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Wink Chumin's done

Go ahead, start gigglin now for warm up exorcise. Never been sailin, but grew up on a house boat with jet boats, fishin boats, and every blowup toy a boy could have,but, no breezes. I've been truckin for over fifteen years(started when I was eighteen but,if you ask, I'm still eighteen), my gills have been scuffed by Death Valley and Vegas, smoothed by midwestern nights, finished in a fine coat of that stuff that that flows from down past Lexington, Ky.. I moved down to the Gulf Coast after katrina. I've always wanted to sail for some reason and here I am, two wrecked boats, and the heart to paddle up the Platte. Anybody got a compass. I bought an Oday 12 that was wrecked from a wonderful person that I found wondering the beach with a fine good dog, and dream. MAN THESE FOLKS ARE COOL.
Well she's just 'bout ready to spash all but the mast and sail(hep me hep me). Had a nice fresh hole in her side and some poorly patched spots that I cut down and started over right(kinda arrogant ain't it). Other than that, no cracks, blisters or other majors.
Ha Ha,next, bought a boat that I dont currently have all the paticulars on other than shes a twenty-five foot and her name was the Shady Lady out of Bay St. Louis, Ms.. She's in ROUGH shape but I'll fix her. Will get pix up this weekend. Oh,I got sails and mast with this one. They were taken down before storm.
Man, I'll take any advice I can get, not to crazy bout havin to haunt the kids or the mother inlaw. Plus it looks like I need parts.
Been wearing a new groove in the binder of my Chapman's in the sailing chapter, but, this is basic. What instructions for distruction should I be reading?
Thanks folks. Must say that I am very impressed with the sight and the veiw.
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Hey bait, welcome. I don't have much information for you, or any for that matter, as I am new to boat repair too. But I had to say that I admire your "chutzpah". Good luck to you and thanks for repairing the old instead of buying new.
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Well, thank ya friend. Nice to know someone might have one of those nice floatin cushions close by. Man there are some more sailers off N. Caro. in trouble.
Going to bed, going to to ask for mercy, and will talk to ya'll morrow.
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Well, BB...I also bought an old boat, and I love her. Just remember this: Anytime or anything you add the word "marine" to, doubles its price! I had a full set of cushions made for my boat by a local uphostery man for $1600. I went to him because the marina recommended a boat cushion man who wanted to charge me $4500 for the same job! Need parts for the engine? Try an automotive store first...got the idea? OH, and never, NEVER refer to your boat as a "Yacht" in front of your Marina guys.
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Sounds like you're a "keep it simple" kind of guy, which is a good way to be with your first cruiseable (?) boat. Where you plan of keeping her? Mississippi Sound has some excellent cruising, though a few shoal spots too so watch the buoys. When you're feeling adventurous you can go "outside" through one of the Passes.

Get your safety gear, a Danforth anchor, a compass, some binoculars, and a portable VHF radio. Your basic alcohol stove is fine for overnighters, so's a block of ice. Buy used when you can, there's a lot of salvaged anchors and stoves around off the wrecked boats.

you'll have more fun than most of those guys on the ''gold-platers".

Best wishes.
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Well, BB...I also bought an old boat, and I love her. Just remember this: Anytime or anything you add the word "marine" to, doubles its price! I had a full set of cushions made for my boat by a local uphostery man for $1600. I went to him because the marina recommended a boat cushion man who wanted to charge me $4500 for the same job! Need parts for the engine? Try an automotive store first...got the idea? OH, and never, NEVER refer to your boat as a "Yacht" in front of your Marina guys.
I agree and disagree. There are definitely some things you can get outside the marine world, cushions are certainly a good example, and stereos too. But there are some things that just won't cut it. Hose clamps that you buy at home depot can be plated and not solid, leave one out in the weather during the winter and you will see it flake apart. Wiring, varnish, wood, fiberglass, plumbing, hardware, rigging, lines, all should be marine or you will pay for it in the end. I know this is picky, but even the foam brushes that I am using to put on satin varnish are better from my local chandlery. They are less porous and hold the varnish better. The ones from home depot, or even my local Ace will drip and streak. Consider this: the local yard has been around for decades with sailors working on their boats and employees working on boats. The yard guys all get their supplies from the yard's chandlery, and most of the DIY sailors do the same. The reason is that the products have been tested, they are tried and true, and the guys working there are usually very knowledgeable about what they supply.
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Hey ya'll, thanks for all the great advice. Believe me, I'll be on alot to ask dumb Q's but I'll try to ramble less in the future, I had been trying to rid the world of beer the other night and got a little more poetic and a lot goofyer than I really care to apologize for, so I won,t.
Anyway getting so rain kinda sudden. Need to got pull some tarps. Be on here hit n' miss today. Hope to get this *@#%(### camera working so I can get some pics on here for ya'll to look at. Maybe tell me what I need to tear up first. Man shes rough. Later
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I notice that you asked about what to be reading... I can't say which title of his is best, but you should look into Don Casey's books. I have "This Old Boat", and it's really good about general boating (not just sailboats) maintenance/repair, as well as technique. I think his "Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual" is talked about a lot here, but I don't know whether it addresses repairs and renovations... at any rate, this author is very good, and entertaining to read.

Good luck with your dream!

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Thanks man. I have been kickin around the marinas here as much as I can and swiming around a little widgeon a friends has. He's pretty much has the same sailing knowlege I've got but he has a slight advantage, he's retired.
Bought my O'day 12 from him and we've been putting them together. Well he's got a a hold of a good rigging and has that "go ahead throw it in now" mentality. I'm trying to blind people on US90 with the rudder. I've tossed mine in once with a horrible setup. Knew I was screwed when I was leaving the driveway.
But we've been getting good results on his. Not ready to head for Trinidad but they better start hidin the girls. Oh and the rum.
Thanks man on my way to B&N this weekend to order some others to. Let ya know if I find anything good.
Anyway, here folks. This is my wreck that landed 34 miles inland. Tired of waiting for the official report on her heritage. This is how I found her and I'm getting ready to start "raising" her. Can any body tell me who made her and just how long I've got to keep driving that &@(#ing truck
Awe crude, must everything be a challenge how do I put up pics on this thing. Please don't throw the vegetables at me for this one
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