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Boat Projects with No End?

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-

Transom Platform (under dinghy and solar panels) with the system already applied.
Cockpit floor, inside the doghouse.
Another view of the cockpit floor.

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:

Contemplating how much work I had in front of me!
Work in progress with scraper and heat gun, Day 1
Scraping and cleaning done, have to still sand before even thinking about varnish or Cetol.

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):

Curtains in my room, keep in mind I did not pick out the fabric.

And as a parting shot to make you smile and tell ALL your friends to follow LF2SF:

The morning after the second coat of Epoxy Clearcoat in the cockpit, Quincy CANNOT figure out why she can’t get back in her doghouse.

PS: Weds coming, are you signing up?

Our Sticker on a Random Car-

Check out the pic below.  I found our sticker on a random car and I’m stoked! How cool is it to have our sticker start showing up on cars instead of bathroom walls- right?  Have a great Weds-

LF2SF Sticker found on a random car- Coool

 

Great Dane on a Boat- First YouTube Appearance

Good morning, it’s been another long week (and without Jinxing us), we may have finally crossed the line into spring here, thankfully.  With better weather more work on the boat starts and we’re able to get back out to dog beach on Coronado Island.  Quincy has been working on her stress level since her long kennel stay (while we had the boat out of the water) and had a restful afternoon yesterday on the boat, take a look: (more…)

Book Review: Portraits of Courage

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…)

Thanks to “Sailing Totem”

A huge thanks to Mrs. Behan Gifford on the Sailing Totem website for including this tiny (but growing) website and blog in their Cruising Family Blogs section.  This means our website is featured and there’s an RSS feed that will make sure all our posts update on their site automatically, sooo super cool.

A bit about the Sailing Totem Crew- Totem is the name of their boat.  Jamie and Behan Gifford and their 3 kids headed south from the West Coast of the US some 10 years ago, eventually circumnavigating the globe.  With their oldest in college now, the rest of the family is still on the boat and now in Mexico somewhere (having finished their circumnavigation.  They are regular guest speakers at various boat shows and Mrs. Gifford writes for SailFeed by Sail Magazine (one of my dream jobs).  Her husband Jamie is called “the cruising sailmaker” as he will consult and help anyone order sails for their boat and the Giffords have a sailing consultancy business as well.  Behan Gifford has also co-authored one of the definitive texts about sailing and voyaging with kids, called Voyaging with Kids.  The book is great but not yet reviewed on LF2SF because I haven’t finished reading it yet.

If you hit the link to the Sailing Totem website and purchase the book, they’ll get a few Amazon pennies and totally deserve them for all the work done on the book and on the website.

Thanks again to “Sailing Totem” for putting us on their site with RSS feed, that’s awesome!

Reblog: For Sale: 2011 Beneteau 43.3, $119,000 — The Cruises of Marlinspike

Here’s a great pair of sailors who’ve lived their plan and are now putting their boat up for sale in the Caribbean.  Having already sold one sailboat, I’m aware of the challenges of boat sale and am especially empathetic to the challenge of selling a boat from far away….like if your boat was in the Caribbean and you had to come back to the US.  These folks have kept the boat in immaculate shape and worked hard to improve her while sailing the Caribbean, so the boat should be a steal for someone who wants to really sail the Caribbean.  Plus….LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION- you can pick up a great newer boat for a great price that’s already in one of the world’s premier cruising grounds…..nice!  If you’re interested, check out their website and tell em that LF2SF sent you-

All good things must come to an end. This was the third year of our planned three- to five-year Caribbean cruise, and having sailed the boat throughout the Eastern Caribbean, from Grenada to St. Thomas, we agreed that it is time to bid farewell to our beloved Marlinspike. This was the perfect boat for us: […]

via For Sale: 2011 Beneteau 43.3, $119,000 — The Cruises of Marlinspike

MLK Day in the US-

On this day that the United States uses to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, I’m proud of our diversity and the unique nature of the United States.

We’re not sailing this weekend- but I’m looking forward to the  first Boatshow of the season next weekend.  LF2SF will be at the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show and looking forward to it.  We’re only going to three boat shows this season, but we’ll cover them with photos and stories as we go.

