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Re: Island Packet 35

Bit of an update. Finished the refit and left Pensacola on June 3. Outside sailing to Boca Grande inlet. Make it mostly motoring to BG inlet, as wind was very light to none. From there I took the Lake Okeechobee waterway and came out on the Atlantic side. Currently in Stuart, Florida at a mooring for a week, waiting for a friend who will sail with me to St. Maryís, Georgia. From there going solo towards North Carolina, most likely on the inside. If you want to get some experience, join me.
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Re: Island Packet 35

Congrats on the Re-Fit Kriss! Wish I could join you for some sailing on the outside... Looks like I'm going to miss out on a whole year of sailing on account of the Damn Storm. Plan is to haul the boat in Sept. and try to do the re-fit in 2 months which means most likely turns into 4 months. Sa-la-Vie or so it goes with boat projects. Fernandina to Charleston on the outside is not bad if weather is good and you want to save some time and have extra crew to help with watches. I never have cared for the Ditch but I've only done it in delivery mode. Might be better if you're not in a hurry. Fair Winds!
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Thank you, Mr Contrarian. I quite agree. My refit took much longer than anticipated. I would prefer to go on the outside but this close to shore itís tough for one guy. Iím not in a hurry and always liked some quiet places along the ICW. Best of luck with your project and if you want to sail with me I would love that. 😊

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If anyone wants to see pictures, Iím on Facebook as Kris Sailor. This one is from this evening, before thunderstorm.
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That sounds pretty impressive to me. I'm not sure when you started the re-fit, but the thread started 5 months ago, with a hurricane damaged boat (deck, rigging and power, iirc), and now you've already made a 500 mile passage on her.

How about a recap of what you had done to her, over what period of time. Amazing. Any before and after pics?
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Thank you, Mr Minnewaska. Refit started in early February. I posted updates and pictures on my Facebook page. Posting pictures here is more complicated and they lose detail in translation. Or maybe I donít know how to make them come out good. Rub and cap rails fixing were quite a job. So was restoring the railings, fixing the dodger and constructing solar panel bimini and wind turbine tower. Lots and lots of little things on top of that. I bought a new Monitor wind vane and started using it with good success. Love that thing. Also love my Raymarine chain drive below deck autopilot. It turns boring routine into fun time. Got a used main sail as a backup, it is in good shape after minor repairs. I have spent more money than anticipated, by about a third, despite buying used parts whenever possible, and doing most of the repairs myself. Still, Iím happy with the results.
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Re: Island Packet 35

Awesome! Will definitely check out your fb page to see the updates. Lots of storms this week, we were planning on sailing up to Stuart this weekend, but have cut the trip short due to the pending weather. Hoping to make it up to Riviera Beach though! Don't be afraid to use those sails in the ditch...just takes a bit of planning at the bridges. Hope you had a chance to raise them when crossing Okeechobee!
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Crossing Okeechobee we touched bottom several times with 4.6 foot draft and run into 2 hellacious thunderstorms with winds over 40 knots. Second one got us just a mile before Port Mayaca lock. Pulled into the lock in 4 to 5 foot waves, winds around 40 knots and torrential rain going sideways. Sailing was not contemplated 😂
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I was originally planning to go through the Keys, but the lack of wind made me reconsider. In order to go under Port Mayaca railroad bridge I had to take off my wind instrument, windex vane and vhf antenna. My mast head is 48 feet and bridge clearance is around 49 feet, depending on the water level. I made it with maybe a 10 inches to spare. After passing the bridge I drank a big toast with my special medicinal hooch. 😊 I had to reinstall all that gear next morning while anchored in the middle of the canal. All that to avoid paying some dude 200 bucks to tip my boat with 55 gallon drums filled with water. 😂

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Good show and great job. My best friend had an IP35. Solid great live aboard.
You did a great job.good luck.
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