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Hi there,

We just bought our first boat this spring (1976 Catalina 27) without knowing anything about sailing but with a dream to someday cruise around the world with our family (3 boys, oldest is 9, the middle one is 6 and the youngest is only 8 months). We bought the boat in less than 5 days (inc. survey) from "hey, we should try sailing, we've never done it before but we might like it" to our first day on the water with it (we tend to be a bit spontaneous). The price was right and it required some maintenance so we went for it. We call it our practice boat. We're using it to learn how to sail and how to maintain boats. It's been a bit beat up and through several POs so I don't mind making some mistakes. Once we get things figured out and if we're still keen on sailing we'll upgrade to something more capable but for now this boat does well enough in the protected waters around here (Vancouver).

Mini projects completed so far:
- resealed chain plates for the upper shrouds
- replace broken jib halyard
- replace broken rudder bolt (included getting a diver to fetch the rudder off the bottom of the marina; there's a good story)
- hand stitch a torn leach seam on the jib (loose thread caught on the spreader)
- taped the spreader ends to avoid more problems
- tracing the electrical (most had been torn out by some PO; considering running completely new wiring)
- replace spark plugs and pull cord on 15ph Merc 2 stroke OB (had it serviced right after purchase as PO didn't have any maintenance records)

Projects still to do:
- Introduce my wife to herSailNet (she has lots of questions about cruising with kids and life aboard in general)
- Replace backing plates for lower shroud chain plates with larger pieces of metal (some PO had already done one but the other 3 are still the originals)
- Grind out hull blisters on next haul out
- Replace all through hulls (they are OK but old and I want the experience )
- Inject epoxy into deck void near mast (deck core has compressed under mast; no cracks/holes for water to get in yet)
- Rebed the starboard aft stanchion to plug a leak
- Replace the broken windex (took the old one down; have yet to be back up to install the new one)
- Install a child gate and padding in the vbirth (youngest is 8 months)
- Install jacklines
- Figure out of the heater works
- Figure out of the alcohol stove works
- Improve main cabin stowage to be more useful for a family of 5 (need a better place to put books and toys so they don't end up everywhere when things get a little rough)
- clean or replace the fresh water tank (not used in who knows how long; the "key" to open the intake is missing too)
- Find out if the depth sounder works (coax is not connected to anything)
- Hook up knot meter (and see if it works)
- And many more (I'm learning that lists like this are endless )

Now for the fun part. Sailing experience so far:
- 3 week CYA basic cruising course with Cooper
- Several days day sailing up Indian Arm (we have moorage in Deep Cove)
- Weekend trip up Indian Arm
- 10 day trip from Vancouver to Victoria and back through the gulf islands (what a blast! Learned lots but the main thing was that we want to keep going!)
- 3 months on a tall ship as a teenager (crossed the Atlantic). I don't think this counts for much as the sailing is _very_ different and that was many years ago. It was a lot of fun though!

If the weather is not too wet and cold we're hoping to spend the Thanksgiving (CDN) weekend at Gambier Island.

Cheers and happy sailing,

Scove
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Welcome aboard and good luck on your venture. Sounds like you're doing good so far.
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Welcome aboard, sounds like you've got a pretty good handle on things so far. Only have the rest of your life to keep learning
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Almost my story, minus the wife and kids.
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Thats funny, can't wait till that happens to me, luckily I already know how to dive. I can only hope I'll pick up on the sailing as quickly as you seem to have. Thanks for the inspiring post. And I guess I should say welcome although I'm new here myself.
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Sorry for missing this earlier, nice to see another Vancouverite here on the board....
Good for you finding moorage - tough to come by - too bad you're behind two tidal gates, it will limit your weekend and daysailing area to the Arm.

On Gambier, Halkett Bay is one of our favourites.. if you're heading there make sure you favour the eastern shore to avoid a nasty center-of-the-bay rock (covered 6" at low water)

Looks like good weather for the holiday!
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