1-Projects 2008-2010

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 […]


2009 Sept – Painting the Topsides

2009 Sept – Painting the Topsides

SEPT 2009 – Painting the topsides Bottom paint The following was included in this item. We hauled out the vessel, pressure and solvent washed the hull bottom, applied one coat of antifouling bottom paint with two coats at the water line and launched your vessel. The bottom paint was applied with rollers and brushes. NOTE […]


2009 Aug – Hull repairs

2009 Aug – Hull repairs

AUG 2009 – Hull repairs While bringing the boat up from La Paz to Long Beach, we hit a set of waves that ripped the skin of the port ama.  We did a temporary glassing in MX but it was just a rush job, and not professionally done, and it was feared that water may […]


2009 Aug – Mechanical and Electrical work

2009 Aug – Mechanical and Electrical work

Aug 2009 – Mechanical and electrical work This work was done professionally at a boatyard – and copied from their invoice. Upon the vessel’s arrival and haulout, we evaluated the vessel’s charging systems to include the battery condition, battery charger, wind generator, and solar panels. We found that one of the Gel-cell house batteries was […]


2009 June – Rigging recalibrated

2009 June – Rigging recalibrated

JUNE 2009 – Rigging recalibrated Even though I had had the boat for 18 months I had never sailed it.  I always seemed to be going somewhere directly upwind so that it is impossible to sail, and I usually have a tight timeline so I dont have the time to tack back and forth up […]


2009 May – Windlass overhauled

2009 May – Windlass overhauled

MAY 2008 – Windlass overhauled I wanted to spend a weekend anchored at White’s Island in Long Beach harbor – just for the fun of it.  This would be the first time I had anchored anywhere and I was keen to try it. A sailing friend and I put together a list of things to […]


2009 Jan – New tranny & engine overhaul

2009 Jan – New tranny & engine overhaul

Jan 2009 – New transmission, major engine overhaul The transmission had failed in Ensenada and had a temporary (borrowed) transmission that needed to be replaced with the new transmission. Since the engine had to be removed to get at the transmission, it was decided to do a major overhaul on the engine at the same […]


2008 Aug – Painting the Deck

2008 Aug – Painting the Deck

  PAINTING THE DECK – all 800 sqft When I bought the boat in Jan 2008 the owner said that he had prepped the deck for a paint job, but had not gotten around to doing it. Besides the bad paint job (due to the prepping?) there were also (I thought) two small patches on […]