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Quite the rack of Damoclesian swords hanging above there.

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48 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

Quite the rack of Damoclesian swords hanging above there.

I'm guessing they are part of his emergency earthquake response system.

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Sailed it over to the mooring field yesterday afternoon and it was hauled by 9 am this morning

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Now I’ll have a chance to work in the bilge and re-install the diesel in the spring

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The town I live in, Smithfield, Virginia, has a visitor center that doubles as an art gallery. I walked in one day and saw the painting below being offered for sale. The painting features my pier as seen from the canoe launch across the creek at Windsor Castle Park. The painting has a fair degree of detail. On the boat lift is a Steiger Craft Block Island 23 that I used to own. On the floating platform is an old Coleman canoe.  Stacked on the rack on the main platform are an Alden 16 rowing shell and a Perception Carolina sea kayak. In the distance is my neighbor's red brick house.

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The following photo appeared on the local tourism website.  The view has my pier in the foreground with the Smithfield Station hotel/restaurant/marina in the distance.  The photo was taken from the trail to an overlook in the marsh at Windsor Castle Park.  The boat on the lift is my Kencraft Challenger 190. The collection of small boats on the pier has greatly expanded.

 

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To make this series of posts somewhat sailboat related, the following photo of my International Folkboat was taken last weekend following a short day sail.

 

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2 hours ago, captain_crunch said:

The following photo appeared on the local tourism website.  The view has my pier in the foreground with the Smithfield Station hotel/restaurant/marina in the distance.  The photo was taken from the trail to an overlook in the marsh at Windsor Castle Park.  The boat on the lift is my Kencraft Challenger 190. The collection of small boats on the pier has greatly expanded.

 

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Cool!

Smithfield is a nice little town, we've been there twice cruising. I like to wander around, might well have met you. We resolved next time we're bringing either rowing or paddling boats to more thoroughly explore.

FB- Doug

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4 hours ago, captain_crunch said:

The town I live in, Smithfield, Virginia, has a visitor center that doubles as an art gallery. I walked in one day and saw the painting below being offered for sale. The painting features my pier as seen from the canoe launch across the creek at Windsor Castle Park. The painting has a fair degree of detail. On the boat lift is a Steiger Craft Block Island 23 that I used to own. On the floating platform is an old Coleman canoe.  Stacked on the rack on the main platform are an Alden 16 rowing shell and a Perception Carolina sea kayak. In the distance is my neighbor's red brick house.

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This is lovely.

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I like it a lot better without the rain.

We get more than enough without having it painted as well. ;)

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9 hours ago, SV Resolute said:

From August 

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Where is this?

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It's the creek, looking at Yaletown.

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3 hours ago, Ajax said:

Where is this?

Florida?

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No longer mine but I can't seem to let her go...

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41 minutes ago, Willin' said:

No longer mine but I can't seem to let her go...

Boats we love are part of us. Always.  We all look fondly at our first 'real' boat even when it is no longer ours. 

Thanks for the photos. 

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1 hour ago, Willin' said:

No longer mine but I can't seem to let her go...

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Eightly so, IMHO. A beauriful craft

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3 hours ago, chester said:

hobo boats to the left out of frame :D

Hobo's to the left of him,

Hobo's to the right of him

Stuck in the middle of the view

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2 hours ago, Bull City said:

Florida?

Vancouver - notice the bit of mountain behind the apartments?

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24 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

Vancouver - notice the bit of mountain behind the apartments?

Yeah. No coconut palms either. I must be getting soft(er) in the head.

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2 hours ago, Willin' said:

No longer mine but I can't seem to let her go...

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I feel your pain, really.

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1 hour ago, SloopJonB said:

Hobo's to the left of him,

Hobo's to the right of him

Stuck in the middle of the view

:D

 

have they cleaned the hobo boats out?

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17 minutes ago, chester said:

:D

 

have they cleaned the hobo boats out?

That's what the winter storms are for.

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I forget, is that floatsum, or jetsum?

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28 minutes ago, MauiPunter said:

I forget, is that floatsum, or jetsum?

 

16 minutes ago, Elegua said:

Doesn’t flotsam have to float?

Yes, at this point it's "debris".

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4 hours ago, chester said:

:D

 

have they cleaned the hobo boats out?

They passed a law some years ago that they could only stay in the creek 2 weeks per month or thereabouts.

Requires a permit as well.

That got rid of the real garbage scows because the boats have to be functional. It's a lot better now - real boats in an anchorage instead of a floating slum.

