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 Post subject: New owner of Annie Bonnie
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2020 10:19 
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I'm Richard - Bought Annie Bonnie from member "Mike" last Friday, he warned me the she doesn't like to backup, pirate blood thing. Any suggestions on the learning process to back into a slip better. Did this yesterday, took several trys, prop walk seems to pull clockwise in forward and reverse.

Also survey found "hollow" in aft end of keel, past lead fill, last 12 inches. Is this a fabrication hollow normal to 81 Tartan 37 or a delamination worthy of grind out, fill and re-glass.

Also; dodger was very good at blocking any cooling breeze, what is general opinion of roll up panels in window areas? were in Gulf coast were heat / humidity is a half year thing. Followed by cold / humidity.


 
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 Post subject: Re: New owner of Annie Bonnie
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2020 13:23 
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Greeting Richard - congratulations on your recent acquisition. I'll offer some feedback on these points.

Regarding a process to learn how to backup, I think docking and close boat handling benefits from a little advanced understanding of how your boat performs - prop walk can be very useful when used intentionally. This can be done away from the dock as long as you some point of reference.

It'll also help to have a plan that you can practice and improve on. To develop a plan, I suggest reading the section in Chapman Piloting on docking and close manuvering. I tried the techniques I read in that book over 30 years ago and they worked the first time and I've used them ever since.

Regarding the "hollow" in aft end of keel, if it looked normal it is fine. The last 15 inches or so is mostly hollow - just a glass extension to fair the keel. You can do some searches and find posts of this section cut away for repair.

And regarding dodger and roll-up window, I think it's a must. I'm in Tampa
and the first thing I do when stepping aboard is open the dodger window unless it is raining. This window is a little wider than the companionway and if there's any air movement, the heat under the dodger quickly turns into cool shade.

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 Post subject: Re: New owner of Annie Bonnie
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2020 22:32 
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Welcome to the forum. Backing a T37 is an adventure at best. I put it in reverse and try to guess where we're going. In the Summer I take the dodger down and just use a bimini. The breeze is too important and what is 80F water going to do.

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 Post subject: Re: New owner of Annie Bonnie
PostPosted: 29 Jun 2020 09:26 
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Aft end of keel is definitely hollow. Cautionary tales of delamination if blocked under the hollow (mine in particular). Nothing serious, but required grind/reglass. Blocking should be under lead/solid area as previously noted, about 15" forward of the trailing edge of the keel.


 
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 Post subject: Re: New owner of Annie Bonnie
PostPosted: 30 Jun 2020 08:39 
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Thanks for the help, Annie seems a great boat. Had to motor downwind 30 miles in 90F90RH weather, 7 K in 7 K winds to get to home port. Absolutely miserable ownership starting point. Could have sailed but crew had "schedules" to keep. Next trip will surely be better.


 
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