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Shipshape and Bristol Fashion: Our Top 10 Varnish Tips

There they were.  Dozens of bobbing boats.  Striking reds to canary yellows. Their hulls glistening from the wet shine of the water.  Then, hours later, they were laid over on their side in the dismal mud.  Looking more dismal themselves … Continue reading

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#67: How NOT to Re-Bed a Bow Pulpit

That’s right.  I’ve shared a few “hows” from our stint at the yard, now it’s time for a few “how nots.”  Watch as we re-bed the bow pulpit not once, but twice (because it was so much fun the first … Continue reading

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#66: Re-Bed with Butyl and Magic Bolts

Ooooh, says Video Annie.  Magic bolts!  Watch as we get our frames blasted and painted and get “real creative” (Brandon term) making custom bolts to fit the stupid binding posts for the windows.  Thanks, as always, to the boys at … Continue reading

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Boat #4: 1985 Gulf Star 44

Come aboard as I get a full on-the-water tour of this impressive 1985 Gulf Star 45 Hirsch model, only 1 of 30 built, a moderate-sized, comfortable coastal cruiser suitable for a family of four.  Thank Brandon with Perdido Sailor, Inc. … Continue reading

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#59: A Boatyard Break to Sail the Chute

(And a “worm dance” to boot … do NOT miss that!)  We were headed to the shipyard to work on a Sunday but Brandon said it was too pretty not to sail.  Watch as we take a well-deserved break from … Continue reading

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To Be On the Water

I almost forgot how it feels.  I was standing in our saloon yesterday afternoon, looking out through the cockpit, and I saw the backdrop move.  The water, the buildings, a bird squatting on a piling─they all moved about an inch … Continue reading

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#53: Buttered Up and Built Back Anew

Here we go kids!  From hot glue sticks to a plywood template to no-sh&* Coosa stringers buttered up and good as new!  Thanks as always to the hard-working crew at Perdido Sailor who allowed us DIY’ers to work beside them … Continue reading

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