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How Old Is Too Old For A Boat
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 65 times and there are 0 comments
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Posted: October 07, 2014
How old is too old for a boat? Buying an old boat may be the only option for you or the best option. A boat's age isn't the sole criteria. Let's look at a more complete picture.
My current "Chez Nous" was launched in 1975. She's fiberglass. Some would say she's old. Let them. What do they know? She's tugging at her line ready to get underway as I write this. She's a Gulfstar 53' motorsailer.



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Engine Troubles
Contributed by clanders - This blog has been viewed 115 times and there are 0 comments
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Posted: September 09, 2014
With the transom done and reconstruction starting, this is rapidly becoming two separate projects. On the boat side, I need to patch some cracks on the outside, rebuild the ski racks, and install the seats. I can figure all that out, and I'm not really worried about it, but the more daunting challenge is the engine. I'm a mediocre motorcycle mechanic, but I don't know much about old outboards, so I've got some learning to do.
The boat came with a 1964 Johnson 60hp V4 outboard. The previous owner assured me that it ran when it was put away a few years ago, which is a stock Craigslist phrase mea...... Read More

Marley’s Mantra
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 133 times and there are 0 comments
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Posted: September 05, 2014
I don't think Bob Marley had a boat. If he did, he probably got somebody else to keep it floating. I get this idea because of a famous phrase in one of his best songs: "Every little thing's gonna be all right." Not on a boat is every little thing going to be all right. Yes, I know he was inspired by three little birds. I also know what birds do to my boat. And I also know that a boat is full of little things, many of which we don't see and probably don't know are there ... and they're always going bad. And that's not all right.
Usually when we think of the stuff that can go wron...... Read More

A little polish, a little paint
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Posted: August 11, 2014
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Waves Can Sink Boats Even When It’s Calm
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Posted: August 04, 2014
We're all familiar with the perils of sinking. We all spend a lot of thought and effort to avoid it. Yet there's one type of sinking that few of us consider. It's a type and a cause, rolled into one catastrophic disastrous event. And many of us have been on its brink but didn't even know it.
Picture a good fishing day. You're trolling along the drop off, they're hitting and you're taking them in over the stern or quarter. The person at the helm has to play it just right, backing down to relieve line stress and to help getting that fish aboard. His goal is just that, before it breaks fre...... Read More

The Office in the Islands
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 834 times and there are 0 comments
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Posted: July 07, 2014
In the far gone good ol' days of Bahamas cruising I used to love the fact that I did my work from my boat, not from an office in the US. But I soon realized that even in the Bahamas I had to go to an office. It just wasn't quite the same.
If you had to make a telephone call back in the day you usually had to find a booth on an island or go to what we called a BATELCO office. I preferred the latter, although there were a few problems.
First, the islands didn't have BATELCO offices unless there was also a village on the island. You had to sail to one that did. This was usually easy to figure...... Read More

Pouring the Transom (Finally)
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Posted: June 06, 2014
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The Good Fortune and Tragedy of the Steamship New Orleans
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Posted: June 04, 2014
When we think of the early steamships, we think of the Clermont and even earlier creations. But there was one that fought her way through incredible odds and helped to change our country.
For centuries seamen have spoken of lucky ships and cursed ships. Legend and lore describe sure fire ways to cause one or the other. Changes in name, pursuit by an albatross, and departure on a Friday are but a few of the "bad luck" occurrences. There's one ship that not many have heard about. She had a remarkable life. You be the judge as to whether she was cursed or blessed.
The Steamship New O...... Read More

Making A New Windshield
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Posted: May 21, 2014
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Repairing The Transom Part II (Rebuild)
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Posted: May 13, 2014
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