Pulled Pork using Big Green Egg – 1st Use of the BGE on our Sailboat

As I write this, I’m overcome by how far we’ve come as a family since last Presidents Day Weekend.  Here’s the link to my post past year (but the pics are missing for some reason): https://livefree2sailfast.com/2018/02/19/two-boats-in-1-weekendwhat-the-hell/.  Presidents Day Weekend last year we closed on Tulum 5 and bought our dinghy in the same weekend.  So, this is actually our one year anniversary of owning our boat.  Yeah!

I posted about getting a Big Green Egg for my birthday: https://livefree2sailfast.com/2019/01/12/your-introduction-to-my-green-egg-cooking-experience/.  I’ve been having a mount built for the boat that will hold the Big Green Egg securely and safely for cooking on the boat.  Continue reading

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Quincy’s Corner- 190217

Quincy the Boat Dog lives on our Aleutian 51 Sailboat while we prep to go cruising.  She keeps this Sunday corner of my blog to pass on her Great Dane Wisdom.  Read on for today’s Wisdom:  Continue reading

Sporadic posts but life continues-

Gotta apologize, as the posts have been a bit sporadic these last couple weeks as life has been busy but we keep going.  Hotwife had a hip operation so it’s been a week of having the kids on the boat with her elsewhere; then when she as able to get back on the boat on crutches I needed to take her to appointments for most of the next week.  So I missed my usual writing schedule and missed some of the work I needed to do around the boat as well.  With hotwife back on the boat, things have settled down a bit.  Take a look at Quincy, she won’t even move now when crutches go over her:  But it’s been a productive couple of weeks regardless.  Hotwife and Pirate Kate attended the Women’s Sailing Convention last weekend, I was able to determine the cause of my broken bilge pump and I’m getting it changed out with a new one, I finished my Small Boat Diesel Engine Course and we’ve set solid dates in March to haul Tulum 5 out of the water for a bunch of repairs and upgrades.

We’re looking to do the following while T-5 is hauled out:  three coats of bottom paint, drop and inspect the rudder and it’s bearings, have a dripless seal installed on our shaft, have a freshwater foot pump installed in our front head, have a saltwater foot pump installed in the galley, have the gray water flow changed from our 50-gallon (below the water line) tank to direct overboard and possibly remove the tank, unfreeze all the throughhull handles and fiberglass over throughhulls we don’t use and clean and paint the main bilge.  But this also gives me strict deadlines to get the washer/dryer taken out and if I’m going to put in a composting head…I’d like to get it done before the haul out.

So we have a bit to do.

We’re a family who got a good deal on a great boat and now have to dedicate the time to fix systems and give her the TLC needed to prep her for cruising.  We’re doing just that.  We’ll start our YouTube Channel in June and post every one of our complete free video travel logs on this blog.  We’ll also continue to post with mongo lots of pictures as we go along. If you want to read it all and share in the action, please think about following us and continue to follow us as we go.

Quincy’s Corner- 100203- Rock and Roll Great Dane

A storm on the dock is nothing like a storm at sea.  Sometimes it may actually be worse than a storm at anchor or on the ocean because you’re tied to a dock and can’t move naturally, so a sailboat’s motion changes and gets jerked around quite a bit.  Interesting motion when you’re living on the boat with two small kids and a Great Dane onboard, with rain and high winds predicted, but really high winds not expected.  Here in Southern California, storms are generally pretty mellow and although they can dump some good rain, they’re usually predictable.  Yesterday’s weather pattern wasn’t that usual So Cal storm.  The wind clocked around to come from the South and increased to 30-40 mile an hour gusts with heavy rain coming in on top of the wind.   Continue reading

Looking to your Rode: Chain Marking My Way

If you own a boat and haven’t a clew what your Rode is; perhaps it’s time to learn?  In boating parlance, Rode prefers to the entire system used to keep a boat anchored in one place (but not a mooring)- this means the chain/rope, attachment swivels and any kind of anchor.  Today we’re only discussing the chain/rope portion of a Rode, although anchors are a favorite subject too.  Ever hauled out your chain or rope and paid attention to them?  If not, this post may be some help:  Continue reading

Tulum Crew 2018 Letter

A friend texted me to say he had seen stories about Quincy the Boat Dog, but not much about the family;  so I decided to write that update as a blog post vice a mail-out letter with our Christmas Cards.  We’re not trying to be secretive or force the blog, we just didn’t get to doing a mail-out letter this year with the Christmas cards.  So…here goes:  Continue reading

Amelia Rose Goes to Sea

It’s taken me over a month now to be able to put into words the emotions of watching our former sailboat leave for Baja Ha-Ha 2018.   Having your current and former sailboat able to be in one picture is cool enough,  but watching your former sailboat glide from her slip one last time proved to me how enraptured I can be with sailboats and the emotions they spark, even when I don’t own them. Continue reading