Where did the days go? I feel I've entered a time warp or something. Way behind schedule on getting into the water, but I'm preparing for a good two-year stint anyway before the next haul, and good stuff is happening. Aside from painting her hull, we'll install a new cutless bearing and dripless shaft seal this week. Tomorrow a needle scaler arrives - joy! I guess they can probably splash me after the 4th.

here is the puller in action. it's very strong and made short work of it.

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I guess jumping on that cutlass bearing project was a good move... in this week.

I always think gray is a sharp hull color, so I'm almost sad to put the top coat on! This is the first time I've seen her hull in one continuous color - no rub rail or stripe. I was a little worried about how her proportions would look, but I think it's good! will look fantastic in her original green before long.

Patience is a virtue in ... I was dragging my heels on my shaft seal project for want of a $450 prop puller. a few months ago i almost bit the bullet and now I'm glad I didn't because the very puller I wanted turned up on craigslist less than an hour from home for $175 - priced right - it would have cost about that to hire the yard to pull it.

workboat mentality in if you hit it with the big sander and it stays put, just consider it good and prime over it.

I turned over the keys to (what is no longer) my office yesterday... A bittersweet moment on the pathway to living aboard. The finest job I've ever had, and certainly the nicest office space. My successor is insanely talented and will fit in well as the new steward of the position and programs. "They'll be perfectly fine without me" can be a wonderfully free and empowering understanding!

finally both sides of the rub rail are removed and the studs are removed. I really struggled with deciding to remove it all together, but ultimately I had rust spreading out from each stud under the paint... for longevity's sake I'm going to just clean and fair now before her big paint job.

Some of the plumbing aboard that was used to deliver pressurized water aft to the shower and sink. I'll simplify as I refresh in It was on the engine room bulkhead.


Sometimes when I look back
At my life's strange, wandering track,
I think that I have failed to be
What others may have wanted to see.

Then, once again, I realize
And with less and less surprise,
That I've been happier than many,
And, for me, that seems like plenty.


Thanks to:
for the inspiration.

Productive Saturday? This is the take-apart version of Chesapeake Light Craft's Passagemaker dinghy. The forward bulkhead is doubled with a layer of cardboard in between when the hull is assembled. Once construction is complete, the boat is sawn in half between those double bulkheads. When the boat is in use it is held together with 4 bolts and a rubber gasket between the two hull parts. On deck the mothership, the two pieces nest.

“I mistakenly assigned my parental fear and anger and frustration onto the people driving on my street. They were just doing what the roadway design invited them to do.”


#urbandesign #safestreets

@PiperPilotPaul it didn't always look sharp. Ours was a rescue. We found it almost capsized on trailer, full of water, leaf springs totally wasted. We rebuilt the trailer beneath it before we could drag it home to refit. I'm building a wooden boom for it now that will look really cool and salty when complete - repurposed from a section of vintage Comet Class mast.

Speaking of Poseidon... In maritime college a very esteemed professor was lecturing on cruise planning. When he told us to start every cruise with a toast to the Sea-God, a bunch of us raised eyebrows at the superstition. He deadpan told us, "If you do, and have a bad passage, you'll be able to say that it could have been worse, and Poseidon must have had your back. If you don't make the toast and have a bad passage... You'll know exactly why!" I always dump a nip in the sea the first day out.

Random toot of good will: I just want to say I'm feeling the love for the folks and everyone in . I found Mastodon recently, arriving here for the values rather than the tech. I disengaged from social media almost ten years ago, and any glancing interaction since has been immediately disappointing. Here, I've found a small group of talented, resourceful, adventurous souls that I believe I can both learn from and contribute, too. May Poseidon bless your voyages this year!

In 2006 I was working as a deckhand aboard the Tasman Sea and we had a yard period in Tampa. This is my all time favorite "selfie" (self timer). The hole in her bow above my head is for the pneaumatic pin system that rigidly secured us in the notch at the stern of our barge. Huge stainless pistons extended out into sockets arranged in a ladder pattern on the barge, allowing for connections at different drafts. I learned so much that apply to my sailboat in

A clipping posted in 's companionway. I think it's a good enough reminder to preserve.

is full of 1990 high tech stuff like this Quad-Cycle battery monitoring system from Cruising Equipment. It does still work. There seem to be a lot of vintage tech fans on mastodon and I felt I just had to share since there's rainbow ribbon back there! Here's a peak behind the panel.

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