The Lost K-I-S-S (Please Don't Judge Me)
04 July 2013 | Home
It was just a 10-day trip with four days offshore, a meager shakeout cruise. Still, it was our longest as a cruising couple sans kids. It revealed a number of shortcomings in our grand plans for longterm voyaging. I confess that up to now I've resisted many of the conveniences available to cruisers, subscribing to the Keep It Simple Stupid (K-I-S-S) philosophy. In my dreamiest moments, I imagine removing the engine, free at last from the tyranny of the diesel. Get real. After this cruise, let's just say that the thinking is moving in the other direction. These upgrades will be done this year. Please don't judge us.
Listening to Tammy struggle with the pump day-after-day was punishment enough for my misjudgement in not installing this sooner. It is on order.
Minor issue at start of trip; unbearable by the end. If electric head doesn't resolve it, then sanitation hoses will have to be replaced. Fun job!
A dining table for one just got annoying after a while, especially since it's so easy correct. I have plans and will build this myself.
Not happy about this one, but it is what it is. Aria, besides being a cruising boat, must also become our company headquarters. Big bucks, a link to land when I'm trying to cut free, but no choice here. I demonstrated that I can run the business on a 150kbps connection, but the connection must be reliable - no relying on marina wifi or a nearby cell tower. Besides, do I really want to choose my anchorages based upon access to Internet? An Intellian FB150 will do the trick. As a bonus, it will give us access to weather and voice phone while at sea.
Water purified tap
Pouring drinking water from gallon jugs is annoying, expensive and silly. We have a 100-gallon water tank, for heaven's sake. Still, I would like to purify the water before drinking, so we will replace the sink sprayer with a household, below sink water purification system from Home Depot.
More power. At anchor, we draw about 120amps/day. We had partly sunny weather and managed to replace about 100 amps/day with the solar panels. On cloudy days we would be forced to fire up the engine for two hours per day. No thank you! And this is before the electric head and satellite broadband system.
Presently we have five fans, two Hellas and three Conframo. The Hellas fans are worthless. We'll replace those two with Conframos, plus add two more for a total of 7 fans. Also the Comframo hatch fan looks pretty appetizing. The new fans are on order.
Thank goodness I had the foresight to throw a small roll of screening material aboard before we left. We used it to rig a companionway screen at buggy anchorages. A zarcor companionway door and Oceanair Hatch screens will be added.
It's hard enough to sleep on a boat without being awakened to rain falling onto your face (and bedsheets) through the open hatch. It is just one of those cruising moments that set me grumbling. Hatch umbrellas will allow us to keep the hatches open in the rain.
Smaller Outboard Motor
Why do I have an 85-lb, 8hp outboard on our dinghy? Yeah we can get up on a plane at 1/4 throttle. Who cares? The gymnastics I go through to wrestle it from the transom to the dinghy is borderline-dangerous, even with the motor hoist I installed. It's only a matter of time before the outboard and/or the Captain go into the water. I'm going to sell the 85-lb beast and downsize to something < 50lb.
Adjustable genoa cars
I'm a restless sailor, and I love trimming sails. I've gotten pretty good at it, too. Aria sails higher and faster all the time for no other reason than I understand better sail trim. But if I ever fall overboard it will be adjusting the pin-drop genoa cars I now have. These must be replaced with an adjustable system. I like the Garhauer system.