Good morning. I haven’t done a book review in a long time and don’t have really good excuses for why not. I have a stack of books right here beside my computer ready for book review, but just the act of sitting and writing a book review has alluded me for more than a year because of my perpetual need to stay busy. This last week knocked me for a loop with the serious challenges that have developed with the boat, so sitting and writing may help me with a bit of perspective.
This morning I’m reviewing Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin. The original copyright is in 1992 but it’s been updated and revised for republishing in 2018. First, for those of you (like me) who have never heard of the FIRE movement, this is one of it’s bibles and popular lore says this book helped START the movement when originally published in 1992. The FIRE movement has caught on with lots of young investors and folks who just want to be financially independent, but you’ve got to be smart enough in your youth to actually follow its tenants. I wasn’t, one of the reasons I grabbed up this book and read it cover to cover, and will pass it on to someone who might actually get some use out of it. The forward in the book is by one of the FIRE movement’s Guru’s- Peter Adeney a.k.a. Mr. MONEY MUSTACHE. If you’ve never heard of him or his philosophies on money and wealth building, take a close look at this book. He’s mentioned in numerous places and the updates to this book largely focus on several of his tenants…. namely the use of Index Funds for investing vice individual stocks. This book is laid out in nine chapters and a total of 323 pages, making it a quick read if you’re really interested in the philosophies. In my book reviews, I don’t like to rehash the whole book, as this isn’t Cliff Notes time, but I will tell you that the book makes very good points as it guides the reader through several important exercises as part of what the author calls the 9-step program. You’ve got to know where all your money is going, what you’re bringing in after taxes and exactly what you’re trading (for) when you’re spending that hard-earned money. The last two chapters in the book intrigued me the most as the tenants of the FIRE movement were briefly explored (not as in-depth as possible) and brief snippets of Mr. Money Mustache’s quotes were used. The last chapter was of the most interest to me when I read the book over a year ago, as I had no experience with Index Funds and really didn’t know what they were. After reading this book and having a bite of the iceberg, I was able to dive into my own research to find out if we could even get into this segment of the market with the little investment capital we had. Note: It didn’t take much to get into Index Funds and they seem to be healthier than individual stocks and much less cumbersome than Mutual Funds (a point this book also made). I had to reread the book to make sense of several of the important points and have come out of the books with multiple dog-eared pages full of great info, specifically geared toward the situation me and my wife are in (or were in). Since our engine seized, we’ve had to use that hard-earned stock and index fund investing to start paying for the work with no idea if things are covered by insurance, but time will tell on this one. I don’t feel bad spending the money to get the engine rebuilt, but it still stings as I sell off assets I personally spent so much time researching, buying and holding.
Having re-read the book a couple times and now spending a few hours reviewing it for my website, I would recommend this book for those looking for a bit of a financial pep talk or a glimpse into the FIRE movement. I would not recommend this book to those who are long time institutional investors or folks who have financial risk aversion. The book is available on Amazon and if you click on one of our links and buy the book, we get like….1/2 a percent of a percent of the sale. Yes, that means some of our links are monetized as we attempt to pay for repairs to our engine. But, in all the years we’ve been running the blog…. we’ve never gotten a check from Amazon yet…but we’ll keep trying.
What we did get this week was our FIRST Patreon subscriber…. which is awesome cool. A shout out to CASH for becoming our FIRST Patreon subscriber but not our last! Hey, if you like our writing, pics or just some of the adventure of getting ready to cast off the docklines…follow us on this website, our YouTube site, Patreon or our Pinterest page.
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I’ve commented before that my normal posting days are M/W/F/S/S, so if I miss a post it’s likely that we’re out sailing, I’m swamped with a project or I’ve just been lazy and didn’t get to it. Time seemed to fold between this week and last week. Before I realized it the seam of time had thrust May upon us and I had more projects unfinished than ever before. I knew I could knock out some small projects last week, but several turned into monsters and have stretched into this week.
Last week I experimented with a 3-part clear epoxy based covering for varnish or Cetol, with impressive results. The Awlbrite Clear Gloss system comes with 3-components mixed together, easily applied with a brush. The system says to use multiple coats and IS more expensive than a normal clear coat but is said to last longer. I was initially told it would hold up to 7-years in direct sun, but then the guys at the store said 3-years in direct sun. Since the area’s I’ve applied it to are not in direct sun, I only used two coats (but will use at least three coats for areas in direct sun). The results were great. The stuff dried fast and hard- but we kept kids and dog off of it for at least 24 hours….a huge accomplishment on my boat. Here’s a couple of quick pics-
Last week I also started messing around with trim on the cabin windows of the boat, especially with the weather getting better. Here’s how it looked as I started:
I have (10) cabin windows to get done as well as multiple other smaller pieces of teak on deck before I even think about the mighty toe rail. Might I mention that we went from a boat with almost no teak to this boat…with a freaking LOT of teak. This isn’t a complaint….just an observation.
