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In March 2013 I saw a boat that and fell in love with it for no good reason, we used it for a year then in March 2014 embarked on what would be a Six year rebuild. We chopped the wings off it, put a new keel, rudder, cockpit, paint, engine, wiring, essentially a brand-new 1983 boat. I didn’t do this by myself and I couldn’t have done this by myself, there are many people that have contributed greatly, not only physically but keeping me going when all I wanted to do is chop it up put it in the landfill. Obviously Danielle and the kids for being without me for so long when I’m working on the bloody thing, and making excuses at events they attended alone, my boys Bevan, Dale, Man stuff Monday crew, Mike Reese, Greg Elliott, Fosters, Sailutions, NZ fibreglass, Fineline Marine, Ultra paints,Above and Below Marine, pier 21, Boat Haulage, the forum members of Sailing Anarchy who kept demanding updates  plus many more who have helped enormously. I also need to thank my parents who taught me that there is nothing that I can’t do.

So after nearly 6 years Alcatraz is being launched today with a calendar of racing and cruising events lined up that will keep her as busy as she should be. 

Thank you everybody who helped on this project I couldn’t have done it without you.

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In March 2013 I saw a boat that and fell in love with it for no good reason, we used it for a year then in March 2014 embarked on what would be a Six year rebuild. We chopped the wings off it, put a n

Fair enough. Crazy time at work is limiting my boat stuff however I did redo the lifelines and painted inside all the lockers. Booked the truck for the 9th of January so it's all go now. 

Alright, its all fucking go. 5 days to go until the truck gets here. Ivejust finished running halyards and cabling through the mast, ill terminate it all tomorrow, then fit the spreaders and standing

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getting the rigging done slowly. My boy Evan from Fineline Marine fashioned me up a custom pink and black mainsheet and ran some of the cover so i could make some custom pink and black sail ties. these little details make me happy. 

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put the main on and the cover on it, pulled up the ap no3 and set up the down haulers, both operate together. going for a little sail on monday hopefully and will work out the range of the inhaulers. down haulers are 8:1 and through a clutch so they can go to a winch. inhaulers will be 8:1 to a cam cleat. 

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Don't ya mean "one side of the downhaulers has an adjustment so they can be tweaked so the the sail shape is exactly the same given the boat/gear aren't likely to be perfectly symmetrical"

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2 hours ago, Crash said:

Don't ya mean "one side of the downhaulers has an adjustment so they can be tweaked so the the sail shape is exactly the same given the boat/gear aren't likely to be perfectly symmetrical"

Yeah, exactally. Well said. 

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I had meant to follow along on this thread from the beginning, but like most threads, it got away from me after the first few months. Just did a marathon read through over this weekend and wow, awesome job with the boat. I'm seriously impressed with your skills, and the boat looks fantastic. I love the pink too. A PO of our boat was a fan of the pink and most of our spinnakers are pink with one that looks about the color of your boat. 

Again, awesome job and congrats on getting her back in the water!

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Was down Q Pier on Thursday and stopped for a look. She's a wildly different beast to what she started as all those years ago. A great job done.Shall we get it IRC rated?

What with the Squealer green on the Motorboat and the pink bits on yours, all the Y11s and 1050s on Q pier look positively outdated.

 

Nice work.

 

Jono

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Thanks guys. Been out a couple of times but there's still quite a bit to do, and to be honest I've got a lot on at the moment so I'm feeling a bit burnt out. Went away with wifey and 2 youngest, was a complete disaster, not enough prep, she cried, I yelled (at myself) kids had the best day ever (literally their words). Rum race coming Friday, then measure up for new main, a5 and a2. 

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Hey I just found this thread, sitting at home missing my boat. I read it from the start in one afternoon. Amazing job! Congratulations. I suppose there isnt much happening there  either, which is a shame. Keep us posted.

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On 4/12/2020 at 10:01 AM, thorpecameron said:

Well done! Boat looks amazing. Can't believe the transformation. But the cockpit lockers are begging for a lick of paint like you have done to the ones in the cockpit floor.

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I know right. Truth is I pushed really hard to get it in the water so I had to cut a few corners and am now I bit burned out on it. I'll probably spend winter getting it all sorted then get after it in the summer series. Just ordered an A5 though. 

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Realities are likely more than  these: Accomplishment; Boat work is never done. You have the genes, the drive, the time and the satisfaction, which is now part of your world. Good on ya!

