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    Thank you, Jim! This experiment with using...

    Thank you, Jim! This experiment with using cherry and padauk for the cockpit table just might work.
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    Some changes with the next coats - use slow...

    Some changes with the next coats - use slow hardener; stir very slowly for a couple of minutes to avoid air bubbles; run the brush slowly across the surface.

    Air bubbles - No matter how careful...
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    Jim, I have used CA glue for all the fret dots...

    Jim, I have used CA glue for all the fret dots I've installed. No problems at all.
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    All holes will be drilled larger than needed then...

    All holes will be drilled larger than needed then filled with full strength epoxy. I have to look into mixing in some collodial silica to see if it adds strength. Where the table hinges go, I am...
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    The African mahogany rails were pretty blah when...

    The African mahogany rails were pretty blah when I tested them with epoxy. Padauk won the contest for what would replace it. I have a piece of padauk that has retained the red really well so we'll...
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    The hardware is from Edson....

    The hardware is from Edson.
    https://cdn10.bigcommerce.com/s-a3x5y9g98l/products/520/images/4525/Dropleaf-Table-Hardware-KitSM__06986.1554817032.1280.1280.jpg?c=2

    For the finish I'm using...
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    Cherry Cockpit Table

    Yes, it's a little crazy but I have this figured cherry and the boat needs a new cockpit table and...

    Took the old pedestal and set it up with the table hardware and a piece of plywood to get...
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    We went through the Okeechobee Waterway. I often...

    We went through the Okeechobee Waterway. I often referred to it as a slog. But occasionally it was pretty interesting. And three times it was kinda scary.

    We left Stuart late because I had to...
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    Installing a Thru-Hull

    Last weekend I drilled a hole in the bottom of the new-old boat for a 3/4" water inlet. When it came to a backing plate/block, I was unsure how to proceed. A couple of guys in the boatyard built...
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    I wish! Looks like May 5 is blast off from Cape...

    I wish! Looks like May 5 is blast off from Cape Canaveral. Except we'll be going a bit slower.
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    I love watching this stuff! I could waste an...

    I love watching this stuff! I could waste an entire day, and almost did before I shook myself from the trance.

    Thanks for sharing, Rob!
  12. When I saw the fire and all the scaffolding I was...

    When I saw the fire and all the scaffolding I was reminded of a fire on one of the jobs I worked on. I was sitting in the lower level of what was to become a 9 story office building having lunch...
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    Oh, yeah. Great book! Another is Voyage For...

    Oh, yeah. Great book! Another is Voyage For Madmen, the first solo circumnavigation race. And there's The Long Way, Fatal Storm, Fastnet, Force 10, and so many others. I also read The Billionaire...
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    Thanks, all. This has been a long journey. ...

    Thanks, all. This has been a long journey. Sometime in the first week in May we will begin the trip to bring her back. Bridges and locks will slow us a lot. I just want to sail but that probably...
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    Drove to Titusville yesterday. Came back with a...

    Drove to Titusville yesterday. Came back with a few less bucks in the bank and a title to an Aloha 32 in our pocket. Yesterday I was believing it. Today it still seems a dream.

    We're going...
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    Oh, and I forgot to mention... If we ever went...

    Oh, and I forgot to mention... If we ever went down into the Keys and around Key West, it would take us months to get home. :rolleyes:
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    We've been looking at that. Problem is the Gulf...

    We've been looking at that. Problem is the Gulf Stream. It gets really close to shore around Ft. Lauderdale. Get caught in that and you're going backward.

    And then there's crew. The times...
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    When I sailed her she was a sloop but she was...

    When I sailed her she was a sloop but she was originally a ketch. The owner, a close friend of my dad's, passed back in the 80s, when he was in his early 50s. I don't know what happened to her...
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    Thanks again for all the well wishes. I'm still...

    Thanks again for all the well wishes. I'm still in that seeing is believing stage. We're supposed to close Tuesday.


    If we take the Okeechobee Waterway, it's about 250 miles. From Titusville...
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    The blades were practically new. If they were...

    The blades were practically new. If they were dull, it happened in only a few passes.
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    Got the survey today. Everything was good. The...

    Got the survey today. Everything was good. The surveyor said the hull and deck were rock solid. When he started up the engine he was surprised at the absence of black smoke. He said the owners...
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    Reading all the replies made me feel I'm in good...

    Reading all the replies made me feel I'm in good company. Certainly brought a smile to my face. Nothing, and I mean nothing, has ever brought me more joy than the times I spent on the water. I...
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    Well, thank you all! All this good will kind of...

    Well, thank you all! All this good will kind of makes this a little more real.

    I'm still trying to grasp actually saying, "my boat". I've been lucky enough to do a lot of sailing but it's never...
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    I owned the DW735X for about 10 months before...

    I owned the DW735X for about 10 months before getting rid of it. I had owned a Delta 22-540 for about 20 years that I was pretty happy with until repairs were costing more than replacement.

    The...
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    Will The Dream Come True?

    The year was 1970. My dad's friend invited me on his sailboat, a 1936 Alden 44. The moment I stepped on deck, I was in love. I told myself I would one day own my own sailboat. But as time went...
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