SV Take Me There!

A cruising boat/couple on an adventure!

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Maintenance Update

21 September 2016 | Herrington Harbour South
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Wow! - its been a while since we updated the blog. A lot has happened since last posting. The RIB is sold - we are now shopping for an aluminum RIB and motor combo. The new forward septic tank is in! The new Washer/Dryer combo is installed. The Dodger and Hard-Top framing is done!...Whew!!!...and now for the "musings:"

RIB: The old Avon 340 went to a new home/owner and we are waiting for the Annapolis (OCT) Sail Show prices to find the new aluminum hull/Hypalon RIB and motor combo that will be right for us! We sold the old tender for more than we bought it for so we are in the black!...and we kept the trailer to boot! The musing...Lighter is better..."new" comes with a warranty...but WOW! - the cost...a worthwhile investment for our tender that we will use every day.

Septic Tank: We replaced the old 20 gal waste holding tank in the forward head with a 45 gal unit complete with all new permaflex hose, control valves, new Lectra-San and overboard mascerator pump. We installed a new tank level sensor (and gauge) to top it off. We can now flush to Lectra-San, flush to Tank, flush to over-board, pump out from the deck and pump waste overboard from the tank with the new mascerator/pump unit. We are now able to go 2-3 full weeks without a pump-out in our NDZ marina. The musing: Bigger is better if you can afford the space...bracing and hose routing are an engineering project equal to building a bridge!...this was NOT a 1-day job!...and breaking into an old septic system - scary!...but we didn't spill a drop in the hull thanks to lots of plastic and paper-towels!

Washer/Dryer:The old Splendide 6200 bit the bullet!...HARD! The mechanical framing that spun the tub failed - so a new unit was ordered. Delivery was the easy part. Getting the old unit out and the new one in was the challenge with only 1/2 inch to spare fitting it through the companionway and getting it into the closet (weighing in at 165 lbs)...but what a difference technology makes! We stayed with the ventless condensing model (although a bit worried about the wrinkle factor) but our first test was a success! The trick is drying 1/2 of the washing load! Yes - takes a bit longer but better results! The final musing: Shop around for these units and buy the extended warranty that says it will be serviced/repaired anywhere! We found one through LivingDirect.com (5 yr for $199.00) - total cost of the unit (plus warranty) was $1025.00.

Hard Dodger/Top: This has been a long time coming! We are finally near completion with the framing of the dodger using a Divynlcel core material. This is a custom job all of the way with complex curves, wiring routing channels and lots of "aesthetic" considerations. The nearly complete frame-core is shown in the photo. This project has attracted a bit of attention at the slip with passers-by..."Iced Tea?...NO...Lemonade!!!! - read the sign!"
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Vessel Name: Take Me There!
Vessel Make/Model: GULFSTAR M53 Ketch
Hailing Port: Tampa, FL (Currently on the Chesapeake Bay)
About:
We are a "Cruising Couple" on a Nor-East adventure currently residing aboard on the Chesapeake. We sailed up from Tampa, FL in 2014 to "experience" this area and visit with extended family up the East Coast. [...]
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SV Take Me There! is a 1975 Gulfstar M53. A 53ft Ketch rigged, full keeled cruiser. She is well kept, surveyed, documented, insured and registered and fully loaded with the off-shore gadgets and draws just under 5 ft. She is a center-cockpit; fiberglass hulled; well powered by a John Deere 360 [...]
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Projects, prep and life at the dock
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