Would this experiece spread to the liars and bellclappers among us, who "hunch" there way through life to win their Darwin Awards too late, sadlyl 

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13 hours ago, Alcatraz5768 said:

I know right. Truth is I pushed really hard to get it in the water so I had to cut a few corners and am now I bit burned out on it. I'll probably spend winter getting it all sorted then get after it in the summer series. Just ordered an A5 though. 

At least you can sail. 

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15 minutes ago, Jono said:

And in the grand tradition of all good rebuilds she is now for sale at a very reasonable price.

Wish I had the funds available.

:o:blink:

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$15,450

that's just ridiculous for the sweat and love that went into this fine vessel .

someone is going to get an absolute steal .

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Mid+1. Save the fact I dare say the asking does not cover cost of hardware etc. Might I mention that this gentlemen must have pride in his product, as wll as his charming family, whom I do not know but wish otherwise.

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10 minutes ago, MiddayGun said:

What an absolute steal. And a real shame after watching the hours and sweat put into this over the years. 

Shame its on the wrong side of the planet for me. 

Same here

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Again, I daresay, he should sail her a bit, and, after all the hours, he will never hever esperience the same satisfaction...and, hopefully, few hours were not spent away from fam...the always-rub...

I know. 

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Alcatraz, following this thread and now looking at that listing and the Q&A, tells me how I know you're a better man than me. 

You're patient as all hell, skilled as all hell, and you haven't buried a winch handle in the chest of any of the people asking gormless questions.  I'd already be locked up awaiting trial.  Sorry for your loss, and I hope that you have good fortune going forward.    

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Wish him well, but to be fair hes cutting losses. Every year is 10k in berth fees etc also boats are a millstone if you are no longer into them. I suspect that when he started he didnt realise his family was going to grow and needs change. Alcatraz doesn’t have much in the way of family friendly features compared to other 35 ft boats.

G’luck!

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I got the definite impression that for Traz the project was more important than the sailing.

I've been there with a couple of boats myself.

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I'm glad to see the bid is up to $17k, but geeze.. Al, I only know you through these threads but ya deserve better. I hope someone swoops in and starts a bidding war.

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On 3/16/2021 at 6:20 AM, Lex Teredo said:

Alcatraz, following this thread and now looking at that listing and the Q&A, tells me how I know you're a better man than me. 

You're patient as all hell, skilled as all hell, and you haven't buried a winch handle in the chest of any of the people asking gormless questions.  I'd already be locked up awaiting trial.  Sorry for your loss, and I hope that you have good fortune going forward.    

+1

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two top bidders are a K1W1 and an Ozzie 

K1W1 on top currently ....

 

come on Alex you know she's a steal at twice the money .

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interesting site just showed 26,4 from Alex and upon refreshing when back to 26,1 from Paul ?

 

OK the Ozzie at 26.4 :)

 

 

 

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auction finished @1715 , Stuarts last bid is stamped 1716 , site was all over the place with times ...

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2 minutes ago, Caecilian said:

it auto extends

how the fok does that work when you advertise a 1715 close .

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2 minutes ago, Mid said:

how the fok does that work when you advertise a 1715 close .

Stops bids being placed by bots.. I used EBay years ago, I think it was called sniping

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3 minutes ago, Rushman said:

Stops bids being placed by bots.. I used EBay years ago, I think it was called sniping

so who / how do you know when to drop the hammer ?

sounds sus to me .

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18 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

I got the definite impression that for Traz the project was more important than the sailing.

I've been there with a couple of boats myself.

+1; that happens!

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30 minutes ago, BobBill said:

+1; that happens!

Projects can over balance the actual usage. I've been there on 4x4s, boats, and motorbikes... even RC planes (thank God it wasn't a real plane with real A&P dollars!).  I don't think there's any shame in it, as long as you love it. 

Tough to explain to others, sometimes, but if it makes you happy, go for it!

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30 minutes ago, randii said:

Projects can over balance the actual usage. I've been there on 4x4s, boats, and motorbikes... even RC planes (thank God it wasn't a real plane with real A&P dollars!).  I don't think there's any shame in it, as long as you love it. 

Tough to explain to others, sometimes, but if it makes you happy, go for it!

Years ago I read an interview with one of the Hinckleys.

He was asked if he had to choose between building or sailing them, which would it be.

He said he'd have to give it a lot of thought.

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