I think it’s safe to say that hardly any boat owners look forward to taking their boat out of the water. Especially liveaboards, who make their home aboard. I’ll be “on the hard” for potentially a couple of months while I do some work on my vessel, getting her ready for my long cruise.
People (mostly women) often wonder where I could possibly keep all of my clothes on a small 27′ sailboat. The answer always seems to surprise them.
The only way to always have fresh bread and tortillas while cruising is to make them yourself – here I attempt to make flour tortillas from scratch in a galley barely big enough for one, using only flour, water, oil, and salt.
Can a guy who loved drinking beer and dining out sustain himself on flour, beans, rice, pasta, and canned vegetables for an indefinite amount of time? Time to start figuring it out!
It’s a question I get every day: “Where are you sailing?” I do need some direction in mind to know where to point my bow once I leave North Carolina, and I’ve had plenty of time to ponder it in the last few months. I think I have it figured out.
My whole reason for ditching life “on the hard” one year before setting out on my “Big Trip” was to work on projects and get Saoirse ready just as much as getting myself ready. But right now my checklist doesn’t have very many checks next to anything.
My first experience with diesel engine problems – it won’t start! Fortunately I had some help finding this very easy fix. Bleeding the air out of the lines.
Cleaning my fresh water tank was my final big project to finish before S/V Saoirse would feel more like a “home”. You wouldn’t believe how dirty it was.
My thoughts on a recent magazine article I read titled, “This is your brain on nature.” Side effects: overall great health. I couldn’t agree more.
One of the problems with sailboat refrigeration systems is efficiency. Excessive heat transfer requires more energy to keep it cold, and energy is precious.