Category Archives: hard to find parts

Catching Up in New Zealand

First, my profuse apologies for not updating this more.  I’ve been writing, but writing fiction, not blogging. That’s been taking a lot of my time. The good news is I’ve written something like 130,000 words since last July. But very few of those words ended up in this blog. Whether Read On..

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For Want of a Hose…

So here we are, almost a week later, and still in Savusavu, Fiji. Last Friday it went according to plan. Mostly. We got up and had breakfast, went to the market, cleared out of customs and spent all but the last $1.60 of our Fijian money. We set off around Read On..

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The Main Problem

This has been an extremely difficult post to write and I’ve been putting it off even though we’ve been aware of this problem for some time.  It has been hard not because the awfulness or severity of the problem (but it is severe, awful and expensive), but rather how the Read On..

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Frozen Out

The best best laid plans of mice and me oft go awry… Although I’ve not yet gotten the blog caught up with our physical location (I think I left you somewhere in the USVI National Park on St. John) we’ve been back in the British Virgin Islands for over a Read On..

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Parts is Parts

One of the many items on the to-do list is to assemble a list of spares.  In some remote parts of the world, if you can believe this, Federal Express does not guarantee delivery by 10:00 a.m. next business day.  In fact I’ve experienced just that in the wilderness of Read On..

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No, unfortunately I am not talking about my abs or my pecs.  Rather I am talking about the state of affairs on board Evenstar. The electronics installation has finally commenced; better late than never.  Delayed several weeks by (planned) vacations, (unplanned) floods and (unplanned) children’s illnesses I’ve final started in Read On..

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Spritting Mad

Many thanks and Kudos to Vickie in HR Parts once again, she finally secured Evenstar’s new bow sprit. This is a lovely piece of stainless steel that we spotted on the deck of Freight Train VII, a sister ship we ran into at Block Island last year.Running the spinnaker has Read On..

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Reconstruction Begins

Woot woot! The bolts are here, they started putting Evenstar back together today. Vickie from H-R parts, in the extremely unlikely event that I have a third child I will name it after you, even if it is a boy. You rock.

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A Bolt! A Bolt! My Kingdom for a Bolt

Well, 12 bolts really. It seems that the bolts that held the rudder bearing to the rudder post came off rather ugly when the rudder was disassembled. Apparently they are also very special. It would seem that a 10mm 1.5 pitch bolt in this particular diameter, size and thread pattern Read On..

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Still Waiting for the Magic Block

Looking back over the various posts I noticed that I talked about a “special” new block coming from Lewmar in September. Well, It’s February and I still have a gimpy jury rig on the outhaul. Fortunately I have what every boat owner should dream of – a family friend with Read On..

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