I just purchased a 2003 C350. I am new to this boat and to this forum. I have plenty of sailing experience. I currently also own a C270 (which I have had for almost 13 years). I also own a WindRider 17 Tri-maran. I live in Colorado, on the south side of Denver. I purchased my new boat "Lazy Dog" in Punta Gorda, FL. Currently, it is on the hard at Safe Cove Marina in Port Charlotte. It will be there until around late October. I then will be putting it in a slip at Burnt Store Marina. I will be coming down several times a year to use her.
I am open to any suggestions on maintenance, tips, sailing, and whatever else you think of. I have been on the C270 forum for years. She is in excellent shape. I am the third owner, with the last owner loving her for the last 11 years. They have taken extremely good care of her, just recently adding new electronics and a folding prop. Unfortunately, they had to sell her for health reasons (nothing overly serious).
Not sure what I am going to do with my C270 here in Colorado yet; time will tell. But certainly am looking forward to new experiences with Lazy Dog. I am a little familiar with the Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers area, as a close friend of mine has a Catamaran there. He lives on the south end of Pine Island. Have been there several times sailing his boat with him.
Hope all is well with everyone here. Talk to you down the road.
That is particularly why it is on the hard. It is getting a new bottom job. The previous owner did a great job keeping her in tip top shape. The yard says it needs to be sand blasted and start from scratch. I am going to have them do that. Now I need to decide if I want to use ablative again or a hard paint. I will have it cleaned monthly.
Thanks for the tips. They will go into my to do book.
Check with the locals down at the marina, they'll give you the best guidance on what works. I have had both on my hull, hard paint when I was in Connecticut river which was fresh/brackish/salt. Hard worked real well there because it lasted a long time and nothing really grew because of the diversity of water types. But when I move up into salt only, ablative worked the best, especially in a barnacle heavy area that New England is. Lastly, you can put an ablative over the top of hard (with proper prepping) but you can't do the other way around, FYI.
Enjoy the boat, my wife and I have enjoyed ours for 12 years and going strong!
C350 #409 / Southern Yankee
North Kingstown, RI