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Old 13-01-2011, 18:59   #1
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Roxy Says Hi from Muskegon, Michigan

What a wide-spread group from around the planet.

We bought Roxy, our Camper & Nicholson 58 Ketch in Ft Lauderdale following its run-in with hurricane IVAN. Its been four years of restoration and finally in the water 2010. My wife and I sail it alone and with frequent guests. The big trip was 400 miles to Green Bay to see the tall ships. The first year shake down revealed a probable lighting hit before we bought. Alternator fried, genset won't start, GPS dodgy, two depth meters non-functional, radar also. We plan to make the electronics peddlers at the Chicago Boat show very happy. The cutter staysail was torn but repairable. The only Genoa is a 90% X 7/8 fractional storm sail. Main and Mozzen are new and the asymetrical kite and mizzen staysail are good. There are a few other odd sails (storm trisail). All stanchions & pulpits were broken, anchor bracket smashed, two holes above water, blisters. All fixed now - hurray! New genoa this spring. Plan is to retire, sell the house and disappear in a couple years. Exit for us is out the St Lawrence starting from Lake Michigan.
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Old 13-01-2011, 19:11   #2
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Well done. She's a fair lump of a thing at 58. We've got a 40 footer we plan to take into the Pacific in a couple of years. Handling her OK? If so, cruising wil be a doddle and comfortable. Lot of fun coming up, I think.
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Old 13-01-2011, 19:17   #3
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Just had a look at your pics. She's a fine looking craft. You could swing a cat in that saloon. From that shot of you steering, you need a shave.
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Old 13-01-2011, 19:26   #4
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Thanks Cherp,
Displacement is 55 kilopounds; 36 tons on the hook. It has a full keel and skeg rudder. 6'-7 draft with CB up. (Oh, that's another thing that was busted; I built a new rudder and a C- board for the boat). Beam is 15'-7". Its quite stable and sails better to weather than I would have expected. We made 9 knots in 8 footers crossing from Green Bay and it was like riding the living room couch. Roller furl everything; Lewmar 65 electric primaries; electric main. All operated from the cockpit. Four anchors; 5/8" x 300 ft chain and 400 ft. nylon secondary. We hold 380 gallons of diesel and 280 gallons of water. I cleaned out all tanks and re-plumbed the five diesel tanks. Handling in close quarters at the marina is a real challenge without a thruster and always impresses the gallery at the restaurant opposite the slip when we slide in without touching. (slip is just shy of 18 feet and the channel is narrow). Handling on the water is nice and steady with the long keel. I posted a mess of pictures.
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G'day, Mate. Welcome aboard. Launched our first boat in Muskegon. Maybe we'll see you down here one day. All the best. Cheers.
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Old 13-01-2011, 19:52   #6
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look good, hope to see you out in Chicago. Taking the train out on the 27.
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Welcome aboard CF!

We'll be in Chicago for the show too. We are going to be there Thursday night (late) - Sunday. Can't wait.
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You've done a truckload of work over the four years. How did it pan out? Good project from your point of view?
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Cherp,
Certainly a lot of work. You have no idea. The new bottom was the whole job one year. I'm not sure I'd have started if I first saw my log list and photos. You couldn't scrape the smile off my wife's face with dynamite the first day we took her out though. Still lots to do too.

We'll be at the Chicago show on Saturday the 30th. Look for me in my Indiana Jones hat and Turkey claw hat band. It is usually the only one.
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Old 20-01-2011, 16:20   #11
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We really love this boat. It sails faster and better than I ever anticipated. We have made 9.5 on a beat using our chicken fractional jib and staysail. I would have bet it wouldn't point as well as it does. I have been working on the CB controls this winter and I have hopes that we will be able to lower the CB this year. Board down draft is 13 feet. We will have a new 135% high tech laminated Yankee by spring with all of the hottest fiber junk in it. We expect to make the day for lots of electronics sellers at the Chicago boat show next week. My wife is ready to pull our collective plug (retirement) and head to places where the water NEVER gets hard. This is not just a boat, its a machine. It turns out to be quite a head-turner wherever we go. If yu see ROXY - Traverse City, Mi. please introduce yourself and ask for the nickel tour and a drink. We enjoy having company. Hope we have enough Pussers on board.
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Hello Roxy love what you've done so far. if you ever get to n.e. stop by in Newburyport, Ma. i 'll give you the 5 cent tour. this is where the Coast Guard was founded. regards Mike
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Thanks Mike. Try to keep in mind. Our rout out past Gaspay is not set. It will depend on time of year and weather. Could be direct to Scotland and on to the Med or off to Bermuda/Carib; of coastwise US.
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I sailed a 68 footer from Muskeogan to Nova Scotia about 1998.

Great town!
I would have loved to do the ice sailing in the winter.

The trip through the Great Lakes is a truly wonderful one.
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