Quincy’s Sunday Corner- 190113

Quincy the Boat Dog is a Great Dane who lives on a sailboat.  She’s not always sure how to take her owners.  She loved her life in the lap of luxury in a house with heat and A/C and her exquisite giant red dog bed.  Then things changed.  She’s not sure how to describe them now. (more…)

A Happy New Year….from today on-

Photo credit to Pexels

First, you may have noticed the blog’s been a bit silent this last week…ya know…. because of the holidays but also because we’re out doing what we write about…adventuring AND traveling with kids.  We decided to take one last trip to Paso Robles wine country in 2018 and perhaps our last for several years…as we may not make it again before we cut the dock lines in 2019.  I’ll write about some of those adventures in the next few weeks.

Good Morning and Happy New Years.  I waited to write this post until this New Years morning to see if I would be more excited and changed on the first day of 2019…and it worked.  Although a bit hung over, I made the bed early, paid bills, started breakfast and started to think through this first post of the New Year for LF2SF.  Like last year, 2019 will be another year of change and firsts for the LF2SF crew but not lots of New Years resolutions.  Hotwife will retire, Tulum 5 will come out of the water and have some upgrades and improvements and we’ll cut the dock lines in October for Baja Ha-Ha 2019.  As of today, this is now 10 months away.  In those 10 months, we’ll want to get lots of things done and prep the boat and family, see friends and family and the girls will continue in school till summer and beyond.  This last week in wine country, I slowed down to think through some of the challenges that lie ahead; working through where a very changeable outline of how we get there in my little head.  Not much is set in stone with our family – we’re flexible and trying to teach the kids to adapt.  Here’s some of the things we’ll work through and I’ll probably write about this coming year as we go forward (sort of the framework in my head for this year):

  • (Short) Diesel Engine Course in January
  • San Diego SunRoad Boat Show (Jan)
  • Fighting the Funk- How we kicked mold and mildew ass! (Jan)
  • Going Domestic- Our new sewing machine and learning to sew Tulum 5’s new curtains (Jan)
  • Going more Domestic- Sewing Dinghy Chaps (Jan/Feb)
  • De-Installation (Tear Out) of the (working) washer/dryer currently on the boat
  • De-Installation (Tear Out) of the current fresh water Head and Installation of a Composting Head
  • Women’s Sailing Convention (Feb)
  • Pacific Sail and Powerboat Show (road trip with kids) (April)
  • Catalina (Ca) Spring Break Trip (April)- Overnight trips, spinnaker practice, engine test
  • Baja Ha-Ha sign-up, Crew Rosters and Official paperwork (May)
  • Tulum 5 Haul-Out- (June/July)
  • Catalina Extended Trip- Shake Down- (Aug)
  • Cutting the Docklines- (Oct)

What’s not mentioned above is all the work on the boat that needs to get accomplished and the amount of gear we still need:  boat haul-out, water maker, life raft, some way to wash clothes (tearing out the washer and dryer), a new composting head, a portable A/C generator, possible installation of a wind generator, teak deck work, teak varnishing, sewing and installation of new curtains and dinghy chaps and the myriad of other things that go into prepping a boat for bluewater sailing.

I’m also going to write more about financing our trip and how we’re doing it, along with working on the site and standing up the YouTube channel.

If you’re new to the blog or reading the blog, thanks and welcome.  If you’ve been with us since the first year when I had a total of “7” followers and “0” likes…thanks for staying and reading.  The point of the blog is to read it…so keep clicking and reading please- 

Excited about 2019!  Photo Credit to Me. 

LF2SF is not associated with the boat shows mentioned in this post.

Quincy and the LF2SF Crew say “Merry Christmas”

From the entire LF2SF Crew…Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you, wherever you are.  Next year we may write this email from somewhere on the Gold Coast of Mexico, but this year we’re still here in the US.   Quincy missed the her Sunday Wisdom Column due to being in the kennel, so we hope this suffices for the week.  Take care and have a great holiday, wherever you are in the world today-

Photo and Editing Credit to Hotwife