Monthly Archives: October 2011

10/22/11 to 10/23/11: At anchor overnight in Richardson Bay, and motorsailing to Alameda

  SF Waterfront from Richardson Bay, just opposite our slip in Sausalito Yacht Harbor We worked all day Saturday on Cool Change in the slip, Rick installing a 12-volt adaptor in the v-berth, and Cindy varnishing the brightwork, but we … Continue reading

Posted in Deck and exterior maintenance, Sailing Northern California, Sausalito |

Shower Sump Pump Replacement

The PSC31 has a shower that comes off of the sink in the head.  There is a nice teak grill on the floor over a shower drain.  The drain is kept emptied by a sump pump that is installed in … Continue reading

Posted in Plumbing |


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

Posted in Engine |

Maintenance and Enhancements

Here we intend to post information on all of the work we have done and will do on Cool Change, both to prepare her for cruising and while we are cruising.

Posted in Maintenance and Enhancements |

Sailing the Seven Seas

When we say we are planning to “sail around the world,” people usually ask, “Where first?” Well, truthfully, we may not exactly “sail around the world,” at least not linearly, and we don’t yet know where first!  We hope to … Continue reading

Posted in Sailing the Seven Seas |


We are in the process of deciding what windlass we will be purchasing.  PSC recommended the Lofrans Tigres as the best fit for our boat.  One of the considerations is whether we should purchase a windlass with the motor below deck or … Continue reading

Posted in Anchoring Systems |

Sailing Northern California

Since we bought Cool Change on Valentine’s Day, 2011, she has been out of her slip 27 times to date.  Some of those were just practicing docking manuevers, but many were to overnight anchoring destinations around the Bay, up to … Continue reading

Posted in Sailing Northern California |

Cool Change gets a new Dinghy

After much research, we chose a new Achilles dinghy and outfitted it with a new, 6 hp Tohatsu outboard.  We needed a dinghy that could be rolled up, yet we needed a solid floor and a keel so we could get … Continue reading

Posted in Dinghy and Outboard Motor |

Hello world! Welcome to our blog.

This is the blog that will chronicle our adventures as we undertake a labor of love to make our Pacific Seacraft 31 “Cruise Ready.”  When at last she is complete, and we have managed to cut our ties to the working world, … Continue reading

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