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07-11-2013 01:54 PM
mad_machine
Re: finally got my Seasprite home!

nah, all the weight is down low not much higher than the wheels
07-11-2013 12:19 PM
krisscross
Re: finally got my Seasprite home!

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Originally Posted by mad_machine View Post
I noticed that quite a few people stared when towing her home. Out of all the boats I saw on trailers (and I saw quite a few going south from Canada) mine was the only sailboat.
I would guess they were staring to see if the trailer is actually able to keep the boat from tipping over on the curves... sometimes I wonder about that too when watching keelboats being moved on trailers...
07-10-2013 11:29 PM
mad_machine
Re: finally got my Seasprite home!

thank you all. I noticed that quite a few people stared when towing her home. Out of all the boats I saw on trailers (and I saw quite a few going south from Canada) mine was the only sailboat.

Going to get her hull and topsides done this summer/fall and then work on below decks come winter. Hopefully she will be more shipshape come next spring.

I think I need a blog.. anybody got an suggestions where to go for one?
07-10-2013 12:09 PM
nolatom
Re: finally got my Seasprite home!

Carl Alberg-designed boats sail sweet, and keep you safe. Good luck, and good sailing.
07-10-2013 08:01 AM
DoubleEnder Our first sailboat was a Seasprite. Hull #539
Great boat! You will have hours of pleasant sailing ahead.

I don't recall any issue of a bow down attitude though.

She'll be the prettiest boat in the harbor.:-)
07-09-2013 10:55 PM
krisscross
Re: finally got my Seasprite home!

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Originally Posted by mad_machine View Post
Seasprites tend to sit "bow down" as they were originally designed to have a small inboard engine. As I intend on taking this small boat cruising more than a weekend at a time, I was going to double up the battery capacity and move them as far aft as possible. To do this I was going to put a sealed box under the cockpit with a watertight lid to hold the batteries. That is all wasted space on this boat, and just tucking the batteries up there would be a pain for maintance.

That is one of the reasons I was going for a full replacement.. but laying a new deck over the old one has it's advantages too. I will have to think hard about it
How about installing a big water tank under the cockpit? You can never have too much water. Maybe one battery on each side closer to the middle? These 'watertight' boxes under the cockpit are never really watertight - too much flexing is going on there and there is always water there.
07-09-2013 07:58 PM
mad_machine
Re: finally got my Seasprite home!

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Originally Posted by JoeLena View Post
Nice find!

Good to see a fellow Disco owner not afraid to use their truck for some real work too.
I could have bought an F150 or 250 for what I paid for my disco (it's a 2003 with 71,000 miles) but then I would not have just been sore from sitting 16 hours.. I would have been beaten up too. The Disco is a nice place to spend time on the road.

I know people badmouth these trucks for being unreliable, but it never missed a beat the whole way up and back. 400+ miles both ways. The only bad part was the climb up out of the valley Lake Champlain is in. I was in the far right lane floored for several minutes. I was beginning to smell oil from blowby.. but as soon as the road evened out, she just kept right on going like nothing was wrong. Most of the time I had the CC set to 65 and just rowed back and forth from D to 3 as needed to keep the speeds up.

Mine does not have air ride as you can tell in the pic
07-09-2013 07:54 PM
mad_machine
Re: finally got my Seasprite home!

Seasprites tend to sit "bow down" as they were originally designed to have a small inboard engine. As I intend on taking this small boat cruising more than a weekend at a time, I was going to double up the battery capacity and move them as far aft as possible. To do this I was going to put a sealed box under the cockpit with a watertight lid to hold the batteries. That is all wasted space on this boat, and just tucking the batteries up there would be a pain for maintance.

That is one of the reasons I was going for a full replacement.. but laying a new deck over the old one has it's advantages too. I will have to think hard about it
07-09-2013 03:50 PM
krisscross
Re: finally got my Seasprite home!

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Originally Posted by mad_machine View Post
From a distance she looks good. It is when you get up close that you see that her cockpit sole os spiderwebbed and flexable. I will have to cut it out and redo it in marine ply with glass over it.
I would not cut anything. Just lay marine plywood on top of it and glass it over. Stronger sole and less work.
07-09-2013 03:46 PM
krisscross
Re: finally got my Seasprite home!

Not that bad looking for her age!
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