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Using the iron genny this afternoon....heading past norfolk naval base...blowing 20-25kts...a bit wet. Once I turned the corner headed for the bay....through up some sails....my W32 would go to wind 30 degress off the nose

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1 hour ago, Cruiser2B said:

Using the iron genny this afternoon....heading past norfolk naval base...blowing 20-25kts...a bit wet. Once I turned the corner headed for the bay....through up some sails....my W32 would go to wind 30 degress off the nose

Westsail 32?

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Since winter is coming...

This is what happens when the north wind blows the water out of the Chesapeake. Not sailing.

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1 minute ago, Cruiser2B said:

Yep!

Was it ever in NC?

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3 hours ago, Cruiser2B said:

Using the iron genny this afternoon....heading past norfolk naval base...blowing 20-25kts...a bit wet. Once I turned the corner headed for the bay....through up some sails....my W32 would go to wind 30 degress off the nose

30 degrees apparent in a Westsail?

I assume you left the engine running?

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On 11/15/2019 at 7:38 PM, Bull City said:

Florida?

Only place in Florida with that density is Miami.   Unfortunately, those trees do not grow in South Florida.   Waterfront would be palm trees waving in a strong breeze....

- Stumbling

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10 hours ago, Bull City said:

Was it ever in NC?

Not to my knowledge, she was trucked up here in 2015-2016 I believe.

There are videos on youtube of her racing in Harvest Moon Regatta in 2013 & 2014...in the gulf. Its my understanding that she spent most of her life in Texas.

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8 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

30 degrees apparent in a Westsail?

I assume you left the engine running?

Yeppers! Old perkins pushed us at 5kts into....didnt miss a beat!

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5 hours ago, stumblingthunder said:

Only place in Florida with that density is Miami.   Unfortunately, those trees do not grow in South Florida.   Waterfront would be palm trees waving in a strong breeze....

- Stumbling

You're about a week behind on this one, but you are correct! :D

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My boat (Catalina 28) was pulled out of the water the second week of October.  And they shrink wrapped her fast.  Sad is right.  But in putting the boat away for the season, I found a few things that I didn't know I had aboard (this was my first season with the boat).  Among the surprises I found were two sail battens that I though were missing.  So I got that going for me.

 

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16 hours ago, thinwater said:

Since winter is coming...

This is what happens when the north wind blows the water out of the Chesapeake. Not sailing.

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That a PDQ?

 

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26 minutes ago, Hukilau said:

My boat (Catalina 28) was pulled out of the water the second week of October.  And they shrink wrapped her fast.  Sad is right.  But in putting the boat away for the season, I found a few things that I didn't know I had aboard (this was my first season with the boat).  Among the surprises I found were two sail battens that I though were missing.  So I got that going for me.

 

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Which is nice.

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There goes another season

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Looks like there is a tentative agreement in place and things will start getting back to normal.

Our previous boat was a Paceship 26 that was built in Mahone Bay., as was my dad's PY 26.  When we registered the boat we chose Lunenburg in a fit of nostalgia.  It just might give us the kick in the butt to take this boat there some year

 

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16 hours ago, py26129 said:

Looks like there is a tentative agreement in place and things will start getting back to normal.

Our previous boat was a Paceship 26 that was built in Mahone Bay., as was my dad's PY 26.  When we registered the boat we chose Lunenburg in a fit of nostalgia.  It just might give us the kick in the butt to take this boat there some year

 

yeah everybody's happy it got settled.  I get it, hope you make it out there someday.  don't forget to ping me if you get out here for work.

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1 hour ago, Bryanjb said:

Sorting batten issues and making a couple of other changes. Happy holidays all. 

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Whereabouts are you in that shot, Bryan?

Obviously not Canada, there are "cleats".

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Looks like the BVI - no need to "wish" them a happy holiday. :D

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11 hours ago, Bryanjb said:

Sorting batten issues and making a couple of other changes. Happy holidays all. 

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Yer risking that beauty on a dock with no bull rails??:D

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On the hook, St. Tropez July 2019... (I don't own it) was however on the delivery team to Italia...from Barcelona.

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On 12/4/2019 at 11:57 AM, Ishmael said:

Whereabouts are you in that shot, Bryan?

Obviously not Canada, there are "cleats".

Those are bollards.

Well, they're mini-bollards. Like little baby ones. Aren't they cute!

- DSK

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29 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

Those are bollards.

Well, they're mini-bollards. Like little baby ones. Aren't they cute!

- DSK

It's well established that bollards are syncretic apostasy. 

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23 hours ago, Elegua said:

syncretic apostasy

isnt that a contradiction. did you perhaps mean they are cleats requiring excorsism

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1 hour ago, luminary said:

isnt that a contradiction. did you perhaps mean they are cleats requiring excorsism

No. Bollards are an amalgamation of cleat and unclean bullrail that are a clear renunciation of the One True Cleat. Excorcism is too mild a remedy. 

