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2015 NOV – MULTI PROJECTS

2015 NOV – MULTI PROJECTS

      I left my boat in Mexico for the heat of their summer. The temperatures consistently hit around 105°F during the day, so returning to a mild summer in CA seemed like a good idea. Although my boat was in a marina and tied to the dock, I did not connect it to […]


2015 APR – ANCHOR BRAKE

2015 APR – ANCHOR BRAKE

ANCHOR BRAKE ($230 for the pieces) When the chain wrapped around a obstruction below me as I anchored in Banderas Bay, the extreme stresses on the bow pulled the brake right out of the deck. We could not find a complete solution to repair or replace the brake, so we had the piece machined, per […]


2105 APR – HATCHES

2105 APR – HATCHES

HATCHES ($50 glue etc) While the boat was anchored in Banderas Bay we had a rainstorm that lasted for 3 solid days. During that time I discovered that 2 hatches leaked abominably!  One hatch was the large one in the head, and the other was the smaller hatch in the cabin in the roof of […]


2015 MAR – WATER PUMP

2015 MAR – WATER PUMP

  WATER PUMP $360 (replacement parts) + $200 Labor I noticed that my engine started running cold.  From San Diego to La Paz it ran at 180 degrees but on the trip over from La Paz to Mazatlan it started running at 160 degrees. Apparently a diesel engine doesnt like to run cold, any more than […]


2015 FEB – WINDLASS & WATERMAKER

2015 FEB – WINDLASS & WATERMAKER

  Things fixed this month: electric windlass watermaker new fuel gauges   ELECTRIC WINDLASS. $775 + $270 (2 remotes) + $650 (labor) I found that having a manual windlass was simply impractical.  I timed how long it took me to raise 100ft of chain, and it was just over 10 MINUTES.  Clearly that is unacceptable, […]


2015 JAN – CRUISING MAINTENANCE

2015 JAN – CRUISING MAINTENANCE

Cruising is tough on a boat because it is subjected to extremes for days on end.  And per Murphy’s Law, if it’s going to break, it will break out at sea. When you are safely tied to a dock with West Marine just down the road, nothing ever breaks even if you go to Catalina […]


2014 SEPT – BIG TICKET ITEMS $10,477

2014 SEPT – BIG TICKET ITEMS  $10,477

Sea Anchor – $641+ I had previously bought a parachute from a cruiser who had been lucky enough to never have to deploy it. He only sold me the actual parachute and I thought I would use my spare ground tackle as the line from the boat to the parachute.   I sent the parachute off […]


2014 AUGUST – YET MORE MAINTENANCE

2014 AUGUST – YET MORE MAINTENANCE

Weems & Plath – $550 new instruments  I had 5 W&P instruments and none of them agreed with each other. I could reset each one in the morning and by the next morning they all disagreed again. I shipped the old instruments to W&P so that they could replace them with the correct size. My […]


2014 JULY – MORE MAINTENANCE

2014 JULY – MORE MAINTENANCE

Baja Haha 2014 – $375 entry fee As a sign of good faith, and a motivation to complete my list of projects, I paid my entrance fee for this year’s Haha.   New drill – $200 My old drill’s Nicad battery finally gave up the ghost. I was going to buy a Lithium to replace […]


2014 MAY – ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

2014 MAY – ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

BRAND NEW GADGETS   When I first bought the boat in Jan 2008 – Lord was it 6 years ago?! – I didn’t even think to test the Entertainment Center when doing the marine check. Obviously I was remiss because the first time I tried the DVD player it gave me an “error reading disc” […]


2014 APRIL – SHELVES

2014 APRIL – SHELVES

For the longest time it has bothered me that I don’t have enough shelves in the kitchen to hold all my bottles, large and small. And also shelves to keep my books.  Lately they have been stacking up on the floor under the table, but you cant sail with stuff not secured.  I also found […]


2014 MARCH – MAINTENANCE

2014 MARCH – MAINTENANCE

2014 – General Maintenance WINCH MAINTENANCE I decided since sailing depended on winches to haul in my lines, I should do some general maintenance on my winches.  I took a 2-hour course at the Women’s Sailing Convention in Dana Point to find out how to do this.  Its easier than it looks – to take […]


