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  1. Teak

    Gear & Maintenance
    I've recently purchased a 1982 Catalina 30'. My first keel boat. Boat had been let go. Had to redo the electrical in November. Spent money and had the hull scraped, filled, epoxied, and painted. The deck teak is in shabby shape. Can I get advice on best ways to treat the wood. Should I sand...
  2. Can you run a dehumidifier too much?

    Gear & Maintenance
    I run a Frigidaire Dehumidifier FAD704TDP on our 1984, 50' cutter sloop. The inside is all wood. We're out in Southern California (Long Beach) so winters are mild. I let it run continuously. Other than the bilge, it keeps everything dry, fresh and mildew free. I've been noticing wood...
  3. Refinishing Wooden Spreaders

    Gear & Maintenance
    Since I'm doing a bit of mast down rigging and replacing wiring/antenna, I have my wooden spreaders off. After a light sanding with a pad sander, they look very good but need a protective finish. The simplest is to varnish, sand, varnish, sand until I build up 6 coats or more. Another option...
  4. Hi, new to sailing just bought a boat... (Chicago Burbs)

    Introduce Yourself
    Hey guys, I'm in the west burbs of Chicago. I've been interested in learning to sail for a while now. Just got back from a vacation to Mexico where I rented a hobiecat and I was hooked after that. I had been eyeing a home built boat on craigslist for a few weeks and decided to pull the trigger...
  5. Wood vs Fiberglass Maintenance cost/time

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hi, my husband and I are in our mid-40s, still employed (I work from home). We are spending so much on rent in this Area, that we decided to buy a boat and live aboard for a few years, which will actually let us save enough money to hopefully put a down payment on a house (here/somewhere else)...
  6. 28ft Croatian white oak sloop

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hey guys, just about a year ago I picked up this 28ft no name sloop, built and sailed from Dalmatia, Croatia. 28ft with a 10ft beam, The hull is built from 1 1/2" thick white oak planking and the frame is built from Dalmatian Pine. The boat is in really great shape overall and doesntt need much...