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Old 21-03-2021, 07:08   #1
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Greetings from South Florida

After many years of wishing and ďwhat ifísĒ and more than a year of searching, I purchased a 1984 Hunter 31 in February of 2021. Admittedly I know very little about sailing, boats, and all that comes with ownership, but Iíve never been afraid to heed the wisdom of those who have come before me and have lessons to teach.
Named ďperseveranceĒ when purchased I have kept the name as it is very fitting and describes most of my life to a T! She isnít in perfect condition and I have been slowly getting to know her inís and outs and begun to make repairs while she is moored in Palm Beach.
Some of the known items for repair:

-Engine runs well but needs some major cleaning as there is rust. I discovered a ďdripĒ last week and need to uncover the source. Also had a wire come out of the alternator which needs addressed. Iím sure Iíll be posting for advice on that one.
-stuffing box needs to be Re-packed. Iím a bit nervous about this one, but up for the task.
-just replaced the fresh water pump and discovered the wiring in this old boat is a hot mess. I was proud and excited when the pump came on after my first attempt and then I heard the rushing water under the gallery sink. The hose connector had busted at the distribution Valve. So it was a short lived victory.
-The jib halyard snapped (was known when purchased) and Iím still debating wether to attempt to head up the mast to repair myself or to call in a professionalÖ or at least someone more experienced. Iím strongly leaning towards the latter.
-Galley stove is propane and has a leak somewhere (also known when purchased) so Iíll be exploring that in the coming weeks.
-wiring connections throughout need to be re-done. Many are exposed and corroding.
-Cowl vents were removed and the cabin ceiling lowered a bit to allow for new lighting to be installed, but Iím considering removing the lowered headliner to get the inch or so of headroom back (Iím 6í3) and to open the vents back up for added circulation.
-found some pesky termite droppings so need to address that. At least they donít eat fiberglassÖ.

Those are the main items Iím addressing as I begin this adventure. I appreciate this forum as it has helped a lot as Iíve begun this journey and Iím happy to have joined. I look forward to becoming a part of this community.
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Old 21-03-2021, 07:20   #2
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Re: Greetings from South Florida

Well, you are certainly in a good place to learn boating.

We used to live in south Florida, and while I don't miss the traffic, I do miss the wonderful boating areas, like the ICW and the Florida Keys, and being so close to the Bahamas.
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Old 21-03-2021, 07:27   #3
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Re: Greetings from South Florida

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Well, you are certainly in a good place to learn boating.

We used to live in south Florida, and while I don't miss the traffic, I do miss the wonderful boating areas, like the ICW and the Florida Keys, and being so close to the Bahamas.
Yeah traffic is not on my list of favorite things here. I am looking forward to exploring and enjoying the water and islands - hoping within the next month Iíll have most of the repairs complete and feel ready to take her out.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Sam.
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