Posts Tagged with ‘Refit’
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 […]
10 Nov 2016
It has been an interesting time for us lately. Travelling back to the boat has been quite an undertaking. There were many weeks of gathering equipment to bring back and lots of visiting with loved ones before the final day arrived to put most of our worldly belongings into bags and get on a plane that would bring us to Panama, customs, immigration, and a boat we’d left behind over 10 months before sitting in the wild Panamanian jungles.
I had visions of monkey poop piled up on the cockp […]
24 Feb 2016
After purchasing our new RV in mid-Jan 2016 we spent the next month casually outfitting her and getting her ready for comfortable off grid living. Now she is good and well and ready to go. AS SOON as the weather here in Louisiana gets better (maybe tomorrow) we are leaving our home bases and heading north.
We went slightly over our budget but not by much.
These are some of the items we addressed in the Refit.
Solar panels (400 watts of Renogy Panels with controller from Amazon)
LED lighting th […]
21 Jul 2015
It’s not a pretty sight is it? What’s even worse is that there are about fifteen more similar but much smaller tears all over the clew section of our Genoa. On the second day of our seven day passage from Isla Mujeres, MX to Providencia, CO the clew shackle on the jib broke in two pieces and while we were busy reefing the main a sharp piece of metal still on the clew worked like a dagger to slice and tear the sail as it flopped violently in the wind. Did I mention we were reefing th […]
16 Apr 2015
I’M ALIVE! DEAR GOD I’M ALIVE. Oh I’m just kidding, being sick really wasn’t that bad. I have survived my three day ailment which included a couple of days with fever near 102, chills and a lower back ache. We suspect it was a kidney infection possibly from the ocean water here where we swim frequently but really it could have been from anything. Luckily we stored the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin before we left and once it started working the need to see a doctor went away. T […]
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 […]
01 Dec 2014
I am really getting a taste of what cruising is like today, I tell ya what. Patience Danison…After excitedly writing an ENTIRE blog post, which I’ll attempt to recreate below, I pressed save right before I planned to upload and got the proverbial “blue screen”, or hell’s screen better known as ain’t nobody going to wipe up those tears of defeat and nobody cares as much as you do about what was lost on that screen.
OH the anguish..so much Love, so much PASSION and so many Words writte […]
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 […]
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 […]