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After a day of stripping and scraping, Sea Eagle has her new Home Port.

After a day of stripping and scraping, Sea Eagle has her new Home Port.

The application to change Sea Eagle’s documentation was sent to the USCG on Tax Day (4/15/13) and we did not get the “official” document back from them until October 4th (10/4/13). That took almost six months! Geez!

I had to remove the old home port of “San Francisco, CA” from the transom and sadly discovered that it had been painted on. Oh Bother! I tried removing the lettering with Lacquer Thinner and then Acetone (which eats fiberglass up) and neither had any effect on the paint. Tough Paint!

A trip to West Marine and a spray bottle of paint stripper brought some success, but it took seven hours of stripping, then scraping, then scrubbing, then rinse, repeat, before I was able to finally remove all of the old paint. Whew.

The new vinyl lettering was relatively easy to install, especially since we had a nice sunny afternoon, which was pleasant after our 35° F morning. Sea Eagle’s newly documented and official Home Port is now Olympia, WA.

Here is the original home port of San Francisco, CA that had to be removed.

Here is the original home port of San Francisco, CA that had to be removed.