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Spares, spares and more sparesSteve
02/12/2011, Shelter Island
Most people who have been cruising in Mexico will tell you not to over provision the boat with food, believe it or not they do actually have grocery stores in Mexico. The things that they may not have are filters for your watermaker, or a fuel filter for a Westerbeke diesel engine, or a ....well you get the idea. Over the past year I have been slowly accumulating spares of many different parts, over the past month I've kicked it into high gear, ordering spare pumps, spare snatch blocks, spare anchors, LOTS of spare filters for the watermaker, generator, outboard and of course the main engine. I have spare shackles, spare hoses, spare water lines, even a spare halyard, spares of this and spares of that. I would like to tell you that this pic is of all my spares...but it's not, there is no way I would be able to fit all the spares in a picture, but it does give you an idea of what I have. I have this funny feeling that even with all the planning I won't have a spare of something when I need it...you know Murphy's law (turns out Murphy was a sailor). Gotta go now and figure out where I'm going to put all these spares.
Wheels for the dinkSteve
02/11/2011, Sun Harbor Marina
OK....so I know you're thinking, boy Steve is really getting carried away with this "the dink is you car" thing, now he's gone and put wheels on his dinghy. No I haven't gone completely crazy (mostly crazy, not completely) when you are beaching a dinghy (dink) with an outboard motor on it, it is very hard to get the motor in the up position and to drag it on and off the beach, the motor gets stuck in the sand, and the whole thing is heavy and awkward. Yesterday I installed the dinghy wheels that my friend Ric gave me (thanks again). The way the wheels work is that when you know you will be beaching the dink you get the wheels out of storage, you put them onto their brackets in the up position (pic), as you approach the beach you remove a couple of pins, rotate the wheels to the down position, and you motor right up on the beach, the wheels are taller than the motor shaft so the back of the dink is now high and dry and you can wheel it up and down the beach with very little effort (I hope).
Going away partyAmber and Ashley
02/10/2011, Sun Harbor Marina
The day has finally come for our favorite "white collared" man to trade his suit in for a pair of boater shoes, his car in for a "dink," and his house for a 41 foot sail boat named Si Bon!!!
To blog or not to blog?Steve
02/06/2011, Shelter Island
One of the first things to go through my mind when I found out I was going to be stuck in a marina for 2-3 weeks (now more like 3-4) waiting for my Max-Prop to be reconditioned was, damm, what am going to blog about from a comfortable slip?
02/04/2011, Sun Harbor Marina
Going down the Pacific coast of Baja is an adventurous undertaking, it is a pretty desolate coastline with very few ports. There are plenty of people who single hand it....but I don't want to be one of them. One of the things I learned when I did my heavy weather course in Sausalito was that I really wanted a minimum of three crew members to do the San Diego to La Paz leg, this allows you to avoid the fatigue that would come with only two people. While doing some of my local cruising over the past year I decided to try to line up four people if at all possible, although the boat will be slightly more crowded, four people allows you lots of options for watches and cat naps between watches.
02/01/2011, Sun Harbor Marina
You quickly learn while preparing to go cruising that you must stay focused, this is true from the smallest job all the way up to the main goal...cruising. It is very easy to become side tracked on just about everything you do, both on the boat and in life, you're in the middle of some job and you go down below to get another type of tool, you see something that needs to be put away, you put it away and before you know it you've lost track of what you were doing in the first place. When people find out I'm retired at 55 and living on a yacht, they assume that I must have been born with money, I wasn't, however I did stay focused through life, on both my career and on raising my two daughters. As I finish up my "last few things list' I have become pretty good at remaining focused on my final preparations, as I go from one project to another I nearly always finish one thing before moving on to the next. I hope that you also will remain focused in you lives wether it be your school, your job, your family or your health, or maybe all of the above.
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