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WORK TO LIVE! DON'T LIVE TO WORK!!!!!
Building SAILRITE Drifter
Rick 46,690
04/02/2011, Fairbanks, Alaska

Ahoy! from Frozen Fairbanks, Alaska!

I'm doing well after my knee surgery and filling in as a MEDEVAC pilot (must refill the sailing kitty!)



Since I had a lot of INDOOR time on my hands, I decided to try my hand at building a Drifter for the boat. I went with the SAILRITE sail kit (custom cut for the BCC). It was around $900 with sail-kit, sail-bag and deployment sock (as a single hander, I wanted the quick and easy way to douse the Drifter if the wind piped up!!!) The box of materials arrived within a week after ordering.

The sewing part has turned out to be more difficult than I imagined. I wanted to have PERFECT parallel stitches along each panel, however I SUCK at sewing! (the only time I used a sewing machine was a couple weeks of mandatory home economics class in 9th grade, and I got a D or C in that class!)

The problem was with my sewing technique... When you have have two long cigar tubes of sail cloth running thru the machine, it's hard to keep the pace consistent and accurate. If you push or pull or drift off into lala land for a split second, the machine does what ever she wants! (kinda like a woman...haha)


(I picked up this SEARS sewing machine on sale!!!! score!)

I also found that the double stick tape that is supplied to hold the panels together during the sewing is very....... finicky. I found out the hard way that I was over powering the tape and then the fabric would bunch up. A very steep learning curve for a neophyte sailmaker! I have all the panels sewn together (Green and White Stripe) so, it looks pretty cool. Now the really fun part, sewing the corner patches and grommets.



If you do decided to build one of these cool kits, make sure the area is VERY CLEAN!! That sail material turns into one HUGE DUST/DIRT MAGNET when you move it around. I got ZAPPED more times than I care to remember because of static build up. (Fairbanks is VERY VERY DRY in the winter)

I can't wait to hoist the sail for the first time and see my handiwork!

Check out the Sailrite website for all kinds of Do-it-yourself kits!


http://www.sailrite.com

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Inside Passage Video Part V
45980
03/19/2011

I found some more footage from my Inside Passage Trip.... Enjoy!
I should be back on JUNESSA in April or May!!! yaaa! I can't wait!


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Cabin Fever
Rick 44160
02/14/2011, FAIRBANKS, AK


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MOTORCYCLE TOURING
RICK 41273
01/01/2011, USA, CANADA, ALASKA

HERE'S A SHORT VIDEO OF MY 10,OOO MILE-TWO MONTH ROAD TRIP.

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J's BOTTOM
Rick 41993
11/03/2010, Port Townsend, WA

JUNESSA is a bit unique in her bottom job... the original owner had COPPER SHEETS installed on the entire bottom. If you look closely at the picture, you can see the vertical stripes.... I still have about 10' feet of the 3M copper sheeting.

It's actually held up pretty well over the years! The boat was built in Canada back in 1985, lived in Seattle for awhile before heading South to San Francisco then to San Diego, where I bought her in 2007. I sailed her to Alaska and back last year and she's been sitting at he dock for over a year!

The only place I have growth is on the cutlas bearing, which I replaced a couple years ago and didn't cover it in copper. I do get the usual slime, but no barnacles!

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ON THE HARD
Rick 41993
11/02/2010, Port Townsend, WA

We finally pulled JUNESSA out of the water for the winter. The winds died down and the sun came out just long enough to pull the sails down and fold 'em up for the winter.
Good thing I have a book for EVERYTHING, since I this was going to be my first time doing a PROPER FOLDING JOB.... Pretty easy, even by myself.

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Secured Just In time!!!
Rick 41993
11/01/2010, Point Hudson Marina, WA

Here's a shot of JUNESSA holding on for dear life as the winds begin to build. It was a long sleepless night. All the boats around me made the spookiest noises as the wind blew thru their rigging.

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CAST OF THE DOCK LINES!
Rick 41705
10/31/2010, Gig Harbor, Wa

Ahoy Mattie! It's taken over a year to cast off the dock lines... but, it feels WONDERFUL to be underway again, even if it's just a one day motor/sail North. My friend Gary and I left Gig Harbor around 7am and had a wonderful DOWNWIND sail North to Port Townsend... 9 hours of sun, blue sky and lumpy-rolly seas.

