Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Custom Mounting my VHF Radio in my Montgomery 17

A VHF radio is pretty much a neccesity on a sailboat and I needed to install one on my Montgomery 17. I didn't want mine to take up any extra space in my already small cabin so I decided to mount it into a bulkhead. In order to do this I needed to build a little wooden box frame mount it in. I did this in my woodworking shop pretty easily really.

I made of a video of my little project, have a look at it.

Things to do on my Florida Keys trip!

I keep finding a places to go and things to do in the Florida Keys on forums and websites and I never write them down or anything. So I figured I would make a blog post that I could easily add to whenever I am online that could "store" this information on. It could be useful still to anyone interesting in cruising the Keys!

Looe Key, Sombrero Key


Bahia Honda Marina
Bahia Honda State Park has a great marina and launch ramp
South Dade Marina...http://southdademarina.com/.... and had the Suburban/trailer stored there for the last few weeks of our spring trip and they are probably the lowest priced storage/ramp over there and good people.
Marina at Plantation Key is great. Staff are good to deal with, cleanest showers on our trip. You can leave leave your trailer and truck there. Nice area to sail in, easy to cross over to the ocean side.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Refinishing my Tiller Handle on my Montgomery 17

When I bought my little Montgomery 17 the previous owner didn't bother to varnish the tiller handle for the past few years and it was showing. I decided to make that one of my first projects on the boat so I took action. I wanted it to be done for my "shakedown cruise" to just make the boat look a little better, and it did!

I made a short video of my work here.

I will be doing more and more work and videos on my little Montgomery 17 soon. Next I will probably be mounting my new VHF radio and that will take building a little mounting box so that I can mount it in a bulkhead. I should be doing a video on it and posting that soon so check back!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Time to get back to Blogging!

Great news everyone! I am getting back to blogging, uploading videos, and working on my new website Sailography.

I just purchased a new computer since I haven't been able to get online or post videos with my old computer for what seems like a year now, no telling how long it has been. I am ready to get back to it and this new computer I bought is a workhorse that should make everything I do easier on the internet, especially uploading videos to Youtube.

I just ran a test today with my video camera and uploading a video to Youtube on this new computer and it worked easily and flawlessly, much easier than on my old computer. I have a video that I will be posting in the next couple of days where I refinish the tiller on my Montgomery 17. I actually filmed the video this past spring but my computer was down so I never got to upload it. Be looking out for it in the next couple of days.

I have some things planned that I will be tackling soon. More videos of course, since they are my favorite. I am getting ready to take my Montgomery 17 down to the Florida Keys soon so I will be uploading videos of my preperations for the adventure. I will be doing videos on things like installing a swim ladder on the stern of the boat, installing my solar power system, provisioning, storage onboard, maybe my electrical system and much more. Basically whatever I think could be useful I will be putting into a video since it is so much easier for me to do it now I will be much more likely to upload videos more frequently.

Just thought I would share that with everyone, so check back regularly to see what is going on. I am also dilligently working on Sailography.com every day so check it out too, I really think the information I am adding is very interesting, helpful and a great time killer for these cold winter days!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sailing and Such "The Site" is back!!!!

I have finally put the old Sailing and Such website back online!!!! I am working on getting the old URL back "SailingandSuch.com" but I am having trouble with it.

But you can go check it out at here, Sailing and Such.

Friday, March 4, 2011

South Coast 22 Project Sailboat for Sale $750 SOLD!!!

UPDATED 1/10/2012

I am selling my South Coast 22 sailboat for the LOW price of $750, it is low trust me!

The SC22 is a project boat that has alot of work done to it already. When I bought the boat I intended to fix it up and take her sailing, but I got carried away with other projects and haven't gotten around to finishing her.


The trailer is there and has new tires on it that have maybe 100 miles on them, probably less. I have sanded the trailer down and painted it to protect it from rusting and it is in good condition, just needs a new tongue and winch stand in my opinion, but it is towable how it is now without a problem.

Mast, main sail, jib, and a colorful drifter sail are all there.

(A little exert on the story of this boat)
The boat was bought new by a doctor who rarely sailed it and sold it to his best buddy (who I bought the boat from). The buddy never sailed it or took it out of his yard, just stored the sails and motor indoors and left the boat sitting on it's trailer.

Back to the sails, the owner of the boat said he thought there were two sails, a main and a colorful jib. I figured the jib wasn't colorful that it must be a spinnaker and this guy didn't know about it. As I was rummiging through the sail bags(2) I noticed there was a jib and a main in one and what I thought to be a spinnaker in another since it was multi-colored. I didn't say a word to the owner because he had no idea what a spinnaker or drifter was, this is when I knew the boat was a good deal. I brought the boat home and layed the sails out on the grass and was amazed at the condition of them, they are still crisp. They are worth quite a bit themselves I believe.

The mast and boom are there and are in good condition.

Now for the PROJECT parts.

-The boat needs new bottom paint, but I have sanded down to the gelcoat over 95% of the hull.

Here is a photo of my progress, it is not complete in this photo like it is now.

-The keel needs refinishing. I have dropped it out of the boat and it is ready to be refinsihed.

Random Photo

-The foredeck need recoring. I have the recoring material, some high dollar flexible balsa core that is perfect for this job. The old core has been torn out and the new need glassing in.

-The topsides needs repainting and there is some crazing that could use repair.

-The port cockpit side needs a little additional support added and some fairing to repair a small weak spot. Just some fiberglass work and painting really.

-The boat needs rewiring and things like that, but really it is a great project boat that could be made into something special.

I have most of the hardware off the boat and I have seperated it into many ziplock bags and have labeled them.

I'll be completely honest here:
I paid $1400 for the boat, knowing it was a deal for the sails, mast/boom, motor and trailer. (no motor in this sale though)
I will sell it for $750!!!!!!

If you are looking for a project sailboat it would be crazy not to buy this one I think, I just do not have the time so I am letting this thing go..........

The boat is in Dothan, Alabama. Call me at 334-Seven, Nine, Zero-0682.