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    We launched on the 7th of December in Antigua after 6 months storage in this shed.

    The shed has a nicely polished cement floor, perfect for late night half drunk rollerskating.

    I singlehanded (heh heh) her to Sint Maarten 5 days after launch.... ow ow, that hurts a little bit ,pulling on that helm.

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    Anchored in Phillipsburg ,Sint Maarten , waiting for my honey to fly in , the Christmas winds kicked in . My nylon snubber was too long, chain snatched up in a 30 knot puff and broke off the cat with the bronze roller .
    I happened to bring down a new(to us) main sheet winch, so I mounted the old one sideways, took out the pawls so it freewheels, and using it as the new chain roller ... I think it will work jusfine.

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    The shed protects the boat from sun and rain , but the guys work in there all summer. Lotta carbon fiber sanding , that turns to moon dust and gets everywhere . I shut her up tight , but then every surface gets a layer of funky funk .


    Here is that fine black dust


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    More please

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    Yeah, keep it coming.
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    I will try to catch up a bit each day. Gotta drag the big puter ashore to put photos onto Flickr and post them here.
    oh, see those wet patches on the shed floor???? They are the culprit.
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    singlehanded
    Ahahaha.

    Looking forward to more too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    oh, see those wet patches on the shed floor???? They are the culprit.

    So, what happened was this?...... You first spilled beer onto the floor, then slipped in it?

    Shame for being careless on a slippery floor. Double shame for spilling the beer.

    Triple kudos for posting the cool photos.

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    Excellent. Got my chair pulled up. Popcorn and beer (in your honor Bruce) to hand. Please continue.

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    Impressive storage solution Bruce.


    When I was storing my Alberg 30 en route to the Caribbean and in Florida there was generally some problems with theft or damage .

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    I'm in Bruce. Let's go....

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    Anguilla for Christmas , Boxing Day and prolly Old Years Night.

    "Elvis " beach bar .

    My dink still on deck , Jan rowing me around!!

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    Front Street , Sint Maarten.

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    Coffee is best on a woody

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    Trade for beer project of the week , re finishing bar and bar stools for Elvis Beach Bar ...
    I am "working" on poly varnish drying right now!!!
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    Nice anchorage , Sandy Ground , Anguilla ,mostly plastic bareboats, but not many. LOUD music on the beach from 10pm till 2 am.

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    It's raining outside here and you put all this stuff up. Have you no shame??
    Keep it coming....please...pretty please...

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    Hey my honey came ashore for happy hour , she , in pink. Same bar.
    7 coats of poly minwax on the boat bar deck today!!

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    The focsle is emptied out for some over due TLC. Contents piled on deck, so elegant....

    only the bucket and the 100 pounder left in there

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    Got my new "Quick" brand windlass mounted
    it is a ringer for my old Lewmar V3.

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    I found this Lewmar 44, 2 speed self tailer in a used gear shop in Newport this past summer,($500). Never had a self tailer or a 2 speed before, getting old is GREAT!!!!!

    ...and this pair of wacky wee winches for the top halyard and top sheet

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    Awesome. Looking forward to following.

    What length of chain you got?
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    200 feet, 10mm.
    I have a 500 pounds of 5/8ths storm chain in the hold amidships. Several more hunks of normal chain.
    I have a 66 pound Bruce that will be appearing on the VHF "trade" net in Grenada soon! Too much ground tackle since Woodwind no longer gets wet during hurricane season.

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    Your anchor roller quick fix was ingenious, but I have to ask if the medical facilities down there are somewhat, ah, lacking. I assume that splint-and-packing tape mishmash was a home brewed effort?
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    Yea, this wrist I have broken twice,dinged dozens of times . I have had it locked up for 3 weeks , 3 weeks more , tha be no problem . I would have been underway , probably in Dominica by now. I have 2 "free" (trade for beer ) art jobs in the works... Anguilla a good place to lay low.

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    I spotted that replacement anchor wench in the first shot.Does it have a metal stripper ? I've replaced the plastic one in mine twice after minor snafus and finally had a proper steel one laser cut. Never heard of the brand though. I have to replace mine sometime . I also changed two old non tailers for self tailers this year, I lub em.
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    Looking good, I have a small collection of self tailers waiting to go onto my boat. Also looking forward to replacing old captive wire halyards and their winches with normal ones.

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    Unlike the last thread, this one needs some legs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    The shed protects the boat from sun and rain , but the guys work in there all summer. Lotta carbon fiber sanding , that turns to moon dust and gets everywhere . I shut her up tight , but then every surface gets a layer of funky funk .


    Hey Bruce, I know the dust is a pain but beware the shut up boat ! I've seen a boat rot really badly from that , particularly here in the sub tropics. There was a previously unknown fungus with it's veins right down through the epoxy , a total deck and cabin replacement was required.

    Maybe all is OK there but if there is any humidity it can be deadly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    Coffee is best on a woody
    New stove too !
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    I love your boat Bruce! Very utilitarian, functional and beautiful....please keep posting pics! And thanks for all the good advice on my project!
    Happy New Year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    Hey Bruce, I know the dust is a pain but beware the shut up boat ! I've seen a boat rot really badly from that , particularly here in the sub tropics. There was a previously unknown fungus with it's veins right down through the epoxy , a total deck and cabin replacement was required.

    Maybe all is OK there but if there is any humidity it can be deadly.
    The fir is epoxied inside and out, it never really ventilates like a normal boat. I am kind of screwed either way. Woodwind has had a few touches of weird rot here and there .I keep very close tabs on every inch of her , every single tiny hairline crack gets opened up, every slight indentation on the outside gets merciless poking and stabbing.
    Many boats were built with Mt St Helens fir in the eighties. Guys I have talked to wound up hating it , cuz most of it went bad. So... I dunno, just gotta keep on top of it. If the boat explodes from rot some year, I will take her on a one way short trip in deep water. Woodwind paid for herself long ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    I spotted that replacement anchor wench in the first shot.Does it have a metal stripper ? I've replaced the plastic one in mine twice after minor snafus and finally had a proper steel one laser cut. Never heard of the brand though. I have to replace mine sometime . I also changed two old non tailers for self tailers this year, I lub em.
    The "Quick" (Italy), seems to be a bit better made than the Lewmar, and much cheaper. Yes the chain stripper is metal. On the Lewmar , the "bell housing" between the top and bottom completely corroded away.It has been hanging on epoxy for months of use.

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    That's some serious ground tackle. I was thinking about doing 50' of chain and 150' nylon just to make it manageable. I only have Danforths on board now so probably will invest in a Rocna or similar.
    Chuck Thompson

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    The fir is epoxied inside and out, it never really ventilates like a normal boat. I am kind of screwed either way. Woodwind has had a few touches of weird rot here and there .I keep very close tabs on every inch of her , every single tiny hairline crack gets opened up, every slight indentation on the outside gets merciless poking and stabbing.
    Many boats were built with Mt St Helens fir in the eighties. Guys I have talked to wound up hating it , cuz most of it went bad. So... I dunno, just gotta keep on top of it. If the boat explodes from rot some year, I will take her on a one way short trip in deep water. Woodwind paid for herself long ago.
    Good one Bruce, excuse my concern by I've had a lot to do with the boat I mentioned and that strange epoxy eating fungus was a mind blower! It's not supposed to happen.
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