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Old 28-08-2012, 18:01   #16
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Re: What Was First Thing You Did In Your New Boat

Jump start it. :P
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Re: What Was First Thing You Did In Your New Boat

Accepted delivery from ship (Oakland), picked up fuel (Emeryville), washed the boat, raised the mast, installed the sails (Pt. Richmond), sailed to home marina (Vallejo).

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Old 28-08-2012, 18:26   #18
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Re: What Was First Thing You Did In Your New Boat

1 - Installed all new thru hulls and seacocks
2 - Installed new toilet
3 - Applied new anti-fouling
4 - Installed new bilge pumps (manual and automatic)
5 - Installed Installed new genny sheets
6 - Broke several genny cars & blocks - replaced all genny cars
7 - Broke main traveler - repaired - broke main traveler - installed new Harken
8 - 6 weeks later removed crap anti-foul and applied Micron Extra anti-foul

And then real boat ownership ($$$$) started...

(PS - The original plan was to install a curtain for the head area and then sail for a year - the curtain is still not installed 6 years later - hasn't got to the top of the list yet - LOL)
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Old 28-08-2012, 18:51   #19
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Re: What Was First Thing You Did In Your New Boat

removed the fish and crab carcasses from the deck, made the ball of shellfish look like a prop again, run the engine in gear for an hour at the dock........went sailing!!!
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We threw a commissioning party. Oysters on the half shell, a case of Australian lager, and some fabulous wine. And a short ceremony, of course.
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Re: What Was First Thing You Did In Your New Boat

....will agree with those who said remove everything and clean . You will discover a lot this way... loose wires, missing clamps, abandoned pumps etc. Be careful about removing any wires until you know your boat.... you may discover that you need a wire right where the one you removed was ..! (probably because the PO had the same thing you are going to put there, but it crapped out so he removed it prior to selling)
basically... "Get to know your boat" before doing much at all.
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On our first cruising boat when we were in our late 20s, we were given the keys to the boat from the marina before we had actually bought her. We were supposed to meet some friend of the owner at 4 pm onboard. We had already checked it out and decided it was the one, so we turned up an hour earlier and "baptised" the boat - a euphemism for an intimate process involving 2 people and a new found additional love interest.

Ya gotta create the right sexy vibe on your boat before you start working on her!
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On our first cruising boat when we were in our late 20s, we were given the keys to the boat from the marina before we had actually bought her. We were supposed to meet some friend of the owner at 4 pm onboard. We had already checked it out and decided it was the one, so we turned up an hour earlier and "baptised" the boat - a euphemism for an intimate process involving 2 people and a new found additional love interest.

Ya gotta create the right sexy vibe on your boat before you start working on her!
hahahah ... now that was the sort of direction I was thinking of ....

Most people have been much more serious and come up with some really worthwhile advice, almost scary in fact, so much work. But I do agree it is really important to familiarise oneself with the intimates of the boat. Hauling out all the accumulated detritus of years and checking out all the modifications of the previous owner(s) is probably the essential first step.

The intimates with the boatmate can come anytime.
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Most people have been much more serious and come up with some really worthwhile advice, almost scary in fact, so much work.
And then there's the "cocktails in the cockpit" crowd.

Geeze. Who ARE these squared-away people? First thing we did was burst into tears. Then we got into a big fight about which one of us was to blame: "What were we thinking? Who let this happen?!" Then we tried and failed to figure out how to use the heads and wept some more.
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Sailed it over to our Marina to see if we could wedge it in the tight spot next to the old boat that we hadn't sold yet.

Got wedged across the fairway with my wife standing on the bowsprit, holding onto the backstay of our old boat! Almost took out both our boys within half an hour of taking possession of the new one.

not a great start...
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Actually, I'm wrong. The first thing I did was stand behind the wheel, gazing at the bow so, so far away and wondered how I was ever going to get this huge thing home in one piece (we stepped up from 26' to 35').

Then I almost took out both our boats at once
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since i have built most of my boats from scratch i can only comment on the last 2 that i accuired ,the first thing i had to do with both of them was bail the water out,and stop them sinking
LOL ... ... huge respect atoll !
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We flew to France as we were told it was 'in the water' and needed to pay the balance.

They needed the money urgently as it cost them money for every day it stood in the dock!

Decided to check the boat out first!

Got there and found the boat was not in the water where they told us it was (it was a BRAND NEW BOAT). We were then told it was in the water at another port ... drove all the way there ... it was not in the water there either.

Were then told they had made a mistake ... was still at the factory! Arrived at the factory where we were told we could not enter as no visitors are allowed.

We sat on the floor ... Ana, my son and myself ... staff walked past us without so much as to offer us a chair ... the receptionist sat on her chair at her desk pretending we were not there!
After more than an hour one woman walked in and was pretty disgusted clients were sitting on the floor ... offered us a chair ...

Threw one HUGE HISSYFIT and ordered the purchase to be cancelled ... they allowed us in as I don't think they had ever met an UNSTABLE South African before!

The boat was not ready for loading let alone being placed in the water.

We extended our stay ... the agent got the dates wrong and arrived a day after we left ... he was meant to be part of the 'hand over' ... it was a disaster !

Eventually we got the boat ... warranty issues were another problem ... the factory did not understand the meaning of the term warranty! We did all at our own cost.

We tried negotiating with an arrogant idiot at the factory ... he was so arrogant we decided to 'let it alone'.

Just before we left having spent all this money getting it to the standard we expected, the agent asked us why we were so negative when we were ready to embark on 'what most can only dream of' ....

We have a fantastic vessel, but the experience of getting it was .... BITTER!

Sadly ... they know they have a great product!
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The prior owner had this creepy little knome figurine superglued to the sink in the head, just staring at you. First order of business was taking my shoe to the little thing. 2nd order of business was using the head. 3rd order of business was investigating who my GF was speaking to topside. 4th order of business was finding out that the prior owner had returned asking to use the head before hitting the road. The ensuing few minutes seemed like an eternity as I dreaded facing the poor fella after he came back topside with the knowledge that it'd taken me no less than 10 minutes to make short shift of what he'd described prior as his "Little Buddy". uggh...
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