Power to the People

This entire spring, I have been dealing with electrical power issues, of course, like usual, mostly self-imposed. My Kadey Krogen 42 is a really well designed, well-built boat, but for the nut behind the wheel, all would be perfect. This is what’s been happening. Batteries. My four Yuasa 8D Sealed Lead Acid batteries, bought inContinue reading “Power to the People”

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”

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”

Slowly, But Surely, Things Are Getting Done

But does it have to be so slow! I’ve noticed, not for the first time, I may add, that I never start and finish anything in a direct line. Project A starts, but at some point, I’ll start Project B and maybe even C, while A limps along. Why, I wondered? It certainly seems inefficientContinue reading “Slowly, But Surely, Things Are Getting Done”

Atlantic Passage 2016 Videos

I am writing a piece on getting seasick and I wanted to include some of the videos I had made just before I got sick. My point being that I’m not sure it is seasickness per se. In looking for the videos, I realized that while I had posted a link to them in myContinue reading “Atlantic Passage 2016 Videos”

Maretron or Not

For a little, non-electronic boat, I sure love my Maretron data. I have 9 modules: two to communicate with everything else, (USB, IPG) and the N2K Viewer two for the fresh water tanks, (TLM), one solid state compass, (SSC), one GPS, (GPS), one depth sounder with paddle wheel and lastly, (DST), the love of myContinue reading “Maretron or Not”

Hundreds of Males, Too Few Females.

I was looking forward to this project, as I like working on the electrical things and I just wanted to also tidy up the wires and the things I’d done over the last couple of years. I needed to put new female spade connectors on the gauges and switches in the forward head. I also neededContinue reading “Hundreds of Males, Too Few Females.”

Two Types of Boaters

Two More Projects Down; 37 to Go Now, there are two types of boaters. There are those who have few parts, but they are well organized and whenever they need something, they always have just what they need. Best of all, they have very few extra pieces, everything being stored in a few 2-liter containers.Continue reading “Two Types of Boaters”

Still Plugging Away in Vallejo, But a New Tale of Adventure and Woe on the High Seas

My fresh water replumbing job was 75% done yesterday, today it’s 50% and even that took a couple of hours. Suffice to say that the floor of closet now looks like Charlie Kruger took to it with a chain saw. No pictures, since many who read this are carpenters or at last know how toContinue reading “Still Plugging Away in Vallejo, But a New Tale of Adventure and Woe on the High Seas”

The Saga of the Katadyn Watermaker

The passage from Huatulco to Xtapa was eventful in many ways. The Katadyn 160 Water maker, made in Switzerland, has been a stalwart since installation four years ago, in 2014. It’s simple, which attracted me to it. No gauges, no bells, no whistles, no back flushing, no nothing. When doing long distance cruising, the moreContinue reading “The Saga of the Katadyn Watermaker”

The Dingy Fiasco part 1

It’s hard to believe that I have 5+ years and 20,000+ miles under my belt. I don’t. Why, you wonder? Oh, the routine things, those daily tasks or almost daily takes, are easy. It was in Germany when I lost my bow thruster. That was at the beginning of our 2015 Baltic Adventure. Seems likeContinue reading “The Dingy Fiasco part 1”

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water

I left the marina finally. Southern Costa Rica is like Vietnam, hot, 30° and humid.  Maybe more humid.  But that thought prompted me to check the latest obs from VVTS, Tansonnhat Int’l. Nope, their morning dew point is 77°, while it was only 72° this morning in Golfito. In any case, after the stress of leavingContinue reading “Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water”