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09-28-2009 10:09 PM
Capnblu The worst thing to do when working on a boat is to take a day off, sometimes you never start again. Take it from me, work on it 7 days a week, plan ahead, make lists. When you feel frustrated, take something out that doesn't need to be done right away, and fix it ahead of time, like a night job. You will feel like you accomplished something, and speed up the completion in the long run. By making a master list you can imagine your way through your project, and prioritize the different jobs.
09-28-2009 05:42 PM
smackdaddy I just saw on CNN that a large meteorite is streaking toward SW Florida. I'm sure it's nothing.

Just kidding SiX. Hang tough.
09-28-2009 05:39 PM
The next time you rebuild a boat it will go much faster!

I shudder to even consider such an evil thought!!!

I figure I am going to take the week off to decompress and then start to hit it again next weekend. A few beers along the way will probably help too

On a positive note, I did manage to reglass my centerboard with a very nice result... I'm still holding my breath to discover what disaster will still occur to it (burst into flames, eaten by mutant termites, etc,) but thus far, it looks quite nice!
09-28-2009 03:31 PM
casioqv I feel you!

It's been 105-110 degrees here (Riverside California) for most of the summer, and usually about 10 degrees hotter inside the boat. I thought my $800 Catalina 22 was basically ready to sail when I bought it, but I since learned it needs major work on just about everything.

My "favorite" job so far was reinforcing the collapsed cockpit seat from underneath with epoxy. It was about 120 degrees, no way to get air circulation, and working in an area with just enough room to fit my body in the fetal position and try to keep epoxy from dripping on my clothes.

Now I've learned that ALL of the deck fittings leak, as the previous owner removed them all for a paint job and "resealed" them. He used NO SEALANT on wood items, and silicon on metal and plastic. The water leaked into the core and now the decks are soft around almost all of the fittings, especially the teak handrails.
09-28-2009 01:31 PM
n0w0rries If it was easy then anybody would do it. The satisfaction you get when you finally get her dialed in will make it all seem worth it. The next time you rebuild a boat it will go much faster!
09-27-2009 11:24 PM
dieselboy WOW, after reading this i feel like my refit is going quite well... Im sorry that your having so much trouble and if you were close i would give you a hand. Its amusing that some ones else can just walk up a fix what ever has been killing you for hours.. And yes, i have to agree Rum helps ...lots.
09-27-2009 11:14 PM
ezatsea You just have to remember there's a pony under all that horsesh**. If we wanted cheap and easy hobbies, we'd all have bought running shoes. Hang in there.
09-27-2009 10:30 PM
smackdaddy Hey Willis - were you on the boat during the strike? That's always freaked me out. What happened?
09-27-2009 10:17 PM
Willis SiXeVeN,

I feel your pain. My boat is in the yard recovering from a recent lightning strike. Meanwhile, I'm missing out on some of the best sailing weekends of the year here on the lower Chesapeake. If you are looking for someone to talk to about hard to find Stiletto parts, you might try this blog:

Sail Delmarva

He's moved up to a PDQ 32 now, but had a Stiletto for many years. He's on this forum or possibly Cruisersforum, can't remember which. His blog is good and I'm sure he'd be happy to help.

09-27-2009 09:49 PM
jrd22 I don't get it, sounds like a normal boat project to me .

Hang in there, it will get done and you will be proud of all that you have accomplished and endured.
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