Hike, Bitches!

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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    This part of the process was pretty satisfying..it was trying to rain and be shitty so the pic isn't very good, but that is how it goes, right?
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    I did it myself (mostly)...roll & tip..I did have a buddy come help me tip it out one day on the port side..it was appreciated, but I was able to achieve the same results on stbd without help. I used Alexseal. I did not use their high build primer early on, but I should have..this resulted in an extra application of finish primer to be satisfied I was ready for topcoat. Patch & sand gouges with West System & 407/410. Sand all that shit by hand, and then sand whole boat to 220 with 5" DA. I should have done the 302 high build primer at this stage. Four coats of Alexseal 442 finish primer (once, I beat the timeframe in their TDS and was able to get a 2nd coat on without sanding to get some film build up), but sanded to 320 on first two, and to 400 on last two. Three coats of Alexseal 501 Pearl Grey Topcoat, sanded to 400 on the DA in between each coat. I did four coats on the Flag Blue stripes, and did 400 grit on the DA for the first two, and went to 600 grit by hand for the last two coats. You can see flaws at 5 feet..mostly the 'seams' where you reload the roller. There is a VERY fine line between too much paint and runs, and too little paint and "print through"... There is also a VERY fine line on how much to thin the paint because it won't flow out, but if you thin it too much you are constantly looking back to see if it is running down the side of the boat! I was at ~50% reduction on the final stages of the stripes. 45% reduction showed brush marks, which you can see in the hull..I got better with the stripes, although they still are not perfect. For a 40+ year old sailboat, I am happy, but this painting shit is definitely an art. So, the whole boat got sanded seven times, and some parts, like the boot & cove stripes, more than that.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    There might be another update. I know it is June and I have the boat on the hard. I only planned to do bottom paint. Almost 10 years later, I finally got around to fixing up the topsides. I am down to details, like the exhaust/bilge/vent thru-hulls and running light re-install now. My vinyl guy came by and should have the name back on soon as well.
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    where is webb chiles?

    Welcome back, Webb. Well done.
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    Canned Meat Anarchy

    I am partial to Mary's Roast Beef Hash. Looks like dog food coming out of the can, but as you said, just fry until a bit crusty. Good stuff!
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    nlma, thanks for the report...Mrs. Bitches has still not indicated the unit has shipped.
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    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Too bad, I was looking forward to seeing this boat cruise the Chesapeake and beyond. No offense to anyone that has money, but, I also wish that sometimes the wealthy would spread the wealth a little bit more to us working stiffs...I need an update to my 20 year old tile counter top kitchen attached to an even older house I just bought...oh, and the T-111 siding that is failing and allows it to rain inside the house when it is raining outside....and the stbd aft window in my 42 year old boat leaks....But, I own a boat, it is floating, and I could go sailing tomorrow if it wasn't cold as shit and snowing here in the morning!!!
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    where is webb chiles?

    My understanding is there is a minimum speed in Panama, which I think Webb has logged on his site before, so I suspect Gannett will need to be hitched to a faster boat for the transit. Not sure how the 'line handler' thing will go.
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    Catalina 30 Muffler Replacement

    Thanks Sloop...that pic is actually pretty old. This one is just a couple years old, with the FWC installed (and furniture back in).
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    Catalina 30 Muffler Replacement

    I ended up painting the whole inside and installing a water tank in the port settee while I was at that stage, with the muffler and all that exhaust BS removed too. In addition, I had to remove the manifold on the engine to get enough clearance to jam the tank in without cutting the boat up.
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    boatbuilding

    Go the zeyang..It figures they are all getting pregnant, with all the down time while sailing across oceans. Just make sure the baby daddy is identified to solve the child support issues in case they don't stay together. :-) I am also interested to see what Mr. Perry has to say on bulwarks. I know ZERO about them.
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    boatbuilding

    Nice...go the farm! - except for the snow part. Got too far south I guess...
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Hey Newbie..Catalina 28? Looking good!
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    Show your boat not sailing

    :thumbsup:
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    Cruising the Chesapeake in middle June

    +1 on Wye River from an earlier post.Shaw Bay is a favorite anchorage from back in the day, and also Lloyd Creek is nice. http://www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/12270.shtml Depending on your charter and your needs, you could maybe spend three nights at anchor before ice/fuel/water/provisions are needed. The beauty of the Chesapeake is the awesome anchorages outnumber the food and diesel and water you will have aboard.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    Roger..I have Don Casey's book..I will review it.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    Ok, cool, thanks. The fiberglass where the windows are have been painted with AlexSeal two-part epoxy..it is a very hard finish. The outside frames get sucked into the fiberglass via sheet metal screws on the inside trim ring...this is an old school Catalina 30...nothing exciting, and I am not blasting downwind at 15-20 knots..just trying to keep the rain out at the dock.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    Sloop, thanks for the input. Is the Polysulfide like old school 5200 (destroy to remove??) I used Dow 795 in the plexi to U channel seal. I cut new plexi windows and got rid of the tempered glass back in 2014 or so. Will the 795 cure and seal OK between the alum frame and fiberglass? Also, how hard is it clean up and re-bed? The butyl seals great until is does not, but removal/clean/re-bed is easy...However, it is winter now and I have other things to do than re-seal a bunch of damn windows (one of those two leakers I just re-did in 2017).
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    Boat is fully winterized. Now onto winter projects, which include an AIS receiver and GPS/Seatalk/WiFi multiplexer to spit some shit out on my iPad which I use as my chartplotter in the cockpit. In other news, I have some window leaks (2 of 8 windows) where I've used butyl between the aluminum window frame and the fiberglass. I am considering BoatLife LifeCalk (Polysulfide?) as a replacement at the suggestion of an industry professional. All the windows were rebuilt and rebedded several years ago with butyl, which I am pretty sure I documented here, but these two have been problematic for whatever reason. Mrs. Bitches does NOT like wet interior cushions. This issue is actually higher priority than the Quark QK-A027 multiplexer I am thinking about.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    Bitch, I know. I tweaked my regulator back to 14.2v. Need some petrol, I have managed to almost burn a full tank of fuel with a few booze cruises and day sails, even though we've only spent one night on the boat.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    The good ship TA hosted its owners for their first overnight this weekend. The boat was great. The storms on Saturday night kind of sucked, but no problems, and we were hanging out with some other boaters too. Somewhere is a drone picture on the FB..We had 14-15 sailboats and a few powerboats hanging off the ends too. My adjustable regulator is putting out voltage a bit low...only 13.79v...We ran the motor for about 4 hours this weekend, so I need to tug her against the dock lines and tune that up a bit.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    Going cruising this weekend, bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What are you all up to??!?!?!
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    Grrr..negative on the wood stuff. I moved my steps to starboard a few inches, to give a little more room in the galley. My steps dead end on the fiberglass floor, with the port foot just missing the access to the stuffing box and landing on the more solid cabin sole. Newer boats have the steps take an angle down to create more foot space in the last 6" or so, but I have the older school straight with no angle steps. That does not change the left or right clearance...just a bit more before you smack the galley with your toes.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    It has been three weeks...time to sail and clean her again!
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    Hey, I was contributing to the comeback of the quality of the Bay waters with the beginnings of a reef!