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rwidman2

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It's warming up!

Who is starting to prep their boat for the season?
My boat is in Charleston, SC in a slip so it's always pretty much "prepared".

We will be leaving in two weeks for a projected three month cruise of the Chesapeake Bay area so it's being "extra" prepared. Oil and filters for changes every 100 hours, food and other supplies, a new (electric) motor for the dinghy, etc.

It's hard to wait but we have appointments up until then.
 

WALSHIE

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I splashed my center console a few weeks ago. I need to do risers and elbows on the Silverton and I'm not in a major rush...
My plan is to pay my friend's kid to wash and wax while I do the zincs, paint and engine repairs. Once done, I will take the center console out of the water and have him wash/wax that and I want to bottom paint it this year.
 

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Boat waxed, engines run up, and bottom painting this week. Hopefully I'll go in next week.
 

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Prediction is for upper 70's and upper 50' for my upcoming week on the lake... Perfect temps. I was on the boat a couple weeks ago and it was chilly at night.
 

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Bottom painted, new zincs, compounded and waxed, ready to splash. Just waiting for marina to put me in!

Let the fun begin!!!
 

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Just finished working on the house, new kitchen and bath. Last item was towel bars and TP holder.

coincidentally new elbows, risers, gaskettes, block off plates arrived. ($2500!! WTF)That project starts tomorrow. Looking at mid May launch.
 

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I paid someone to do my risers and elbows this year. Well worth the $3500 total to not deal with it.
 

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I launched a week ago and enjoyed my cruise on the Hudson out to the sound it was a perfect day! Looking forward to my first weekend on board starting tomorrow.
 

WALSHIE

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I paid someone to do my risers and elbows this year. Well worth the $3500 total to not deal with it.
I’m curious, a few questions for my own sanity:
1) did you need risers or just elbows?
2) OEM replacement? (Crusader parts were a bit more than Osco)
3) I assume twin engines?
 

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I’m curious, a few questions for my own sanity:
1) did you need risers or just elbows?
2) OEM replacement? (Crusader parts were a bit more than Osco)
3) I assume twin engines?
Risers, elbows, gaskets, block off plates, swivels, for 2 Crusaders. All OEM. Motors are freshwater cooled so manifolds were perfect and not needed. Exhaust hoses were still in excellent shape.
 

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That's basically the same exact thing I am doing, including all new bolts, nuts and studs which I'm sure your mechanic did too.
Saving $1,000 and the satisfaction of saying nobody touches my boat but me, I'm happy!

I'm also going to paint the mufflers and while they are out and give the bilge a good scrubbing. Its' amazing how much space the exhaust hoses and muffler take up....the bilge is naked without them.
 

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I just ran out of time with work and stuff. The guy I hired does good work. Very happy with the job he did. Good luck with it.
 

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We've had several overnights on the lake, temps in mid to high 80s. Mini splits and new solar are working like champs. Admiral and I are even on fishing bets (first, most, biggest). Which reminds me, I need to collect the $4 I won this time.

Hakuna Matata.
 

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I spent the better part of yesterday in the bilge....Steve, I almost wish we didn't have this conversation. I kept thinking "$1000 isn't all THAT much for this work, maybe I'm an idiot". And to make matters worse, I was missing the shims, they were not delivered...ugh! But the hard work is done, now its a matter of re-assembling.
 

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I spent the better part of yesterday in the bilge....Steve, I almost wish we didn't have this conversation. I kept thinking "$1000 isn't all THAT much for this work, maybe I'm an idiot". And to make matters worse, I was missing the shims, they were not delivered...ugh! But the hard work is done, now its a matter of re-assembling.
What do you mean, you thought it wasn't worth it, then realized it is? Oh, it is! You are always one broken bolt away from a week long project too.
 
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