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Old 11-23-2022, 03:34 PM   #1
City: Los Gatos
Join Date: Nov 2022
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Smile Ford Johnson - '81 GB36 - "Hopscotch"

Well I'm not quite yet a bona fide member.
I don't actually own a trawler until December 10th.

"Hopscotch", a 1981 Grand Banks Classic 36 is currently hauled out at Central Point yard in Sturgeon Bay, WI. The vessel has been well cared for. It's systems have been recently updated, and a bow thruster installed.

Over the winter I plan to commission a few modification to make the boat easier to single hand. I'm hoping this forum can help me make rational decisions on implementing the changes.

"Hopscotch" is my first powerboat. Previously I sailed a 1965 Ericsson 35 on the Pacific Coast. A "classic" design. Narrow beam. Very low to the water. A 36' trawler is a big step up....

Come Spring the plan is to outfit the boat (tools, bedding, etc...) and then spend the Summer on the Great Lakes. Entirely new waters to me. Then over 2023/24 do a "Loop" trip, with the "aspirational" goal of reaching up to the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and down the seaway back to "cross my wake" in Wisconsin.

I Look forward to making new friends and acquaintances on the forum.

- Ford
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