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Old 02-03-2016, 10:44 PM   #41
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She is to be renamed.

Current name is Bagheera. Our son wants us to keep the name.

But she will be SONAS. Gaelic for Happiness.
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Old 02-11-2016, 06:24 AM   #42
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Boat is now ours. Insurance was effective as of 12:01 this morning.

Work I am having done in Stuart begins today and will be complete by the 18th. We will start back for Jacksonville Friday 19th.
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Old 02-11-2016, 06:36 AM   #43
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Congratulations menzies beautiful boat .
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Greetings,
Mr. M. Safe travels.
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Old 02-11-2016, 07:06 AM   #45
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Congrats! looks purdy.
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Old 02-11-2016, 07:44 AM   #46
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Menzies, congratulations! She is beautiful!!

Btw our arch is hinged also, but there's way more weight there than I first expected. After some consideration we decided the hinges are unnecessary. We're not messing with it.
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Old 02-11-2016, 08:21 AM   #47
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Menzies, congratulations! She is beautiful!!

Btw our arch is hinged also, but there's way more weight there than I first expected. After some consideration we decided the hinges are unnecessary. We're not messing with it.
Well, they may be unnecessary 98% of one's cruising life. However, if one decides to do the Loop they may be 100% essential.
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Well, they may be unnecessary 98% of one's cruising life. However, if one decides to do the Loop they may be 100% essential.
I get that. We're trading going down the Miss. for Caribbean time. Arch stays where it is. Just the two radars together with the Sat TV hookup weigh enough, not to mention the arch itself. maybe one day we'll bring it down, but theres plenty of places to explore where we won't have to.
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I get that. We're trading going down the Miss. for Caribbean time. Arch stays where it is. Just the two radars together with the Sat TV hookup weigh enough, not to mention the arch itself. maybe one day we'll bring it down, but theres plenty of places to explore where we won't have to.
Well, bringing it down the one time won't be a big deal. All those marinas that de-mast sailboats for the Erie Canal and the loop are right there to assist you. If you were trying to get assistance doing it in some areas they'd just look at you and say "You want what?" But on the Loop route it's such a common practice to have to clear the bridges. Then the other side a marina that has a business just built on putting everything back up.
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Very Nice!
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Menzies

Where was the hull layup done? Some of the later GAs were done in SoCal and then the builder went belly up. The hulls and upper deck shells were picked up by various yards and completed in a variety of very nice looking and interesting ways.

What year were the Luggers put in, look like originals? Nice find and once again shows the genius of Art DF.
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Well, bringing it down the one time won't be a big deal. All those marinas that de-mast sailboats for the Erie Canal and the loop are right there to assist you. If you were trying to get assistance doing it in some areas they'd just look at you and say "You want what?" But on the Loop route it's such a common practice to have to clear the bridges. Then the other side a marina that has a business just built on putting everything back up.
Learn something every day. Cool, Thanks!
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Menzies

Where was the hull layup done? Some of the later GAs were done in SoCal and then the builder went belly up. The hulls and upper deck shells were picked up by various yards and completed in a variety of very nice looking and interesting ways.

What year were the Luggers put in, look like originals? Nice find and once again shows the genius of Art DF.
Taiwan.

Grand Alaskan 53

The Luggers are the original 2002 engines. So properly cared for should last me a few years before any rebuild.

The outfit doing the work in Stuart are the "authorized" Lugger guys. Aim is to get everything up to snuff before the season starts.
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Learn something every day. Cool, Thanks!
Here is a link to a list of marinas that will step a mast for the Erie Canal.

http://www.offshoreblue.com/cruising/masts.php

In Chicago, I know Crowley's steps masts, Burnham Park Yacht Club does, Skyway does, Belmont Harbor, and I'm sure there are many more.

There is a marina most use to unstep on the other side but I can't remember it at the moment.

Some may try to do it with manpower, but others will use a crane like they do with sailboats to hold it in place and then slowly let it down. Most any real shipyard can do what you'll need done.
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We were privileged to be at the survey and sea trial for this boat, menzies and his lovely admiral invited us to watch the process first hand as it won't be too long before we have to go through it...

Most boats look nice in photos but this one lives up to all the pictures, it is a lovely boat and in beautiful condition, it was great to see what happened and we are more than grateful for being given the opportunity.

We are very happy to hear this one was OK (ish) and that with a small amount of TLC will be in top condition.

We hope you enjoy her and have many miles of happy boating..

Thanks again..
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The Luggers are the original 2002 engines. So properly cared for should last me a few years before any rebuild.

The outfit doing the work in Stuart are the "authorized" Lugger guys. Aim is to get everything up to snuff before the season starts.
One of the pluses of Luggers is the basic engine is everywhere. We have Luggers for generators, Northern Lights. Go to John Deere tractors. People will argue whether John Deere or Northern Lights does the best job of marinizing.
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Old 02-21-2016, 10:33 PM   #57
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OK, 274 miles completed in three days, and we are back in Jacksonville. We will take her over to the yard tomorrow for work to bring her up to snuff.

What we have learned during this "shake down cruise."

174 X 2 engines in a full displacement don't behave the same way as as 350 X 2 in an modified V. Especially when looking to goose your engine to spin in tidal waters!

Don't miss the turn for the ICW in New Smyrna and try the cut north of the Ponce Inlet instead. Not a good move.

Thank God (or Art DeFever) for protected running gear!

Make sure you stand up and pull your pants up after going to the toilet when using VacuFlush. That thang is da bidness.

February weather sure is nice to be sleeping on the boat with the ports wide open and nothing running to keep you cool.

When planning to stay in a marina, check to see that they have full finger docks. Sure will help you avoid using a step ladder to get off the boat!

Halifax Harbor Marina in Daytona is Da Bomb. Just a great location with awesome people!

Cold beer and a hot Jacuzzi at the end of the trip - ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Overall, the boat ran great, We kept the Luggers at around 1800 all trip. Engines behaved admirably, 60 psi oil, and 184 temps all the time.

All of the electronics and hardware performed as they should.

A very nice confidence booster for future enjoyment.
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Congrats on a successful maiden voyage! You sure covered lots of water each day.
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Old 02-21-2016, 10:59 PM   #59
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AIS was on - we had family watching and commenting regularly!
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Paul, Sounds like you had great fun, glad it went so well, what's left to do in your local yard??
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