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58 minutes ago, Julie Mo said:

The more desirable layout is on the bottom.  

It's got to be exciting, looking at the boats.

Can you accommodate the boat at your dock on the canal?

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Julie,

 

Looks like you may have a winner there.

 

Personal choice, I guess, but I always preferred quarterberths to V-berths, and the storage and 2 hanging lockers would appeal to me.  The main salon is moved forward, tho, and mast right in the middle of it is, well, something else again. 

 

Is that keel "shoal draft", or shallow enough for your needs?

And it looks like partial battens on the leech of the main.

Does she come with a full suit of sails?  Or roller furling headsail?

 

Can you get this one surveyed more thoroughly than the other one?

 

I do hope this one passes inspections and works out for you.

 

Before I retired, I lived in SF Bay area, and belonged to a charter club.  We'd just gather a crew, bare boat charter what we needed for the size of the crew, and go for day sails or weekenders.  Many good times and memories.

 

And I never had either of the 2 best days of boat ownership.  B)

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The boat has a 4'9" draft.  At low tide we have a little over 5' of depth.  They are just finishing the seawalls so I was thinking of grabbing the guys on the barge that has the backhoe and waving some cash in their face for a little digging.  It would probably take them 10 minutes.  It's a big backhoe.

 

The boat is amazingly well kept.  An easy 180 from the last one.  I couldn't find anything wrong and I'm pretty anal about checking everything.  But once I stepped down into the cabin I felt cramped.  The designer put a full bulkhead between the galley and settees.  Just forward of the sink there's a pocket wall that slides up and down.  They had it in the up position.  I've seen pictures of other A32s with it down and it seems less cramped.  We were thinking of sanding the finish off some of the teak and whitewashing it to give it a more open look, Morris Yacht style. 

 

Another quirk is the engine.  It's flipped fore & aft.  They installed a V-drive and thus saved some room.  It's really difficult to get to the belts, which would normally be up front.  Accessing the stuffing box is tricky, too.  It's under the engine.  And the steering quadrant is also hard to access.  Maintaining this will require a circus performer.

 

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9 minutes ago, Julie Mo said:

The boat has a 4'9" draft.  At low tide we have a little over 5' of depth. 

Does the canal system receive stormwater runoff via piping from roadside catch basins?

An ongoing issue and source of contention between property owners and local government is a debate over who is responsible for the silt that fills the canals through stormwater runoff. Counties and cities generally take a position of "not my problem", leaving the homeowners the full burden of financial responsibility for dredging the canals to a depth necessary for navigation. It's something to be fully aware of in the event that the canals become filled in with silt over time. The government will argue the bulk of silt comes from runoff from private property, not their roads.  

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Where we are, the city takes care of dredging and we pay an annual fee, a little over $50/mo.  All the seawalls that failed (something like 5 miles) were covered by the city with the state and FEMA kicking in.

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    Just picked up my I Voted sticker today.   (Otherwise known as a Right To Complain sticker.):rolleyes:

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    Sometimes I think that election day really should be held on April Fools Day as sometimes it seems more appropriate.  Or, as Will Rogers was so fond of saying: The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.

 

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Tore out some drywall and firring strips in the laundry room.  Reworked some copper pipe so I could do some more demo.  Went to Home Depot and bought a lot of stuff for the laundry room remodel. 

 

Oh yeah, I also received a call from the boat broker.  Offer accepted. 

 

That laundry room has little chance of ever being completed.

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Spent the morning and most of the afternoon working on the laundry room.  Nothing is normal here.  On the wall shared with the kitchen, I temporarily firred out the lower half with 2x4s and drilled holes (properly pitched, of course) for the waste pipe going to the slop sing and washer.  Next up is firring out the adjacent wall with 2x6s.  It's a block wall so no existing studs in place.  

 

Break time's over.  Gotta get that done soon or we're going to have to wash clothes at the laundromat.  That could lead to relationship problems. 😬

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19 minutes ago, Julie Mo said:

Break time's over.  Gotta get that done soon or we're going to have to wash clothes at the laundromat.  That could lead to relationship problems. 😬

If push comes to shove, you'll just have to open up that wallet and pay for wash, dry, and fold service as a temporary measure. 🙂 My admiral would knock knots on my head faster than I could rub them if I told her we were doing our laundry at the laundromat. 😵

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Today ... full throttle ... working, walking my dog, cooking, correcting some of my written novels, start makeing fife rails for my model, watching Van Helsing, video call with kids, wasting my time on FB ... :D

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1 hour ago, mtaylor said:

Today.... paid the Infernal Revenue Service their pound of flesh and then some.  And no, that's not a misspelling in the IRS name.

Sorry Mark, but I cannot possibly "like" that. I feel your pain. I keep putting it off, but now I'm down to days remaining until deadline so I better get with the program.

