10 November 2017 | Majuro, The Marshall Islands
25 October 2017 | Tarawa Atoll, Kiribati
22 October 2017 | Equator South Pacific
07 October 2017 | Port Denarau, Fiji
05 October 2017 | Denerau, Fiji
23 September 2017 | Musket Cove, Fiji
23 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
15 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
08 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
06 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
01 April 2017 | Georgetown, Bahamas
31 March 2017 | Georgetown, Bahamas
26 March 2017 | Lee Stocking Cay, Exumas
20 March 2017 | White Point, Exumas
17 March 2017 | Staniel Cay
02 March 2017 | Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera
24 February 2017 | Little Harbour, Abacos
16 February 2017 | Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas
14 February 2017 | West End, Bahamas
11 February 2017 | West End, Bahamas

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.

Electric head
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.

Head Odor
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!

Cockpit table
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.

Satellite Broadband
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.

Wind generator
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.

Boat Cover
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.
Hailing Port: Myrtle Beach, SC
Crew: The Hetzers: Tammy & Michael
About: Email: michael (at) webhenmedia (dot) com
Home Page: http://www.sothishappened.me
Album: Main | So This Happened
Oct-Nov 2017 aboard Moon Dancer
54 Photos
Created 10 November 2017
33 Photos
Created 22 April 2016
65 Photos
Created 30 June 2015
Continued, beginning with Christmas Eve on Hawksbill Cay through Staniel Cay and beyond
73 Photos
Created 27 December 2013
This album covers a lot of sailing. First we sailed Aria from Little River to Nassau with Tom Leonard and Gary Miller. Later, while I remained aboard Aria, the family plus my old college pal, Larry Knipp, joined me at various times throughout the winter.
53 Photos
Created 21 November 2013
Conrad and I hiked 8 days through Bavaria beginning in Oy-Mittleberg and ending in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
28 Photos
Created 30 July 2013
June 2013: St. Helena Sound, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Bluffton
33 Photos
Created 25 June 2013
Tammy and I, sans kids, visit Beaufort, Morehead City, Bald Head Island and Southport
26 Photos
Created 1 April 2013
Instead of a bushing, I used two custom-made steel plates to repair an elongated hole that supports the alternator.
9 Photos
Created 15 February 2013
Photo essay of my project to replace heat exchanger, and make several other upgrades to the fresh water and sea water loops.
18 Photos
Created 26 January 2013
25 Photos
Created 6 September 2012
Tammy and I sailed to Cape Lookout Bight, then returned via Wrightsville Beach to Bald Head Island, where the kids and dog joined us. Lovely family vacation!
27 Photos
Created 12 August 2012
Michael's voyage from the BVI to Bermuda, May 7, 2012
25 Photos
Created 6 May 2012
Pictures sailing in our home waters, a stretch of the coastal Atlantic called, Long Bay.
5 Photos
Created 28 April 2012
Scott Jackson, James "JD" Dodd and myself sailing from Marsh Harbour, Abacos to Little River, SC, clearing in at Charleston, SC
21 Photos
Created 24 April 2012
Hetzers, Plus Sarah Martin!
32 Photos
Created 8 April 2012
Trying out the new mainsail, a mylar/taffeta laminate sail from Neil Pryde.
9 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
17 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Six guys, two identical Beneteau 40s, a dozen islands and ample stores of rum - how I spent spring break, 2010.
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Summer 2010
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Christmas 2009
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
The boat was in Milford, CT when I bought it. We sailed it home... well, motored mostly, as there was no wind, and we got the mainsail jammed in the mast on the first day. We came ashore in Atlantic City to take on more fuel.
26 Photos
Created 2 April 2012