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Molly made her 1st appearance on ‘Outrageous’ this weekend. There was a bit of apprehension, but with a little coaxing, she managed to make herself at home.

Molly On Board

She’s made acquaintance with a couple of the regular dogs, and had a run-in with a pair of  big guys who were a bit too exuberant in greeting her. But she held her own and let them know their wet advances weren’t appreciated!

Molly's Nose

Working My Way Down The Steps

George re-applied pinstriping to the sides of the boat and this week we’re supposed to have the hull spot sanded and bottom paint put on. THEN with a few more things to do, we should be able to get her in the water & the mast put up!!!

As a land based home owner, I haven’t had much experience with cleaning stainless steel. Our home just doesn’t have that much to contend with. And the environment is a dry one, not needing much maintenance.  But on our boat it seems that everywhere I turn there’s stainless steel or chrome that needs polishing or rust removed. (Don’t kid yourself – stainless steel WILL rust. How much depends on the quality)

I found an spray product left by the former owners made specifically for stainless. It did nothing.  So, I thought ‘what removes rust from steel?’ Well, I’ve heard Naval Jelly is a rust removal product. Yeah…if you leave it sit for 20 minutes or more, repeated applications may be needed. Nope…too much to do &  too little time to devote to this. Research on the internet did little but find more products that must sit and work for a lengthy period.

So, back to my kitchen for the home-maker’s solution…Barkeepers Friend.  ( http://www.barkeepersfriend.com/)  Let me tell you that a green kitchen scrubby & Barkeeper’s Friend worked fast, with little mess, and removed almost every bit of surface rust on every place I used it.  Don’t bother with those specialty marine products…a waste of money, far as I’m concerned!

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We’ve been spending all our free time working on the boat.

For me, this means the task of cleaning and sorting. Although there was little in the way of  the former owner’s dirt, I scrubbed every surface, took measurements of any areas I thought I would add storage bins, rugs, hanging mesh storage, etc.  There was an amazing amount of ‘stuff’ the prior occupants had left: from galley items to tools to chemicals of all sorts, cruising guides & old magazines, ropes and an odd assortment of spare parts. This all had to be gone thru and either tossed or added to our own inventory and stowed.

For George, this has meant removing the pinstriping from the hull and cleaning the remaining residue. He enlisted the help of our computer tech…a 25 year old is far better up on a ladder than George, and has a lot more stamina!  He’s gotten the bimini in place, and has removed all the hatches. They are terribly crazed and must be replaced. We shipped them off to a company that replaces the ‘glass’. In the meantime, the hatches have been covered with duct tape, with fingers crossed that the weather won’t be too wet! 

He’s set up the vinyl cutter at the house so he can make the pinstriping to replace the old ones. This weekend forecast calls for warm, sunny weather. We hope he’ll be able to get it made & will be able to get the vinyl applied. I plan to work the store so he can have both Friday & Saturday to work on it, and Sunday we’ll both be able to spend time at the marina.

We have decided to use the port aft cabin as a ‘walk in’ storage room. So for the present, all our goodies are residing there. The starboard aft cabin is currently the receptacle for our sails, rigging, and equipment that will be attached to the mast.  I haven’t brought any of our own things to the boat yet. I’m going to wait until the boat is in the water before beginning to move in. No sense in hoisting things up 8′ to the cockpit.  We’ll just wait til we can just pass them across from the dock.

Here’s hoping for a sunny & productive weekend for getting the boat ready for the summer!!

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labeled-boat-diagramIllustration by Mark Smith, from John Rousmaniere’s THE ANNAPOLIS BOOK OF SEAMANSHIP, published by Simon & Schuster 

This diagram gives the basic components of a ship. It’s helpful for anyone looking to familiarize themself with the parts of a boat.

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Our boat has arrived. The driver was at Whiskey Island at 10:00 am to deliver our boat.  “There’s our #%^*!*in’ boat” I yelled as we neared the exit from the freeway. She was driving straight past us on the access road that backtracks to the  marina from the shoreway. So we arrived tailing her down the road to the marina.

Positioning the trailer under the lift 4-3-09

Positioning the trailer under the lift 4-3-09

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The whole procedure of getting her off the trailer actually only took a half hour or so. Of course, there was quite a bit of chitting and chatting afterwards, and the driver had to tidy up his rig, & take off the 2 extra tires he’d had on while carrying our 13′ 10″ wide boat.

Slinging the boat in the lift 4-3-09

Slinging the boat in the lift 4-3-09

Moving her to the dry dock area 4-3-09

Moving her to the dry dock area 4-3-09

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The day started out with temperatures around 50 degrees and drizzling with a light breeze. We were fairly damp by the time they were done, but couldn’t have been happier.

A wet-but-happy Penny

A wet-but-happy Penny

George busy taking pictures

George busy taking pictures

The mast came off the trailer….boy, is it long!

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The weather got progressively colder and blustery. The winds & rain picked up and it was pretty miserable outside. But we were busy below deck, getting acquainted with our new boat.  It seems the previous owners pretty much left everything.  Custom sheets & comforters, all galley items, cleaning supplies, mechanical maintenance supplies, line & PFD’s, BBQ, tools, spare parts (very few…a very casual boater)….on & on. They pretty much just walked away from it after the deal was done.

George left for an appointment, and I spent the afternoon emptying every nook & cranny I could get to. I’m limited right now, as the dinghy & motor (still in original shipping boxes) are sitting in the salon & on the forward berth. (that’s another story in itself) Both aft cabins are full of  stuff I haven’t been able to get to, so at the moment am concentrating on cleaning the galley, salon, forward head & cabin.

Although the former owners just walked away, the boat is suprisingly clean. Full of clutter, yes, but no major, ugly cleaning to do.

So much stuff!

So much stuff!

And MORE stuff!

And MORE stuff!

My first day on the boat left me feeling I’d accomplished a fair amount, and although there’s much to do, I made good headway on getting the initial cleaning done.  I also find that I won’t need to purchase a lot of the things right away…the things left may certainly not be my style, but are quite serviceable until the ‘just right’ ones come along (and budget allows!). My best Whoo-whoo’s so far are the binoculars & Corelle dinner ware they left. Don’t know yet if the binoculars are very good, and the dinner ware certainly isn’t my first choice in pattern, but for now, they’ll be just fine!

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Got a phone call from the driver delivering our boat. He called to say it was all loaded up & ready to take off, Wednesday, April 1st. He’s hoping to arrive on Friday, and will call when he’s an hour out so we can be there for the unloading.

It won’t be going in the water right away.  We need to do a few things, and give the outside a good going-over before getting her to her slip. So her 1st experience with NE Ohio will be on the hard. (Well, she’s been in the warm waters of Florida, so the frigid waters of Lake Erie would be a shock!)

Of course, the 1st course of action will be cleaning and a general inventory of what the former owners left, what needs replacing, a list of needed spares, etc.

Before stepping the mast we need to make a thorough examination, so to avoid having to climb it  later (if possible).  I’ve made up a commissioning list (See ‘Fitting Out Checklist’) of everything I can possibly find that needs to be done to ready our boat for sailing.  George thinks it may be overkill, but I’d rather have too much than miss something that is important to do.  And since this is our 1st boat, I don’t have a clue about what needs to be done!

Weather for Friday is 80% chance of rain.  Saturday is partly cloudy. The temperature for both days is in the lower 50’s.  So delivery day will, at best, be a dull day. At worst, a miserable rainy one. But for us, one of the best days of our lives!

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