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Old 02-10-2003, 07:34 AM   #1
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Anybody besides Gregotis98 and yours truly going through boat repair hell?

It's the time to fix it up (the boat) so you can tear it up this summer in the ocean.

After 2 months and untold aggravation the yard ornament is a boat again. With any luck the time spent will pay off in non stop readiness all summer. We went for a cruise yesterday and a little sturgeon fishing. :grin:

Lessons learned include;

~Fix any damage to your skeg or anti cav plates sooner rather than later. 'Dirty' flow around the outdrive causes cavitation and increased drag. Cavitation wears prop blades, robs you of power (like smoking the tires) and degrades efficiency of your prop. It was only $70 (and a 2 week wait) to fix the busted vane on mine and I lowered my planing speed by 300 rpm.

~Wood requires regular finish maintenance. The next boat will be metal, I think.

~If you don't have time to do it right, when do you have time to do it again?

~A battery that sits a month unused needs to be charged overnight.

So, now it would be really good to go fishing. Is anyone else looking at next weekend for a bottom fish and crab trip?

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Old 02-10-2003, 07:39 AM   #2
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Hey Pilar, what else did you do to your boat, general painting & caulking & engine tune-up, or did ya add any gadgets, cup holders, air ride seats, woopie cushions? Inquiring minds wanna know!
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Old 02-10-2003, 08:34 AM   #3
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Pilar,

"Boat repair hell"!! I guess that's ONE way to describe what I've been
going through this winter! First I took the boat in for the outdrive service ...
took over two months to get it done. Parts ran me about $250 and I haven't
even seen the labor bill yet!

I then took the boat back to the builder for some warrantee type paint
repair and to have an isolation transformer installed to correct some of
the electolisis problems I've been having. He took one look at the boat and
about pooped himself. Had never seen the problems I'm having, including eating
the bottom paint off (down to bare metal).

Boat builder orders the isolation transformer, they say "no problem, got one in
stock. We'll send it out in the morning". Builder gets a call the next day ... "our inventory was messed up, can't get one sent out to you until the 18th".

In the meantime, the builder informs me that the bottom paint has to be stripped
off *totally* ... bare metal. THAT'S going to require a trip down to Toledo
to the dry-dock so they can recover the sand/paint for toxic waste disposal.
Another week out of the water!

So it looks like I will get the boat back out of dry-dock on or about the
22nd. Hopefully I can get the builder to have his electronics installer come
down to Depoe bay to install the transformation invertor that day and I can
finally get her back in the water. Dunno yet. May have to have the guy from
Curry Marine come up and install it.

I'm also in the process of working with the Harbor Master at Depoe Bay to get
some of the "bad electricity" problems solved at the port. Little things like
enforcing the the rule on 50a shore power connectors and getting
El Shaddai at the end of our dock to quit using the sump pumps with the
bad power cords to keep his crab alive.

When the boat goes back in the water we're going to have a bunch of tests
done to check the potential differences between the boat/dock/shore-power/
water/etc. to see if any of the fixes (expensive ones at that!) are helping.
At the same time they are going to check several other locations around port
to see if they can find me a "cooler" spot.

Arrrggghhh!!! I just want to go fishing! I thought *this* boat was going to
be easier/less maintainence than the dory!

As a side note, I spent Sunday getting the dory de-winterized and ready to
fish. If the weather is good next Sunday/Monday I might just take the dory out
and see if'n I can't jig up a couple of Ling Cod for the table! I might even
put out a couple of crab pots! In retro-spect, the dory was soooo much
easier than the big boat!

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Old 02-10-2003, 08:35 AM   #4
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Hey Pilar, you didn't miss a thing on Sun. at Three Arch. Ocean was awsome, but fishing was very poor, only 6 bottom fish worth keeping and no keeper size ling. We only saw about 2 or 3 very small bass balls and that's it! Maybe next week at Newport, for bottom fish and herring.
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P.S., Hey Pilar, congrats in getting your rig back together and back on
the water! Hope to see you out there again this year!!

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Old 02-10-2003, 09:06 AM   #6
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Thanks assAssin, it was worth it. Gregotis98, sorry I missed it. We usually do well out there on the first trip or two. Easy limits. Why is it different this year?

Mark Mc, improvements include a higher opening to the under bow area. This makes it possible to put the blue 55 gallon tote under the bow. Of course that meant tearing out the whole dashboard and windshield, changing it and remaking part of it. I reupped the wood bezel for the windshield. The old one was pretty bad. We spent alot of time sealing this area to keep the spray and drips out of the wiring behind the dash. I also cleaned up the ground bus bar in the stern with a new one mounted in a more convenient location. The trailer winch was replaced too. Coming soon, a handle for the passenger to cling to on rough days and a handle to help when you climb into the boat on the trailer. I ripped out the noisy bilge blowers and old hoses and replaced them.

And then some boat jewelry. We redid the pole holder mounts in Teak and added new teak step blocks near the stern. And I finally got the bait box covers, made by Ray Taber, installed. If they work as well as the bow rails he made last year, they will be awesome.

On the wish list is some new vinyl diamond plate flooring, full length, a new kicker bracket, some type of active trim tab system, a pedestal chair (like in Wak's old bluewater) to open up the deck space, and a live bait tank. Some place to store rods while running, anything has got to be better than what we do now. Ok, yeah a radar arch and Furuno radar too.

Oh and then there is the trailer, can I get an amen, Threemuch? After 2 months of sitting in the garage, the lights are rusted out.
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