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    I wouldn’t expect it to be enough to bring her down to her lines, but she will take up a good bit of weight in water (as much as 20% I used to read). My boat settles close to an inch I would guess, from when she first goes on to a couple of weeks later.

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    Congratulations!
    Been following your rebuild thread silently from the beginning. Just brought a huge smile to my face to see her in the water.
    Best of luck moving forward along your adventure. Enjoy.

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    Another thread lurker offering his congratulations and thanks.

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    Thanks everyone, 6:30 in the morning and everything is still A okay.

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    Where did the weight go? It’s a good question. I took out a couple hundred pounds of trim weight in the bow plus a lot of heavy built in furniture when I stripped out the vee berth to get at the stem. With the lead and rocks, that probably all added up to 3-350 pounds. And that monster of an old fuel tank was a couple hundred pounds easy. I think I also lost some weight when I put the new cockpit deck in, plus I took out all the skirting around the coaming, left out the huge plywood icebox, and the captains seats, which easily lost another 2-300. On top of that, there was just a lot of stuff on the boat.
    -Jim

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    Congrats on a marathon rescue- she looks a beauty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    Thanks everyone, 6:30 in the morning and everything is still A okay.
    Nice! I know the feeling. It's a beautiful day! Good work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    Thanks everyone, 6:30 in the morning and everything is still A okay.
    I bet that's one of the finest cups of coffee (or whatever's in the thermos) you've ever had.

    In a year or so you'll have enough stuff on board to get her to her waterline, I'm sure
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Way to go, Jim!

    You've waited a long time, and invested a huge amount of work, to get that feeling, this day.

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    He said he really didn't want to crush this boat, but he'd have to unless I wanted to take it home.
    Congratulations! Norm would be happy and you should be proud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    Thanks everyone, 6:30 in the morning and everything is still A okay.

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    Where did the weight go? It’s a good question. I took out a couple hundred pounds of trim weight in the bow plus a lot of heavy built in furniture when I stripped out the vee berth to get at the stem. With the lead and rocks, that probably all added up to 3-350 pounds. And that monster of an old fuel tank was a couple hundred pounds easy. I think I also lost some weight when I put the new cockpit deck in, plus I took out all the skirting around the coaming, left out the huge plywood icebox, and the captains seats, which easily lost another 2-300. On top of that, there was just a lot of stuff on the boat.
    You stayed on board, didn't you? Must be awesome to wake up to such a scenery all around you ! Funny nobody is mentioning this, but then, probably, you're all used to it? I'm not. Although I must admit I'm in my first boatyard with a little hill and a tiny pine-forest behind me, maybe 150 m away. Alaska is rising by the minute on my priority-list!
    Last edited by Dody; 07-04-2018 at 05:28 PM.
    fair winds, Dody

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    Hwyl posted about this in the Bilge, and I had to poke my head out to take a look. Well done!!! She looks beautiful.
    "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations,
    for nature cannot be fooled."

    Richard Feynman

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    I too, thought about what THAT cuppa in the thermos represents for you Jim.
    ...and what it represents for all the rest of us here.
    Congrats and Thank You.

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    Congratulations! It looks great.

    Could some of the lost weight have been water?

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    Great day. Good to see her home. How do you think she'll handle with all the weight removal? Any rolling problems at dock?

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    Congratulations Jim and Family!!!

    Thanks for sharing your story about boats and family. Finest Kind!

    Eric
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    I imagine I've said before - that's a beautiful design. And it's a huge treat to see her back in action, and all refreshed. You and your family deserve a bargeload of kudos! Keep the fotos coming.
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    Thanks again everybody. Obviously there’s still lots to do. For instance this morning I fixed the windshield wiper, trimmed off those plugs on the aft coaming, and put a hook on the bulkhead to latch the cabin door open. And sometime later today I’ll bring some trim ballast down to the boat. But it’s off to the parade first, the middle child is marching with her Girl Scout troop today.

    Just because everyone likes pictures. Proof that the door hook works.

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    And a parting shot, still floating.

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    -Jim

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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Congratulations, Jim! She looks fantastic, even if she isn't yet down to her lines.

    Thank you for bringing us along on the restoration. I know I have learned a ton from watching --Bucephalus has a pair of new, scarphed in plank-butts because of your influence and tutorial-- and enjoyed the entire process as well.

    Alex

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    Congratulations!
    i stumbled on this thread in December 2014 while recovering from knee replacement surgery. I have checked on your progress almost every day since. Very inspiring.
    I brought my wooden boat home yesterday. Starting on the rewiring today!

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    Congratulations!
    It was very interesting to follow your rebuilding thread for years. Very much work and a fine result.
    All the best to you and your family.

    Allzeit eine gute Fahrt und immer eine handbreit Wasser unter dem Kiel!

    Gruß, Günter

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    Quote Originally Posted by tstutz2002 View Post
    Congratulations!
    i stumbled on this thread in December 2014 while recovering from knee replacement surgery. I have checked on your progress almost every day since. Very inspiring.
    I brought my wooden boat home yesterday. Starting on the rewiring today!
    Please, start a thread about your boat and the work you're putting into it.

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    Thanks for the hours of entertainment. This is like when M*A*S*H went off the air. Now what will I do?

    Kenny
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    She looks sweet just sitting there Jim. Congratulations again. Looking forward to some cruising posts if you choose to share that part of the story as well.

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    Congratulations. Just lovely!

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    Congratulations! Can't wait to see how she gets fit out and the adventures y'all go on. Huzzah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by minuteman View Post
    Thanks for the hours of entertainment. This is like when M*A*S*H went off the air. Now what will I do?

    Kenny
    Excellent description!
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Wonderful to see a job done right. Good luck!!

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    I can only imagine the pride your family had of you when she hit the water, not to mention your own, fantastic work thanks for posting this i have enjoyed it and hope to see many more pics glad the drip slowed

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    I have a soft spot for Blanchards, having owned a Blanchard Sr. Knockabout for several years. And I was privileged to have Norm Blanchard Jr. take the helm of my boat for a race one evening. He was a quiet gentleman and I could see the twinkle in his eyes that a boat he built in 1940 was still so active and loved. He would be absolutely delighted to see Amazon hitting the water again.

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    I hope everyone enjoyed the fourth, it was a busy one here. I did bring 300 pounds of lead down to the boat as trim ballast in the bow. Which I think helped some.

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    Then, because we were down there anyway, we took a little spin.

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    -Jim

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    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Did ya go for an excursion?
    There's the plan, then there's what actually happens.

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    so cool

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    Just a spin around the harbor. We were out for just over an hour. Ran out under the bridge and just about down to Mayflower island, which is three miles down the channel if I remember right. Everything went well, no drama to speak of. I offered the wheel to anyone who wanted it and my wife took over for a good portion of the trip. Docking is the biggest worry just because we’re not used to the boat yet. But it was a perfect evening to practice and that went off without a hitch.
    -Jim

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    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Isn’t it nice when a plan works out in the end.

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    What can I say that hasn't already been said? Congratulations on reaching the pinnacle of an excellent restoration!
    So, what will you do the next time the harbormaster calls?
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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