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Islander 21 ~ first sailboat!

So we've decided on a 1966 Islander 21 as our first sailboat. We love the lines and large flat deck and think she's just perfect to learn how to sail on. I have a nice list of things I want to complete prior to launch but a recent back injury has put me on the "bench" so we may just need to do the bare minimum, launch her and continue work while at sea.
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Fun! Need some pics of the cockpit though. Better get moving or the weather will turn cold again!
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Better get moving or the weather will turn cold again!
Tell that to my back!!
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So I will be cutting the list down to be able to launch her around May 24 - 25.

Here is what I hope to accomplish this week:

*Wash - Compound - Polish & Wax hull
*Scrape, Grind & Prep Keel
*Anti-Foul Keel
*Clean & Polish Mast
*Sand & Varnish Cabin Door
*Tune-Up and Install New Throttle Cable on Mariner 9 HP Kicker
*Repair Jib Sail (Or find a good used replacement)

..... LaUnCh!!!
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So I spent a few hours yesterday on the hull. I started with my buffer and a good compound and quickly found that I needed something stronger. I decided to give her a little wet sand. The results are awesome for her being 44 years old with original paint. However, she has no gloss or shine at all. I tried polishing and waxing her but still, no shine. Any secrets out there???

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Note - the dark area is where I polished and waxed. There is still no shine and does not feel "waxed."
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Good luck on the Islander

I have had my 1968 Islander 21 for four years and loved it. I am moving on to a 1963 Pearson Ariel. The 21 Islander needs to find a new home. It is for sale in Minnesota. It has a trailer with extension. The only problem is that it will need paint.
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I have had my 1968 Islander 21 for four years and loved it. I am moving on to a 1963 Pearson Ariel. The 21 Islander needs to find a new home. It is for sale in Minnesota. It has a trailer with extension. The only problem is that it will need paint.
Good luck with the sale but there is a classified thread on the forums for this.
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I started grinding don the keel today. Man what a mess!! I decided to completely sand it down and now want to coat with a rust converter/preventer. Any suggestions?
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What is your keel made of? Mine is internal and lead and I don't think lead rusts.
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