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Old 21-11-2013, 23:32   #1
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Greetings all. Just a quick intro, as I search through countless posts, and websites to get up to speed.

I live in the Southern Tier of NY state, and have recently acquired a 1970 Islander Excalibur 26'. Needs the interior refitted, a couple soft spots on the deck repaired, an outboard, and a bath. But it's a complete boat other than that, and I'm anxious to get her home in the next couple weeks from her marina, and start working under cover through the winter.

Ironically, I am also heading tomorrow to pick up a 1968 Hurley 22. Sole reason is for the custom-trailer, which will be modified to fit the Excalibur (the beam is near identical, the trailer supports the heavier Hurley, so I just have to add a little adjustment for the extra inches of draft, and make sure the length is fine). However, the Hurley is supposed to be in near-sailing shape, just missing things inside like a head, etc. So, I'll make sure it's stable, and either sell it sans trailer, part it out/scrap it (last resort), or if the Ex takes longer to work through than I hope, I'll likely float the Hurley and sail it while continuing to restore the Ex.

I do have to get more comfortable with sailing in general. I'm easily capable of the basics, but I've got a LOT more to get under my belt before I consider myself seaworthy. This/these will be my starting point, and I can't wait. It's been a long time coming for me, a dream for the last 20 years, to get back on the water, after my dad had to let his Mac 25 go. I've missed sailing since those days as a kid with him out on the weekends every so often.

Here's to a long journey ahead, and lots of learning along the way!
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Old 22-11-2013, 04:55   #3
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Old 22-11-2013, 08:33   #5
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I'm actually down near Binghamton. More than likely I'll be putting into Cayuga, as my uncle has a place on the East shore, but then again, I may look into Oneida lake as well, as it looks as if I can head up to Ontario if I decided to take a couple weeks off at a time. I dunno, that's still months away.
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Old 22-11-2013, 08:41   #6
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Good luck, but more importantly have fun!
When it stops being fun, stop doing it.
I am about 40% done with my own project boat soft decks here too.
If you need any tips...
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Old 22-11-2013, 08:47   #7
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I'm actually down near Binghamton. More than likely I'll be putting into Cayuga, as my uncle has a place on the East shore, but then again, I may look into Oneida lake as well, as it looks as if I can head up to Ontario if I decided to take a couple weeks off at a time. I dunno, that's still months away.
Ithaca to Oswego (Lake Ontario) is a 2 day trip, one day up Cayuga Lake and one day down the Seneca and Oswego Rivers. East end of Oneida Lake to Oswego is a long one day trip. All the sailing is at the east end of Oneida.

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Old 22-11-2013, 09:49   #8
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That's kind of my thinking. I can make Ithaca in about an hour from home. My uncle is halfway up Cayuga. I forgot that Cayuga is still linked, just a lot longer a haul to do so. I'm thinking that the trip to Ontario would only be once a year perhaps, and would be where I'd go up, spend a week out, and come back.

I'm still looking into prices at different marinas on both lakes, as well as conditions. Cayuga is a little longer, Oneida is wider. I'm a little closer to Ithaca, but Oneida is a new one I've never been to and a friend mentioned they might be a bit cheaper to slip.

A lot to figure out, thankfully I have time. Gonna be a VERY early morning tomorrow tho lol.
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