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Lemons Way
The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Dry Run with Sarah and Celia in The Saturn Dinghy
06/04/2012, Her former bassinet room


Getting Organized

Sailboats are good for people who love to organize. The process of checking all the fittings, organizing the lines, and making the sailboat into a functioning machine is gratifying and enjoyable to me. Doing so also teaches me more about the sailboat and makes things safer and more enjoyable on the water. One of my projects this morning was to get the lines organized and secured. This picture shows how I tied the mast to the bow to secure it. That line coming off the left side goes down to a cleat. When I left the sailboat after the gin pole incident last week, things were kind of disorganized. The sailors out there will understand how sometimes, when things don't go as planned, you just want to leave the boat in whatever condition it is and come back to it when you are fresh and have a more healthy attitude. I feel a lot better about things in light of the progress we've made since then. The new fittings should arrive this week and I'm hoping to have the mast back up and down properly by next weekend. The next time the mast comes up, I can also make sure the new shrouds fit properly. The process of getting the sailboat ready to cruise is as enjoyable in many ways as the cruising. Just spending an hour or two puttering around and slowly moving the refit forward is enjoyable for me. But it is a means to an end. That end being the sailboat trip.

Mast Support
06/02/2012, In Laws Driveway

This morning we completed a few more small steps to get the boat ready. This picture shows the wood piece we fabricated to fit into the mast pulpit. It holds the middle of the mast straight so it doesn't bow during storage and transport. Eventually there will be support pieces on either side to hold the mast even more securely. When the new mast bolt arrives from Catalina Direct (the old one was stripped during the gin pole incident), we will drill a hole through the block so that the assembly will be secure and the mast bolt will have a place to be stored when the mast isn't up. A little farther forward in this picture you can see two wires coming out of the deck. Another of this morning's projects was to clean out the old silicon around the the old solar panel through-deck wiring hole and fit the new, larger, wires up through. It was a tight fit, but we managed to get the new wires out without drilling the hole wider. Now the new solar panel wires are completely run and ready to be fitted into the panel and controller located on opposite ends of the sailboat. In the picture you can see the outline of the old, smaller solar panel and the four holes where it was secured through the deck. This morning we measured the bolt size to re-fill the holes left by the removal of the old solar panel and continued preparations to install the new panel.

Scooter Back In Service To Assist With the Sailboat Refit
Nice this morning at 7:30 a.m., going to be a scorcher the rest of the day
06/02/2012, In Laws

Last weekend, as a consolation to not sailing, I found a buyer for the silver Chinese scooter I obtained shortly after I returned from the sailbatical in 2008. I wound up driving it like 30 miles completely across town to deliver it to the new owner. That and the Vespa rental in Rome helped me to remember how much I enjoy riding. Brings back memories of how instrumental that little Zuma 50 two stroke was to the refit on Tropical Dreamer (see older posts of Matt and I riding it from the Rebounder motorhome to and from the boat yard during the summer of 2008).

Dinghy Arrives
Keith, air conditioned inside the house, but it would have been pretty brutal assembling it outside
05/30/2012, Celia's old room

This is the 10 foot Saturn dinghy that I finally selected for Boker Tov. There were a lot of factors that went into choosing this inflatable. Available space on a 25 foot sailboat, budget, potential number of people to ferry on and off the sailboat, and of course, safety. It is a little smaller than the Zodiac Zoom that took me across the Sea of Cortez and on my southern journeys on Tropical Dreamer, but it appears of better quality. It has 5 separate inflatable compartments and a pretty advanced valve design and appears to be a sturdy and safe tender or life raft or run-about. With any decent sized engine, this baby is going to be able to fly. We'll do a dry run with Sarah and Celia later on tonight.

The bent parts

Everything bent or stripped is on order.

The Damaged Gin Pole
Keith, nice
05/28/2012, In Law's Garage

I don't want to dwell on the set back, but this is a shot of the bent-up gin pole. As you may know, a gin pole is a type of mast raising device that uses leverage. We did a detailed survey of the damage today and it's really not that bad. Should be back to where we were before we put the mast down improperly in a week or two. Learned a few new things about the boat in the process. Replaced the two upper side shrouds this afternoon while we were figuring out what hardware needed replacing. Next possible sailing trip window is Father's Day weekend. If that doesn't happen, next window is 4th of July. Onwards and upwards.

Making the best of not sailing
Keith, Nice
05/28/2012, Bear Canyon trailhead


Nice, steady winds, would have been great for sailing
05/26/2012, Writing this from the Apple store waiting for our appointment to get the os updated on the ipad

I'm sorry to report that we had a problem using the gin pole mast raising and lowering system yesterday and wound up bending some parts enough so that this weekend's sailing trip had to be canceled. On the bright side, nobody got hurt and we should be able to repair the damage and have Boker Tov ready for the next trip scheduled not too far off.

The Wing Gets Named
Keith, hot but nice
05/24/2012, In-Laws Driveway

The refit is coming together. Late this afternoon after our day jobs we wired-up and secured the second battery. It appears to be working in series with the existing battery as well as in isolation. All the lights on the sailboat are working as they should and she is ready for night time cruising and adventuring. Afterwards we put on the new lettering. Boker Tov means Good Morning in Hebrew. The name is symbolic in a few ways. Celia's Maternal Grandparents on her Grandmother's side had a motorboat by the same name on Lake George in upstate New York. Now, another generation is keeping up the tradition, but in a different place and in a different way. For me personally, the name represents the next chapter in my cruising life. Back to the sailboat tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. to finalize a few things, then the mast is coming down and Boker Tov will be readied for her next fitting-out trip, a two nighter, scheduled to depart early Saturday morning. Stay tuned.


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