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Greetings!

After trolling through sailnet for the last few years I finally decided to become a member.

A little about me:

I am a US Army Captain from, you guessed it, S Louisiana. I've spent my entire life on the water and on boats of all types. Which means that after 33 years of seamanship, I am still an amateur since every time I leave the dock I learn something new.

Anyway my cruising area is now the NC coast and ICW. I recently bought a 1975 Helms 25 that is in fine mechanical shape but terrible cosmetic shape. Spars, rigging, and canvas all in fine shape as are chain plates, and above deck hardware. No soft spots on the balsa core deck. BUT, the last owner when sanding the hull down for fresh paint sanded all the gelcoat off the starboard side. So after "investing" in new gelcoat and paint products, the project became a little much and now I am the proud owner of the Helms 25. A lot of sweat and elbow grease and if the wind and tide work in my favor she should be ready for launching next summer.

I am looking forward to meeting the members and joining discussions. If there any questions for me, fire away.
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Welcome aboard, thanks for your service. Keep us up on the projects. (Though my boat has no gelcoat)
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Thanks WanderingStar!

I have a decorum question for this forum. Should I post in a thread that's already started about my Helms or is it OK to start a new thread? I read the rules and just want to make sure I start off on the left foot.

BTW, did you strip the gelcoat or are you a wooden boat owner?

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Welcome! Thank you VERY much for your service, and good luck with your boat!
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Hi! I'm stuck on the same brush detail ,not that I mind the work, But the weather could cooperate it would be nice! --Dale
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My boat is wooden, so she gets paint and putty.
You should probably start a new thread on your boat, though it's fine to commiserate on other threads. A new thread will get more views than an old one.
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Thanks for the welcome all!
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