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Helsen 22- arriving soon...in my yard.
I have been a lurker on here for years but have not done much posting. I suspect that is about to change. I just bought a Helsen 22...I actually don't take delivery until Tuesday. Any other Helsen owners out there? I am entering the world of swing keels which makes me slightly uneasy... only slightly. That will be my first order of business, changing the pin and cable....after I build a cradle. Winter project! It seems fairly straightforward. I plan on doing this myself, but curious if anyone has paid to have this done and if so approximate cost ? Previous owner hasn't changed it and he has owned the boat since 1998 I believe. Its probably holding on by a thread. I have no idea whether the owner before the person who I bought it from ever change it either (he was the original owner-bought new).
The bottom paint needs attention as well. I am sure there will be a list of other things that need updating, though the previous owner to good care of it. Primarily will be kept on my slip in Lake Hopatcong, but I plan on doing some Hudson River trips(launch from Nyack?) and LI Sound trips ( lauch from City Island?)
My other boat is a Chrysler Mutineer which is going to a new home this week, a Sea Ray 190 bow runner, which is going back to the previous owner and our family has a Cal 29. The Cal is the one where I have gotten the most hours behind the helm.