Archive for the ‘Boatwork’ Category
14 Nov 2016
So the initial opening of the boat had finally come. It was a moment of intense concern. Would the bilge be overflowing? Would there be leaks? Would it be a garden of mold? All of our worries slowly evaporated as we climbed down into the fumes of formaldehyde and dusty but faint smell of mold and saw that Sundowner was essentially in the state that we left her.
There were no obvious sources of water intrusion. There wasn’t mold all over everything. The items we’d left in bags […]
22 Aug 2015
I tell ya what…
Aboard Sundowner we carry two propane tanks. Each is 17lbs and each will last us about 2.5-3.5 months depending on how carefully we husband its use.
So far we’ve refilled one tank in Cuba and one tank in Mexico. We expected to refill a tank here on the island of La Providencia. But alas… Not all worked out.
Before we left Mexico we had started using the propane bottle filled in Cuba. Although it was really odd. The stove made a strange hissing sound. T […]
18 Jun 2015
To be perfectly honest we didn’t know much about Providencia before we arrived. Come to think of it we didn’t know much about Isla Mujeres either…maybe it’s a trend? All it took was hearsay of this beautiful place and a few photos of lush green mountains over 100 miles from the nearest land mass to motivate us to up the anchor in Isla Mujeres, Mexico and take to the sea, hoping one day to explore this exotic island. We dropped anchor a bit over 2 weeks ago now and I can d […]
28 Dec 2014
Its strange but true… Sundowner is not equipped with a shore power outlet. In fact, there is no AC wiring onboard save one clunky little cigarette lighter fed inverter that we’ve never plugged in and haven’t ever needed to care about.
This seemingly perplexes many people. Conversations inevitably lead to questions about getting to a marina to “plug in”. It seems that the same folks that ask about these sorts of things continue to ask about them even after I̵ […]
24 Oct 2014
Some of you may remember that our Monitor Windvane bit the dust this year. I had mentioned that we’d be installing a new Monitor to replace the old one. The decision to go back with a Monitor Windvane was not taken lightly. Since we had changed so much of the back of the boat with the new boomkin and parts we had the freedom to pick whatever type of self steering gear we might want, but we decided to keep with the Scanmar Monitor Windvane.
After speaking to Scanmar on the phone, they offer […]
28 Sep 2014
Our day started bright and early with a trip to fill up the propane tanks. It was Dani’s first time seeing propane tanks filled instead of exchanged.
And off to the boat with our usual truck load of crap in the back. I’m beginning to wonder if all of our dock mates believe that all we do is lug stuff to our boat. It seems like every time we go to the marina the dock carts cringe in anticipation of the coming abuse. Today’s tally was a heavy stove and a couple of propane tanks. […]
27 Sep 2014
There is just something about being a coonass (read: cajun). You cannot separate a cajun from his stockpot. Thats just the way it is.
Now, I’m not saying I can haul a 30qt pot around in a boat galley. I am saying I’m not leaving without a stock pot. You guys might think this the craziest of my admittedly hair brained ideas so far, but I decided to use a cooking pot as the propane tank mount. Yes, you read that right.
A few months ago Dani and I found some of the new style fiberglass […]
22 Sep 2014
Bringing the anchor home is not always as easy as it sounds. Sometimes small adventures get in the way.
I had hemmed and hawed over how much chain to order for Sundowner. Chain is both heavy and expensive. The weight in the bow is not good for sailing and the weight off the wallet is not good for cruising but the strength of the stuff cannot be overlooked. So it was that I decided to order half a barrel (200ft) of Acco galvanized 3/8″ BBB anchor chain (which fit our windlass). This little […]
15 Sep 2014
Nothing is ever easy on a boat, especially an old boat. I remember years ago listening to my uncle complaining about his outboard motors. He was saying how they’re overly expensive and require way more service than a car engine. Today’s cars can drive about 100k miles with very little in the way of service. They’re almost bulletproof. Why are marine motors and parts different? Imagine if you were running that same car but you only drove it uphill on a steep slope all the time. […]
07 Sep 2014
We started this weekend out dealing with a problem that has bothered me since before we even bought Sundowner. The head sink drain was always sort of sketchy in that “will it sink the boat?” sort of way. As near as I can tell, the sink was plumbed to the seacock with some old vacuum cleaner hose. To complicate matters, it also involved a strange valve that I never really figured out. Well that stuff was long gone but plumbing a sink drain on a boat is not as straight forward as it wo […]