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13 hours ago, Elegua said:

No. Bollards are an amalgamation of cleat and unclean bullrail that are a clear renunciation of the One True Cleat. Excorcism is too mild a remedy. 

They can only be cleansed from the Earth by returning them whence they came, reduction by extreme heat at the foundry they were poured...

- Stumbling

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Bollards deserve not your wrath. 

They have no sharp edges. They trip no one.

They are impervious to the elements. They may be painted pretty colors.

Like the rail, they favor the bitter end at the vessel. Like the cleat, they facilitate vessel placement. 

They require no hitches, no bridges, no rivers.

They chafe not, nor by bearing false tension do they cause their neighbors to chafe. If their line must slide to achieve balance, they permit it.

Indeed, though meek, they are the holiest amongst us.

 

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I always thought Hey Jude was a good ballad, but if you need something more substantial for a bigger boat or stronger winds, there are lots of good power ballads, like Purple Rain.

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First check of spinnaker that came with the boat.   Barely enough breeze to hold some shape.  Irwin 30.  $%^&^^$@@+×+! forum software that rotates the image when it shouldn't. 

 

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56 minutes ago, Cruisin Loser said:

I always thought Hey Jude was a good ballad, but if you need something more substantial for a bigger boat or stronger winds, there are lots of good power ballads, like Purple Rain.

Cruisin',

You have certainly upped your game. I'm not sure if you're reacting to a previous post or just expressing a passing thought or long held conviction, but I tend to agree. 

Also, I just Googled Zim, and learned about the "film" Invader Zim. It's available for streaming on Netflix, and it's only 1 hour and 11 minutes long, just within my attention span. Thanks for the tip.

:D

B.C.

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On 12/5/2019 at 8:20 AM, Marinatrix447 said:

On the hook, St. Tropez July 2019... (I don't own it) was however on the delivery team to Italia...from Barcelona.

 

 

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Dick!

 

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15 minutes ago, Ishmael said:

She probably doesn't have one.

I'm pretty sure the capitalized D is non gender specific, however if " Zie, Sie, Ey, Ve, Tey, E "  is overly offended I'll cheerfully offer up the alternative given it's in the teens (fahrenheit) with the ponds and rivers glassing over and half a foot of snow on the ground here just now.

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1 hour ago, dfw_sailor said:

First check of spinnaker that came with the boat.   Barely enough breeze to hold some shape.  Irwin 30.  $%^&^^$@@+×+! forum software that rotates the image when it shouldn't. 

 

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My parents have that Irwin.  Great boat!

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2 hours ago, Bull City said:

Cruisin',

You have certainly upped your game. I'm not sure if you're reacting to a previous post or just expressing a passing thought or long held conviction, but I tend to agree. 

Also, I just Googled Zim, and learned about the "film" Invader Zim. It's available for streaming on Netflix, and it's only 1 hour and 11 minutes long, just within my attention span. Thanks for the tip.

:D

B.C.

I thought we were talking about bollards or ballads or something.  Same difference. Zim is an idiot in any Galaxy.

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5 minutes ago, Cruisin Loser said:

I thought we were talking about bollards or ballads or something.  Same difference. Zim is an idiot in any Galaxy.

Have you been getting into the wine? I have.

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On 11/9/2019 at 7:56 AM, Ishmael said:

I'm guessing they are part of his emergency earthquake response system.

Or an anchor quiver:  

Hmm, what shall I set today, a 40lb Bruce or 35lb Force 10?

Anchor caddy pipes up - Make your mind up, the anchor bag is killing my back!

- Stumbling 

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13 hours ago, dfw_sailor said:

First check of spinnaker that came with the boat.   Barely enough breeze to hold some shape.  Irwin 30.  $%^&^^$@@+×+! forum software that rotates the image when it shouldn't. 

 

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If you were not tied to the dock, you would be at terminal velocity in an instant with that set!

- Stumbling 

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Finally in a state of Not Sailing.

 

I'm a home builder/designer that grew up in New England. Remember the old A frames that popped up in the 60's around ski areas? Reproducing the A frame never occurred to me. Cheap to build but the space it creates is too minimal to make sense. 

 

But for a temporary boat shed, the A frame is not a bad idea for fast and cheap and dry. 

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12 hours ago, Bull City said:

Have you been getting into the wine? I have.

Nah. Huffing spar varnish.

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1 hour ago, Cruisin Loser said:

Nah. Huffing spar varnish.

I am so behind the times. I thought Huffing was a brand of varnish until I Googled it. Then I made the mistake of Googling images of it. Don't make the same mistake.

 

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1 hour ago, Bull City said:
2 hours ago, Cruisin Loser said:

Nah. Huffing spar varnish.

