Category Archives: Maintenance and Enhancements

April 11-12, 2013: Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show

This is always so much fun to go to, and so expensive!  We ended up putting money down on a Monitor Wind Vane, a self-steering mechanism we figure is essential for long passages.    It takes up a lot of … Continue reading

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March 23, 24, 2013: New Lifelines, Halyards and Boom Vang

The first thing that the Tag Instructor noticed the weekend before, were some missing cotter pins on the lifelines.  Frankly, neither Rick nor I had spent much time looking at the lifelines.  We didn’t really know what to look for, … Continue reading

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February 23, 2013: Ahoy Up There!

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A while back, we had purchased a bosun’s chair, and we had a 3-to-1 purchase system for hauling one of us up the mast, but it turned out that the 3-to-1 purchase system line was too short to get either … Continue reading

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February 9, 2013: Anchor Chain on Board!

I am making the next several posts for the Spring of 2013, all at the same time, in May, trying to recreate what we have done for the last three months.  I am looking over Navionics Tracks and financial records … Continue reading

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Cool Change gets her Windlass

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There are few things I can think of that can cause me as much anxiety as the mere thought of drilling large holes in our deck.    I agonized over this for many weeks once we had come to the … Continue reading

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Electrical System Upgrades

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After calculating the current demands for our anticipated list of electrical equipment when we take off for our extended cruising in 2014, we decided that we needed to upgrade our house electrical bank from the current 100 Ah capacity to around … Continue reading

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January 20, 2013 Happy New Year!

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Phase I of our windlass upgrade is complete!  After what seems like an eternity of at least 8 to 10 days over the last several weeks, working on upgrading our electrical system, Phase I is done!  I will defer to … Continue reading

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October 26, 2012 Boatyard Fiasco

So, it was a difficult decision to determine where we would take our precious Cool Change for her first boatyard experience. KKMI has always been considered the gold standard, and they had recently opened a boatyard near us in Sausalito … Continue reading

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The Cruising Outfitting Has Begun!

Watching our friends Nancy and Rob take off in Shindig for their world cruising adventure last weekend inspired us to get moving on getting Cool Change ready! So, October 1st or not, we have started buying for our long term … Continue reading

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An Update as of September 7, 2012

I haven’t posted here for a while and thought it might be a good idea to mention why.  The weekend after our passing Skipper, we spent two weekends and the week in between, out on a private whitewater wilderness trip … Continue reading

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