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5 hours ago, CDW said:

Sorry Mark, but I cannot possibly "like" that. I feel your pain. I keep putting it off, but now I'm down to days remaining until deadline so I better get with the program.

That one I can like.

Just like Mark, I also had to feed the "Infernal Revenue Service" greedy stomach.  Even with extra withholding. 
There went the vacation..... thanks IRS

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Well, I maybe paying them the rest of the year also on "expected" income and taxes. <sigh>   I'm still going to figure out how to do a road trip down the coast highway from the north end to the the southern end but that may have hold off.  It is on my bucket list and near the top.

 

Hmmm.... just struck me.  The Constellation model.  I'll donate to say the museum in San Diego (where the sub, the Surpise, and the (I can never remember the name of it) clipper is. Write off the whole trip... ?

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Been working like I was 40 again to get the laundry room done.  Yesterday I finished the plumbing and electric and connected the washer and dryer and did some laundry.  Whew!  My SO wants to paint the block with an anti mold & mildew paint.  After that's done I'll finish the drywall. 

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The appliances will eventually go straight back from where they are now.  Then I'll put a base cabinet to the right of the dryer.  After that, I have to lay the flooring. 

 

The patched areas are where shelves used to exist.  The horizontal line on the left was Wiremold.  Someone used Wiremold to drop out of the attic to feed 240v to the dryer in a very Rube Goldberg fashion.  I probably spent a day or more undoing the hack work.  But this wasn't the dreaded job I anticipated. 

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7 minutes ago, Julie Mo said:

This is what I'm working like a dog for:

 

Not sure how they took that picture, with the inflatable on the deck...

OMG...that is one beautiful boat! Congratulations with a cherry on top. That thing is gorgeous. 

Your SO is right on the money with that anti-mold primer. Works like a charm, but stinks to high heaven while it's drying. It really makes your finish paint stay like new for years and stops peeling and chipping. I swear by either Zinser or one of the other popular anti mold primer...particularly here in Florida where we have such high humidity.

I really dig your new boat. Great job picking that one out.

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4 hours ago, Julie Mo said:

This is what I'm working like a dog for:

 

Not sure how they took that picture, with the inflatable on the deck...

That is a great goal, Julie.  The laundry is shaping very well.   

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4 hours ago, cog said:

So you are coming over Julie ...

I'll stop by later this afternoon.  Just have the rum ready. 

 

Speaking of rum, if this sale goes through, we will be re-naming the boat.  Of course that means calling upon the Gods of the Sea and asking for their blessing.  I have it on high authority if I follow this we will not anger the Gods.

 

Required Items

1. Lots of liquid spirits for the guests – soft drinks, beer, wine, rum and other liquor

2. Lots and lots of food available for all to eat

3. A silver dollar – the older the better

4. Bottles of champagne for christening

5. Red wine for blessing

6. Ship’s Bell for ringing

 

Planning the Ceremony / Summary

a. You must plan to put on a great show. Show your boat that money is no object, and that you will do anything for it. Show the vessel that your checkbook is wide open. In fact, you want to make this boat really believe that you, as the newly adopted owners, will make life really terrific!

b. Pour a round of drinks for everyone who comes by.

c. Ring the bell to call the ceremony to order. Ring it again to make sure that they heard it.

d. Ask your guests to give verbal comments about how nice your hospitality is. You might think this is really weird, but the boat needs to hear others rave about your generosity.

 

Tradition and History

Since the beginning of time, sailors have sworn that there are unlucky ships and the unluckiest ships are those who have defied the nautical Gods and changed their names improperly. Thankfully there is a way to change a boat's name without upsetting the various deities of the sea and air.

 

According to tradition and legend, each and every vessel is recorded by specific name in the Ledger of the Deep and is known personally to Poseidon, the God of the Sea. Thus we need to purge its former name from the Ledger of the Deep and from Poseidon’s memory. There are five necessary elements in this important ceremony:

  • Invocation
  • Expression of Gratitude
  • Supplication
  • Re-dedication
  • Libation

The rest can be found HERE.

 

You can be certain I will not chance angering the Gods.  They must be appeased!

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5 hours ago, CDW said:

Your SO is right on the money with that anti-mold primer. Works like a charm, but stinks to high heaven while it's drying.

Smarty pants me saw a sale on Zinnser Complete and grabbed it.  When my SO opened it, WHEW!  It really did stink.  It was only when it came time to clean up that we realized I bought oil based paint!  Guess how we found out? 

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On 4/5/2019 at 7:46 AM, BETAQDAVE said:
On 4/4/2019 at 8:58 PM, mtaylor said:

(I can never remember the name of it)

    I think that could be The Star Of India.

Yes, it is the Star of India.

Sam

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Got 4 new tires today.  But lost 5 hours of my life I'll never get back.  Yes, 5 hours to install 4 tires.  But I shouldn't be upset.  The poor guy who was right in front of me when I came in this morning was still there when I left.  And all he wanted was a tire rotation.

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