettit Vivid. My arms hurt so bad after that...did the whole hull in an 8 hour day. Holding the sander upside down, moving the ladder, light vacuum, cords....dirty, filthy, messy, dusty.....I'm just say'n. Plan to use the ablative/self polishing type anti-fouling paint.

5. I want to do some fun jobs!!!!! Got most of the really bad stuff done. Just need to do some touch up sanding and some clean up. Then can start coating and caulking. Temperature needs to come up though.

6. I plan to leave the headliner down until electronics are installed. It will make installation easier I think, since wiring is under the headliner.

PS....still love my boat and hate leaving her.

Dirty, messy, filthy, dusty...OK by me.
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Re: Three Years From Cruising

This first picture shows the tarp that surrounds the boat so as to contain dust from sanding. Trying to be a good neighbor. Also, I use a random orbital sander with a shop vac attached. The shop vac needs to be emptied and filter cleaned about every 1/2 hours. It is a pretty cheap shop vac. Maybe a better one would not need to be attended to so often.
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The keel looks pretty good. There is pitting from rust that is mostly on one side. Looks pretty normal to me as far as rust pitting goes. Then there is this one pit that is pretty large....roughly an inch (2.5 cm) in diameter and about 1/2 to 3/4 (1 cm) inch deep. It looks more like a casting issue than something resulting from rust. It was not visible through the coatings. I found it when grinding rust near it with an angle grinder (wire brush attachment).

I plan to fill the large one with Pettit EZ Fair. Depending on how much time I have, I will fill the other pitting with the same product. Filling the shallow pitting is low on the list of things to do though.
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Bigger picture of keel.
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Re: Three Years From Cruising

Welcome and good plan. Also I like the pic.
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