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New Alternator, and Brightwork

After our return from Mexico, the sun shown every day on the San Francisco Bay, it seemed.  It was hard to appreciate the gravity of the California drought when all we saw was gorgeous weather. But the wind in the … 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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February 3-5, 2012 in Sausalito

We arrived as usual on Thursday night, leaving work a little early to beat the traffic.  I wasn’t looking forward to the weekend as much as usual because I knew there wouldn’t be much sailing involved; we were committed to … Continue reading

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December 10-11 Lighted Boat Parade, and some more spending and labor

We absolutely HAD to take advantage of the last day for a below-wholesale pricing deal offered to us through Club Nautique at West Marine, so off we went on Saturday to spend money.  We had made a list of possible purchases and … Continue reading

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December 4, 2011 Trying out our New (for us) Headsail, and Bleeding the Engine

So, after a day of work on Saturday, we were really looking forward to a few hours of sailing on a beautiful, clear day on the Bay on Sunday.  The sun was out, and the wind was predicted to be … Continue reading

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Cool Change is powered by a 27 horsepower, 3 cylinder Yanmar diesel engine. It is the original, 1989 engine but had been used less than 400 hours when we bought Cool Change.  Just after purchase in February, 2011,  List Marine in Sausalito … Continue reading

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