I complain, but I am enjoying getting the boat in ship shape to sail around all summer. One of the major factors in driving me to lean towards a new boat is deferred maintenance. Unless you find the small number of boat owners who dutifully maintain their boats there is always a lot of deferred maintenance and you seem to find it constantly. It's little things like; seemingly never replacing something easy like an air intake filter to more important things, like not replacing sheets or anchor rode until they fray in your hand.
I'm glad to have some time to get a bunch of projects completed. We're going to have an arch with davits installed so we can raise and lower our new dingy and outboard. We're going to sand and paint the hull, rename the boat, do some engine maintenance, and replace the manual head with an electric head. Since we'll be keeping the boat for a couple years longer we're working on getting it ready to liveaboard in May 2018.
We used Sailcraft Service Boatyard in Oriental, NC to do our work. They allow you to do all the work yourself and have plenty of good shipwrights to help you out with any jobs that are out of your wheelhouse. The stainless steel arch is one thing I'm not skilled at doing, so we're having Dan put one together for us. He came highly recommended around Oriental. He showed me some of his work around the yard and I'm impressed. I can't wait to see our final installation. I don't think we'll do solar panels this time. With the price of panels, charge controllers and everything else, I think that's a dollar too far this year. Maybe next haulout we'll get them installed to better prepare us for living aboard. For now our portable generator will do for our short stays on Starjewel. I'm going to be doing everything else myself...hopefully. I purchased a Dewalt DWE6401DS 5" sander to use with my Dewalt DCV580 cordless Wet-Dry Vacuum. They work well together and keep down most of the dust. I still use a respirator and Tyvek suite to keep a little clean. I used a 3M Stripe Off Wheel to remove the old name and registration number. The state registration numbers must be removed when the boat is documented with the USCG when the name and hailing port are installed.
We'll post again after we get a little more work done. For now you can click the link to see a video of our haulout and how we removed the old decals.