Men Wanted!

‘HIR 3’ needs crew! I would like to invite everyone who is willing to help with the restoration of the legendary sailing yacht to contact me. I need all the help I can get… because sooner we restore her, the sooner we can sail together!

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‘HIR 3’ needs crew! I would like to invite everyone who is willing to help with the restoration of the legendary sailing yacht to contact me. I need all the help I can get… because sooner we restore her, the sooner we can sail together!!!

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We need equipment (the list below), help with working on the boat, electric installation, rigging check, promotion and fundraising, marketing, PR, crowd funding, photography and film making.

Equipment list:
– Ropes
– VHF DSC radio station
– Batteries, charger & cables
– Navigation lights
– Cushions
– Lazy bag, bimini & spray hood
– Spinlock tiller extension
– Winch handles
– Charts & Pilotbooks
– Lifejackets
– Lifebuoy
– Fog horn
– Barometer, thermometer & clock
– Flares
– Stove
– Gas installation
– Sea anchor
– Fire extinguishers
– Fenders

You can find us online:

Blog in Croatian: http://blog.vecernji.hr/hir3
Blog in English: https://hir3.wordpress.com/
E-mail: sasa.fegic@gmail.com
Mobile: +385 (0) 98 389 482
Skype: crosail
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sailingyacht.hir3
Twitter: https://twitter.com/iJedrenje
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/sasa-fegic/60/554/a65
Instagram: http://instagram.com/ijedrenje
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/crosail

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I would also like to thank everyone who already helped with the project. Thanks to Maja for the work and support,  Jelena & Andrej for the hospitality and help, Tomislav for the work at the very beginning, Mario for borrowing the multi master tool, Davor for restoring the tiller and borrowing the tools, Tomislav for donating the protection masks, Elvis for all the work on antifouling, support and sponsorship, Special thank to Kruno for everything he did with the new electric installation and hospitality on his boat… and thanks to everyone who got in touch and supported the project. THANK YOU ALL!!!

My friend Charlie & me

A few weeks ago when we were cleaning the boat for the first time, on our lunch break we went to the supermarket to buy something to eat and Maja spotted a dish washing detergent ‘Čarli’ (Charlie:) on sale. I thought we could use it to wash our hands, but as it turned out, it does so much more…

A few weeks ago when we were cleaning the boat for the first time, on our lunch break we went to the supermarket to buy something to eat and Maja spotted a dish washing detergent ‘Čarli’ (Charlie:) on sale. I thought we could use it to wash our hands, but as it turned out, it does so much more…

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This time I couldn’t find anyone to help me. Everyone was either working or sailing, so I went to Vrsar on the boat by myself… Charlie was the only one who was helping me. After seeing what Maja did with the kitchen, I decided to clean the whole boat. I tried to apply Čarli to see how it would work… and it was doing a great job, so I used it for everything. I have to admit that cleaning the locker in the bathroom was one of the scariest experiences I had in a long time. IT was completely covered in mould. It was really disgusting, but it had to be done.

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I borrowed from my friend Davor a sander and a hot air blower, so I wanted to try how they work, so I can prepare myself for what will be another big job on my list – stripping what is left of the paint and varnish in the interior.

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 I sanded the main bulkhead. It was going slow and it was actually much more difficult than I thought it would be. I stopped sanding because I realized that I will also need a vacuum cleaner, otherwise the whole boat would end up in a complete mess.

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I then tried the hot air blower. I was told that it should strip down the varnish easily, but I had a different experience with that. It worked really well on some places, not so well on other, but I learned that I will have to sand all areas anyway… but I found another great use for it. The interior is all very wet and humid, so the blower worked wonders to for the wood that would otherwise take forever to dry.

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Sometimes it was really difficult to find the motivation to keep working because all I see is more work and not much results. I guess it’s always easier to work with someone, so next time I’ll try harder to find some company other that Charlie… 🙂

Decision time…

I have seen the boat, I took a few pictures, talked a lot with the owner and now I had to seriously start thinking about what to do next…

I have seen the boat, I took a few pictures, talked a lot with the owner and now I had to seriously start thinking about what to do next. I really had only two options. The first and probably much more logical would be to erase the photos and forget what I saw. second option was to let the emotions take over and start negotiating about taking over the boat.

I always wanted my own boat and despite the fact that I never had the money for one, I was always looking for one that would be right for me. For years I have ben searching ads on the internet, I even went to see a few, but I never really got even close to actually buying a boat.

Recently, one of my friends found a boat he liked and asked me for advice. I gave him my honest opinion about that particular boat and equipment, but I concluded with one sentence I will never forget. I said that nothing really matters, except that you should ‘fall in love’… If I was to listen to my own advice, the decision would be obvious. This was a legendary boat, I learned to sail on that boat, I liked the way she looked and I didn’t want to see her go, so I decided to go for it…

Unfortunately, when it comes to negotiating about prices, I am really bad at it. I always agree to what people say. I never mastered that skill and negotiating about the price is always embarrassing to me. The owner gave me an offer, we discussed it a bit and I said that I would have to think about it. So I kept thinking about it… and finally decided to buy the boat! I had to agree that contract details and price would remain confidential, but I can honestly say that (not for the first time) I paid too much…

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