Sunday, March 30, 2014

Anchor Chain End-For-End

Today's task was to remove all the anchor chain, measure it, mark it, end-for-end it, clean the chain locker, and then put it all back.

We've anchored several times, but never really knew what the red marks meant, so we just estimated how much chain we had out.

Now we know we have 250' of 3/8" BBB. (We think it was marked in 10 meter intervals because the old red marks were about 33' apart.) We wire brushed most of the old paint off and re-marked it with one red mark at 50', two red marks at 100', three red marks at 150', etc.

The last little job is to put a swivel at the anchor because when you are anchored out you frequently swing all the way around which puts twists in the chain. In fact, our chain was all twisted up and I sat in the chain locker for quite a while untwisting it while Malcolm pulled it out onto the dock. Hopefully, a swivel will solve that issue.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Removing the Air Conditioner

Today we removed the air conditioner under the forward bunks and gained lots more storage space.
Of course, any project on the boat means first removing everything from the lockers and scattering it all over the boat. Then endless contortions to reach all the screws which are hidden behind drawers and in dark corners. And quite a bit of special "Sailor Talk". But we finally got all the wires, hoses, ducts, and machinery out and on deck.
The air conditioner was heavy too, so we used a halyard to get it out, and again to get it into the dock cart. I hope the waterline rose a bit.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Single Strand Button Knots

This is one of my all-time favorite books: The Ashley Book Of Knots.
At almost 600 pages, it has every knot one could ever need plus practical applications for the mariner. We have used on numerous occasions and once made a pair of beckets for a sea chest.
We needed new lanyards for the lifeline gates, so I found two single line button knots, #601 and #787, and here is the result:
Mine looked just like the one in the book, except for the blood.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


In our pursuit of a simpler life, we have downsized and gotten rid of lots of extraneous gadgets. However.....
we have just installed an entertainment system and now have five more remote control thingies on the boat. Argh!

I'm sure the manufacturers are proud of their products and want their brand name prominently displayed, but I don't think of the TV as a Vizio or the sound bar as a Yamaha. So we re-labeled all the remotes with the name of the thing they control. The only thing we didn't re-labeled was the Apple TV remote because it is so distinctive. I wonder if anyone else does this?

Monday, March 10, 2014

It's A Cushie Life

I think decorating a boat is a little harder than decorating a house because in a house you can easily repaint the walls or get new furniture. But here on the boat the walls are cherry so I'm stuck with that. The furniture is all cherry and built-in, so I can't change that. The settees are upholstered in light beige suede (done in Italy, I'm told) and it's in fine condition, so I'm keeping that. The hull is dark blue so I'm stuck with that color. And the boat is very traditional looking, so I'm stuck with that theme.

Here's what I ended up with for some new throw pillows. I also made two larger pillows that add a little more color. I think that bit of red in the larger pillows will be nicely complemented by an oriental style rug which we hope to find soon. We'll let you know when we find it.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Google Comes To Town

Stockton is in the news again, but for a good reason this time: the mysterious Google barge has docked at the Port of Stockton. And they drove right by the Sailing Club. Heck, we are practically neighbors now!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Wine Tasting

We took a quick trip to the Napa Valley to do a little wine tasting and fine dining. We visited Castello di Amorosa (which we have visited before), and it just gets better and better. They now have farm animals on the property which really lends an authentic castle air to the whole experience. We saw chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, guinea hens, emus, sheep, goats, and pigs. 

We also did the tour and tasting, but by the time we got to the castle, we had already done two tastings and lunch, so I'm afraid we didn't really appreciate their wines.

We also stopped at Del Dotto to pick up some previously purchased wines. Their tasting room is GORGEOUS; you feel like you've just stepped into an antique Italian villa. It's filled with beautiful tiled floors, mosaics, frescoes, marble columns, Venetian glass chandeliers, statues and a grotto with a "face" fountain. I couldn't take photos inside, but this statue was right outside.

We might have drank too much wine. We definitely ate too much good food, but all in all, we had a delightful shore excursion.