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Old 06-18-2012, 05:53 PM   #1
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back on the water....

June 7th we got our Bayliner 4550 back on the water! Major storm repair work finally done! Our trawler is still being worked on up river about 70 miles away but it is good to have our "new" boat back on the water after 5-6 weeks on the hard. I spent the last 12 days aboard doing more work to her- had to run wiring through our new arch I installed, working with electronics guy to get things up and running again and installed on the arch, finish sanding the varnish and putting down 4 coats (hope to do 6 more ASAP!), organizing, cleaning, etc. She is starting to come together. Still need new bimini, etc. but man did it feel GOOD to be back on the water for something other than sea trialing someone else's boat we were selling.
They had the big annual Riverbend festival in downtown Chatt so we went to that and anchored out for a night and then anchored out a few other nights around the river, spent fathers day up there, etc. etc. Generally...enjoying life! Some pics....
Anchored out in one of our favorite coves:

The new varnish (tape at edging still visible lol):

Compared to how the teak USED to look:

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Old 06-18-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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Anchored in downtown Chatt for Riverbend:

Dawn at riverbend:

Docked at a local waterside restaurant for father's day lunch:

And a video from one of our anchorages in the morning (turn up your volume to hear the happy little birdies chirping):

Also been redoing some of the interior soft goods, etc. which is coming along nicely. Entire boat from waterline up was compounded and waxed as well so she is looking pretty darn good. So happy to be back on the water. Once my Monk is fixed back up I have a proper fleet again.

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Old 06-18-2012, 07:26 PM   #3
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Great, Tony. She's looking good. Maybe I'll get to see it when I get home. Missed Riverbend this year. You can almost see my town house from your boat anchored in front of the Aquarium.

By the way, did you have any trouble getting your anchor to set on that limestone bottom. I have seen many boats dragging down the river. The current should not have been too bad since the river has had low flows.

I'm glad that fine family of yours will get to enjoy the rest of the boating season.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:24 PM   #4
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Wonderful to see you back slapping the waves again, Tony!! She looks great. I like the new radar arch and the rails look perfect! Did you straighten or replace?

Love the brightwork...looks like Epifanes to me!! What a world of difference. There is just no substitute for good old fashioned top-quality marine varnish.

Looks like the kids are making the best of the higher freeboard. Great post and welcome back to the wet side!!
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:38 PM   #5
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:50 PM   #6
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Looks good seeing you enjoying the water again!
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:58 AM   #8
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Thanks all- it is VERY good to be back on the water!
Don- believe it or not we got the danforth on the boat set on the very first try which was miraculous! My friend and broker that works with me was down there on their 48 Jefferson and he is a diver so after I got it set he hoped in the water and double checked the anchor and she held fast for the 2 days we were down there, unlike the yahoo in the 30' sea ray who dragged into my anchor rhode and almost crashed into my boat!

Al- you are correct- Epifanes is what I ended up going with, the "wood finish" product to be specific. I used it on my trawler and like it's simplicity. Almost went with bristol but ended up sticking with Epifanes. Bow rail was custom fabricated by a guy who came up from FL and set up a temporary shop. They did a good job! Getting her new name put on the transom this week and meeting bimini and eisenglass guy this weekend. We had a lot of fun cruising on the river this past week. I am unfortunately down in Atlanta this week due to work but ready to get back up on the boat.

the kids love the high freeboard and really love jumping off the flybridge! We had new guests on the boat this week as well- my daughter brought her 2 hamsters up so they hung out in her stateroom...couldn't tell if they liked boating or not.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:12 PM   #9
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Congratulations on getting back on the water. My brother in law's pontoon was caught in that same tornado at Island Cove and is now scrap.

We used to anchor our sailboat for Riverbend and never had issues with it holding. The problems for us were 1) sailing on the anchor in a strong current because of the fixed keel and spade rudder, and 2) drunks piloting houseboats. I once saw a 50+ foot houseboat pinwheel through a lot of boats anchored behind the Coca Cola stage. Missed us, but others weren't so lucky.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:20 PM   #10
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I'm so glad to see you back in action! Those were some scary pictures from after that storm.

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