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    Default New to wooden boats, inheriting a titmouse and need help!

    Hey woodenboat forum, new here and new with wooden boats. I'm inheriting my in-law's titmouse, but I don't know much about how to maintain and care for the boat. Do y'all have any resources or recommendations on preventative maintenance and care the boat needs? They mentioned something about needing to be refinished at some point and adding buoyancy in case it tips. Any help or direction y'all can provide is appreciated! Excited to join the community

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    Welcome. Looks like a beauty. Post more pics if you can.
    One thing that is worrisome is the roller trailer... if it sits on that long you may be distorting the hull. The rollers are like hard spots.
    Good luck with her. Looks like a great start.

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    Learn how to sail it well so as not to swamp your boat. I'd make a guess that your father-in-law never took green water over the side of the boat.

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    Default Re: New to wooden boats, inheriting a titmouse and need help!

    Get "Brightwork: The Art of Finishing Wood" by Rebecca J. Wittman. Even if you eventually move to some of the other sorts of clear coats that attempt to supplant real varnish, the techniques matter.

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    Congratulations. Looks like quite an inheritance, and quite a responsibility.

    Don't let it languish in the garage, get sailing.

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    Default Re: New to wooden boats, inheriting a titmouse and need help!

    Quote Originally Posted by johnw View Post
    Welcome aboard! You might shop for flotation bags.

    http://www.apsltd.com/sailboat-marin...ancy-bags.html
    Do you have any recommendations on where to put the flotation bags and how much I'd need? Feel like a total noob. There's space under the cockpit seats that I can access through the cabin, would that be a good place for them? Thanks!

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    Default Re: New to wooden boats, inheriting a titmouse and need help!

    If you aren't a sailor yet, go crew with someone, and learn what it's all about.

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    Default Re: New to wooden boats, inheriting a titmouse and need help!

    Quote Originally Posted by timo4352 View Post
    Welcome. Looks like a beauty. Post more pics if you can.
    One thing that is worrisome is the roller trailer... if it sits on that long you may be distorting the hull. The rollers are like hard spots.
    Good luck with her. Looks like a great start.
    Do you have any recommendations other ways to store it?

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    Default Re: New to wooden boats, inheriting a titmouse and need help!

    Small boat. I don't think the trailer will hurt her. However, to really work on her, paint the bottom properly and all, you'll want to get her off the trailer. There are many ways to got at this, depending on the trailer and boat. It would take many more pix to offer any advice.

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    Default Re: New to wooden boats, inheriting a titmouse and need help!

    On the floatation bit, try not to worry. The boat is safe to sail without it. Get someone who knows how to sail to spend time with you. And read a lot.

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    Default Re: New to wooden boats, inheriting a titmouse and need help!

    +1 on above, as Ian stated.

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    Very cute looking boat. Lucky you.
    Varnish!! You'll get good at it.
    It's all fun and games until Darth Vader comes.

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    Default Re: New to wooden boats, inheriting a titmouse and need help!

    Quote Originally Posted by carawb View Post
    Do you have any recommendations on where to put the flotation bags and how much I'd need? Feel like a total noob. There's space under the cockpit seats that I can access through the cabin, would that be a good place for them? Thanks!
    Under the seats is good, some in the bow would be good. Get it low enough that the boat could float with the top of the centerboard case above water, or you'll never be able to bail out the boat after a capsize. And always carry a nice big bailer tied into the boat.

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    Steady on Gypsie, we don't want to discourage him before he even gets in the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carawb View Post
    Do you have any recommendations other ways to store it?
    You want the weight to set on the keel, carpeted bunks farther out near the turn of the bilge, just enough to balance her steady.

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    Default Re: New to wooden boats, inheriting a titmouse and need help!

    carawb is new to wooden boats, but where did he or she say they didn't know how to sail?

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    Default Re: New to wooden boats, inheriting a titmouse and need help!

    She is a sweet heart indeed!
    Jay

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    Default Re: New to wooden boats, inheriting a titmouse and need help!

    Quote Originally Posted by johnw View Post
    carawb is new to wooden boats, but where did he or she say they didn't know how to sail?
    +1
    sailing won't be an issue, just new to the wooden boat aspect!

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