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Old 01-23-2017, 01:42 PM   #1
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Our first weekend in our new Camano 31

Checklist:
-Nesting and settling in
-Move to new slip
-Docking in/out of slip w/o damage to boat, boathouse, or neighbor's boats
-Cruise to fuel dock w/o grounding
-Dock at fuel dock w/o explosion
-Put fuel in fuel tank, water in water tank and not the other way around
-Wake up dry in VBerth
-Socialize at Yacht Club w/o public humiliation

So far, so good.
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Old 01-23-2017, 01:53 PM   #2
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I hope to have as successful a first weekend someday.
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Old 01-23-2017, 02:24 PM   #3
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I'm assuming a "new to you" Camano as they haven't been made for about ten years.


If you're new to boating or to a single screw boat, I suggest hiring an experienced captain for a few hours of lessons. Don't make the mistake I made, I hired a captain and his first words were "I've never driven a boat like this before."


All the things you mention will come to you soon but don't ever take it too casually.
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Greetings,
Mr. m. Woohoo! Gotta love an uneventful first night. Good for you! You look like one happy camper.
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ok take a deep breath! Its not that bad.
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Congratulations on your new boat. We chartered one for a week some years ago in the PNW and found it to be a nice, comfortable cruising trawler. It cruised nicely at 7 kts but would speed up to 13-14 kts when necessary to push through an adverse current.

Consider removing the table in the main salon and use folding TV tables as necessary for dining. The existing table takes up a lot of the room in the salon. Also our boat at least, had an interesting foldup lower helm chair. If you have one, unfold it at the dock and see how it works. The only time I ever helmed my fly bridge trawler from below was in 6-8 seas and I wonder how that chair would stay in place in those conditions.

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Well done, Chuck! Ain't it a great feeling? Welcome to the club.
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Old 01-23-2017, 04:31 PM   #10
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I'm assuming a "new to you" Camano as they haven't been made for about ten years.


If you're new to boating or to a single screw boat, I suggest hiring an experienced captain for a few hours of lessons. Don't make the mistake I made, I hired a captain and his first words were "I've never driven a boat like this before."


All the things you mention will come to you soon but don't ever take it too casually.
WesK,
Our Voyager is a 2002 Camano Troll, Hull #171, with a hailing port of Freeport, TX. She was moved from the Gulf Coast to Lake Texoma by a couple planning to do the Great Loop when life interfered.
We started thinking boat life three years ago while caregiving elderly parents, and to that end, we spent a week training on a 40' trawler cruising from Dania Beach down to Boca Chita Kay, anchoring along the way. It was a very hands on experience, and we both gained some confidence in boat handling.
There are no other Camanos berthed on Lake Texoma - it is currently the only one that we know of in Texas.
We are definitely not in the "casual" group - Chuck is a lifelong pilot, works in aviation navaids and lighting field, electrical engineer, and mechanical "whisperer." I'm all in as first mate - and plan to be just as competent at handling the boat as I can be! Our slip neighbor is in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and another is a USPG instructor, so we are surrounded by good input.
Most of all we are deliriously happy to be on our own boat :
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Old 01-23-2017, 04:35 PM   #11
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I hope to have as successful a first weekend someday.
When are you headed to Texas? And whereabouts?
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Greetings,
Mr. m. Woohoo! Gotta love an uneventful first night. Good for you! You look like one happy camper.
How did you get this video of Chuck?
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ok take a deep breath! Its not that bad.
You're right HighWire - it was wonderful!
Of course, it helped quite a lot that conditions Saturday were, um, shall we say . . . perfect?
Sunday however, winds were gusting to 40k and we decided to save our boathandling on windy days training for another, less windy day.
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Congratulations on your new boat. We chartered one for a week some years ago in the PNW and found it to be a nice, comfortable cruising trawler. It cruised nicely at 7 kts but would speed up to 13-14 kts when necessary to push through an adverse current.

Consider removing the table in the main salon and use folding TV tables as necessary for dining. The existing table takes up a lot of the room in the salon. Also our boat at least, had an interesting foldup lower helm chair. If you have one, unfold it at the dock and see how it works. The only time I ever helmed my fly bridge trawler from below was in 6-8 seas and I wonder how that chair would stay in place in those conditions.

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I've definitely given thought to replacing the table with a folding one - I have not thought about removing it altogether. We need to live with things as they are a bit, so we can see how we'll use it. One of the screws on the table mount is stripped so the table tends to slide down after a bit of use. We'll see how well we can repair it - or if repair leads to replace . . . isn't that the normal process?
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You're right HighWire - it was wonderful!
Of course, it helped quite a lot that conditions Saturday were, um, shall we say . . . perfect?
Sunday however, winds were gusting to 40k and we decided to save our boathandling on windy days training for another, less windy day.
Know when to hold them and know when to sit back and just enjoy the fact you are relaxed and at a dock.
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Wise Sunday decision macp. No point putting the perfect Saturday record at risk. Sooner or later you`ll have to dock in difficult conditions, hopefully by then you will be well up to it.
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Old 01-23-2017, 09:20 PM   #17
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Congratulations on the 2002 Camano they are fine boats! I bought a 2002, Spirit in Mobile Al. in 2004 and owned it till 2008 when I wanted a larger boat, A guy in Sweden bought her from us and had her shipped there. I find them very well made and fun to operate. We made many trips along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana, as far as Houston and Sanibel Is. Fl., that one was two and a half months on board. They had a very good owners group, ECCO East Coast Camano Owners Association, maybe they are still in operation.
Congrats again enjoy her!
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congrats. i had to create an account just to tell you how jealous i am! had an eye on that boat from here in dfw area for a few months before the *sale pending* sign appeared. we are still a couple years from seriously looking but had talked about this one a lot and basing out of texoma for a while before moving to gulf coast.
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I've definitely given thought to replacing the table with a folding one - I have not thought about removing it altogether. We need to live with things as they are a bit, so we can see how we'll use it. One of the screws on the table mount is stripped so the table tends to slide down after a bit of use. We'll see how well we can repair it - or if repair leads to replace . . . isn't that the normal process?
I suggest living with things as they are for a good while (with any boat) before deciding to change things around.

As for the table leg, it's a standard seat mount so you can replace it if you can't repair it. If the screw (knob) is stripped, that's an easy fix. If the threads in the post are stripped, that's a little harder but a machine shop could do it.

For a temporary fix, measure the height you want (from the floor to the bottom of the table), cut a piece of 2X2 (I'm guessing) lumber that length, loosen both screws, pull the table all the way out of the posts and put your new "stick" in the base and replace the table. That will hold it at a fixed height. To make things simple, use two sticks, one in each leg so the table is automatically level.

We get a lot of use from our table so I've never modified it.
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