PMP & Boat Management

This week I’m sitting in the beginning stages of a class to get my Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Certifications with the hope that they help me find a real job after I retire and grow up a bit.  Not sure about the growing up part, but I am retiring in July.  At the same time this week, Tulum V (Integrity) our new to us 51′ Aleutian Ketch is starting to undergo some of the very much-needed TLC.  To the hardcore folks who read this, I apologize.  Some of the work is getting done by professionals because I just don’t have time this week or next to get it all done before she leaves her slip at the boatyard and gets moved to a less convenient marina.  I say this because it’s convenient to have the boat at a boatyard already that’s surrounded by the actual experts who can help with most boat repairs,,,,as opposed to making them drive to another boatyard.  This week I have a refrigeration mechanic looking at our fridges and freezers,  someone is cleaning the oil and grease water out of the bilges and polishing the fuel,  the electrician will work this weekend and next on the various electrical challenges, a fuels mechanic will come look at the overly complex fuel tank return valves and fill valves to tell me if we can simplify the system and I will get recommendations from a mechanic about whether the generator can ever work again or if we should just rip it out.  I’m considering just ripping out the existing generator, capping the fuel lines and turning to a portable generator and simpler watermaker.  So in the end, I’m practicing project management on my own boat project, but kicking myself for not being able to be there to actually work through things as they come up or do that work myself.  It would take me weeks to do this work myself and I’d make a much larger mess, so I often have to weigh how much my time is worth vice the price of hiring experts to get the work correctly and quickly.  Getting things done right is often high on my list,,,,as I’m the first to admit I’m still learning most everything and seem to learn new boat stuff everyday.

Stay with us,,,I’ll be putting my projects on my blog as we go along.

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I’ve purposely toned down this post because it’s not supposed to be just about the negative,  it’s a new beginning for us and the boat.  Continue reading

IMO- How not to leave a boat after you sell it!

Two Boats in 1 weekend,,,,what the hell ?

First, Happy Presidents Day.  This holiday used to have more significance than just some time off for folks; and I respect what the great Presidents associated with this holiday actually did.  We however,,,,,bought two boats this weekend………. Continue reading

Tulum V

Aleutian 51 MotorSailor

We closed on the Aleutian 51 motorsailor on Friday.  Finally.  I’ll write about this exhausting purchase process in future posts but needless to say I’m relieved.  It’s been a bit of a struggle to remember the positive points that attracted us to her in the first place; but we’ve finally closed and started work on her this morning.  This boat just needs some TLC and of course being a “77”;  she’ll need some TLC + cash put into her at the right time as needed.  But we know she’s got good bones and she has lots of features we like, so we continued to believe in those qualities even when we were worn down by the lengthy process of discovery.  The process wasn’t helped by me blowing out both my eardrums or the fact that we didn’t have an easy time of the sales process, but that’s for other posts.  Right now, I’m totally relieved to do all of the work we did today because I’m back to a production sailboat that’s right for my family and has the ability to become our home on the dock and cross any ocean imaginable if we choose that route.  We’re still selling our own house in the next five months and moving onto this boat in July, to live on her until we change our minds or leave on our own cruising trip.  I love the interaction with all of you and the fact that some of you actually read this blog thing with all these storie, keep it up-

Tomorrow, photo essay of today’s adventure with trash and cleanup,,,,trying to show you what NOT to do when you finally sell your boat and walk off it.  We didn’t do this when we sold Tulum IV and I don’t want you to do it when you sell your own boat.  Stay with us, that story tomorrow.

We’re moving toward Tulum 5

We’re still in the deal for a 1977 51′ Aleutian sailboat and moving forward.  The boat needs a lot of work and TLC, but I think she has good bones.  We’ve had almost every survey possible done to her and know the condition of some of what we’re getting into,,,,I think.  Either a diamond in the rough or a rough diamond?   We will  chronicle this buying experience in a future post series, but need to wait until we close to start working on that series.  This time around,,,,we’re not going into a boat backwards.  Last time we christened her, moved stuff on her and moved her,,,,before ever thinking of closely inspecting and cleaning her.  When we put her up for sale in October of 2016,,,,we started detail cleaning her and figured out we should have done that first and all along.  Who knew that oiling the teak would have such an effect on a boat’s morale, looks and overall smell?  The teak just soaked it up and overnight she took on a healthy glow.  These are the little things we need to take the time to do on a new (to us) boat.  I also need to catalog in writing where every through-hull is and make sure to get to know all the systems.  This needs to happen early, before we start putting anything on the boat.

Stay with us,,,,we’re moving toward a boat that needs TLC but may prove to be a great cruising boat.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to Everyone♥-

Good morning,  I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  To those of you who might be a bit bitter- well, I’m a bit bitter too.  My wife lives three hours away from me for work (we’re totally not divorced) and is at work down there on this Valentine’s Day.  To not be bitter about all this, I remember how lucky we are to have a strong relationship and a healthy family.  For holidays like this and last year’s 4th of July when I had to drive home (on 4th of July) because I had to be at work on the morning of the 5th of July and the girls were back in school, we just celebrate the day before or the weekend before,,,,so we always make the best of the situation at hand.  Single folks may refer to this as “Bitter Bitch Day”,,,,(or so some women tell me),,,,but remember it’s not all bad, there’s always a glimmer around the corner.

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If you keep following LF2SF and tell your friends to follow, all of your sailing trips will end up like the one below,,,,have a great Valentines Day wherever you are-

Great ending to any boat trip, land in sight on a clear day-