Posts Tagged with ‘Boomkin’
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 […]
06 May 2014
Some of you may remember our Monitor Windvane from previous posts where we spoke about learning how to use it and how well it was able to steer the boat.
Well we had stripped it off of the back of the boat when we rebuilt the boomkin and it had just sort of been lurking around. First it rode around in the back of my truck for a while and then after that it found a home on the back table. But finally, last weekend we got to it. We collected a big box of spare parts and bought a new set of he […]
26 Apr 2014
Our home is a bit of a joke. Its full of things that really belong to the boat and not the apartment. Its sort of like a storage shed for boat gear that happens to have a bed and a bathroom in it. And one particular part of our home has become so familiar to us that its now odd and empty without the stern tower. This SS behemoth has long been sitting in the dining area (or what should be the dining area). The dog’s food and water bowls sat under it and we used it to hang drying c […]
09 Mar 2014
I’ve been thinking about this day for almost 2 years now. Oh how badly I’ve wanted to be back in the water and sailing again but so sweet was the memory of our past adventures aboard Sundowner that it seemed it would never come to happen again. It was just always around the corner but never here. It felt too good, too nice and too fun to happen to us. For us there is only work, more work, trying to have fun while working and some more work. That “sailing” thing was for so […]
23 Dec 2013
Today was a big day for us Sundowners. We finally got around to making progress on the boomkin itself.
The boomkin itself is made of heavy grade pipe. There are two “ears” which are hull pads with a smaller diameter pipe bolted on that the boomkin slides onto. The boomkin being the female end and the pads having the male side. The first step of the install involves getting everything lined up and affixing these pads to the hull. After that is done you can slide the boomkin on […]
22 Dec 2013
Isn’t it interesting how fate works?
Lately its been a running joke between Dani and myself that the weather Gods are against us. Every week, it seems that M-F is beautiful and clear with no wind and moderate temperature. But late on Friday the clouds gather and the sky darkens. The temperatures fall considerably in preparation for the storm that will hit on Saturday and Sunday. It always seems to be misty, stormy or windy on the weekends. Today was no exception. On the boat the wi […]
09 Dec 2013
This weekend was not exactly the most welcoming for boat work. The temperatures were a moderate 50F but everything was wet. There was some sort of pseudo fog created by the loads of mist in the air. But this alone could not stop at least some work from being done on the boat. Its been a long time since we were on the hard and I cannot afford to squander the precious time we have left. So I set my sights on the boomkin.
The back of the boat is really the final piece of major rigging th […]
21 Sep 2013
Before the long journey of boat refit was familiar to me I had read many accounts of voyagers working on their vehicles. Without fail, almost all of them would go through great lengths to describe their delight and excitement when they acquired some new odd bit or piece of kit that was shiny or attractive. This was often a mystery to me. How could one little part glimmering in the morning sun bring such join to a man’s heart? But then I started working on Sundowner and understanding settle […]
02 Aug 2013
And the air is 95 degrees with a heat index well into the triple digits at the moment. I guess sweat is in the air too.
This week has been pretty rough. On Wed we woke up with no electricity. The coffee maker had melted, the main breaker had tripped, and the central AC at our condo was dead (compressor blown up). Probably a lightning hit. Better the condo than the boat I say. But in any event, it makes for hot work. I work at home. And this little […]