Love Me Some Spam Mail-

I LOVE all the great SPAM Mail I’ve come back to on the website after an interesting two weeks in the boatyard.  PLEASE keep it up…but I’m really bummed that you guys don’t think I need any more Viagra Spam mail.  Really folks…I was looking forward to seeing all those again!

On another note, we’ve been getting lots of great readership, THANKS.  We just got back from the “Yards” where Tulum was hauled out for two weeks.  Really GREAT experience with the Boatyard Crew and learning lessons from one of the subcontractors in the Yard.  I lived on the boat, with the kids while she was out of the water, 16 feet up.  It is possible to do all this.  Michelle was in Japan most of the time on business, so it was an exciting two weeks.  Stay with me, more to come once I’m settled again.  Took the big girl (the boat) out for some time on the water yesterday and she didn’t disappoint.  Whoever called her a Motorsailor never sailed her I guess.  I had her doing 4 knots in 6.5 knots of wind….we were smokin!

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Missing the Bikes- Downsizing Is Hard to Do

When I discuss downsizing personal items; I’m not talking about sorting and putting things in storage, I’m talking about actually getting rid of very personal items because you really don’t want to pay for yet another storage shed.  This was brought home last week as I watched our triathlon bikes and equipment get sold and carted off.  I was the impetus behind this but it still had an emotional impact, as we’ve now truly closed that door for the near future at least.

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Prepping for Haul-Out, Thoughts On My Own Projects

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After I published the project list (above) I had discussed with the boatyard, I started thinking through everything I would work on while Tulum was out of the water.  This is in addition to getting the kids fed and to/from school every day (Quincy will be in the kennel and Michelle is on business in Japan for two weeks).  As I went down the list, it became longer and longer and there’s no way I’ll finish while she’s out of the water.  So I just decided to think through it during this post, knowing what tools and supplies are on the boat – while having to think through what I need to get out of the dockbox.  Here goes:

  • Using the templates I have, cut and install the new sound/heat barriers in the bilge spaces under the galley floors.
  • Install new heat/sound barrier in the engine room.
  • Take off heat shield material on engine exhaust piping and install new heat shield and heat shield tape.
  • Find out where the lower coolant drain is- drain and change engine coolant.
  • Find out where the engine thermostat is- change it (make sure you buy extra thermostats).
  • Drain and Change Engine Oil.
  • Figure out how to get into the space and change the impeller (take existing impeller kit and buy two more prior to changing it).
  • Change the primary Fuel Filter (canister)- at the boatyard we’re right next to a large Marine store- get extra canisters.
  • Change the primary Oil Filter (canister)- at the boatyard we’re next to a large Marine Store- get extra canisters.
  • Pick up Main Sheet (getting a new one made) and reattach to the main.  Take off the mizzen Main Sheet and have a new one made.
  • Install new speakers in the cockpit, stern boxes and main salon.  Run the wires and install Amp and Stereo Face.

Should be an interesting haul-out, as most of the week looks like we’re going to get rain.  This means I can’t do the deck sealing and I can’t start the varnish nightmare, so I’ll focus on the projects above.  Should keep me busy.  It I get through even half the list, I’ll be impressed.

 

190225 and 190301- Basically starting over?

With my elbow on the mend (it was an inflamed bursa over the elbow) and my neck under control, I’ve gotten a bit stir crazy from not doing something to keep myself in shape.  See, throughout my life I have done sports that kept me in decent shape: mountaineering, climbing, long distance triathlon and running/lifting.  With retirement and various injuries, I’ve transitioned out of triathlon and thought I was going to do great in CrossFit, but that’s not in the cards.  I have fewer problems now with diet than I had before and I’ve found that with my stress levels different than when I was working for someone else instead of myself, my weight is far easier to manage.  But I’ll never be able to go back to CrossFit, so I’m going back to what I know, which is running (jogging/slogging/walking).  I’m no runner and God didn’t build me to be one, but I’m a very slow and steady jogger and that’s good enough for me.  I’m humble about this since I wanted to move onto another sport besides running, but I’m learning that I’ll do whatever I can to stay in shape.

