Last week was a long week and my body reminded me this weekend that it was time to slow down. After getting the sleep my body needed, I’m still in a contemplative mood, thinking it funny that the boat and family are providing more great website and posting content that I’ve ever had before. I’ve been trying hard to stay on my M/W/F/S posting schedule, aware that I missed Friday, but back on track. (more…)
Sitting here in the cockpit after last night’s full moon on this quiet morning, I started to reflect on posts I’ve written on this blog about improving one boat or the other and how much work me and hotwife have actually put into doing just that- constant improvements on the boat. These are our boats after all, but this is now our home. (more…)
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…)
I’m not sure as I sit down to write this post if it will really be about the secrets that Tulum V has finally started to reveal or more of an ode to her designer, Mr. Stan Huntingford…. (more…)
By the time you read this,,,,I will hopefully be cheerfully driving Southern California freeway’s with my salty crew in the back,,,,on the way to our annual or semi-annual visit to Minney’s Surplus in Newport Beach, Ca. If you’ve never been there, I think it’s quite possibly a life changing experience for some sailors, especially when you realize you can actually trade your old gear in order to get credit to buy other stuff you really need,,,,or you don’t really need but want. This is not a store for the faint of heart,,,,as you’ll be overwhelmed by Minney’s if you go in unprepared for the sheer scale of the sailing and boating junk and gear available. Anything from original pirate anchors to used heads and a large and complex variety of sails is available here. The staff is friendly and generally allows my children in the store at least once per year,,,,and allows pets too. As for my purpose,,,,well,,,,I’m feeling the tug of Minney’s at this time of year and hot wife is busy Saturday morning, so I’m taking the kids and heading to Minney’s.
If you take my advice and make a pilgrimage to Minney’s in Newport, Ca,,,,tell them that LF2SF sent you and prepare to receive no discount and a blank stare!
firYep, this will be weird to some of you,,,,but to me it’s a milestone. Two weeks ago we figured out how to get the propane working on Tulum V and cooked our very first meal on our own boat and on the stove. A normal process for most people in the world and a very small thing that most don’t think about,,,but on a boat this can be pretty complex. First, is there propane left,,,,there was. Next, is the actuator working to get said propane to the stove,,,,it did. Last, does the stove work,,,,it did. So we cooked,,,,a great pot of rice to go with the barbecued chicken!
Ohh yeah,,,and the boat got the final word. The propane cylinders are nearly empty,,,but there’s a hefty cable and cable lock without a key,,,,so I get to cut it off next time I’ve down there. Wish we had thought about asking for that key! This is why I love sailboats; there’s always something to keep me challenged and make me think through problem sets.
Prior to de-naming and re-naming Tulum V, we needed to get the old name removed and the new name put on,,,,what a bit of work it was. (more…)
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.