Registered months back, posted my first question the other day and realized I did not drop the customary "hello". I sailed a couple of summers in my mid-twenties and then never thought much about it again. Then two years ago shortly after I turned 50, had an epiphany whereby I saw images
in my mind's eye that took my breath away (one of those rare times in one's life when that actually happened.) Seemed like forever before I could breath again. Once I regained my composure, I knew what I had to do.
Been studying and reading about sailing ever since. We were in Paihia, NZ last December and I took an all day sailing
course and loved it. Four months ago I found a 35' Willard Cutter
and convinced the owner to let me sleep on the boat for a few nights so I could drain, clean, and paint
Two months ago I bought the Willard
and have been working dilligently on her ever since. I have replaced the head
, changed coolant
hoses, recycled the transmission
fluid, done brightwork, used a sander and restored the bronze port holes, re-surfaced the cabin sole
, repaired the V Berth water
tank, and of course cleaned and painted the bilges.
I have multiple projects in line involving every major system on the boat and so far I have learned alot from the different threads and from the links people have posted to illustrate their respective points.
Like others, I wanted to say hello before I started asking a ton more questions.
Thank-you for providing such a valuable resource.