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04-09-2008 02:29 PM
wantokex bwahahaha..... I know. flying down to Florida today with jess to finish stripping out the crap from the all the nooks and crannies and attack the insides with bleach, replace all the dock lines with new ones I can trust and take measurements for a new set of sails and replace the bilge pumps and wiring for them so I can stop worrying, lol. Next trip down I am getting the engine pulled out so I can redo the engine area strip out the old wiring from the boat and paint the area and bilge.... ahhhh, slowly it is taking shape :-)

04-09-2008 11:44 AM
merttan If it floats, if you can't open new hatch holes when walking on it, if you have the will; you can fix it... Don't let the old ones break your will....
We are young... We don't need a dry comfy place to sleep
Note: Bleach, lots of bleach... Full body cover, gloves, and masks... Or it's a future lung and skin disease...
04-06-2008 11:44 AM
Watermelon Wow, that's certainly a project you've got going there. The good thing is that the hull and the rigging seems to be ok based on your photos. Power washing the top deck definitely did make a huge difference. Congrats on your new boat, and I wish you good luck with your projects aboard.
04-06-2008 07:44 AM
Rockter Jet-wash it first, and in about 4 hours you will not recognise it.
Don't try to make the ship perfect.
You will never finish it if you do.
04-05-2008 11:18 PM

Congratulations on your new boat! It doesn't look bad to me, but then again I just recently jumped ship from an old wooden boat I lived on for 6 years. The "nonskid" you have growing on the deck makes it look bad but as I can see from the heart you drew in it it won't take but a day to blast all that off.

One of the great things about a project boat is that you can attack it with reckless abandon! My new boat has much work to be offshore ready but is all "nice"on the inside and I find myself hesitant with the big sharp tools. Never had that problem on the wooden boat. Whatever I did added character.

Enjoy! Fixing up a project means that everything is the way you want it, you know where the wires go and how to fix things.


PS I love how the bowsprit is being held on by the anchor.
03-31-2008 05:31 PM
Giulietta Don't know what to of have a lot of work ahead....
03-31-2008 05:12 PM
nightwatch Yea done that. You can read about the restoration on; Pensacola FL Sailing Blog - sailingnightwatch
Just continue working on it.
03-31-2008 01:30 PM
wantokex Jeff, thanks for the input... as for hurricane season and moving the boat. I figured if I gave the capt a July date for departure, with the way she works I would at least get her all moved down to Florida by then and have the hurricane season to work on the boat in Miami its all about partner time management~!!!!!

I fixed up a Pearson 2 years ago, and am learning that the difference between a weekend cruiser and long term boat is huge!!!! been making shopping list and work list like mad. And picking a Motor sailer was the Capt requirement for leaving the country in a boat. She wanted to be able to "drive" it away in case I got bonked on the head or some other emergency. With luck I can put some love into this one get her comfy on sailing and trade to a nice full keel ketch I been dreaming about :-) I might drop you a PM regarding the rudder post at a later date.

03-31-2008 01:04 PM
T34C Wow, good luck with that one! Keep us posted on your progress.
03-31-2008 10:58 AM
Gramp34 Isn't it amazing the difference a pressure washing will make?

We got a boat a couple years ago that had sat sealed up in a boatyard for six years, and the interior was better than what you've got, but not by much. The PO had left about a dozen empty bottles of different kinds of mold and mildew cleaners. Apparently none of them worked on a sealed boat for long.

The interior cleaned up quickly with bleach (after removing a pickup load of garbage). I bought an inexpensive solar vent and put it in the main cabin roof hatch. We haven't had any problem with mold since then. Sealing leaky ports probably helped a lot with humidity, too.

So, solar vents are highly recommended.

If you go through and make up a shopping list of what you will need, then you can shop at your leisure when good buys come along. You can set eBay to search for particular items and email you when any come up.

Otherwise, welcome to the world of 'classic plastic'!

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