2014 FEB – NEW HEAD (toilet)

2014 FEB – NEW HEAD (toilet)

For the non-nautical, the head is the toilet. One morning I found that the head that had been working, had suddenly stopped working.  The pump pumped, but the flush did not happen. I had been to the Newport Beach boat show some months before where they demonstrated the electric macerator head – and I had […]


2014 JAN – LIVEABOARD

2014 JAN – LIVEABOARD

    BEING A LIVEABOARD I attended a West Marine lecture on “Getting Ready to Cruise” and the lecturer was a cruiser (and his wife) who had just returned from a 4-year circumnavigation of the Pacific Circle from San Francisco, to Hawaii, to Fiji, then north to Indonesia, and eventually home again to the Bay. […]


2013 JULY – BEAUTIFY THE COCKPIT

2013 JULY – BEAUTIFY THE COCKPIT

July 2013 – Cockpit Enclosure It started simply enough.  I was meandering around West Marine with my list of ThingsToBuy when I spotted their floor model beanbag.  It was big and floppy and looked exceedingly comfortable.  It was also dirty.  I talked the price down to $70 and walked out clutching my prize. I know, […]


2011 OCT – Baja Haha (missed it)

2011 OCT – Baja Haha (missed it)

2011 OCT – BAJA HAHA preparations … (missed it!) Missed the HaHa but had prepped the boat anyway in anticipation:  WHAT I BOUGHT in 2011: Total – $6,144 My mother is 84 this year and I worry that we may not have very many years left together. And even though I call her every weekend, […]


2011 SEPT – New cockpit enclosure

2011 SEPT – New cockpit enclosure

COST OF NEW ENCLOSURES:  $4450 FastAlley came with stratoglass windscreens but they were so clouded and old that I could not see out of them – even if I cleaned and polished them for hours.  The only thing they were good for was protecting me in the cockpit from wind and spray. I decided to […]


2011 AUG – New mainsail & Singlehanding

2011 AUG – New mainsail & Singlehanding

COST OF NEW MAINSAIL + DUTCHMAN + NEW HARDWARE + NEW LINES = $6200 In anticipation of my dream of setting to sea in FastAlley one bright morning, I took a long hard look at my mainsail. There were a number of problems with the mainsail – mostly it was just plain tired but more […]


2011 FEB – HAHA, THINGS TO DO

2011 FEB – HAHA, THINGS TO DO

2011 FEB – BAJA HAHA, Things To Do Since I decided to make the HaHa in October, I better start prepping the boat for the ocean voyage. I started a list and will check off () each item as I complete the task.  Or not . 1.     Replace the dinghy 2.     Move the wheels off […]


2010 SEPT – Hatches, Hatches & MORE Hatches

2010 SEPT – Hatches, Hatches & MORE Hatches

The boat is now 10 years old and the compound around the hatches, and the hatches themselves, have given up the ghost.  Every single hatch either leaked, or was broken, or both. When we brought the boat up from La Paz the weather was poor (being February up the Baja), and in addition it was […]


2010 July – Weather Station

2010 July – Weather Station

2010 JULY – Weather Station I have a West Marine model Weather Base 20 which works perfectly well and tells the temperature, humidity, time, and most important to me as a sailor, it tells the wind speed and wind direction.  That is, it did until one of the 3 cups on the external wind indicator […]


2010 June – Dinghy repairs

2010 June – Dinghy repairs

I wanted to spend a weekend in Sausalito going around the houseboats in my dinghy, but when I dropped it in the water I discovered that the transom piece had separated from the pontoon.  That’s not good. What a schlepp to get the dinghy to the repair shop.  It has a fixed base so it […]


2010 Apr – Batteries & Electrical system

2010 Apr – Batteries & Electrical system

Nav station board APRIL 2010 – BATTERIES & ELECTRICAL SYSTEM House bank batteries replaced Engine starter battery replaced Battery charger replaced Shunt repositioned “Amps in” dial replaced When my boat was in Long Beach I took the boat out regularly and gave the engine a run under load, but this year I am up in […]


2010 Mar – Sundry Projects

2010 Mar – Sundry Projects

MARCH 2010 – SUNDRY PROJECTS Companionway Hatch Shocks Companionway Hatch Bar Heat Exchanger Bolts Replaced Kitchen Sink Re-Bedded Deck Hatch Replaced Weems & Plaath clock fixed   INTRODUCTION  Let me explain that firstly I am a woman and secondly an IT Project Manager by profession, so doing boat fixes or manual labor has never been in […]