I am so behind the times. I thought Huffing was a brand of varnish until I Googled it. Then I made the mistake of Googling images of it. Don't make the same mistake.

Is that worse than Dragon Car Porn?

Actually, that would make a great name for a brand of varnish... or maybe a post-punk funk band....

FB- Doug

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4 hours ago, Kris Cringle said:

Finally in a state of Not Sailing.

 

I'm a home builder/designer that grew up in New England. Remember the old A frames that popped up in the 60's around ski areas? Reproducing the A frame never occurred to me. Cheap to build but the space it creates is too minimal to make sense. 

 

But for a temporary boat shed, the A frame is not a bad idea for fast and cheap and dry. 

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American ski  regions have a strange and almost pathetic need to look like Swiss or Bavarian alpine towns (see: Estes Park). Hence the A frame, which actually makes some sense in Switzerland where shedding wet snow is the chief priority.

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Big Bear, CA maybe. Lake Placid, not so much. Sixty degree angles are super strong against vertical loading and lateral thrust, too. But for practical modern living, A frames are down there with yurts and Fuller domes for practicality. All are amazing tension/compression structures, but sometimes you just want a vertical, flat wall to put a damned bookcase against, ya know?

 

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On 12/7/2019 at 5:21 PM, MauiPunter said:

My parents have that Irwin.  Great boat!

This one is a competition 30. Had good bones, but also suffered from multiple prior racing owners who seemed to get their jollys by using a jigsaw and powered drill to get better access to add stuff then remove stuff again and again. 

Last owner bought as a project. All sorts of personnel issues and he gave up on it.  I got it for 1 dollar,  without engine. Mostly sailed through summer on lake ray hubbard after about a month of repairing or refitting sailing systems.

Previous owner or prior had ripped out tired laminates.. BUT it does have good bones and seems fast compared with similar sized vessels. 

Will take another year or 2 spare time to be in aesthetically great shape.  Considering on systems and soundness first.

For the supposed quality issues on some Irwin's, w have found it to be a very sound boat.  Most deck and cabin leaks (3 x soft spots) have resulted from poor work done after the build. 

Love the cabin profile. It has a different look for sure.

Enjoying the freedom to redesign cabin and systems without stressing about damaging the cabin 'perfection'of a an expensive bendy toy or cat or similar. 

Hope to post more pics in time. Green picture because green does best to keep insects out atm. I have since tidying up to do before next weekend and Christmas light parade! 

What version Irwin 30 do your parents have? 

 

 

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Yikes.  My parents bought their Irwin Competition 30 in 1978 from its first owner who NEVER sailed it.  Has a red boot stripe instead of blue. Has a VolvoPenta gas engine (not diesel).  We raced her quite a bit through the 80s and 90s as well as some cruising.  My dad won the season a few times here and there or was in top three after he got the boat dialed in.   Nice sailing boat.   My dad did three modifications to her:  deeper rudder as the stock one was woefully inadequate when you needed it the most.  :)   And he added forward lowers to get the mast to bend the way he wanted, and added the backstay adjuster.  My dad can still single hand her and he is in his 80s now.

Such great memories of that boat....

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Thanks for the info :) Not too many problems with the rudder here. Could do with a staysail to counteract weather helm reaching though...  although the lake is only 5m x 3 miles so may be not worth it. 

Previous owners at some stage had tensioned a staysail support in the v berth, under deck,  which I suspect was setup as a baby stay to induce bend.  Have a adjustable backstay but very hard to induce bend.  Next year!

I put a 9.9 yachtwin on the back for now,  but planning to go electric in 1 or 2 years (don't see this boat moving from lakes so electric is fine).

One thing I am pondering is the quarter berth false cockpit side walls. They do not seem to be structural in any way (previous owners have done all sorts of cuts in the past) and I am tempted to mostly get rid of them to provide easy storage access for light stuff under the cockpit. Imagine open plan, but with a lip so a guest doesn't roll into or lose stuff to the rear bilge. 

It's turning out to be a very popular boat with old and new friends.  Simple,  powerful,  and a lot of fun!

Great to hear your dad is still getting out there.  I hope to be doing the same,  but I still have another 30 years to catch up to him.

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Using a phone, on boat, auto correct argggh

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Oh,  and traveller was moved to cabin top, about 2 feet closer to mast. Nice harken gear, but the idjut who installed it put the backing plates on the inside of the liner,  with washers as space separators. Well practically worked other than a decent path for rain to get in and leak down into portholes, and inside cabin walls.  Working on that right now when not typing lol. New plates direct on inside cabin roof,  nuts in the liner space,  and will 3d print wood plastic access covers.