I’m republishing the Digital Hunter 460 Owners Manual I managed to get from Marlow-Hunter. After I found this electronic copy and worked through publishing the link in 2016, never in my imagination did I think we’d still be writing and publishing this tiny blog…with a second larger sailboat. I’m also republishing this digital owners manual because I found the entire set of designer drawings for my 1977 Aleutian Ketch and convinced a friend to help me photograph and digitize the entire set of plans. I just put them on my computer, edited them to make them more readable and will POST them as a photo essay early next week. It’s my intent to collect as much information about the (11) different Aleutians that were built and have that info on this website- these digitized plans are a big start to that project. We think we’ve found approx (6) of the Aleutians; and we’ve had actual email or blog contact with (3) of the owners or former owners of those boats. Have you ever checked out Cruisers AA by Jackie Parry or any of her other books? She and her husband owned an Aleutian for several years. I digress. The link to the plans is in the post, you have to access it digitally.
Happy LATE Thanksgiving….we’ve visited, ate, celebrated, toasted. Continue reading
This morning after I walked the dog, the great fire-ball in the sky eased its way past the light clouds still burning a shade red from the smoke of the California fires. Despite the chill in the air and the 6am wake up to get the dog out for her morning walk, I knew this was my time to putz around our boat and slowly prep her for sea. Usually there’s a bit of lunacy in the rush to get her ready for sea, but on this morning I had the boat to myself as the crew slumbered its way to a relaxing wakeup. After deciding to leave my SURFFUR on and grabbing my Yerba Mate, I slowly put the boat together to get her ready to sail. There’s something calming yet alive (for me) about putting the boat together to get her off the docks, as if she’s ready. As I started to get her covers off, lines straightened up and other assorted tasks done, she seemed to come alive to me; she knew we were going to sea. The Great Dane followed me around the boat, trying to figure out what the heck I was going to the boat at 6:30 in the morning, catching my mood too. Even working on this beast every day, I still found things this morning that needed to be fixed and worked but were quickly knocked out. Getting off the dock again gives Admiral Hotwife another valuable chance to practice getting this 50+ foot boat into and out of the dock and we’re planning to get out of San Diego bay for a change to get her into open water.
I’ll probably have some great photos and some kind of update to this post later, hope you come back this afternoon to check us out and stay with us as we continue our march toward October of 2019.
Quincy the Sailing Great Dane issues her wisdom for today: Continue reading
Warning: Toilet Picture ahead, if you’re disgusted by a toilet, don’t click the link! Continue reading
After skipping Monday CrossFit because of Veterans Day, I got back into the swing of things today and I’m glad I did. There were only three others at the workout today but that didn’t limit anything. With a full leg workout and a tough timed workout, it was all I could do the keep up, but I did.
Have you ever tried a workout or exercise outside of your comfort zone? Think you’re too old to hit a CrossFit Box and flourish? You’re NOT! Give it a go, you might like it-
There’s only two ways to get a generator out of a boat. Whether you hire a contractor to do this for you or you do it yourself with help, you’ve only got two options for getting a fully installed generator out of your boat. Continue reading
It’s Veterans Day Weekend and perfect San Diego weather, but we’ve chosen to stay on the dock to keep up our project momentum and give us a chance to take a deep breath. Continue reading
Once again, I missed the Monday and Wednesday portions of my workout week at Crossfit due to pain in one of my elbows and the weekend bout of food poisoning or something. I basically took it easy this week but went back to Crossfit again Friday. It was all about the Chest and the bench press upon returning, making certain I would feel more soreness and pain. I have accepted it as part of working out at Crossfit. These workouts I’m doing in Crossfit are nothing like my former Triathlon training or 20+ years of working out on my own….cause there’s a coach and a room full of fitness studs keeping me accountable. More than them, I feel a need to keep myself accountable and I am. I don’t really care much about missing workouts except that I’m also missing the lessons in technique and the chance to pull inspiration from the very high level Crossfit athletes who attend the workouts without fail. I’ll continue to grouse along in the class with the goal of building more finesse than pure brute strength, as that’s what it’s all about to me.
For those of you around the world who celebrate this day, I want to extend a Happy Veterans Day or Armistice Day to you all. On this day the “War to end all Wars” was over 100 years ago and the nightmare that was to become WWII hadn’t yet cast its shadow on the world. Skip forward to today….and folks here in the US think of sales and shopping and a free day off work due to holiday observance, but it’s more than that. Some folks around the world are on duty NOW….like the Marines in the picture above. Some folks have lost loved ones and still use this day to remember those losses, like in the picture below:
And some folks around the world will go to parades and ceremonies and such, remembering to “thank” a Veteran and then go on with life.
For my part, I would simply say “Never Forget”. Not all Veterans want thanks, but they want their service remembered, no matter what they did. Not all Veterans deployed or have even seen combat, but almost all have made more sacrifices than they probably remember.
Photo Credit for the pics in this post goes to Pexels.