1-Projects 2015-2016

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 […]