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The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Re-Repairing A Crack In The Hull
Keith
06/20/2008, Oriental, NC

I've gotten pretty up and personal with Tropical Dreamer during the last few weeks. Thanks to the refit, I've explored parts of the boat I hadn't been in previously (like fuel and water tank compartments, steering works, along the hull in various places usually covered by hatches, behind wood paneling...). Among several other projects, I've sanded (with my hands and not a machine) every inch of the hull to prep it for new bottom paint. Several times over to ensure a smooth hull and good adhesion. One could not help but catch the 2 inch slight discoloration near the waterline that had evidently been repaired with marine tex or gel coat. The repair or whatever it was was now cracking at the edges and became the subject of concern around the yard. It's just not cool to embark on a long sailing voyage with questions about the integrity of the hull. A hole near the waterline can let in water under a variety of twisted scenarios, all of which will make the waterline higher and higher as more water comes into the boat, until the waterline reaches the top of the mast. So Jeff (whole 'nother story about that guy and the timber pads he still hasn't painted) drilled into it like a dentist, concluded it was a poorly repaired small impact (probably with a pylon or a nail while docked), and re-fixed it better than new with successive layers of fiberglass and resin and then a proper white gel coat. It should be finished in a day or two. Now we can all sleep better at night.

Smoke From the Forest Fires Settles Overnight On A Field In Oriental, NC
06/20/2008

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The Water Is All Around Us
Keith, better weather over the last few days, or maybe I'm just getting used to the heat and humidity more and more, or perhaps both
06/20/2008, Oriental, NC

Oriental is full of creeks and little inlets that can eventually lead to the ocean, but which more often make great little anchorages or dock spaces Some people keep sailboats right outside their homes. How convenient. I've always had to drive a long distance to sail (until now) I came across this image during the morning walk with the dogs.

High Wire Assembly
Keith, Nice Today
06/18/2008, Oriental, NC

Putting the finishing touches on the tower assembly for the wind turbine. It won't be long now before the actual turbine comes out of the box for assembly and installation. I have developed my mechanical skills considerably since we started this refit, but this operation 15 feet above ground was admittedly out of my league. When I wasn't wasting time taking pictures, I was handing up tools, parts, etc. Later this day we installed the solar panels on the bimini. Pictures will be posted tomorrow.

19th Century House
Keith
06/18/2008, Oriental, NC

When I am walking with the dogs, my eyes are drawn to the historic houses. This one was originally built by the Oriental town doctor in the late 1800s/early 1900s.

Another Morning In Oriental, NC
06/18/2008

There have been forest fires in North Carolina so it is sometimes smokey. This morning the sun was practically red from the haze. Bayboro has the closest "ABC Package" store and New Bern is the nearest "city." Amazingly, New Bern has a Delta connection, which is the airline Matt uses (his brother is a Captain).

Northwards Destination
Keith
06/17/2008

This is the 1995 vintage Autohelm displaying the first track northward from Norfolk. Believe it or not, the previous owner left me the map cards all the way to Nantucket, so I've got that going for me.

Country Road In Oriental
Keith
06/17/2008

This is the road off of the main drag in Oriental. We walk it pretty much every morning. There is little to no traffic at that time of day so one hears the birds chirping and the neighbors coming outside with their coffee in the early morning.

In Spite Of The Hard Boat Work We Eat Well
Keith
06/17/2008, Self Storage RV Park, Oriental, NC

As you may recall, my first attempt at tacos on this trip did not go well. This time, they were great. Without a doubt the best (and only) Mexican food in Oriental NC is served at El Singero's.

Anne Gets A Shave
Keith, hot and humid, but getting used to it
06/17/2008, Self Storage RV Park, Oriental, NC

I had both dogs shaved before we departed (Anne a few weeks before Jake) but it is a month since I did Anne and she's starting to get thick with fur again. Normally that wouldn't be a problem, but with all the heat and humidity, it just can't be comfortable for her. I've started getting the dogs adjusted to being without air conditioning, but it will be a lot better for them if they are not covered with a lot of fur in this weather. In a few months when I'm in Maine and it is much cooler, I can let them grow out again, but now, in North Carolina, they are best kept shaved. As you can see, Anne doesn't seem to mind.

 

 
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