Happy Day: BlueJacket Launched!

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Happy Day: BlueJacket Launched!

Postby GeoffSchultz » Wed May 27, 2009 5:56 am

Last Friday was a happy day for me. After many long hours of work, BlueJacket was finally re-launched. The hull is looking good and I'm very happy with the new headliner (I'll provide photos of that later) and the refinishing that I've done. We spent the rest of the weekend working on her and have a few more days of work, but she's almost ready to cruise!

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BlueJacket prior to launch

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On her way!

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Busy stern...
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Re: Happy Day: BlueJacket Launched!

Postby Lola » Wed May 27, 2009 6:33 am

She looks GREAT
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Re: Happy Day: BlueJacket Launched!

Postby fmolden » Wed May 27, 2009 8:28 am

Hey Geoff,

BlueJacket looks great! Did she just get a new Awlgrip job?

After all that you have done what future projects do you have in mind and what cruising destinations do you have in mind?

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Re: Happy Day: BlueJacket Launched!

Postby GeoffSchultz » Wed May 27, 2009 9:37 am

fmolden wrote:Hey Geoff,

BlueJacket looks great! Did she just get a new Awlgrip job?

After all that you have done what future projects do you have in mind and what cruising destinations do you have in mind?

Fred

Fred,

I'm happy to say that the AwlGrip job is from 2001. I had her painted in Grenada for about $5K. Brewers told me that they couldn't prime her for that amount! I did just apply a coat of AwlCare, which is a polymer coating. Some people had told me not to use it, but I was very happy with the results.

As far as projects are concerned, I guess that I have more than I thought...here's a list off the top of my head:
  • Complete finish-compounding the top sides. Wax.
  • Modify Mack Pack (StackPack wanna-be) to have battens on top edge.
  • Install class A AIS transponder.
  • Refinish cabinet doors and fiddles.
  • Move hailer to bow seat.
  • Add 2nd membrane to watermaker which will increase production to about 40 GPH
  • Replace all hoses on Yanmar. Have injectors rebuilt.
  • Add fresh water feed to head.
  • Design/fabricate new radar mount.
  • Install new radar reflector and possibly active radar reflector
  • Have life raft repacked

Currently my plans are to hang around the New England area for the summer and then head to FL once hurricane season is over. In Jan/Feb we'll cross to Isla Mujares, Mexico and then go to Belize. Most likely we'll leave the boat in Guatemala for hurricane season. The next year we'll go through the Panama Canal, make a left turn and explore the Pacific coast of Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and maybe Puru. I suspect that we'll probably leave BlueJacket in Panama for hurricane season. The next year we'll head up the Pacific coast of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Savador, Guatemala and Mexico. We'll leave the boat somewhere up there and then maybe explore some of the US West coast. Then I want to ship the boat via truck to the Great Lakes and explore those. So that's my 4-5 year dream...

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