Category Archives: maintenance

Hard Times in New Zealand

The day I have dreaded for weeks has almost arrived.  Tomorrow at 1:00 in the afternoon we’re pulling Evenstar for a week and putting her on stands on the hard. Hopefully no more than a week. We’re doing this for a few reasons, but mostly because we are getting the Read On..

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Camp Evenstar

Our home is out of the water and has been for a couple of weeks now.  We pulled Evenstar in Opua to get some much-needed work done.  The basic list is: New standing rigging.  All the wires that hold the mast up are original to the boat and need replacing.  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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Or so say our friends across the pond when something is messed up a fair amount.  Bollocksed-up works too, but sadly there is nothing on the boat called a “Seabollocks” because it sounds like there should be. Getting the boat hauled on schedule and getting the bottom painted all proceeded Read On..

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I Have Always Relied on the Kindness of Others…

Blanche Dubois contemplates the technical issues confronting her autopilot installation. or “The Second Worst Project Ever:  The Stunning Conclusion“ There is no way this autopilot installation would ever have come together relying purely on my own technical skills.  As previously stated, I’m pretty decent with electrical and electronic things – Read On..

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The List – 2011 Edition

Every spring it is time to break out “the list” – the lengthy description of the chores, repairs, upgrades and projects to get the “Ship” into “Shape” for the season.  The list is generally extensive and expensive…this year is no exception.  It may be your humble author’s privilege to omit Read On..

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Ever hear the story of the U.S.S. Yorktown back in WWII?  During the battle of the Coral Sea the carrier Yorktown was badly damaged – so badly damaged the Japanese scored her as “sunk” and American experts figured she needed at least three months in dry dock in Pearl Harbor Read On..

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Soda Blast!

Sounds like a cool experiment on MythBusters, no?  Kari Byron with a red umbrella in FHM…you know what I’m talking about. Well, no, not exactly in this case.  Not when the bottom paint is falling off in chunks. Not very large chunks, but there some patches the size of my Read On..

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The More Things Change

From the Master Project List, 2008 Version…the update. To be followed with an updated “2009 Version”. Add sprit for cruising asymmetrical; on order from Hallberg-Rassy Re-caulk teak deck; as much as I can do vs. a little as I can get away with Replace damaged 24V Alternator Paint the bottom, Read On..

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