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Old 07-03-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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She floats!!!

After almost 2 years of work, the Lady J hit the water and proceeded under her own power to her new dock. WoooHooo!!!!! Still lots of little things to do, but it's much better from the water than on the hard. As we meet our neighbors, it's great not to be referred to as "those people", as in "Oh, you are those people on the hard working on the Gulfstar!" Now we can say we berth at F-36. Much better. Watching the sunrise from the flying bridge with our morning coffee is living the life! Took her out twice for shake down, but each time returning early due to rain. Weather comes up quick on Lake Erie! Will follow up as we get out a few more times and wring her out. Since I had never operated a boat both this big and with twin engines, I had one of the marina staff ride along to coach me. His directions were simple, "Drive it like a bull dozer!. Use the transmissions to steer, with occasional bumps of the throttles." Worked Great!!! I am amazed at how maneuverable the boat is, especially as I like to "move slow like a pro". Next time at the boat, we are going to anchor a fender in the bay, and practice approaches from all angles and all winds. Hopefully get back aboard next week.
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:36 PM   #2
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Congrats, have fun with it. Entering a marina is the only time I am jealous of a twin.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:03 PM   #3
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Congrats. Time to enjoy the fruits of your labors.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:12 PM   #4
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She looks fine! congrats
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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Hey Kents, I liked your FB page and looked it over. I guess I don't understand why you were on the hard for two years. What were you working on that required it being out of the water?

Congrats, BTW. I always wanted my time on the hard to be short and sweet.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:22 PM   #6
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:31 PM   #7
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Yup the guy behind me has an Albin 28 with a bow thruster. He just stands there in awe on how easy I dock my 36 with twins.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:43 PM   #8
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Yup the guy behind me has an Albin 28 with a bow thruster. He just stands there in awe on how easy I dock my 36 with twins.
Twins rule !!!
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:44 PM   #9
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Congrats Bilgewater. She's a beauty.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:43 PM   #10
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Capthead - We re-did the galley/dinette area, removed, repaired, and re-installed all the stanchions. Replaced some spongy balsa core on the flying bridge. Built a new battery box and continue to update the wiring. Re-sealed ports, buffed out the topsides, and continued to chase wiring. We live 3 hours away, and though retired, work part time. Much of what we did was easier on the hard. We had electric service from the marina, so could live aboard as we worked on it. We're not done yet, (probably will never be) but getting closer. At least now we can take it out and enjoy it between work sessions.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:50 PM   #11
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Congrats! Gulfstars are damn well built
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:29 AM   #12
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Every single time I have had a boat on the hard, that is my first, almost instinctive, reaction when it goes back into the water! It Floats!

Congrats-enjoy the 4th on board.
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:52 AM   #13
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Very nice, Bilgewater! I was very interested in purchasing a Gulfstar--they all seem like very well-built, sturdy boats. I can imagine your elation after two years! Congrats!
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:35 AM   #14
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Nice boat. Looks just like mine!! :-)
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Im new to the forum but congrats,Im sure that was quite an awesome feeling.
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Your upgrades look good. I also redid my V berth and forward head. It made a huge difference. Keep going you do great work and I know you have to feel the rewards of a great job when it's finished.......oops, I said finished.
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Congratulations on the Launch. It's nice to see another trawler on the Great Lakes.
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:39 PM   #19
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Thanks for the many kind words. Now we can have fun operating her. After a few more sea trials, we'll try an overnight anchorage near by. Still have to get a battery for the generator to check it out. It ran two years ago. We discovered that the color Garmin 82 works, as does the Furuno radar. Now I have to figure out how to run them! Have the manual for the Garmin, but not the radar. I'll get the model number next time at the boat and see about a manual on line. Living the dream!
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