Tips and Tricks to Keep Your C-Boat Alive and Afloat

"Man,..... I'm never going to get this $%&**##!!* yacht finished,............ wait a minute, I own a yacht,...... cool!"

The wind was blowing 10-15, the waves were 2-3, and I was single handing on the Chesapeake Bay. I had , my Columbia 24 for about 2 1/2 months On a port tack a couple miles off shore, I heard this horrible sound. I'm not sure how I knew that it was the sound of bolts tearing through rotted wood, but I did. The starboard stay went slack and I immediately pointed into the wind. Getting the boat back to my slip is a story for another time and place.

So what happened and what did I learn about fixing a boat? See My Tips.

I will try to add more specific How To topics as my time permits. I almost completely restored , but then sold her so I could purchase Pelago, a Columbia 40. I've learned a lot about boat repair, but I will try to use other people's experiences for most further contributions.

Good luck on your projects!


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