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At home among friends in British Columbia

After a quick jaunt through the dense, electric-green forest on Portland Island, we came to a grassy clearing that sloped quickly down to the sea. I laid my backpack on a rock, grabbed a water bottle, two beers and snacks from inside and passed them around, officially kicking off our family’s impromptu celebration in honor of being back in […]

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Choosing a non-skid paint

Recently we passed the two year anniversary of owning our boat – two years since Feb 14 2015. It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come in that time – with many major projects completed (a rerig, rudder removal + steering system repair, rebedding lots of deck hardware, etc), plus two major summer cruises (lower […]

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A finished galley, by golly!

There is light at the end of our Galley/Navigation Station remodel tunnel.We’d say we are nearing the end of this refit, but really, does anyone ever finish a refit? There is always something left to do. It’s taken about 3 weeks longer than we thought and cost about double what we hoped. Fortunately this is […]

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Splayed out wire ready for a swageless fitting.

5 tips from a DIY re-rig

A sailboat’s rig — the mast and wires that hold it up — is a critical component that allows us to convert the wind’s power into movement. This amazing harnessing of physics allows us to sail, but it’s also very important that it doesn’t fail — because a dismasting at sea can be a life […]

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Installing trim tabs on our dinghy

Trim tabs promise to (this is from the box) … Plane at lower speeds – Improve fuel efficiency – Reduce pounding – Improve your hole shot – Eliminate porpoising – Reduce engine laboring – Eliminate chine walking All I am hoping is that I’ll get the stern up a bit at slower speeds. Much of […]

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Making gold leaf name boards

Ripple came to me with her name on her transom, but refinishing the transom on an earlier haul-out left her nameless, and my best intentions to renew the proclamation of her identity were defeated by the press of… well… sloth.  In defense of my failure, I did not want to have to re-apply the name […]

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