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Old 18-09-2016, 15:29   #1
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Finished the Great Loop!

I know this title appears to misplaced, but not for my "great loop". Today was the day that I rounded the circle with a refit that started last November.

It seemed simple enough when I started. I was simply going to upgrade everything between my rub rail and toe rail all the way around my 41' Morgan Out Island. I've owned this boat for 31 years and we've been pretty much at play, cruising for the last 14 years, so I have needs.

I needed to replace 14 portlights all the way around and I decided to replace the bow light fixtures to LED's and do something with the old teak under my genoa track and the teak at the pintels of my turning blocks as well as the pintels under my bow lights.

The teak was cleaned, sanded, filled and entombed in epoxy. Twelve of the portlights were replaced with acrylic adhered with 3M VHB tape and sealed with Dow 791. two opening aft ports were replaced with NewFound Metals SS opening portlights.

All this was surrounded with Interlux Brightside "Off white" and the two ends met today! I'll still need some finishing coats, but the loop is closed!



'happy day!
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Congratulations on a job that ends up bigger than it starts out. You've achieved a notable milestone getting to this point. Good for you. Now there is no more work to done and you can sit back and relax from here on out.


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Old 18-09-2016, 16:25   #3
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............................ Now there is no more work to done and you can sit back and relax from here on out. S/V B'Shert
I do appreciate this humor! I know I'm never "done"! I always have a list of things to be done,- I'm just drawing a line through number one on the list and moving on. 'but it's true that I'll soon be off to cruising again and working on the list in other places!
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Ah, that is a good plan. Work on the list in other places = cruising.


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Those Newfound Metals ports are magnificent works of art. Replaced all the crappy Fuller Brush plastic ports on TN with them.
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Well Done HF. Gee a boat is never finished.

I'm on pre-winter varnishing and a delightful head rebuild.... My favorite task..... One day I need to slap on a coat or two of topside paint on the Rose. I am not looking forward to that. So many projects so little time and money.
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Oh ! That loop. Your accomplishments are an inspiration.

What about the name AYTHYA. Is that from the duck ? Or penguin ?

Gave up trying to pronounce it long ago.
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Oh ! That loop. Your accomplishments are an inspiration.

What about the name AYTHYA. Is that from the duck ? Or penguin ?

Gave up trying to pronounce it long ago.
We took the name from the Canvasback duck, but we use Dacron.
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There is no greater satisfaction than restoring a boat you love and trust that has given you memories few, in life, will experience. Congratulations.
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There is no greater satisfaction than restoring a boat you love...
That's pretty special alright.
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We took the name from the Canvasback duck, but we use Dacron.
Dacron! Hahaha Love it.
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We took the name from the Canvasback duck, but we use Dacron.
Thanks for that. You sure do take good care of her.

You guys are something of cruising royalty you know. Going on 45 yrs ?

Incredible. And congratulations from one of the peons. If I ever get out

there I'll be following your example. With Dacron, of course, too.
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Those Newfound Metals ports are magnificent works of art. Replaced all the crappy Fuller Brush plastic ports on TN with them.
You're right the Newfound Metal ports are jewels, but I feel compelled to defend my old Fuller Brush Ports (Now Fuller Marine). When I removed my 44 year old Fuller Brush Company ports they were still sealing tight and had required no maintenance for the 31 years that I used them. They were old, scratched and the outside frames had been knocked and chipped, but these were definitely strong and well made port lights to function for 44 years.
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Re: Finished the Great Loop!

Oy, Hudson, well done!

I wonder if the guys who paint the Golden Gate bridge make posts like yours when they reach the far end? You know, just before they go back and start over...

But yeah, completing a circumnavigation of your hull, paint brush in hand, is a greatly satisfying event. good onya!

And re the Fuller ports... didn't Hal Roth comment very favorably on them in his book "After 50,000 Miles"? I wish I could make such claims for my Lewmar ports, and they are only 26 year old, and have had at least one lens changeout.

Keep up the good work, mate!

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