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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.
Told you. Never underestimate my laziness.

I had a great sail yesterday.
I spent this morning cleaning the boat and getting ready for Easter.
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Big Easter morning, with rehearsal and two services to play. Easter is to brass players what April 15 is to accountants.

But that didn't stop me from significant progress on my pre-launch checklist. I waxed the entire hull, completed a 48 hour pressure test on the cooling system (held steady at 14 psi - no more toxic green stuff in my bilge!), fired up the motor and got her to operating temperature (amazing how quick it heats up with no raw cooling water!), removed the winter cover, replaced the dead battery on the Nicro solar vent, purged the water tanks of their antifreeze and rinsed, and scrubbed all the grime that accumulated in the cockpit (despite being covered). Not bad for half a day.











(Just kidding about no cooling water. You think I'm an idiot or something?)

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Yesterday was beautiful sailing weather wasn't it...wow. Didn't get out until 15:00 but still enjoyed a sail up to the Corsica River and back. Surprisingly very few boats out ...fine by me

Heading out this morning with a good friend and Chef... looks like light showers and calm winds but I'll take it.

Tomorrow another day sail... probably solo unless my invitees can play sick... not that I would advocate for that
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Big Easter morning, with rehearsal and two services to play. Easter is to brass players what April 15 is to accountants.

But that didn't stop me from significant progress on my pre-launch checklist. I waxed the entire hull, completed a 48 hour pressure test on the cooling system (held steady at 14 psi - no more toxic green stuff in my bilge!), fired up the motor and got her to operating temperature (amazing how quick it heats up with no raw cooling water!), removed the winter cover, replaced the dead battery on the Nicro solar vent, purged the water tanks of their antifreeze and rinsed, and scrubbed all the grime that accumulated in the cockpit (despite being covered). Not bad for half a day.








(Just kidding about no cooling water. You think I'm an idiot or something?)

I should smack you. I was nearly done typing my response when I spotted this last line.
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Yesterday was awesome. Had a great brunch downtown with my son to celebrate his 24th birthday and Easter then took him for about a two hour sail and then dropped him off right at the Rusty Scupper. The admiral and I sailed for another couple of hours under the 110 only. Making almost 6 knots and perfectly comfortable. She didn't want to come in! Harbor was almost empty other than the water taxis, a couple of J22's and a few random sailboat throughout the day.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Daughter's wedding is Saturday. After that, I'm FREE and we're going sailing.

Maybe St. Mike's or something on the weekend of April 29th.
10 straight days in the latter half of May.
Wooden boat festival at St. Mike's on Father's Day weekend.

First beer can race is this Wednesday. I need to finish offloading cruising gear today and tomorrow.

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Daughter's wedding is Saturday. After that, I'm FREE and we're going sailing.

Maybe St. Mike's or something on the weekend of April 29th.
10 straight days in the latter half of May.
Wooden boat festival at St. Mike's on Father's Day weekend.

First beer can race is this Wednesday. I need to finish offloading cruising gear today and tomorrow.
have details on the Wooden Boat Festival?
I'd like to see that.


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have details on the Wooden Boat Festival?
I'd like to see that.

Antique & Classic Boat Festival, the Arts at Navy Point - Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
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It's a sin to be sitting in my office on a day as perfect as today.

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My boat is still in the middle of a refit. But,I got myself crew to start training.

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