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Hike, Bitches!

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  1. Sorry..too many paint fumes over the last several weeks maybe! I finally got a chance to check out the video...nice!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I like the 9:30 club shirt on the old guy too..who is probably my age.
  2. No, it is a lounger with a couple cup holders.
  3. fucking off today. yeah, I have power boat friends.
  4. Thanks for the feedback, and another reason I picked Alexseal. I practiced along the way with some test touch up/repairs as I was doing topcoat that I knew I could sand out before the next coat. I need to keep refining my technique, but I can see it happening if I get it right. Roger that Ajax. We plan to be around for 4 July. I think if you prepare the Awlgrip correctly, you can even paint over it with Alexseal...but you'll still need to sand and do 442 finish primer to seal the hull for 501 topcoat. If you decided to keep the green, I would use the grey primer...(Alexseal has
  5. 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?
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. nlma, thanks for the report...Mrs. Bitches has still not indicated the unit has shipped.
  9. 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 sh
  10. 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.
  11. +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.
  12. Roger..I have Don Casey's book..I will review it.
  13. 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.
  14. 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).
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Going cruising this weekend, bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What are you all up to??!?!?!
  19. 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.
  20. It has been three weeks...time to sail and clean her again!
  21. Hey, I was contributing to the comeback of the quality of the Bay waters with the beginnings of a reef!
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