The crux of this will be that I want advice. Try to withhold judgement until you get to the end.
I'm 32 years old, been living the hobo life for the past 5 or 6 years. Literally; been riding freight trains and working seasonally to get by. I grew up on Puget Sound
, so the ocean has been there my whole life, so it was natural for me to want to move my passion for traveling up a scale. With no sailing experience, of course. Me and my girlfriend saved like crazy, worked our butts off, and...
Fast forward, got a 26' S2 in good condition for the price
the girlfriend who had the maintenance/slip part of the investment, and had to scramble to figure out how to do this myself. Got a few lessons from the owner of the boat, but not enough money
to maintain a slip, so I have to anchor
out in Richardson Bay, the local area the anchor
outs tend to be.
I'm used to landing on my feet, determined, and smart; my life has been about being smart enough to avoid being killed by trains and caught by police, and figuring out what to do when I am somewhere completely unfamiliar to me. I'm confident in my ability to make my dreams of traveling internationally a reality.
I've been studying a lot and learning
a lot; I've been going over the boat and gaining an understanding of boats and how the different pieces fit together. I understand different techniques of anchoring
out, and what should be the best for my boat in the area I plan to anchor it; I've even talked to the local anchor outs about things that might not be on my charts
What it comes to is that I'm asking for advice; I know what I've covered, but it never hurts to ask the experienced people what they would do under the same conditions, and what to look out for. Here's the things I've either looked over or am in the process of tearing out and redoing, so you know what I have covered:
- Going over the electrical system
and redoing it; the 12 volt system has luckily not had a lot of tinkering, but also hasn't been maintained for some time. Lots of corroded wiring
to replace with new, marine
. They were using a standard battery charger
to keep the marine battery
charged (inboard's gone, this boat's on an outboard)! Just sitting there next to the battery, with moisture build-up in the area and even in the battery charger
itself! Not interested in dying in a fire.
techniques. The bottom in Richardson Bay is mud, so I'm looking at using two danforth anchors from the bow with a rode
of combined nylon and chain.
- Checking, double checking, and triple checking the through-hull fittings. They all seem to be okay, but I plan on going over and hopefully replacing them all in the future, when I can afford to have her dry-docked.
The rest is essentially small things; locating where rain water leaks
through (at a few spots where cleats
and winches were added and not properly done, water
runs down the bolts). The keel
isn't bolted on, so there's no keel bolts
to check, and I've had a diver clean the bottom and he reported some small bubbling in the gel coat which I plan to fix up in three or four months when I can have her hauled out and begin learning the fun of bottom painting myself.
Any advice is welcome; I just won't listen if you tell me to walk away, but I won't get offended.