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Old 20-08-2010, 17:05   #1
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Hello.

My name is Ron

I have just joined this forum and this is a first posting.

My interest is maintaining my old wooden classic. I came onto this forum by following discussions on Battery chargers. I found some great help and noticed other topics of interest.

I have joined another forum on RVs but have not posted anything there.

Our cruising is confined to BC waters but the RV gets us any where in North America.

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Old 21-08-2010, 02:59   #2
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Welcome to the forum Ron
Have got any pictures of you boat you could share with us.
We have many big fans of classic wooden boats....my self included.
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Old 21-08-2010, 04:35   #3
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Hey Ron. Check out The WoodenBoat Forum as well. Great resource for a lot of wood specific stuff.
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Old 21-08-2010, 07:17   #4
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Welcome aboard Capt. Ron.. We had a 1934 38' ACF Crusier, white cedar on oak, with tons of mahagony, we really loved that boat. Somthing about an old wooden boat that still pulls at my heartstrings..I think you will find this an interesting forum. Good luck with you boat.
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Old 21-08-2010, 13:17   #5
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She was designed by Monk Sr. in about 1935 but construction was held up till after the war. She is 50' aprox., launched Nov 1947, Single 671, double diagonal Red cedar on oak ribs and fir stringers. Primary batteries 32 v, House 12 v, 8.5 kw diesel gen. giving 120/240 ac.

She has been in the family since 1955. I know better than any other lady in my family.

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Old 30-08-2010, 13:35   #6
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
We have another forum member redoing a classic wooden yawl just a bit south of you.
Good luck on your restoration. She looks to be a beauty.
kind regards,
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Old 23-10-2010, 00:20   #7
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Dear Captain Ron

I was so pleased to see the Blithe Spirit is still in your family. I have great memories of my ham contacts with the Blithe Spirit before I moved away from BC in 1979 in a moment of insanity! I have since come to my senses and I am back in BC.
I am a wooden vessel fan and enjoy keeping old electronics and old motorcycles from going in the recycle bin.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Ron.
Thatís some beautiful woodie youíve got, there.
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Old 23-10-2010, 16:24   #9
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Hi Eric;
All the HAM gear is off and some of it is in my garage.
The only com gear left is marine vhf and cell.
I don't know the future for Blithe Spirit but I do know I have to simplify the onboard equipment before anyone else would be interested in maintaining her. Replacing the old lamp cord, main engine generator and air pressure system has cleared a lot of it.
I worked in electronics but never pursued HAM radio. Some day I'll have to clean the garage and old radios will go.
If you want to know more please reply.

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Old 11-11-2010, 13:56   #10
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Hi, Ron

Please search for "portwelland" on Google and you will see I am a bit of a boat nerd and history buff.
My contact details are also there.
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Old 11-11-2010, 14:01   #11
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Hi, Ron

May I post the picture you have on here on my website?

It is quite special to me as part of my happy memories of ham radio and the BC maritime community. My family also has property on Savary Island and I hope to get the island back "radio active" as before.

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Old 12-11-2010, 13:13   #12
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Hi Eric;

Yes to the picture.
A very interesting website.

I will some day go through the stuff in the garage and find the Ham gear. I'm still going through a lot of Dad's old books and pictures and records, etc.

I hope to some day have all the stuff digitized and distributed to the family so they won't be burdened like this.

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Old 12-11-2010, 13:41   #13
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Thank you, Captain Ron!

I have posted the picture at Pbase com . user portwelland directory yachts

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