We had decided that we would like to re-name the boat and since we had some damage to the existing double stripes located below the toe rail I asked a graphics guy to drop by earlier in the week for a quote. He kind of shook his head when he saw the stripes and said that it would take days to get then off so I could save quite a bit by removing all of the graphics myself…. Let the fun begin. I bought some 3M adhesive remover, a razor blade (glass scraper) and grabbed my heat gun and began the process. It was tough to get adhesive off particularly where the names had been. The major advantage here is heat and a hair dryer will work in a pinch once things are warmed up the stickers will typically peel off by hand. And the with the adhesive remover and a scotch brite pad the glue comes off pretty easily. This job still took three days to complete both sides and the name on the stern as well.
We were now proud owners of a 47’ sailboat loaded with lots of gear and equipment that we were very unfamiliar with, so what now? It was a little overwhelming for me, early on a typical conversation sometimes went like this between Joyce and I.
(Joyce: What’s that thing for Scott? Scott: Geeez Joyce I have no idea this is all new to me… Joyce: Well I was just asking. Scott: I know, I know I’m sorry it’s just a bit overwhelming not really knowing anything) Joyce soon broke me of these snarky responses:)
I decided to start by cleaning the boat in and out it was pretty dirty from the trip and had some standing water in the bilge which was nasty. Surprisingly even by cleaning and going through the bilge and all of the lockers increased my confidence and understanding of the boat.
I then started going through the survey which had identified lots of items to check and correct. From the survey I made a list and prioritized the items that needed to be done while out of the water.
Repair rub rail
Remove names and damaged striping before it gets cold
Leaks find and solve
main engine siphon break
Wow Rose Lee is finally in the water and we just have a few more projects before we can go sailing. Rig and rewire the mast and replace a few windows that are leaking. The big main salon windows were original and had some uv crazing and had begun to leak. One call to the Catalina factory had four windows in the mail the next day. I wasn't entirely sure how complex this job was so I went back to the owners site and did some research. Jim W. seemed to be the guy to talk to as he had assisted several owners/friends with their windows. I emailed Jim to find out if he had the steps documented for removing and replacing the windows. Jim's response was when are you replacing them, I,ll fly up and give you a hand...... I was blown away and true to his word Jim flew in and spent a few days with me in Nova Scotia replacing the windows. While Jim was there we chatted constantly and I began to learn what a great group of people Joyce and I had become associated with when we joined the Catalina 470 owners group, Awesome!!!!!I Thanks again Jim! The mast went up without issue and we are finally ready to really get to know Rose Lee and can,t wait to get sailing.
Winter went by surprisingly quick and we continued to work through the list required before launching. The boat was a bit faded so I decided to compound and wax the entire boat. Compounding is a bit of an art, however by the time you finnish a 50' sailboat you will become an artist. 60 hours later the hull looked like new.
Today TTTTttTTToday Rose Lee finally completed her 2100 mile trip from Bradenton Florida to Halifax, Nova Scotia unscathed. WE have sold our house and have an apartment next to the Yacht Club and wernt expecting Rose Lee until the following day. The Kids were over visiting and I was on the deck BBQing when I saw a tractor trailer pull in with a great big sailboat, wait a minute thats our boat. I shouted to everyone to come out on the deck to see, The last time I was this excited was during the birth of our children, wow! Well Joyce and I were so excited we were off and running (NO TIME FOR A CAR) to the club next door. The burgers got burnt that night:) After so many years of planning, hoping and dreaming our plans were finally becoming a reality . Andrews trucking were excellent to deal with, they kept us informed and the offloading went very smooth. Great!
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