Republish- Pre-Ocean Checks/Pre-Ocean Inspections and Captain Chris Couch

Another story I think has value but was written several years ago.  The techniques and mental cues described here are still relevant and I still use them and urge you to use them.  Nothing makes me more happy than when someone comments that they didn’t like my ideas the first time, but when they got back to their own boat and had a stressful situation; they started to understand some of my preparedness.  To me, the more I prepare, the more at ease I am in stressful situations.  Read on…. Continue reading

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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!

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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