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New thread for the new year. Can one of the mods please make it a sticky

Happy New Year to all our friends who ply the Chessi.e. And have a great sailing year.
Now who's the first one out?
 

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I'm not scheduled to splash until mid April, so I definitely will not be the first person sailing in 2017.

Happy New Year, everyone,

Gary :cool:
 

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I was thinking it was too early too.

But it's here regardless.

Good day working on the boat today. Got some things cleaned up and a major step towards one project and planning other projects... the continuing cycle of things.

Wind picked up today and out of nowhere, it started dropping down some snow flurries.
 

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Sea Dragon made it ashore last Wednesday and yesterday I pulled everything off her for the winter. Now it is time to begin winter/spring launch projects which are mostly cosmetic - except for that pesky injector project.

The first on my cosmetic list to remove a 1,000 NM Chesapeake "Smile".

Garner
 

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Happy New Year all! It was a lovely day on the Bay today and a great way to welcome in the New Year. Warm enough to be comfortable. Enough wind to cover some serious ground in a short time, and still get home before the sun got so low that it became too cold. My only complaint is that the wind died off in the creek before we could sail into the slip and had to motor the last few hundred yards. Frankly that was fine since I would have had to crank the engine in order to winterize it again.

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With Breakin' Away on the hard, it's winter project time for me. The last few days I installed a new support system under my boat cover to prevent snow damage, crimped a new float switch in the bilge, bought some new water heater hose to replace my A/C outlet's slightly damaged hose, picked up a few new keel nuts to be installed/tightened, tested my GX2150 VHF/AIS radio that I pulled from my old boat to ensure it's still working properly, started to enlarge the hole at my nav station to fit the new radio, brought my Nicro solar vent home for a battery repair, replaced some damaged parts on my Fortress anchor, and filled out a bunch of CG-719 forms. Whew - I need to go back to work so I can rest! :p

Later this month I have OUPV and Master upgrade classes, and in March ASA 106 training in Grenada and St. Vincent&Grenadines.
 

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On Saturday John and I are heading down the bay to help with an offshore delivery to St. Thomas. John's absolutely giddy about sailing out of cold weather and into warm weather. I just keep looking at the forecast, then back at him grinning at me, then at the forecast, and throwing more layers of long underwear onto the pile. I realized yesterday during one of my long stares at the temperatures forecast for the weekend that this trip is nothing compared to what we plan to do with Next Boat, but still. Cold. Donna hates the cold.
 

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Donna, just remember that COLD is a 4 letter word, and there is a lot of cold between here and WARM. I hope the boat has a full enclosure, because it really makes a huge difference in the comfort while sailing in cold weather.

Stay warm young lady,

Gary
 

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Been doing boat projects... completely new headliner, been insulating everywhere including under the new headliner and added some beautiful LED flush mounted lighting in the salon. The boat is a complete wreck at the moment. Pulling the old headliner reqyired removing a lot of trim. Most all is put back now including teaknow plugs in many of the trim pieces then sanding. While I had access to much of the deck hardware I did a fair amount of re-bedding. Wired up and got all the new lights in and most of the trim back on yesterday. The next few evenings will be clean up and a light sand on the sole followed by a wood restorer. Lot of work but so worth it. The original lights were low and under, the new lights high give so much more light I wonder why I didn't tackle this project years ago. Last upgrade to lighting will be some LED strip lighting over the galley area and salon for "mood" lighting with a dimmer switch.

Pictures to follow soon.

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Old headliner removed





Wiring for new flush mounted LED lights, you can see a little bit of how I insulated. I use different types depending on location. I don't expect high Resolution rating but it's better than nothing.



Lights and trim back up



Under the settee



Under the pilot berth and galley



Looking forward



The light

 
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