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Old 09-19-2012, 12:07 AM   #1
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Just saying hello...

After many months of work, here she is. 1987 Marine Trader Sedan. I'm pretty happy with how she's lookin!
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:58 AM   #2
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Very nice!
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:50 AM   #3
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Yes, very nice. How long is she, about 38 ft I'd say...?
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:31 PM   #5
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Well Thanks!...and you are right on Peter B..38 feet
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After many months of work, ...
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:06 PM   #7
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Congratulations, very nice.
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Worth being proud of.. good on you!

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:57 AM   #9
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Looking good. The palm trees in the background is a good indication you're season is just starting.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:41 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the compliments! The Palm trees are where I live now, and I'm fortunate enough to have a season here that dosen't end! On my way tomorrow to sail my old sailboat from Boston to Newport. End of the sailing season, hopefully the wx holds. Haven't felt a cold spray in my face since I got the trawler.(I guess if I ever do in the trawler I'll be in trouble...)
Thanks again!...now if only I can learn how to back the darn thing into my slip in the wind...
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:52 PM   #11
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Thanks again!...now if only I can learn how to back the darn thing into my slip in the wind...

Just remember don't go any faster than you want to hit something.

The only break is shift and throttle.

Try it again. It 'll go.

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:22 PM   #12
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I'll keep trying..and as soon as I take out a few more pylons, the extra width will make it easier.. :-)
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:26 PM   #13
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I thought the same thing 3 yrs ago... You'll get it. Welcome to Trawler Forum!
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:41 AM   #14
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you'll get there. Every docking evolution is a learning experience.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:59 AM   #15
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Every docking evolution is a learning experience.
And every marina has different conditions from your home port. So for folks who travel to far off destinations, you'll encounter a variety of challenges that can become learning opportunities. Hopefully ones that won't damage your boat, the dock, someone elses boat, or your ego.
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And every marina has different conditions from your home port. So for folks who travel to far off destinations, you'll encounter a variety of challenges that can become learning opportunities. :
This is very true. Remember you are the captain of your vessel. Not all dock masters' or dock hands' instructions can be trusted. Take your time, slow down. If necessary stop and check the affect of wind and current on your boat. When you are outside the marina there is usually plenty of time to evaluate and set up. When you get inside it may be too late. I have had dock masters (especially one in Beaufort, NC) tell me to hurry. I tell them to run along, I'll take care of it. Don't let an impatient dock master ruin your day, and refuse to be put anywhere that you think is beyond your capabilities.

You should also read up on spring lines as they can be your best friend.
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A hard lesson I learned when comming into a strange dock Ask the dock master about conditions , current and strength?.
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I have had dock masters (especially one in Beaufort, NC) tell me to hurry.
Not to change the subject... BUT...

Generally speaking, I would like dockhands to be as smart or smarter than me when I dock. The Beaufort Town Dock dockhands exemplify that. They dock more boats than I have ever dreamed about and in extremely adverse conditions. Yes, they can be a little short, but if there is a place where I follow instructions to the letter, it's in Beaufort.
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Congratulations...She's really looking good
U'll back up, just keep experimenting
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Back from sailing in New England. Wx was just this side of miserable, but had a good time anyway. Thanks for all the comments..some good advice there. One thing about backing into my slip is I'm single handed most times and from the flybridge...well it can get interesting to say the least. And the 65 foot Vikings on each side make the slip seem awfully small sometimes...all the time actually... :-)
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