2020 Update on Paravanes and a Few Other Things

First, I’m still alive, though it was a close call. No, it wasn’t Covid-19, but something far worse, boredom. I hate being bored and perversely, the less I do, the less I want to do. Thus, my creative energy that it takes to write these blogs or make YouTube videos seems to have gone intoContinue reading “2020 Update on Paravanes and a Few Other Things”

Getting Ocean Ready

I’ve been ready to leave Vallejo for a month now. This is getting old. But I have vowed not to let myself be beat up any ore than usual. I spent much of last week organizing parts. I thought I had only two types of hose clamps, stainless and non stainless, which I separated lastContinue reading “Getting Ocean Ready”

Chasing Screws

I’ve been ready to leave Vallejo for a couple of weeks. But the winds off the northern California coast are proving to be more persistent than the northerly winds off the Mexican coast last year. There is a blocking high pressure area in the eastern Pacific that just won’t leave. It’s certainly been there almostContinue reading “Chasing Screws”

Almost Done

I had hoped to leave Vallejo for my trip north as early as a week ago. It wasn’t to be and with the eastern Pacific high showing signs that it doesn’t know that summer is here, I doubt I will leave before mid-month! Talking with a boating friend Friday who is very attuned to theContinue reading “Almost Done”

On a Roll

Yesterday, I completed two things on the nice to do list: replacement of the Raritan water heater anode and replacement of a terminal block for my 120-volt neutral circuits in the engine room distribution panel. After two months, I’ve finally hit my stride and actually feel confident in what I am doing. That manifested itselfContinue reading “On a Roll”

What’s Done So Far

Slowly, but surely progress is being made. I have completed the following: Installation of outside LED rows and inside wiring, Amazon LED Link Added another power line for the pilot house electrical panel and also added an additional ground, Replaced the terminal block for the 120v system neutrals in the engine room distribution panel, ReplacedContinue reading “What’s Done So Far”

That’s Done

With the completion of Ti’s visa interview, a goal more than two years in the making, is done. Waking up the next day, the feeling of thank god that’s done, cannot be ignored. Much like euphoria I felt waking up in Castletownbere, on the southeast coast of Ireland on the last days of August 2015,Continue reading “That’s Done”

Everything Gets Done Twice

I told you of my plan to add a 16’ rope of LED lights for my galley. I t had occurred to me that Dauntless is a bit dark at night in the salon and galley. While I have under counter lights, that do a good job when cooking or cleaning, looking in the cabinetsContinue reading “Everything Gets Done Twice”

Two Steps Forward, a Couple Back

Why couldn’t I just say Two Forward and Two Back? The words: a couple, a few, came in handy back in 2004 when I had to teach significant digits to my high school physics class. While I’m pretty good in physics, meteorology really just being mostly math and physics, with a few fluid dynamics classesContinue reading “Two Steps Forward, a Couple Back”

Chess, The Boat and Southeast Alaska

The last months, Ti got to calling me “mister chess”, which replaced “mister com’on” as her main moniker for me. I earned mister com’on, by being ready to leave the house sooner than she and saying com’on, let’s go a bit too much. She learned to give me a 10-minute delay, “Don’t come down toContinue reading “Chess, The Boat and Southeast Alaska”

Back in the Saddle Again

Or more literally, I’m back on Dauntless. Last week I returned to Dauntless, but then took a 5-day trip to Anchorage to attend a teaching job fair. I figure as long as I will be in the USA for the foreseeable future, I may as well work again and put my winter time to constructiveContinue reading “Back in the Saddle Again”

Less is Not Always Safer, More is Not Always Better

This was written in June 2016, but never published. The recent Trawler Forum post about paravanes made me look for what I had written already and discovered I had never published this. So , here it is. June 11, 2016 – The Pacific Rim or Less is Not Always Safer While the Pacific Rim is myContinue reading “Less is Not Always Safer, More is Not Always Better”