The Day of Reckoning

Who said old dogs can’t learn new tricks! By Friday, the weather still looked good. That evening, I told my crew, Tee and Thien, that they could sleep late. I could get off on my own, but they needed to be ready for action by 09:00 sharp and they needed to be prepared to spendContinue reading “The Day of Reckoning”

Preparing for the Day of Reckoning

Yesterday, Saturday was the Debacle, Sunday the Plan was made.  That gave me five days to sort out the windlass and get it working again. First thing I did was get out the Ideal windlass manual for my ACW windlass.  I had two issues: As we were hauling the anchor, it became more and moreContinue reading “Preparing for the Day of Reckoning”

After the Debacle

While I felt good about having the common sense to abandon the anchor and not try to lift 125 lbs. of anchor chain and anchor more than 150 feet (50 ft of 3/8”bbb chain x 1.65lbs/ft x  + 40 lbs. anchor = 122 lbs. plus rode), I had a sleepless night. While I wasn’t sleeping,Continue reading “After the Debacle”

Lost Anchor, Lost Shrimp Pots, Lost Daylight

The week started ominously over some spilled rice. I had dropped about half a cup of rice on the galley floor. I told Tee I would take care of it and then I froze. Had I been alone, the dustpan would have come out and that little pile of rice would have been over theContinue reading “Lost Anchor, Lost Shrimp Pots, Lost Daylight”

Breakup Sex

Quick update. I now have on my You Tube Channel the video that does with this blog post. It’s here Vlog 13 20190704 , The roughest 3 minutes crossing the Columbia Bar and the aftermath Enjoy I was shocked to see that I had not written any blog posts in weeks. I certainly wrote a considerableContinue reading “Breakup Sex”

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”

Weather Planning Update

To refresh your memory, here is the screenshot I made on May 20th and posted in my Weather Planning post yesterday. It was pretty optimistic and in fact, if it would come to pass, it would be very good weather to get underway. Here is the map for the same period, valid 0800 on 26Continue reading “Weather Planning Update”

Weather Planning

I thought this would be a good opportunity to explain my weather planning or better said, planning on the weather. The fist picture on the left shows my main area of interest at the white dot, just south of Cape Mendocino. This is where the winds are the strongest. It’s a two day (46 hr)Continue reading “Weather Planning”

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”