Little Boat, Big Dreams

Our ODay30, "Sanctuary," is still on the hard in Reedville, VA, waiting for warmer weather and some glass-work to the keel.

13 September 2021
11 May 2021
20 April 2019 | Reedville, VA
27 May 2018 | Reedville, VA
14 May 2018 | Reedville, VA
22 December 2017
10 December 2017 | Reedville, VA
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01 December 2017 | Reedville, VA
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22 October 2017

Thoughts, Thoughts and more thoughts...

16 May 2021
Lawrence Bird
Well, the autobody finisher/conditioner went quite well (Eastwood SCT) with only 120grit flapper wheels... I've elected to not worry about getting all the gelcoat off... in chatting with folks in the yard, they said to simply scuff the surface after removing al the bottom paint from the area and them use G-Flex (which I was planning to do anyway) to lay up 1708.

But another issue has popped up... since the SCT made short work of smoothing out the hull/keel joint area I crawled back in the rear of the boat to scout out mounting areas for the HydroVane... and discovered that the plywood support knees for the rudder-shaft housing have essentially delaminated... oh well, the boat is approaching 40-something years old, so i guess it is what it is -- but that will need to be redone and the whole housing strengthened I suppose -- still thinking on this, but the main issue is that the area is quite small for a 270#, 70-something so this will take a moment or two to figure out...

In the meantime, I've made some inquiries about having some mast-pulpits (granny bars) fabricated -- this is yet in the nice to have category, but is like the steering vane is something I've long envissioned...
Vessel Name: Sanctuary
Vessel Make/Model: Oday-30 -- sloop
Hailing Port: Colonial Beach, Virginia, USA
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"Sanctuary," is esthetically better maintained than "Wings" (our previous Bristol 24) and of course noticeably larger, with two foot wider beam and almost six more feet of length, but not so large we've fallen into a large maintenance trap -- we hope. Despite a metaphoric barnacle or two, [...]
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