Ok, ordered The Complete Sailor and Casey's books
(there's a compilation). I am looking into Calder's.
A twin keel
loses a major advantage in a tideless area, but it still has a couple of things going for it. It trailers easily, floats right off of the trailer in less than 3' of water and so far seems very stable even in gusty winds. I was mainly interested in it for the low price
(it was a steal), the ease of trailering, and the shallow draft
To answer another question, I am interested in exactly the kind of responses I am getting, suggestions for books, other websites, and just getting in touch with what seems to be a very friendly community.
I am going to be restoring a few things that need attention, but not taking on a wholesale refit
for a boat of this caliber. I like to learn by reading and doing, and this was s just my starter. I'd like to graduate to a larger vessel on the ocean someday, bit I figure that you have to crawl before you can walk, and walk before you can run.
So, I have put the stove issue on the back burner, (see what I did, there?) But I have come across a couple more questions.
First, the boat came with a Chrysler 250 outboard
, set up with electric
controls and the ability to function as a generator
. It seems like it was one of the first outboards built specifically with a sailboat in mind. Except for some mice setting up housekeeping (no in the air filter, fortunately) and chewing the insulation
off of some wiring
, it doesn't look too bad. I have several Mercury
motors, but I've never dealt with a Chrysler. Is it worth messing with? I am currently using a Mercury
8hp tiller and while it's awkward for handling, it reaches hull speed
easily. I think the Chrysler is a 9.9.
Second, I found the fresh water tank
. It's built in to the hull
under the v berth. It looks dodgy to me, but is this common?
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