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Old 01-19-2019, 12:27 PM   #1
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Slowly Getting Through The Pre-Season Projects!

14 out of 35 completed. Some simple, like applying the Reobic drain cleaner or lubricating the zippers, some more involved, like sanding and varnishing the rails and name plates or adding a wash down on the foredeck. Some done by me, some by my electronics guy, and some by my mechanic.

How are you guys doing?
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Old 01-19-2019, 02:15 PM   #2
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I have still more than 3 months to go before the pre-season!

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Old 01-19-2019, 02:33 PM   #3
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In theory I only have two items left on my preseason list. Changing the raw water impeller on the generator and an oil change on the main engines. I had 3 items on the winter not functioning correctly list. Two of them are done, overhauling steering univalve and servicing/adjusting stabilizers. The remaining item, diagnosing and servicing the water maker is in process. That leaves me with just one major spring project, installing new windshield wiping system. Of course next weekend is boat show and that could change everything.
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Old 01-19-2019, 03:20 PM   #4
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Well done.
I guess it helps having a deadline with the start of boating season.

I keep ticking items off my list and adding others. I don't expect it will ever be completed.
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I actually have another biggie just added. I had noticed during last fall that the anchor and chain were past due for a galvanization. We last anchored out in September - marinas since then.
When we anchored last week a lot of rust dust hit the deck - and on the same day they completed my monthly wash!
So I called the local company that does it and will be taking the anchor and chain off tomorrow and taking it over on Monday.
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Old 01-19-2019, 04:30 PM   #6
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Iíll be interested to hear how the regalvanize works. Iíve heard mixed reports.
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Whoís doing the chain? When we looked at it several years ago, the local company didnít have a tumbler or shacker and I was warned that some of the links maybe fused.
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Iíll be interested to hear how the regalvanize works. Iíve heard mixed reports.
Weíve had chain regalvanized in New Zealand and South Africa. Iíd say it lasted about 80% the life of new quality chain but the price was less than 50% of new so it was worth it. We had an anchor done in Trinidad. There the quality was poor and we would have been better off not doing it or replacing the anchor.
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I regalvanized the chain and a Bruce anchor in northern New Jersey. The anchor came out great. A lot of the links were galvanized together. PIA to get them all freed up. Some of the ones stuck together didn't retain as much galvanize when separated. Unless someone comes up with a much better result, I'll buy new chain next time.

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ďLooking back, Iíd buy new chainĒ is what I hear pretty consistently.

Iím currently debating with myself about whether to go with G60 stainless chain on next boat. Itís about 2x the price, but pretty compelling both short and long term.
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Whoís doing the chain? When we looked at it several years ago, the local company didnít have a tumbler or shacker and I was warned that some of the links maybe fused.
Did you speak with these people? I called last Monday and they said they could do it. I may call back Monday morning and clarify their ability.

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Iím currently debating with myself about whether to go with G60 stainless chain on next boat. Itís about 2x the price, but pretty compelling both short and long term.
The bonus with stainless chain is that it lays in the anchor locker much flatter without the tendency to pile up or "castle" like galv chain does.
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I just re-galvanized 300’ of 3/8” G4 chain. It had relatively little of the original zinc left and had painted sections every 25’. The paint required ‘stripping’, which is an acid dip, and doubled the cost. About half of the links were fused, which required re-handling the chain to break them loose with a hammer. No need to visit the gym that day.
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Did you speak with these people? I called last Monday and they said they could do it. I may call back Monday morning and clarify their ability.

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That’s who we talked to. As Tom mentioned there’s also prep involved. Since we had been marking our chain with paint, they had to strip that off. I could have done that by dragging the 300’ behind our car on a dirt road but... We ended up getting new Acco chain from Port Supply and a 2 year warranty for rust.
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How did you manage to buy from Port Supply - do you have a commercial account?
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I just re-galvanized 300í of 3/8Ē G4 chain. It had relatively little of the original zinc left and had painted sections every 25í. The paint required Ďstrippingí, which is an acid dip, and doubled the cost. About half of the links were fused, which required re-handling the chain to break them loose with a hammer. No need to visit the gym that day.
So in hindsight, would you go that route again, or buy new?
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I just put my door in the shrink-wrap.



I've got some deck to "investigate" and I promised myself I would put in air conditioning.


Everything else is just annual maintenance.
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How did you manage to buy from Port Supply - do you have a commercial account?
A friend has an account.

How many feet do you need? 1st Chain Supply sells Acco chain with free delivery based on how much you buy and where itís delivered to.

https://www.1st-chainsupply.com/chai...lass_chain.htm
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The galvanizing quality was less than I expected. We anchor whenever possible so time will tell if it was worthwhile. With the stripping cost included it was about 40% of new chain cost.
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