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    Portland, OR
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    Small boats, coastal cruising, and maintaining one to do the other.

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  1. My neighbors figured that since we came from San Diego we'd be good for a winter and then retreat. But I grew up in Missouri...weather in Oregon is mild compared to mid west humidity, sub zero winters... and that with no mountains or oceans in range. Move up from CA (or down from Seattle,) Portland's a bargain, and the coast is amazing and affordable the farther south you go. Schools are not great in the smaller towns but if one is retired that's not a factor. Rainy season is for getting the indoor projects done! But probably the cruising is better on the NC coast, Coos Bay or Newport a
  2. that was 2013...and MacGregor moved the tools to Florida, where his daughter started up Tattoo Yachts selling them for $27K via his old network (no inside info, this was in the Log ) Looks like they tried for 2 years or so then stopped production. Wonder what happened to the demand? Sisu3360 and I both have trailerable Dolphin 24's, and in a seasonal sailing area, if I want a slip I pay more for the short season, and then have to store offsite on the trailer. In a neighborhood where many homes have an RV spot, I have the only sailboat. A drive by survey shows the RV spots all
  3. For the toe rail experts, I was considering the same approach of epoxy underneath, but have a different situation, as the underside of my toe rail is concave. It's good wood, so must have been made this way originally. Not sure if I should fill with thickened epoxy and level it, or just go with a sealing layer. I did bulwark/toe rail on an earlier (wooden) boat and the underside was flat, the deck to hull joint on this boat where it mounts is pretty flat. I was going to seal with Butyl on the edges and around fasteners.
  4. I read this thinking about Ed and wondering what he would think. He is 100% a character, if you kayaked out of San Diego in the late 90's his shop was the real sea kayaker's domain. He had no problem telling novices planning to match his adventures his opinion. Once his shop closed he was a hard guy to find if you didn't know him personally, and even then his wife made sure the time wasters and dreamers were kept at a distance. In his early days prior to Hawaii his trips were suffer fests by today's standards - bare bones boat, peanut butter and luck. Somewhere I have a bunch of articles/
  5. Just $3K for a "Duchess 28 westerly center twin keel , comes with all sails , dodger stored inside 800.00$ option, bought and sailed from England with a family of 5 met to sail the world ,compass and stainless steel great stove and heater . All cushions" Perhaps the poster hit enter too soon, it was to be "all cushions are biohazards" https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/boa/d/lakebay-duchess-28-westerly/7294570022.html
  6. fishing or sailing, both uniquely approached by design and construction choices. Because rowboats are hard to find? https://eugene.craigslist.org/boa/d/alvadore-small-sailboat/7216393337.html
  7. @carcrash - what boat is your electric system installed on? There's at least 3 Dolphins that have gone electric, one of the owners is the ElectricYacht guy for Texas. I thought about it as our range is daysailing + weekends with a goal to go for longer cruises annually. But the cost of the 2GM was pretty reasonable. I will admit one reason I am doing a lot of clean up/painting etc is so that if/when I decide to go electric it'll be straightforward when the time comes!
  8. Nothing like politics to drive me back into the bilge to get a break...that and now it's cold, dark and rainy outside. Scraped, wiped, chipped and wiped again - gaining ground on the inner areas while testing fixes. Scraping with heat gun remove a lot of old paint and gunk, but really time consuming. Better now that it's 40 degrees outside vs. mid summer when it was 80 outside. TotalBoat Total Strip (Jamestown Distribution product) layered on old paint definitely a win but using in the interior space even with fans was tough. The fumes were powerful, and I was only getting
  9. @dacapo There's now 4 of us Dolphin fixers (non-sailing status) here, how's the work going on #176? My ongoing slog is posted in fix it anarchy....working on an engine swap, stuck in cleaning mode
  10. 1961 #200, one of the earliest Lunn boats. It has a pretty basic interior done by an early owner, Ron Noe, he also designed/built/raced a couple other sailboats (per google) It's definitely built light, the foredeck flexes underfoot. She was raced many years out east, leading to all sorts of tweaks I am still learning.
  11. Nice, you'll put the current Anarchy Dolphin 24 fleet up to 4 current owners by my count. When I was looking, the older boats (ODay, Lunn) were more racing oriented, the later years / builders were more cruising focused.
  12. This scraping gunk out task is not fun, had a gallon of NAPA degreaser to test while waiting for the SuperClean to arrive. Weighed out the engines, the Yanmar will add about 50 lbs. I think I can balance it out as the water tanks are also 58 years old and I'll pull at least one out and then could shift it forward.
  13. Excellent - just what I was looking for in suggestions, figured acetone was a bit too much for the first try. I'll have at it with Superclean and Zep as both are on the shelf at Walmart/Home Depot (walking distance from boat) and see which works better. QuicknBrite via Amazon pending. 59 years of gunk down there...but it's only a few square ft of surface.
  14. The saga continues....it's out (solo job with strategic use of a forklift) ...and now to clean up the bilge. What's the preferred method of grease/gunk removal in a engine bed area? I'll try wipe up with simple green and then see if something else is needed. It looks like the existing beds will need changes to hold the Yanmar, as it's a bit longer due to the isolation mounts.
  15. The application method can be a significant factor. Spray out of an open mold by an experienced guy with the right nozzle may land a well controlled thickness of gel coat. Roll out of gel coat will be heavier, and getting it on the roof on a finished boat if it's not something done regularly sounds hard and will be probably the heaviest result. Some fillers can lighten up the gel coat if textured and in low wear areas. A good peel ply is going to be pretty uniform surface if it was bagged for layup. Test panels are great, orient at least one in the way you'll apply the coating for a re
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