|She looks worse for wear, but she'll clean up.|
It is impressive to me just how run down this boat looks. The paint that was put on top of the gelcoat is stained, chipped, cracked, peeling and the masking was poor so it's splattered in places it shouldn't be. The black waterline stripe is actually tape and is hiding a red stripe underneath. The hull looks to have been damaged forward of the chainplates on the starboard side and the repair job is cracked. Maybe they used polyester resin instead of epoxy. What ever they did the top coat is flaking off. You can see a big chip or two in the picture. From the inside the hull looks good so I am not very worried. It is nothing that can't be addressed next summer.
There are two sets of navigation lights on the boat. The originals are small and in the deck while the aftermarket red/green is on the bow pulpit. I pulled most of the wiring back and will re install it, better and neater, eventually. There is an anchor light on the mast (score) as well as a steaming light,(extra points). All yet to be rewired.
The boat was apparently rigged for racing with all the fairleads and cam cleats and labels for each line and cleat. The hardware was not installed well but it's all paid for!! I will remove most of it and simplify the rig for cruising/day sailing. I don't have a spinnaker or pole anyway.
|A good washing would do alot.|
|Not very inviting is it? Still,|
it has potential.
I brought onboard a 10 foot long oar for sculling. I will have to use it as an oar on onside until I get some kind of sculling notch set up on the stern. I now have 2 pfd's on board and I have chosen not to bring home the main sail for a reef installation, yet. A friend reminded me of the used sail market and this model should have some old sails out there somewhere. I might even be able to trade the Buccaneer sail that came with the boat.
I will build a little table that folds up on the port side as well as a tray for the galley that will fit into the hole in the deck. It can be a storage place for galley stuff and maybe even serve as a sink or stove place with some creative thinking. I think a sleeping bag and a pad will do for overnight accommodations and a few solar charged flashlight/lanterns for cabin light, but maybe just a candle.
Even though I didn't sail today I did have a very good boating day, as the saying goes, simply messing about on a boat.