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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake
Happy Easter to all who celebrate.
Work related activities have put me behind on my pre-launch schedule. Nevertheless, I've gotten a lot done during the evenings the past week. I fixed a leak through my LP tank locker by carefully cutting out all the old caulk and resealing with 3M 4000UV. I fixed a leak around my compression post with multple applications of Cap'n Tolley's. Bottom sanded: whoever suggested wet sanding with drywall screen on a ceiling pole was a genius. I got the whole bottom sanded in under two hours. Bottom painted, and I came back two days later to move the stands and paint the missed spots. I did the full Maine Sail polish the last two days, including wet sanding the boot stripe to restore it to full deep blue color. I am pleasantly surprised that my freeboard is actually less than my previous smaller boat. Waxing started today and will finish tomorrow. The hull topsides look amazing.
Still remaining (in no particular order): remove the cover, install refurbished dodger and bimini, install new anode, Barnacle Barrier on the shaft and prop, hook up batteries and charger, test the motor out and let her run to full temperature. Then there's all the other stuff to do after splashing, which is tentatively scheduled for this Friday morning.
Work related things are going to be much less predictable this summer, but we're still hoping to get a lot of long weekends and a couple week-long cruises. We really want to explore the Chester River more extensively than we did last time.
I also received my USCG medical certificate this week, so hopefully my OUPV/Master license will come before long.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, OUPV and 50 Ton Master
ASA Certified 101/103/104/105/106
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Wing Keel Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall Landing Marina