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...and I must say that I feel really good about it. I was finally able to get her trailer fixed and ready, and the time has finally come. So, now that I have her hauled out, what are some of the things I should do???
One thing that I plan to do is rewire the electrical system. It is only a 23ft boat, so my electronics are at a minimum. I have a VHF, mast light, cabin lights, bow and stern lights and an electric pump for the sink. I plan on installing a cd player at some point and installing at least one ac outlet. I only have one battery and nothing on the boat to charge it with at the moment. I actually take the battery home to charge it.
I also plan on pulling my chain plates and re-bedding them because I notice a leak on the port side bulkhead when it rains.
I would like to paint the deck again, although it was painted two years ago so it isn't completely necessary. Also, it had a bottom job almost two years ago and is amazingly clean for sitting in Lake Pontchartrain. And the name will finally come off, and the new name applied!
It has new cushions and an old crappy 9.9hp Johnson outboard that needs to have the carb cleaned. It also has a portapotti and a propane grill. I am trying to think of everything it has, or what has been done to it, so you can have that information. I think that about covers it though.

With that, I have a couple of questions for y'all:
1) What do you do to your boat when you have it hauled out that I should do?
2) I plan on taking this boat on occasional trips, maybe up to a week long or so and I am perfectly fine with the bare minimum. I will have one other person with me. Anything you would suggest doing while she is out to better prepare her for that? I would only be traveling through the Lake, or to Dolphin Island, Biloxi, perhaps Mobile Bay and Pensacola...so coastal but within the barrier islands so nothing too crazy.
3) I plan on sailing her in some races this summer; however, our races aren't quite races from what I understand but more of a time to go out, sail and drink. I don't drink on the boat because it makes me sick, so I think I might enjoy the races. But is there anything that I should do to better prepare her for the racing?

If these questions sound a bit vague, forgive me. This is the first time I've had her hauled out so I feel like a little kid with a new toy. I can do anything I want/need to her so I want to take advantage of it. Any suggestions would be great, and if you need any info let me know that too. I am a beginner when it comes to any maintenance and am very eager to learn. I have made friends with a few sailors at the NOYC and and the marinas, and have a friend of mine that lives aboard his Catalina 27 helping me through this too. So I am just trying to get as much info as I possibly can. Thanks in advance!
 

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Corey:

When I hauled my boat out, it was to replace some rotton seacocks. I also had the cutlass bearing checked, rudder checked, prop checked, propeller shaft checked, and all under water fittings, thru hulls, etc. checked. I also had a bottom paint job done, and the hull cleaned, compounded, and waxed. Check everything that can fail that you can't fix when on the water.
 

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Corey,

Depending on how long the boat has been in the water, check for blisters and if the bottom needs painting. I searched the boat on Google and checked out some pictures, my guess is you don't have any seacocks, or maybe just one for the sink drain. But if you do, check them for sure like LittleWing suggested.

With it on the trailer is the time to do any work you can. If your just itching to do some work refinish the teak, wax the hull. There alot of maintenance things that could be done, does any deck hardware leak? If so, rebed it.

If you ever venture east of Pensecola to Panama City let me know and we'll get together!
 

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I'm going to go through and rebed the chain plates for sure, but I haven't experienced an other leaks. After I do that, it will be a good time to find out if there are more. I just wanted to make sure I didn't forget to do something, and then when it is back in the water say "I should have..." Thanks for your input.

I'd ideally like to add a marine head instead of a porta-potty...think it is worth it?
 

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IMHO, a marine head on your boat is not worth the trouble. You need room for all the plumbing and a holding tank and then you need to make sure that pump-out stations are available unless you are sailing offshore. I just removed a marine head from my 25" Nimble Nomad trawler because it was designed for P/O only and we seldom visit marinas with P/O's. I put a new Thetford 465 PortiPotty and it works well for us. It quite easy to empty in any toilet too.
 

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IMHO, a marine head on your boat is not worth the trouble. You need room for all the plumbing and a holding tank and then you need to make sure that pump-out stations are available unless you are sailing offshore. I just removed a marine head from my 25" Nimble Nomad trawler because it was designed for P/O only and we seldom visit marinas with P/O's. I put a new Thetford 465 PortiPotty and it works well for us. It quite easy to empty in any toilet too.
I have a porta-potty now, and it has come in handy. I will probably end up sticking with it, just a thought of installing a head. I just don't like having to lug a "bottle" of sewage around with me, being that my marina and house are about fifteen or twenty minutes apart.
 

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LOL..yea..you do have to be careful when you take it off the boat. But I have an advantage in that I keep my boat behind my house so its not too bad a trip. Did occur that it could really be messy though!!
I have also emptied it at marinas if we stayed a while and it needed emptying. I understand that some marinas do not allow it because some people have been messy with them:eek:
You have a nice size boat and with careful planning and work, it can be a very comfortable little cruiser.
 

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I plan on doing some cruising in it. I have only had her for about a year now, and am very happy with my purchase. I only sailed three times before I bought my first boat. She is my second. But being a Ranger I know she is tough and able to handle some nastiness...and the Mississippi Sound can get nasty sometimes. She came with an amazing sail inventory and was one of my main reasons for buying the boat, aside from being sound and solid.

One major order of business is changing the name. She is named "Illusion" right now, but will change to "Phishin' Gruven". I'm probably most excited about that. "Illusion" is embarrassing to me...

Overall, it feels good to have her out of the water. Now after spending $900 getting the trailer in usable condition, I need to start getting finances together for my other projects.
 
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