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Old 04-03-2012, 02:03   #16
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"full chemical set"? Not sure what you mean by this.

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All cleaning supplies (fiberglass, stainless, etc), softleather cleaning and buffing, teak cleaning and oiling, bottom paint for touch-ups, awlgrip for touch-ups, varnish for inside jobs, thinners and spirits, motor oils (engine and outboard), winch oil, several types of lube (dry for sails and lines, universal for anything, and a few cans of WD40 just in case). It adds up quickly.
...Thankfully at least our head sail furler is a service-less model.

Why do we carry instead of buying as needed? We found that often the exact type needed is not readily available or is terribly expensive. By carrying some buffer of supply with us we can do these jobs any time we need to instead of postponing until the next time we find the supplies.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:03   #17
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We cruised and raced our mono and were fairly vigilant on weight, tools were the most common offender....
We used to make a point of visiting Whispering, a GK24 before races... just to laugh at the contents of their pontoon. The crew would empty the boat of everything from their tool kits to their toilet!
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:26   #18
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Katiusha, thank you. Makes sense, just could not get my brain around it at first.

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Old 05-03-2012, 12:10   #19
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You have to watch the weight if you want the boat to sail decently. It always amazes me when I see monos so overloaded that they end up motoring most places or hobby horsing through seas to major discomfort. There's a lot of the weight on a cruising boat that can be calculated up front. Fuel in tanks, fuel in jerry jugs, water, heavy engine spares (starters, alternators, pumps), primary tools, chain/anchors, dinghy and outboard. Then there's the stuff that gets added and sneaks up on you. Groceries, more tools, more spares, clothes, watermaker, more anchors,sewing machine, davits, a second outboard, outboard spares, gotta have mementos, books.

Things that lighten your load.
1. a Kindle
2. a watermaker
3. a good sailing boat, so you don't need all that fuel
4. Remembering that wherever you go the people will most likely wear cloths and eat food -- so you don't have to take it all with you
5. An occasional expensive overseas rush shipment is better than raising the water line for the third time
6. Sell the treasures of the bilge to some other cruiser
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Don't ever change the waterline. If you need to, start unloading crap until it's not necessary.
Completely agree ! We just purchased a new to us, used, Island Packet 380 who's waterline has been changed about 2 - 3 times. There are enough spare parts on the boat to construct an entirely new boat. When showing the boat, they brought us to a shed at the marina which contained a pile of stuff that was 10ft x 12 ft x 2 ft deep that was all stuff off the boat. BTW, all holds and lockers were still full without this pile on board.

It is going to take my husband and I about 2 years to sort through what we even own On one hand, I think there is alot of valuable stuff that we will want, on the other hand, maybe not so much. Look for future ads in the classified section of CF.
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Old 05-03-2012, 13:44   #21
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Completely agree ! We just purchased a new to us, used, Island Packet 380 who's waterline has been changed about 2 - 3 times. There are enough spare parts on the boat to construct an entirely new boat. When showing the boat, they brought us to a shed at the marina which contained a pile of stuff that was 10ft x 12 ft x 2 ft deep that was all stuff off the boat. BTW, all holds and lockers were still full without this pile on board.

It is going to take my husband and I about 2 years to sort through what we even own On one hand, I think there is alot of valuable stuff that we will want, on the other hand, maybe not so much. Look for future ads in the classified section of CF.
A Lagoon 440 that we are close to closing on has only been helmed by a paid skipper, methinks to substantiate his care of this boat that he regulary purchased 'cleaning products' for it.

Honestly we believe a "Cockpit sale" at the marina when we take over will yield enough folding for a carton of Cpt Morgan!!

I've owned/sailed/crewed many boats and i've never seen such a collection..

Any boat we've owned has been at times in either cruising trim or racing trim, the occasional races always bought us back to reality as in 'let's get this excess crap off the boat!'
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This is a CRUISERS forum, and real cruisers just raise the waterline.
Well, that's one common solution. For the most part cruisers either raise the waterline or we extend it. I've averaged 1 fathom per extension over the past five boats, and have thus been able to survive without raising the waterline at all.

Amazing how much more weight the 46-footer will carry than that old 22-footer.
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Well, that's one common solution. For the most part cruisers either raise the waterline or we extend it. I've averaged 1 fathom per extension over the past five boats, and have thus been able to survive without raising the waterline at all.

Amazing how much more weight the 46-footer will carry than that old 22-footer.
Sorry i don't understand? A fathom = 6 feet?

Extension? As in extending the transom?

It's early here i'm just not understanding! Cheers
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This is a CRUISERS forum, and real cruisers just raise the waterline.
How many times can you just do that though?

Note: remember to use a non-copper antifoul for the mast.....
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Sorry i don't understand? A fathom = 6 feet?

Extension? As in extending the transom?

It's early here i'm just not understanding! Cheers
Think he means he keeps buying bigger boats
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Think he means he keeps buying bigger boats
LMAO The equation is strange..... i'm off for a coffee get the mind workin.

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Frank i think he means they bought a bigger boat.......

Edit: 44' CC beat me to it....
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Frank i think he means they bought a bigger boat.......

Edit: 44' CC beat me to it....
How's Bribie today? That low suckin the weather offshore yet?
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How's Bribie today? That low suckin the weather offshore yet?
Still wet and windy

I can't mow the lawns so i am forced to sit around drinking beer
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Still wet and windy

I can't mow the lawns so i am forced to sit around drinking beer
We just waiting for the contract on our house here to complete, it's a cash one so no probs we then head off to buy our boat, MEANWHILE i empty my treasures from my shed and transfer to shipping containers and MOW 1 acre of house paddock continuosly!!!!

Then we can empty the crap the previous owner has stuffed every locker with, read 'Cockpit Sale' lol..... Cheers
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