Holy Extra Wires!

Wow, check out all these extra wires that my electrician took out of the small space that used to house a bunch of radio’s, but the former owner of our boat claimed them as personal property and took them off the boat.  No worries, cause we’ve got some ideas about radio’s and electronics of our own.

This is one day’s worth of work clearing out the radio area,,,,,the picture below is pretty dark, but you’ll get the idea:

Yep, all those wires used to be in this radio cabinet, what a mess.  Glad it’s out!

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Quincy’s Dogbed Blues: The official start to our downsizing

The “blob” as it officially became known around our house was in fact a giant red beanbag,  designed to be a comfy piece of furniture that would support multiple people for tv watching and started life officially known as a Zeppelin Couch.   Continue reading

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.

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.

One of these might be Tulum 5- Sailboats we’re considering

We started looking at boats even before we sold Tulum IV but I’ve done some work this week to look at boats that meet my mental calculations for what me and Hot Wife can handle (size-wise), what we can afford and what we can do the maintenance on while still enjoying the boat.  Remember, I like working on my boat,,,,cause it totally gives me satisfaction to see things fall in place and updates get done.  I’m a bit weird to like boat work,,,,but that’s ok.

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Sailing Reads

I was thinking over the great sailing we had over the 4th of July Holiday and realized we had done the same thing for the last several years, in different places.  WE’RE in a different place now, but we’re still working toward the dream of leaving to Blue Water Cruise.  In order to do that, I’ve done a lot of reading.  I’ve republishing the story below because I’ve read these books and they all have an important lesson to each of you that needs it.  Take a gander and don’t be afraid to come back to me with questions on any of them.

https://livefree2sailfast.com/2016/07/07/discount-shout-out/

Trying to buy a Wauquiez Amphitrite 45

Here’s the third post on my blog, from 2014.  I re-read it and remember the raw emotions from the survey of a boat we didn’t buy,,,,and the fact I was clueless on blogging or followers or views or anything.  Here’s the post:   Buying our First Sailboat- 

Tomorrow we post all about the Rosie the Riveter Museum and this weekend I will continue to work on that series, as well as the Newport Boat Show posts-

Stay with us, follow us and read about our adventures prepping a production boat for bluewater cruising.

 

Step 2 toward BlueWater Cruising

We’re still working toward our goal of Bluewater cruising.  Last August we made the decision that my wife would take a new job that’s three (3) hours away,,,and I would stay put till I retired with the kids and the dog,,,in the current house.  This creates some logistical and parenting challenges, but it’s doable.  As you might also remember, last September we decided it would be an opportune time to move the boat, put it up for sale and try to find another sailboat that met more of our criteria for a larger cruising vessel.  So, we did all that.  But despite having Tulum IV up for sale since October, she hasn’t sold yet but there’s been lots of interest.  We knew my wife would start living on the boat when she took her new job, so last weekend we moved the boat from the brokers slip to a new Marina that allow’s liveaboards.  Now,,,we’ll soon start the next step…..mommy living on the boat and me “parenting” the kids for the next year till I retire.   Whether you do it sooner or later, moving onto the boat has to be one of your steps toward blue water cruising, and there’s LOTS of advantage to my wife moving onto the boat ahead of the family.  The main advantage I see (and she admits) is that she will be forced to learn the systems and start to understand the various methods of keeping the boat floating and healthy.  She will also be able to get a good read (on her own) of how much room she has for clothes and shoes and figure out what features she might want in another boat,,,,without my light touch to guide her.  Whether it’s this boat or another one, we gotta move on her eventually.  This is our Step 2 toward BlueWater Cruising.  (Step 1 was actually buying a boat!)

We just got back from a few days in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles on a vacation before my wife moves,,,,great area to travel in,,,,even with two small kids.  We are LiveFree 2 Sail Fast,,,if you like us, please follow us-