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Old 10-04-2012, 22:51   #1
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Someday... Hopefully soon

My wife and I have been restoring our 1977 Islander for the last few months. And though there is still LOTS of work to do, I feel like we are almost to a landmark moment in the process. We have hauled out, repaired and repainted the bottom and freeboard. We have sanded and sanded and sanded nearly everything else. Unstepped the mast and took it down to bare aluminum before refinishing it, refitting it with shiny steel rigging and stepping it again.
Window replacement, portlight replacement, hatch cover rebuilt. I think the only thing topside we haven't messed with yet is the helm.
Now all that to say this... I think I'm starting to see a little light at the end of the tunnel. All the parts are in place and with a few rain free days we might be able to get the topsides repainted and the teak oiled, and finally the new windows put in, and the topsides will be complete! Hallelujah! It seems so close, and yet so far away at the same time, and of coarse, there could be a proverbial train coming at us too. Here's to hoping for the best ;-)

It's been a long day, just thought I would share with the folks...

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Old 11-04-2012, 12:12   #2
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KEEP ON PLUGGING! You will get there. Good Luck.____Grant.
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Old 11-04-2012, 13:13   #3
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Onwards, mate! Don't worry about perfection, or you will never ever leave. Just get it seaworthy, load her up, get out to the islands and do the rest while at anchor behind a reef full of juicy seafood.
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Old 11-04-2012, 13:19   #4
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Re: Someday... Hopefully soon

there are many things ye can do while underway so dont let the refit slow ye down from leaving san diego--is much better gone from there than still there....been there , doing that...

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Old 11-04-2012, 13:25   #5
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Congrats!

Keep on grinding and one day soon ... you will be sitting in her cockpit, in a nice anchorage ... thinking ... WHAT? NOTHING ELSE TO DO?

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Old 11-04-2012, 13:35   #6
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Hah! Good one, Barnakiel! ROTFMLMAO! I assume that was written with a healthy pinch of salt.

We have never got to the stage - ever! - of thinking that!

But it is indeed a nice utopic goal to aim for....
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Old 11-04-2012, 15:51   #7
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It seems so cllose and so far away at the same time.....know the feeling...

The clock is ticking .. 143 days as of today... Sometimes I feel so very tired but I absolutely know it will be worthwhile...good luck
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So should we rebed the teak toe rails with rusted bolts???
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