This is my new sentiment- Courtesy of Pinterest

See; there’s NO WAY I’m gonna keep the belly off without doing something.  So I am.  Read below for my real thoughts:

Courtesy of eCards and Pinterest.

 

 

Great Dane on a Sailboat- Quincy’s Corner for 190303

Quincy the Great Dane on a Sailboat has had a rough week:  She’s had to go back and forth to her daycare kennel multiple days this week and this weekend there’s rain and clouds; so she’s gotta hang out in the cockpit more than usual.  I’m not sure what the typical life is for a Great Dane on a sailboat, but I think this is pretty much it.  She’s anxious to share her weekly advice with you: Continue reading

Haul Out and Yard Work on the Horizon for Tulum V

There’s a haul out and spa week coming next week for Tulum V and I can’t wait.  She needs this TLC and maintenance prior to us leaving and this happens to be one of the milestones we need to check off prior to starting more serious shakedowns come spring and summer.  Here she is hauled out for survey:

 

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For Dummies like Me: Jerking out the Boat Washer/Dryer

I get a bit stir crazy in rain and overcast weather and we had a lot in February and it’s gonna happen all next week.  The last time in February we had an entire week of rain and wind, I decided to knock out one of my long-standing projects from my long project list…and jerk out the Bendix washer/dryer combo that’s been resident on the boat since we bought her.  It’s worked fine, but we never used it.  I decided to take out this perfectly good functioning appliance because I didn’t think it was needed on our boat: It’s took up valuable cabinet space,  it takes fresh water to run and it takes 110v power to work, which means we would need the generator in order to run the appliance.  I’m simply downsizing and simplifying as many of the systems as possible, cause I’m not the greatest mechanic or electrician.  Here’s what I started with:

 

 

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2nd Time to Near Perfect Steak on the Big Green Egg

I didn’t post yesterday because I was busy working cooking the perfect steak on the Big Green Egg (small) on the sailboat.  Using the recipe from the Big Green Egg CookbookI found the right steaks (1 1/4 inch Ribeye) and all the right spices.  Using the book, I followed the recipe and the cooking directions to achieve near perfection on the grill.  This was using a high heat (500 degrees) direct cooking method on the Green Egg, which it does quite well.  I was impressed myself.

Near Perfection Achieved

Lest you think I’m truly not critical of myself, the only thing I would change from the recipe is this:  Next time, I won’t use as much sea salt as the recipe calls for, it seemed a bit much.  Needless to say, the family and my parents fresh back from a month in Ecuador devoured the Green Egg cooked meal.  I’m still shooting for the Beer Can Chicken, maybe Friday.

Here’s the link to my last Green Egg Adventure: Big Green Egg on a Sailboat- Ray Lampe’s Cookbook As My Inspiration

Next up…downsizing gets personal and next week- Tulum comes out of the water.

 

Big Green Egg on a Sailboat- Ray Lampe’s Cookbook As My Inspiration

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:

Fire in the Egg

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:

Better than Steakhouse Steaks with Garlic Butter and a great bottle of Peachy Canyon Zin along with my cooking beer.

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.

 

 

Reblogged: Want to Retire Early?

If this is where you want to be, solid finances will help, ALOT.

When I came across this post from the Aroused Blog post, I knew I had to reblog it.  This post feeds directly into another I’m working on in conjunction with an article I’ve read from the November 2018 issue of Kiplingers magazine.   Ever heard of the FIRE movement?  This is unique group of highly motivated individuals who save their money in large amounts with the express desire to retire early.  I wanted to retire early and have achieved this in my mid-40’s, but I had never even heard of this movement when I started toward retirement.  Read the interesting article below by the Aroused Blog and consider checking that blog out, then keep an eye out for my Weds or Fri post as I discuss the idea of retiring early in conjunction with going on an extended cruising trip.

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