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09-30-2014 08:33 AM
Re: What not to do

Four year old thread Andy. Suggest you start new thread with your specific question.
09-29-2014 11:47 PM
Re: What not to do

09-29-2014 12:47 PM
Andy Helsen20
Re: What not to do

Hi Maverick

Looking for information on Helsen 20, particularly how to rig it. New to sailing.

08-23-2010 02:11 PM
tager Can't argue with price matching, I use it all the time. They will even match internet prices to some extent.
08-23-2010 01:12 PM
mdharnois But no matter where you shop, it's still going to stand for

08-23-2010 01:10 PM
mdharnois Sounds like the story of my life.

Of course, to buy a boat ready-to-sail is wonderful if one has the money to do so. Don Casey's book sells zillions of copies not because all of us want to spend hours of toil in fixing up a boat instead of sailing's because we face the choice between that and no boat at all. After four months, I finally have almost all of the leaks (above the waterline, thank you) repaired on the 1977 O'Day 37 that we call home, thanks to Don Casey and West System...yes, and West Marine. I have mixed feelings about dissing on West. Yes, there are less expensive places to shop...there's also much worse customer service out there. I drove down to Defender's outlet store a couple of months ago, and it was a really unpleasant experience. I can get what I need from West right now. And they will price match.
08-20-2010 03:55 PM
St Anna As Siamese says, but I think you do seem to get 'luckier' the more experience you have on the water/ in boats etc. You dont make the same mistakes, you find new ones aka challenges to get over.

I think you either 'effectively' rebuild an old boat and you really know the boat, or you buy one ready to go (all fixed).

Either way, a boat is a boat! Cost and maintenance exponentionally proportional to the lwl.

Welcome to the worldwide club of yachty's
08-20-2010 02:48 PM
Siamese Some of your post sounded entirely too familiar. I've been sailing 30+ years, and I make fewer mistakes now.

One of the things you've learned is, no procedure...painting, sealing, etc., is ever as simple as you think. There's something unforgiving about a boat, if things aren't done correctly. Wrong products, improper procedure, shortcuts? will be PUNISHED.

I've brought a couple old fiberglass boats back to life. It was more difficult pre-internet. Just about anywhere you turned (West Marine!), somebody with no clue was willing to give you lousy advice. I wish I could have had this site as a resource when I was doing my restoration jobs. I'm certainly glad I can use the search function or ask a member about anything I want to do with my Catalina 309.

Nobody should criticize what you've done so far, because when you're new to old boats, there's really no knowing what you're up against. Now, you're way ahead of the game because you're aware of some basic boat rehab truths and know where to get the right advice the first time.

Keep the faith.
08-20-2010 02:42 PM
Originally Posted by carl762 View Post
Ya, Sailingdog, I'm sure glad I found a local marine supply place that deals in new, used, consignment goods. Sometimes, she actually orders from West Marine's warehouse, and I get the stuff cheaper than West charges.
What's even better is when your admiral works at WM
08-20-2010 01:59 PM
carl762 Ya, Sailingdog, I'm sure glad I found a local marine supply place that deals in new, used, consignment goods. Sometimes, she actually orders from West Marine's warehouse, and I get the stuff cheaper than West charges.

I like using the huge catalog as a reference for things I want to get.

Yes, OP, paragraph breaks and punctuation do help. I had to almost put a ruler up on the screen to get through the post. Good read though.

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