Your First Boat, Feel the Excitement

Deciding to live on a boat is a big step, finding and buying your first boat is an even bigger step. We follow Joe and Sabrina as they take their first ride on the boat that is to be their home. From nervous to excited, they have a hard time not smiling. This is a day they will remember for the rest of their life. Let us know what you think.

Southeast US Boat Show

BoatshowblogThe Southeast US Boat Show and Bikini Contest is right around the corner.  Make plans to come out and see the boats and the bikinis.  The boat show is April 10, 11 and 12 and the bikini contest is  on April 11th at 2:00 at the Oyster Jam.  This is the Southeast’s biggest in water and out of water boat show.  Sorry Dog will have over 20 boats in the water and all of them affordable. Now is the time to makes your plans on that next boat you want to buy.

Zinc Twice

runningGearAZinc is a very soft metal. It has many uses but, in boating, zincs are necessary for the safety of the boat.  Why??? you ask. I’m glad you did. Electrolysis is stray electric charges in the water (for ease of explanation). This electrical charge attacks metal, such as the running gear on a boat. The way to save your running gear is to attach zincs to the metal parts (shafts, rudders etc.). Electrolysis attacks the softest metal first and will eat away the zincs and not attack the harder metal of the running gear. In some areas of the St. Johns river, you can go through the zincs in a month.  The running gear in the picture is an example of what can happen when zincs are neglected for a long period of time.  The running gear had to be replaced for a cost of over$20,000. Zincs for the boat would have cost about $150.00. I don’t think I need to show the math.

Another thing to consider is that the engines also have zincs in them. The water is running through the engine and out the back, completing the circuit. The headers and cooling system could look like the running gear in the picture if you don’t keep the zincs up. Add another $8,000 to fix that. There have been a number of times I have seen boat zincs kept up and changed religiously but the owner did not not know the engines also had zincs.

This is a real life example that occurred recently. The current owner bought the boat without a survey.  Both owners were first time boaters.  The damage was found when the out-of-the-water survey was done.  Needles to say, our buyer decided against he purchase. The $700 survey save him $28,000.  Watch out for our next blog on surveys and why you need them.

Think Twice about Zincs, it could save you money and your life.


Wednesday’s Tips. Stainless Steel, the Agony and the Ecstasy

colioniteStainlessThere is nothing like a nice shiny boat to turn some heads. Unfortunately, getting it shiny and keeping it shiny can be more of a chore than we want.  Lets take stainless steel railings as an example. First of all, stainless does stain and its a pain when it stains(somewhat poetic). I have spent many hours cleaning railings using a product called NEVRDULL. It looks like cotton and smells like oil but, if you rub the stainless long enough, it will clean it. I must be a masochist because I got to where I almost enjoyed the hours of rubbing and being ‘one with the boat’ (a little new age but then I’m an old fart so anything new sounds like fun).

So where am I going with this…well, Sorry Dog asked me one day to help out a friend and polish his stainless, to say that it needed polishing was an understatement. I got out my NEVRDULL and was getting ready to get started when Sorry Dog suggested I try something he had used in the past, it was called Colinite Metal Wax. You put some on a towel and wipe the stainless, then come back with a clean towel and wipe it off. I am always skeptical of claims that say something is easy to do after I have spent years doing the hard way. Anyway, I took his bottle and picked the worst looking piece of stainless I could find which were the fender holders and they were the color of rust. I wiped it on and waited 30 seconds and wiped it off. To my amazement, about 80% of the stain came off and there was actually a shine there. I repeated the process and added just a little rubbing and the stainless looked brand new. I was able to finish the boat in 2 days instead of the week that I had allowed. I usually don’t recommend products because everyone has a different way of doing things but I will never use anything else for polishing stainless (unless they have a product I can spray it on and wipe it off). Its called Colinite Metal Wax by 3M.  It’s nice being able to spend more time enjoying the boat instead of polishing it.

My Dumbest Boating Decision

Now1Speaking of wood boats and leaking, I bought a wood boat but it wasn’t leaking… it had sunk.  Let’s start from the beginning. I found this beautiful 55′ 1957 Chris Connie (translate-Big Wood Boat).  I fell in love with it which was my first mistake.  It Was all mahogany and teak and it was the grandest boat I had seen. The master stateroom was redone to look like an old sailing vessel and it had a king-size bed.  There were 2 more staterooms and the galley was the largest I had seen and everything was polished.

Now3The day before we were supposed to close, I decided to take one last look and that’s when I saw my dream was on the bottom.  Instead of walking away, I figured I could get a deal. Everyone including the broker (which is how I met Sorry Dog) said don’t buy it but I was smitten. So I bought it for 10 cents on the dollar and set about rebuilding it. I won’t go into too much detail but I did find out that if a boat sinks, all of the wiring is destroyed and mold and mildew decides to come visit. Well, 1 year and $150,000 dollars later, I had a fully restored 1957 Chris Connie. Of course, that’s when I found the next fun thing about wood boats, you have to work on them everyday. That was fun for the first year but I finally decided that I would rather use a boat than work on it.  If you get a chance, you should own a wood boat at least once.  Send us your dumbest boating decision and we may publish it!!!