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The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Wind Turbine Is Installed
Keith, hot and humid.
06/25/2008, Oriental, NC

There hasn't been enough wind at the storage yard to see if it works, but the power test (two lights of the red light) was a success. Weeks of work (Matt's work) went into the installation of this machine. May it provide lots of eco-friendly power to Tropical Dreamer. Note the solar panels on top of the bimini. We've been working on the wiring of those babies for several days now. You can also see the brackets for the Hyrovane have been installed and it is just about ready for the main drive unit. Tomorrow afternoon Matt is going home, so it is going to be a busy day (again).

Shore Walk In Oriental
Keith
06/25/2008

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The Hex Is Lifted
Keith, morning cool
06/24/2008, A residental street in Oriental

This is going to sound odd, but now that I think it's over, I'm going to share it.

When we first arrived at the self storage rv park, Jake and Anne were exploring and they took off after something. I went after them. That something turned out to be a baby bunny. I checked it out. It was too damaged to be saved, but far from dead. It was suffering. I knew I had to put it out of its misery. It was horrible. It looked at me when it was time and laid its head down as if it knew. I kind of felt like it put bad karma on us. The memory bothered me for a long time and still does at this moment. Today I came across a completely flattened turtle on the side of the road. Not far away, I found another turtle on the side of the road, this one live. I took a picture, picked him up, and put him snugly into the forest. I think it put the force back in balance, so to speak.

It Won't Be Long Now...
Keith, Early Morning Cool
06/22/2008, Oriental Town Dock

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My Attempt At Fixing A Leaking Porthole
Keith
06/22/2008

I've graduated to level 7 on the Matt scale of mechanical proficiency. I don't know how many levels there are, but I don't think level 7 is that high in the celestial scheme of things. I have grave doubts about the water tightness of that repair. I'll let you know how it turns out. Nice picture though.

Matt Installing the Ground Wire
Keith, summer NC weather
06/22/2008, The Aft Cabin Under The Engine Cover (Not Normally Visible)

Today is Sunday. Most everything is closed in Oriental, except for the grocery store (and the churches, of course). We did our shopping, among other things such as laundry, dishes, dog walk and feed, organzing documents, skye phone calls to family and a few friends, and cooking and eating. Earlier this morning we did some work on the boat, including installing the wire above, installing the 50 amp breaker for the wind turbine, and pumping up the Walker Bay Dingy Inflatable and putting into the water to check for leaks. I have been washing my boat lines in the free washing machine at the self storage rv park we live in (presently) to freshen them up. They are clean and new looking. Now I need to figure out how they go back on the boat. The dock lines were pretty straight forward, but the jib sheet may be installed wrong. I'll have to check that out more. Note the appearance of the Phil Collins shirt again. I've had it for over 20 years and it never got worn until now. The Israeli Phil Collins shirt I have is being saved as a treasure of the 1980s - I just cannot allow it to be worn, especially for boat work. On a completely unrelated note, Matt revealed to me two days ago that he didn't know who James Taylor is. James Taylor, the Robert Frost of American music. So I've been playing him the best of James Taylor off of U-Tube on the Internet.

The Solor Panels Are Mounted
Keith, plenty of sun
06/22/2008, Deaton Yachts

I managed to pull this picture off of Matt's internet site. Those are the two kiocera 135 watt panels. Their weight is why we needed to reinforce the bimini with four stainless steel tubes and associated brackets and hardware (including having two stainless steel plates fabricated). Between the support bars and the panels themselves, the bimini is now extremely sturdy. Presently we are in the wiring phase. Unfortunately, the wire they sent with the package was completely inadequate and we are awaiting the shipment of new wire (I think I've written all of this already). We are three weeks into the refit and it is looking that a full month will be necessary to get Tropical Dreamer ready to splash. Then I can tackle the next set of challenges, whatever they may be. I've gotten used to Matt's keen ability to problem solve and will need to handle what comes on my own. His work on this refit is greatly appreciated.

Matt Holding The On-Off Switch For the Wind Turbine
Keith
06/21/2008, Aft Cabin Hanging Locker, Tropical Dreamer

Matt's following wants more picture of him. This is Matt holding one of today's wiring creations (before shrink wrapping those black pieces). From what I saw today, Matt is particularly good at the wiring part of the refit.

6 Guage Marine 12 Volt Wire With a Connector I Soldered On And Shrink Wrapped
Keith
06/21/2008, Deaton Yachts

Not bad for a rookie.

Keith Soldering An Electrical Connection
Keith, rainy and cool
06/21/2008, Deaton Yachts

Yes, that is me, soldering... and nobody got hurt. In fact, I have been improving my mechanical skills considerably over the last few weeks. I no longer have to ask Matt to reach into the tight places to screw on nuts and washers. Indeed, I have mastered the upside-down installation of nuts and washers (they used to fall into the worst crannies of the bilge every time I tried to install them). I know the names of the tools and how to work them and can often anticipate which ones we need before they are needed. Matt is yelling at me somewhat less than the first week, though I still get yelled at from time to time for some mechanical infraction. It reminds me of when I started doing law, except of course I'm not making any money doing this but rather spending it. Today, I found my niche, soldering and heat shrinking connectors onto the wires. It involves very hot fire, molten metal, and does not require crawling into the bowels of the sailboat - perfect combination. We are finally onto the electrical wiring phase of the install!

 

 
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