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Re: New sailing family from Easton Pa!

Wow, that was painful... In any event, here is the boat when I first found her:





After several months of hard work, new tires and wheels, axle bearings, bearing buddies, all new LED trailer lights and wiring, new trailer winch post and winch, and about 5 hours of pressure washing the lichens off the deck. We ended up with this:





I also made a quick set of companionway boards out of leftover plastic trim I had from our house:



We also repaired the failed and leaking deck to hull joint hidden under the rub rail:



Stay tuned...
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Re: New sailing family from Easton Pa!

My friend Evan and I took a day off work for her maiden voyage on Zlake Nockamixon!



It was fun afternoon of trying to get used to the boat, and was a great shakedown run for our next outing... Ontario Canada!!! This was my 9 year old son and I launching at our families lake cottage outside of Westport, Ontario.



And my favorite view of the boat:



So far, I'm about $550 into this boat, including title and registration fees! Gotta love cheap prices on the Internet and eBay! like I said above, we took the boat to Canada for a week in mid July and loved it, but it became clear that it is much too small for our family of 5... Can you guess what happened next?
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Re: New sailing family from Easton Pa!

Wow Smier, what a cool story! I'm new myself, but welcome anyway.
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Re: New sailing family from Easton Pa!

That's right, to my wife's and my mother-in-law's disbelief, I dragged home free boat #2!!!!



Took me a week to clean her up, and assess the damage... She's going to need new swing keel brackets, keel pin, and a new cable to raise and lower the keel. In the process of having the brackets and pin fabricated now. All the standing rigging looks good so far, but we will do a thorough inspection and replace if necessary. She sleeps 5, has a simple galley, and a spot for a porta-potty. She's the cousin of the Chrysler 22, but is called a Starwind 22 and from what I can tell was only in production for a short time in the 80's.







Well, that's all for now! Hope you all enjoy the pics!!!
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Re: New sailing family from Easton Pa!

Compac makes a nice looking boat, great job on her! Now a second free boat, I think I see a sickness starting!
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Re: New sailing family from Easton Pa!

Welcome aboard! It's cool to see another small boat sailor here.

I like the pimpin' wheels on the trailer.
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Re: New sailing family from Easton Pa!

I am addicted already, thankfully my wife seems to be coming around! The compac is sweet little boat, and it only drafts 18 inches, so we can take it anywhere. It is also a very forgiving boat to learn on!
The pimp my ride wheels on the Starwind's trailer were extras off my wife's mustang that we had just sitting in the basement, so I figured why not? I originally put them on it in desperation, because the guy who gave me the boat just wanted it gone, and he basically told me the first person to tow it out of his driveway got the boat. They barely held air, and I actually didn't make it home that night, thankfully my work was on the way home from picking it up, and I managed to make it that far with one almost flat tire and no trailer lights. They have since gotten a new set of actual trailer tires and an actual spare since she is a trailer sailor and we will be traveling with her!

This was me sneaking into our yard at work the first night I had her, I thought for sure I was going to get a ticket (a free sailboat was worth the risk), and the bunk boards were so rotten ththeir was a blessing in disguise that I couldn't make it home that night, because the starboard side of the hull was actually resting on the bolt heads that were originally holding the boards on:
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Re: New sailing family from Easton Pa!

TWO free boats!! Well...I never

Good t\start with the Compac; then the upgrade to the [Wellcraft] Starwind! Leaves me wondering if in a year or so, someone's going to call ya and offer a 37 foot Morgan OI or Beneteau ? ? ?



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Re: New sailing family from Easton Pa!

Can you please pass some of that "Free boat" karma my way???? lol That's awesome...nothing like results from a little bit of hard work!!
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Re: New sailing family from Easton Pa!

Great story, and great example of what some elbow grease can do for you - and a old boat.

Good luck sizing up to a 30 footer (I suspect that's going to be next).
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