04/06/2013, Harbor Island Marina, Seattle
Back again with the latest on what we've learned about getting ready for cruisin'. It certainly pays to research, ask lots of questions, call our boating resources, and patiently gather information. Our new personal hero is our friend Dave White who Andy knows from Windworks Sailing Club. Thanks, Davey, for recommending Hjorth Consulting.
But let me back up a bit. We have a crack in our gooseneck, the piece of metal that connects the boom to the mast. We first contacted Passport Yachts to see if they had an old gooseneck laying around their shop. They didn't and neither did the couple of metal fabricators they contacted.
Miraculously we were able to fairly easily remove the gooseneck from its nest; we took it to a well respected metal fabricator in Ballard who will remain unnamed for a quote on what could be done with it. They said it could not be welded and recommended we replace it with stainless steel for a mere $2500.00. We decided to wait.
Jens Hjorth, also in Ballard, announced that our precious gooseneck was made of cast aluminum, could in fact be welded, rendering it "as good as new". Cost for that weld? $95.00. We're laughin' and scratchin'. Davey, you're our new personal hero.
Another decision we've made based on research and careful thought and discussion is NOT to put mast pulpits on our boat. For awhile we were adamant that we needed them for safety at the mast. But then we realized that with limited deck space they would interfere with the storage of our dinghy on the foredeck. We decided instead to use our safety harness to clip in to the mast; that will also allow us more mobility moving around up there.
03/05/2013, Harbor Island Marina, Seattle
Andy's sister Connie shared this story with us recently
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
"One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
"The other is Good - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
Andy worked for two weeks to loosen a bolt on our alternator so it could be removed and checked out. Kroil, "the oil that creeps", creeps REAL slow. Numerous Kroil applications, tool purchases, bangs, twists and grunts, frustration, anger and despair filled those two weeks. A torch was about to be lit when Andy read the Wolf story. He relaxed, thought about it, applied one more squirt of Kroil, and went to bed feeling peaceful, calm and hopeful. In the morning one quick and easy turn of the wrench released the bolt.
Thanks for the story, Connie.
01/22/2013, Harbor Island Marina, Seattle
Realizing we have just 6 months before our planned departure, and the TO-DO list is long, we are learning to prioritize. We know we don't have to complete the list completely. We WILL be going, baring some catastrophe. So, looking forward to getting into some sunshine and warm water.
Discovery is becoming more and more familiar which is a very good feeling. It's amazing how one can become attached to a boat.
01/13/2013, Harbor Island, Seattle
Hello family, friends, sailors, others
Andy and I have been living aboard Discovery since November 4, 2012 and are finally getting our blog started. Time waits for no one, summer looms on the horizon, the time of departure nears.
As many of you know, the common circular route from Seattle down the coast to Mexico, across to French Polynesia and back home via Hawaii is our cruising plan. Andy made this trip as a young man many years ago with his family aboard s/v Seabrook, a 42-foot Cascade. He crossed to Tahiti in a 37-foot Pacific Seacraft from Panama as a captain-for-hire in 2007. Now it's Betty's turn to partake in the grand adventure of crossing the Pacific on our very own 37-foot Passport, Discovery.
Living aboard has been a bit challenging during the cold winter months. Condensation collects on the hatches and inside the hull; last night a cold drop fell into my right eye as I laid there next to Andy and Bouchi (our tabby) thinking about when I was going to start this blog. But we are warm with 2 electric heaters going, and the space is cozy and intimate.
Here's Andy at the helm, sailing along the Seattle waterfront.