A Retirement Post

I retired.  This was kind of a large milestone toward us leaving for our own extended sailing and cruising adventure, so now it’s done.   Continue reading

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“Like” LF2SF on our new Facebook Business Account

Yep, I retired and had to come into the here and now by opening a Facebook business account.  Wow,,,,most folks who know me well will possibly GASP that I’ve opened a real Facebook business account, but with the help of my friend from EMI-MD; I’ve come into the here and now!!!  LF2SF needs to come into the modern blogging world, so I’ve taken the plunge and now I need your help.  If you’ve got a facebook account, look up LiveFree2SailFast and LIKE us please- Here’s our link,,,,when it starts working:

https://www.facebook.com/LiveFree2SailFast-232904290684048/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Re-Post- Pinterest Worthy? From Cannons to Cruising

Yep, a re-blog for one of my first posts in several weeks, but a great short story with good pictures from a young couple living on a small sailboat,,,,with a new baby, a writing career and a husband with a full time job- Take a look and give it a read.  Perhaps consider following them,,,,as they often have good ideas for small boats-

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/122332121/posts/952

Daysail with friends =’s lessons learned

Our fun day sail with friends ended with the bow thruster and engines dying at the same time, while trying to get back in the slip.  We did get the engine turned back on and managed to get her into the slip with no damage,,but lessons learned would come from the weekend.  First, I thought the throttle was to blame for the engine dying as the throttles are older models and might need to be updated.  After buying a new throttle mechanism, I was introduced to the fact that newer throttles won’t fit into the housing,,,and the older model I have is probably working just find.  My mechanic and I started going through the housing,,,,he finding oil on top of the engine and starting to trace it ABOVE us (WTF?).  Turned out there’s a tank of power steering fluid sitting in the cockpit directly above the engine,,and when the engine is running and it’s put under high pressure,,,,things were not tightened down very well and the thing was spraying power steering fluid all over the  inside of the housing,,,,also causing the mystery oil leak over the engine.  The high pressure spraying of power steering fluid may explain why both the engine, the electronics and the bow thruster all shut down at once when there was use of the wheel and movement of the throttle mechanisms, and the engine was running.  I am worried about having power steering fluid residue on electrical connections in the wheelhouse,,,,so a qualified electrician is going to take a look at the whole wiring setup for me,,,,,or I’m gonna be in there cleaning it myself this weekend.  On the same day, crawling around the engine spaces, the mechanic noticed more random water collecting on the gray water tank and the spaces under it,,,,and we traced that water source back to where it came from.  Surprise, surprise, surprise Gomer,,,,no one had bothered to put a line on the out drain coming off the underside of the fridge box, so the condensation and water from the fridge is draining straight down into the bilge spaces.  There was a line on the freezer, but it’s not working right now,,,,so no need to worry about it.  I’ve made another obligatory Home Depot run and gotten the hose I need, I’ll install it early Weds so our fridge can properly drain.  Lastly, I also picked up the hatch above our girls berth, to find that all the screws actually holding it in place were gone,,,,the whole hatch was just sitting there on top nice and pretty.  Over this weekend, I remedied this situation with new larger screws and a bit of work.  One less project,,,,moving onto the other 50.

Weekend Sailing (How to find out what’s going to break next)

Taking your cruising sailboat out for day sails before you’ve actually started cruising is a salve to the boat owners pride,,,,you know,,,,getting the boat off the dock makes them feel like a real boat owner,,,with other benefits.  In my case,,,,it allows us to either see what’s about to break next or it allows us to actually break things by using them so we can then go back and fix them,,,,or figure out how to fix them.  Here’s some pics of our last weekend sail,,,,we proved that the big girl (Tulum) could actually sail (she was sold as a motor sailor).

San Diego Bay is busy on a clear sunny day,,,,you have to watch out for things like this and the paddle boarders who decided to come straight across the bay,,,,getting escorted by a friendly police boat.

 

Going Under the Coronado Bridge

On the way back into the slip, the bow thruster died along with all bridge electronics and the engine died several times, as we were in the Marina and starting our turns to get into our slip.  We made it, but created another opportunity to improve the boat by finding out what’s wrong with it.

Great Idea in a Small Package

You’ve gotta take a look at this one, ever seen it?  What a great idea, one book at a time, making some kind of difference in the world.  Then,,,when I got inside our friend’s house and heard all the other creative things this homeowner does,,,I wasn’t surprised this was outside her house.

If you get a chance, check out Little Free Library.org to see how you can make a difference.

Projects piling up

I’m still here and reading all of your comments, but it’s been hectic.  With this being my last week of work and me starting see the massive amount of things that need work on the boat, I’m in that stage where I’ve got to slow down and think through what the priorities are.  We got out and did some sailing last weekend, I’ll get some those pics up tomorrow night.  I’ve also knocked out some small projects on the boat and figured out why my electronics and engine died as I was coming back into the slip,,,,another project to work through.  This is good for me and gives me things to improve and work toward. Not a perfect boat,,,,but at least getting better as time goes on-

Stay with us, more to come-

Settling in is work-

I’ve now moved the kids to the boat, packed all our stuff out of the rental house and did a decent cleaning. Packed it all into the truck with the dog,,,,,and moved to the boat. It’s been more work than I thought; and way more adjustment on my part than I had imagined. But it’s also a forcing function for both me and hot wife…..getting us to face our own piles of stuff and consumerism and realize we just don’t have room for it all. And the longer I’m on the boat consistently, the more and more I’m fully realizing the enormity of the project list- from engine and generator to small things like teak that needs tending. Such an eye opener when I hear all the folks who tell me they’re thinking of the same thing or would love to live on a boat themselves, but never actually really do it. I hope those folks read this website and realize it’s possible,,,if we can do it, you can do it!

Here’s the last load of stuff, with the Great Dane in there somewhere and as much stuff as possible in the truck.

The sail track lube challenge

I wanted to coat each of the sail tracks on my sail boat with track lube (old and new school) to find out what worked best.  It was a real challenge,,,,,cause I didn’t realize my main didn’t have in-mast sail track and my mizzen’s in-mast sail track was waaaay too small to get the beeswax bar inside to effectively coat the sail track.  Turned out to be an educational couple of hours.  I went up the main mast part-way to do the sail track challenge, spraying the main’s sail track with Team Mclube Sailkote (a synthetic blend dry lubricant sprayed from a bottle).  I sprayed this by hand on the outer sail track of my main from approx 1/4 of the way up the mast down,,,,so I could easily observe as the sail went up the track this coming weekend.  On the mizzen sail track, I discovered it’s waaay too small to get the bar of beeswax into,,,,so I coated the inside and outside of the inner track the best I could.  Both sails will be raised this weekend and we’ll see how the challenge goes.

I’ll write a separate post about actually going up the mast,,,,but as you can see below, I put my stuff together carefully before I start up the mast (strong habit learned with my days on Joshua Tree Search and Rescue High Angle Team).

Team Mclube and BeesWax Bar in this pic-

Beeswax into the sail track on the mizzen

When’s the last time you lubed your sail track?