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Old 05-17-2016, 09:38 AM   #41
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It's not too late to hire your own surveyor, get references from other boaters in the area on the best one(s) for your type of boat and engines. Then they can walk you through all the projects and help you prioritize them so you don't learn as many at inconvenient times.
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:11 AM   #42
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What a beautiful boat! So much room, and she looks well cared for. Congratulations and enjoy! Please keep us posted with your progress .

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Old 05-17-2016, 01:30 PM   #43
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In South Louisiana when using the boat in the summer which is most of the year, you will be running the gen for AC, so a large 12 volt bank is not needed.
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:08 PM   #44
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Fun thread and I am enjoying reading it. Looking at the YW post, it appears to be a very nice boat and a great deal.
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:29 PM   #45
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I'm not convinced that this is the best idea!

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Old 05-17-2016, 02:46 PM   #46
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Something gets broken all the time. My boat is never 100 percent. Life seemed so much simpler when boats had (almost) no systems. Like, I've got a leaking fresh-water line, a water-leak-dripping from the engine, an "off-and-on-working" inverter. Will hopefully get fixed by the end of June before the next set of failures. And that's not counting a current spider invasion.
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:04 PM   #47
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I'm not convinced that this is the best idea!


Which part?
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:24 PM   #48
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Which part?
I would think the free standing chair. Now if you stand all the time underway, not a problem, and it appears at that helm with that chair, you would be standing.

I would want something that is fastened into position and firmly in place.
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:39 PM   #49
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In my protected waters of the San Francisco estuary, such a chair would be readily toppeled.
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Old 05-17-2016, 04:20 PM   #50
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Yes, the chair. While I can't see the base I assume because there is not a pedestal that it is free standing. Given your hull configuration and weight you will be waked, sometimes seriously waked. Getting dumped off that chair can result in an injury never mind loss of helm control.
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Old 05-17-2016, 04:48 PM   #51
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I have seen those type chairs turnbuckled to fittings on the deck. Works okay then I suppose. Not my idea of a good helm chair though.
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Old 05-17-2016, 05:33 PM   #52
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Wifey B: Actually you need two good helm chairs.
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Old 05-17-2016, 06:10 PM   #53
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B's suggestion back on P 1 of this thread to find someone to go over the entire boat with you is a very good one. When we first got the boat, I had not been on a boat in about 15 years. I hired a guy from the local JD dealer to spend a weekend going over the entire propulsion and generator system with me. I knew the owners at Townsend Bay Marine and knew the quality of their work well. I flew their best systems guy and his wife down from Port Townsend on Kenmore Air and put them up for a Seattle weekend. He spent 2+ days with me going over every inch of the boat and every system on the boat in detail. I got about 59 pages of notes and about 200 photos. I still refer to those now, 5 years later. It all cost me about $1,600 and was worth every penny. You have a hell of an advantage if you start out knowing what almost everything does and how it is supposed to do it.
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Wifey B: Actually you need two good helm chairs.
Don't get me started. There is only one helm chair on Sonas. During the three day trip up from Stuart the missus had to sit on the fly bridge seating, where she couldn't see where we were going.

We have a nine-day long trip to St Simon's and Hilton Head coming up and she has asked for her matching chair at the helm.

Of course it's a Stidd.
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Don't get me started. There is only one helm chair on Sonas. During the three day trip up from Stuart the missus had to sit on the fly bridge seating, where she couldn't see where we were going.

We have a nine-day long trip to St Simon's and Hilton Head coming up and she has asked for her matching chair at the helm.

Of course it's a Stidd.
When you're cruising part of the joy is sharing the view, sharing the experience, talking about things you see. Plus having a watch is good too, not the kind talked about in the other thread.
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When you're cruising part of the joy is sharing the view, sharing the experience, talking about things you see. Plus having a watch is good too, not the kind talked about in the other thread.
Yep, and we had two on our last boat.

But a Stidd?

$5.8K just to buy it never mind the install!
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Yep, and we had two on our last boat.

But a Stidd?

$5.8K just to buy it never mind the install!
Wifey B: But they're comfy.
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Yep, and we had two on our last boat.

But a Stidd?

$5.8K just to buy it never mind the install!
Just think...it is not as much as a Rolex and it has a very good purpose!!!...
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Just think...it is not as much as a Rolex and it has a very good purpose!!!...
Actually is does recline, and I have an auto pilot.......
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