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Old 10-11-2014, 02:30 PM   #1
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On the hard again...

More work is needed on Sherpa. She's been on the hard for over a month at Progressive Marine Service in St. Petersburg receiving some more work to keep her 100%. I'll post some photos in the near future. I really miss being out on the water!

- V-berth windows are leaking and cracked with age. I'm replacing with slightly darker windows for privacy.
- Engine is being pulled for repainting. Also had a stuck bolt that needed torching to remove.
- Some fiberglass work to repair small deck crazing at the bow and aft.
- Miscellaneous cosmetic repairs/touch-ups.
- New cabin door.
- Bottom job.
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:25 AM   #2
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Are you buying windows with darker glass, or having some tinted? I've often wondered about having windows tinted and how it would hold up in a marine environment.

Have fun with your projects. Working on a boat is a labor of love. Now go have fun with your baby.
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Old 10-12-2014, 01:11 PM   #3
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Thanks and will do! The original v-berth windows are acrylic, but they are badly crazed after almost 35 years--not bad though. I am replacing the windows with "medium" tinted acrylic for more privacy. Hopefully, the windows will last another 35 years!

The old cabin door is tinted acrylic but we are going with a solid fiberglass door for more privacy.

I'm tired of having my wife "keep watch" while I'm using the head at the marina.
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:58 AM   #4
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> Some fiberglass work to repair small deck crazing at the bow and aft.<

Deck crazing is not just cosmetic, something Failed , and caused the cracks.
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Old 10-13-2014, 06:12 AM   #5
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I have about four, small hairline cracks (3-4 inches long) in the gelcoat. I'm addressing it before it gets worse.
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Old 11-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #6
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I feel your pain!

My boat's been on the hard since September and is expected to stay at the yard until Spring of next year. She needs a lot of work, but the most time consuming being a total refastening. I chose the Monel fasteners for longevity's sake (i have a wooden vessel), but I had no idea they had to make them...in China, no doubt! Still, despite the long time at the yard, I know that once she's launched in the Spring, I can keep her in the water through the season, if not all year before she needs another haul-out. Anyway, That's what keeps me going...but patience is not my virtue!

But yeah, I can sympathize. It's been so long, in fact, sometimes I wonder if I even have a boat at all...until I get the monthly bill!
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Old 11-04-2014, 05:59 AM   #7
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The dark window will give more privacy , but also more heat into the cabin.
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