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Old 26-05-2020, 19:49   #1
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Greetings as a college student undertaking a big project

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I've been sailing my whole life, but I'm still just a college student and I've just undertaken a pretty big project of a sailboat for the first time in the hopes of going on a pretty sizable trip to the Caribbean next year. I've been reading threads on here for a bit and I decided it was time to make my own account—I've got a 30 foot steel sailboat that's been sitting on the hard for at least ten years, and I'm in the process of bringing her back to life; all new tanks, plumbing, electrical, brand new engine, repainting everything, new rigging, the works. I haven't had any experience with any kind of metal boat before this (I grew up on wood and fiberglass), so any little tips or support for metal boats or for women youth sailors is greatly appreciated! I look forward to continuing to read up and post my own questions!
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Old 26-05-2020, 20:33   #2
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Hi Kelsey, welcome and a word of advice, which you may know already... steel rusts, so surface preparation, priming, and sufficient mil thickness will be very important to keep the rust under control. Good luck, don't take shortcuts, and all will be well.
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Hi all!

I've been sailing my whole life, but I'm still just a college student and I've just undertaken a pretty big project of a sailboat for the first time in the hopes of going on a pretty sizable trip to the Caribbean next year. I've been reading threads on here for a bit and I decided it was time to make my own account—I've got a 30 foot steel sailboat that's been sitting on the hard for at least ten years, and I'm in the process of bringing her back to life; all new tanks, plumbing, electrical, brand new engine, repainting everything, new rigging, the works. I haven't had any experience with any kind of metal boat before this (I grew up on wood and fiberglass), so any little tips or support for metal boats or for women youth sailors is greatly appreciated! I look forward to continuing to read up and post my own questions!


Small steel boats don’t work out well

Thin steel plate and poor access to the bilge , interior of the hull skin

Corrosion


There are plenty of fiberglass boats available cheap
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Old 27-05-2020, 06:10   #4
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Hi! She's well built by a company that specialized in steel, has decent bilge access, and has no signs of deterioration outside of some surface rusting on the interior that I'm treating with ospho and using rustoleum primer and paint. I'm also ultimately interested in some high latitude sailing, which is why fiberglass isn't a great option for me. The problems that I've seen plaguing aging fiberglass boats also aren't a problem, like there can't be stress cracking and rot around stanchions because they're simply welded to the deck, which is why I went with this option.
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Hi all!

I've been sailing my whole life, but I'm still just a college student and I've just undertaken a pretty big project of a sailboat for the first time in the hopes of going on a pretty sizable trip to the Caribbean next year. I've been reading threads on here for a bit and I decided it was time to make my own account—I've got a 30 foot steel sailboat that's been sitting on the hard for at least ten years, and I'm in the process of bringing her back to life; all new tanks, plumbing, electrical, brand new engine, repainting everything, new rigging, the works. I haven't had any experience with any kind of metal boat before this (I grew up on wood and fiberglass), so any little tips or support for metal boats or for women youth sailors is greatly appreciated! I look forward to continuing to read up and post my own questions!




This is a great idea! I am so inspired by people who know what they want, such as how you could combine your hobbies and studies. No wonder why you like your project and you prepare it with ease and pleasure. Believe it or not, I came here because I am writing an essay about life experience. It was hard for me to get started at first, and I started looking for services, reading reviews, and found PapersOwl on a website that everyone praised and rated highly. But then I thought that writing an essay on such a topic is very interesting, I would very much like to give an example of your life path!
This is a great idea! I am so inspired by people who know what they want, such as how you could combine your hobbies and studies.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Clara.
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Hi all!

I've been sailing my whole life, but I'm still just a college student and I've just undertaken a pretty big project of a sailboat for the first time in the hopes of going on a pretty sizable trip to the Caribbean next year. I've been reading threads on here for a bit and I decided it was time to make my own account—I've got a 30 foot steel sailboat that's been sitting on the hard for at least ten years, and I'm in the process of bringing her back to life; all new tanks, plumbing, electrical, brand new engine, repainting everything, new rigging, the works. I haven't had any experience with any kind of metal boat before this (I grew up on wood and fiberglass), so any little tips or support for metal boats or for women youth sailors is greatly appreciated! I look forward to continuing to read up and post my own questions!
Go to Metal Boat Society , on Facebook now I think . Plenty of experienced metal boat guys giving advice there . I was a member years ago , had a 36 ft steel custom now own a Roberts aluminum pilothouse sailboat
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Go to Metal Boat Society, on Facebook now I think. Plenty of experienced metal boat guys giving advice there.

I was a member years ago, had a 36-ft steel custom, now own a Roberts aluminum pilothouse sailboat
This is an old thread RMG.

Kelsey has already refit her boat very nicely, taken Little Wing on an adventure to Florida and back and she's now based in Annapolis, I believe, teaching and/or working on boats for the Summer.

All went well (for the most part). You'll have to search out Kelsey's threads and posts for yourself if you'd like to read the whole story!

We all followed it with interest during her shakedown trip.

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Hi and welcome from Ontario Canada

You've got a boat. Plenty of time and a dream. Don't let anything stop you!

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