Monday, August 26, 2013

Our new guest house

We used the boat as a guest house last weekend. Daughter 2 and her roommate came home from college and they slept there. I got them some pretty flowers to brighten things up and we even pushed most of the tools aside. They said it was very comfy.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

It's All In The Details

Although we haven't moved aboard, we are thinking and planning for that day. And one of the areas that needs a lot of attention is the galley because we love to cook and want the galley to be as efficient as possible.

There is absolutely no special storage anywhere in the galley; no spice rack, no paper towel holder, no coffee thermos holder, no garbage bag holder. And it's those kind of details that make a galley more efficient and pleasant to use.
So today I taped a few spice jars together and tried them out in a few places. This spot on the inside of the doors seems to be the best. It's close to the cooker, in the dark, and there is plenty of room between the front edge of the top shelf and the inside of the door.
So then I made a cardboard mockup. If we make them 3" tall and out of clear acrylic, they will be quite secure and we can still read the labels. 

I'll just add them to the Captain's list of projects. He has been re-wiring the batteries for the past week. Getting rid of more snarly wire runs by making giant buss bars, and zip- tying everything. 
Isn't that a thing of beauty? See, it's all in the details.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Trawler Lamp

When we got this boat we were surprised to see absolutely no kerosene lamps (or evidence of their existence) anywhere on it. I guess when you have a generator and huge batteries, you don't even consider them, but we always enjoyed the soft light and traditional looks of kerosene lamps.

When we brought the boat home from 
Sausalito we took the kerosene anchor lamp that some dear old cruising buddies had given us and used it when we anchored near Frank's Tract. And as soon as we got home we ordered this trawler lamp. We used it last night for the first time and it was just as nice as we remembered. Now we just need a proper way to hang it. That bent coat hanger doesn't look too seaworthy. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Dinner and Sunset

It's not all torture here on the boat. Last night after working for a couple hours, we enjoyed this pretty view...

and this yummy dinner. Those two simple things helped us to remember WHY we are working so hard on the boat.