My motor rebuild worked PERFECTLY!!! No smoke, no leaks and NO PROBLEMS! Maybe I should look into switching careers... diesel mechanic.

The only scare the whole trip was pulling into the marina.... the winds were at our rear, blowing around 20 knots! All I could see was us CRASHING into some million dollar boat, but I brought us right next to the dock, and Gary stepped off with NO PROBLEMS! Gotta love it when everything comes together!!!

Tomorrow we might pull JUNESSA out and set her 'on the hard' for the winter season. I plan to get some work done while she's out of the water... install depth transducer for the Garmin, replace motor mounts, align the drive shaft, get the prop worked and do alot of painting!

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AMAZING LIGHT
Rick
10/28/2010, Over SW USA

The flight from New Orleans to Las Vegas unfolded the most dramatic light show I've ever seen from the air! As the sun rose, it threw a rainbow of color and shadows across the dessert floor below.

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LOCATION! LOCATION!
RicK 40918
09/19/2010, Secret Location!

This would be my dream location for a getaway cabin! Wow!!!
(shot with my iPhone4)

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ONLY IN ALASKA
RicK 40918
09/19/2010, Along the Alaska Pipleline

What's wrong with this picture??? NO! it's not the lousy shot group, or the wrong caliber rounds being used.... check out what's BEHIND the "target"! Just the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline. Some people just don't have the common sense to own a firearm!!!

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I CAN SEE!!!
RICK 40770
09/11/2010

I know I'm getting older and my vision is starting to fade, but this is ridiculous!!!! haha

I'm wearing Night Vision Goggles (NVG's) on my flight helmet.... Gotta love technology.... when it works!!!!!!

Here's to light intensified photons! :)

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MOTORCYCLE GEAR
Rick 40700
09/07/2010, Las Vegas, NV

Click the link below to see how much stuff I pack on my BMW 1200GS... Thanks Claudio!

Rick Peterson BMW GS1200 Kit Layout for EA from Claudio von Planta on Vimeo.


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WAIKIKI BEACH
Rick 40215
08/17/2010, Hawaii

I was able to play tourist and hang out on the world famous Waikiki Beach. The view was spectacular.... ;)

I also went scuba diving on a ship wreck, snorkeled at Sharks Cove and walked around the boat harbor.... Ahhh Live is good! :)-

Aloha!

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FISHING
RICK 40135
08/13/2010, HAWAII

ALOHA!
Yesterday was a blast!!! I went deep sea fishing with some pilot buddies and caught this little tuna! We also had a marlin on the line but he got away, not before he was 1/2 way out of the water shaking his bill at us! So Cool! The seas were not the greatest and the high winds didn't help matters either, no sea-sickness amongst the crew... which made the boat clean up pretty easy! :)

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WORKING IN HAWAII???
RICK 40039
08/09/2010, HAWAII

ALOHA! I'm on a quick detour thru Hawaii for work, then back to motorcycling across the US.

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BREAK AT HOOVER DAM
Rick
07/28/2010

We took a short break from the blazing sun to get some shade and photos of the Hoover Dam. Pretty amazing views!

Here's my Beemer resting in the shade! :)

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WIND FARM
Rick 39829
07/25/2010, California

The light was perfect as we rode past this wind farm. I could have stayed until dark, but we had to press on....



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THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES!
Rick 39698
07/24/2010, Redding, California

Hi from Redding, California! I'm on quest to catch up with the SRzero electric car and crew! They are in San Fransico tonight and heading South towards Los Angeles tomorrow. I covered 550 miles today on the beemer and fell 3 1/2 hours short of my target. My arsss just could not take another mile tonight.... :)

Please check out the link below and watch for news clips of this amazing crew and their ELECTRIC RACE CAR! Alaska to Argentina!

http://electric-adventures.com

here's to cushy car seats and sound proofing! oh my ears are still ringing! :)

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USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL
Rick 39473
07/09/2010, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

He's a view from my "office", 2500 feet above Honolulu flying around in the Bell 412 helicopter.

If you look close, you can see the fuel oil still seeping from the sunken Battleship Arizona.


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