Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday Drive

After a particularly grueling work week, we decided to take a little ride in the boat. So within 15 minutes of deciding, we were on our way. Look, Look! Here's our empty slip!
The weather has been unseasonably warm and we washed the boat while motoring down the channel.
Remember how I mentioned we could go to Bob's At The Marina in 5 minutes if we walked and 45 minutes if we took the boat? Well, we were right. We motored over to Bob's and it took 45 minutes. 
Motoring back we had views like this. The Delta really is beautiful and so peaceful in the winter. I'm glad we took this little Sunday drive.

Monday, November 11, 2013

My Simplex Teakettle

Did you notice my copper teakettle? It's a Simplex, made in England. I'm kind of an Anglophile and when I saw this at a local thrift store for only $15.00, I snatched it up post haste. I have to polish it and I know it will probably be a pain in the marine environment, but I love it anyway.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

New Stove

Why is our old stove sitting on the floor?

Because we are getting a new one!

But first we have to get the stove into the main cabin....which means it has to go down through the hatch in the center of the boat because the stove is 21"wide and all the doors in the boat are only 16" wide.
One of the really good things about sailboats is that plenty of ropes and blocks and winches are available for lifting things in and out of the boat. Using a halyard tail and a snatch block on the boom, we lashed it around the stove and lowered it down the hatch. It was a tight fit, but we managed to get it down below.

We also decided to put a sheet of stainless steel below it to try to make it easier to keep clean. Here it is all masked off so we can apply the spray glue to the old stained wood.

Here's the new metal being put into place. Next we made a template to get the gimble points figured out.
Then we mounted the brackets and lifted the stove into place.
After hooking up and testing the gas line for leaks, we fired up the burners. Oh my! These burners are so much larger than the old stove's. And the oven has a thermostat! I can hardly wait to cook on it.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Breakfast on Thistle

Princess A brought the newspaper to the boat this morning and we had breakfast together. Now if Princess K and Prince Charming would just get here.....

I guess I'll just have to make a second breakfast when they arrive.