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Old 27-06-2013, 16:04   #1
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Greetings from south central ky

Hi folks! I'm still pretty new to sailing. I've owned a small boat in the past and did a little tinkering on the lakes around here.

I just bought a 16 foot luger sailboat, with trailer, mast, sails, and motor. Everything needs work so it will be a while before I hit the water. The hull is solid.

I'll be asking some repair questions in the nearish future.

A bit about me!
I am 20 years old. I am a full time blacksmith, self employed. I also do all sorts of metal fabrication. I've worked with steel, carbon steel, alloy steel, copper, and stainless steel.
I also have quite a bit of experience in rough construction, roofing, and electrical.

I work quite a lot!

My fiberglass experience is 0 right now, so this luger boat should be an interesting project. The wood parts, re-installing hardware, and wiring lights, should present no problems. (Fingers crossed!)

It's good to be on here, and I look forward to learning more through this data-base, and meeting some great folks while I'm at it!

Thanks,
Dave
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Old 28-06-2013, 05:39   #2
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Re: Greetings from south central ky

Welcome to CF Dave. I'm new here too and also trying to learn, there's tons of great info and good people on here that can and will help you. Good luck!
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Old 28-06-2013, 05:56   #3
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Re: Greetings from south central ky

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Dave.
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Old 28-06-2013, 06:14   #4
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Welcome! Keep us up to date on your project!
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Old 28-06-2013, 07:04   #5
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Re: Greetings from south central ky

I am going to guess you're close enough to say Welcome Neighbor.

I have my boat in Grand Rivers at Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. Good area for boating.

Good luck on working on your boat.
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Old 28-06-2013, 08:10   #6
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Re: Greetings from south central ky

Thanks folks!

Rhapsody: yeah we are not too far apart. I've been over to the land between the lakes area before. Nice county. It would be fun to sail the length of Ky lake and camp along the way. I'm about 2 - 2.5 hours east of the lakes.

I spent most of yesterday clearing out stuff in the barn. Once I get done babbling online, I'm going to go move a big wood stack, give the boat a good vacuming and cleaning, then back it up into the barn.
We have a 50 x 60 foot shop/barn with about 3/4 of it being two story. We left one area with a high ceiling for storing and working on this sort of thing.

Once I get the boat in undercover, I'm going to lift it off the trailer and set it up on a supporting cradle system, so I can get to the interior better, and work on the trailer as well.
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Old 28-06-2013, 08:36   #7
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Congratulations on the boat! Lots of us hillbilly's sailing. Need help just ask.
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Old 28-06-2013, 20:51   #8
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Wow! I got the boat rinsed, washed, and scrubbed down today. It looks a lot better. I also finished getting the barn cleared out enough, and got the boat backed into it.
I cleared away all of the old running rigging from the mast and boom. I'm hoping to use the old standing rigging as it appears to be in good shape.

Too much chatter! This was my intro thread. I'll start a restoration thread in the appropriate forum, once I figure out how the photo system of this forum works.
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Old 29-06-2013, 16:31   #9
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Here she is, before cleanup.


Here she is after cleanup.


Today I took the seats out, all of the old foam, and everything else I could get rid of. More on that when I start the official restoration thread.
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Re: Greetings from south central ky

Aloha and welcome aboard!
I'm familiar with the Lexington area and familiar with Lugar 16s as our club has one. Yours looks in much better condition than ours and I'll bet it won't take too much work the get her to be sailing again.
I work with fiberglass and epoxy a lot so ask lots of questions.
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