Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Kennebunkport, Maine
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New Starwind 223 (actually new 1986 but new to us)
I am writing for my husband (since I can type a little faster than he can!) who just this fall procured for us a 22 foot Starwind fixer upper. He was looking for a winter project (?!). We live in souther Maine, about 2 miles from the ocean and plan to sail in nearby bays that we are so lucky to have close at hand. My husband is a really talented carpenter who specializes in finish work. And he's a genius at fixing things. He's already taken apart the electrical system and fixed what had probably been plaguing previous owners forever (found pinched wires under the floorboards). He's replaced the 6 portholes with new Beckson portholes and has refinished some of the teak trim. He just bought a new bilge pump, upgraded to a 750 GPH. He's wondering if he should go further and exchange for upgrade to an 1100 (requiring new hoses and hull fitting). I am sure we will have MANY more questions and are looking forward to having an informative forum source. I might add, my husband hasn't yet sailed but somehow caught the bug through the air or something! I have sailed but not extensively. We're looking forward to taking courses as soon as we can this spring. We have some sources for that but any recommendations anyone might have would be hugely appreciated. THANKS!