1-Projects 2011-2014

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 […]