I skip around on projects when the weather doesn’t play right, when I run out of supplies or when I get bored with one and move to another. So last week I also started working on the promised curtains for the boat. This involves cutting fabric, doing the edge work, taking down the old metal blinds and putting up new curtain rods. This is before I ever get out the Sailrite. But I did actually get to the sewing machine, get all the curtain rods mounted and made enough curtains for four windows before running out of supplies. I’m now waiting on the supplies and the boat looks pretty funny with three covered windows out of six in the main Solon. Here’s what the curtains in my room look like now (I’ll do a full story with before and after pics when the project is finished):
And as a parting shot to make you smile and tell ALL your friends to follow LF2SF:
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I wanted to cook on the Big Green Egg (size small) now on my sailboat…but wanted inspiration and a roadmap to cook the perfect steaks. I found it in Mr. Ray Lampe’s cookbook; titled Big Green Egg Cookbook, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing in 2016.
The book is 147 pages long and crammed with recipes and full color pictures. Since I was looking for inspiration anyways and wanted to heat up the Big Green Egg, this was a perfect reason to crack this book. I found my inspiration on page 33…I was going to cook “Better than any Steak House Rib Eyes” but had not bought rib eyes, so I just used what I had. I also didn’t have all the ingredients to make the dry rub as per the recipe; so again I used what I had. I did follow the spirit and flow of the recipe and the cooking directions carefully. The steaks cooked flawlessly and came out nearly as good as I’ve ever cooked them, take a look below:
For this recipe, I would be cooking the steaks at approx 500 degrees for just a few minutes using direct heat. It worked like a charm! Check out the finished product below:
Not too bad, and they tasted fantastic, with just a perfect touch of smoke to them. Next time I try this recipe I’ll be using the recommended steak (ribeye) at the recommended thickness 1 1/4 thick and I’ve already bought the spices I was missing for the dry rub. Overall this was a great dinner and I’d recommend the book for the barbecue enthusiast. If you click on the link I provided and decide to get the book, we’ll make some beer money! Here’s another look at the steaks:
Lastly, if you didn’t read my first post about the first time we cooked on the BGE, here’s the link: Pulled Pork using Big Green Egg – 1st Use of the BGE on our Sailboat.
Thanks for reading, more coming next time I fire up the Big Green Egg for Beer Can Chicken.
I’m reviewing a book I’ve owned for nearly two years; but just couldn’t figure out how to write a review worthy of the book or the folks featured in the book. This is a deeply personal subject for me as I know someone in the book and was blown away when I found him inside it. I had to read the book, twice. (more…)
I’m one of those sailors who dreams of taking the information from my log and blog and eventually turning it into a print book; author Michael Walsh has done just that with his book: SEQUITUR, to Cape Horn in Comfort and Style. Author Michael Walsh and his partner Edi have written a book here that’s right on the money for me as a future cruising sailor: they have the sailing chops to tell a true story with an authoritative voice, they are great cooks who include pics of their gourmet meals in the book along with great wine choices for those meals and there’s info in the book that’s directly out of a sailing logbook and/or was present on their SAILBLOGs Blog site, Sequitur. Incidentally, that specific SAILBLOG site still gets tremendous daily traffic, as it’s still up and running although Mr. Walsh has moved onto another blog site for their European Canal Travels (www.ZonderZorg.ca). The site has LOTS of cruising information, just like the book does.
Sequitur, to Cape Horn in Comfort and Style is a soft cover book of 678 pages crammed full of pictures and great stories. Published by ZonderZorg Press in 2013, it’s for sale on Amazon and through the ZonderZorg Website directly. The book does what I want it to when I start reading it….it starts with the basic info about Mr. Walsh and his partner Edi, how they acquired the Hunter 49 (brand new), put her together and started working toward a cruising dream. Then step by step the book starts to take us along on their journey down the West Coast and the decision-making process that takes them through the Rouring 40’s and around Cape Horn. In no way the first Hunter to put on some serious ocean miles but this is one of the first stock Hunters on record (that I know of) to actually round Cape Horn and keep going. Written in meticulous detail it’s obvious that much of the info in the book came from Sequitur’s written logs or their SAILBLOG entries, which I applaud. I love the fact that they have included cooking recipes that work on a boat, great wine and food pairings and info on how to do a big trip like this in comfort and style. After their time on Sequitur, Michael and Edi moved on to other adventures, selling Sequitur and purchasing a century old canal boat in Europe, which they chronicle in several new books as well as their ZonderZorg website.
The book is for sale on Amazon and LF2SF would be tickled pink if you followed the link we provided above to check it out and purchase it. YES, we would get about two whole cents if you make a purchase decision and use our link. There….we’ve given you our disclaimer. I liked this book and it will remain a staple in Tulum 5’s library. Have a great day and a great weekend.
If you want to read about another Hunter with some serious ocean miles, Google the S/V Follow You, Follow Me on Sailblogs and about their miles.
In the old days of wooden sailing ships and the hard men who drove them,,,,there was only one female allowed who wasn’t considered bad luck…… (more…)
A quick update to a previous post from a week or so ago,,,,,my book review of “Swell” by Captain Liz Clark. Since I wrote that story and her book came out several months ago, she’s gotten some wonderful press in top tier magazines about her story, her book and her sailboat trip. Make sure to check these stories out in the June/July 2018 Edition of “BoatUS” and the April 2018 Edition of “SAIL” Magazines.
Here’s the book review I wrote: http://livefree2sailfast.com/2018/05/26/lf2sf-book-review-swell-by-captain-liz-clark/
I’m republishing this post and another about some of the sailing aids I’ve used from Captain Chris Couch because I wrote them while still owning Tulum IV. I still use them now that we’ve moved on to another sailboat and they still have value. Read on… (more…)
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…. (more…)