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Monday, January 28, 2008

Hoping for water

OK, just busy. Tomorrow, Monday at 10:30 WE ARE TO BE PUT BACK IN THE WATER!!!!
Its been real hectic trying to get all the final things done sos it won't sink in the lift!

Got the new windows finished installed today, wind vane finished, trany back in and filled with oil, topsides waxed, but not very clean first, rigging done except final tuning after it sits in the water a few days, spreader boot installed, decrative teak on the outside topsides re-caulked, broken rub raiul repaired, windlass and staysail stay mount re bedded on the fore deck, anchor re-attached, ....

Mean while Trinda has made a dinghy cover, re-done the shade awning, re-stitched the sunbrella sun guard on the jib and staysail, and oh yeah, I re-tuned and re-timed her Phaff 130 sewing machine at least 3 times for maybe 10 hours worth of effort!! It was so rusty it wouldn't turn when I started the first time. I think the bobbin hook need to be replaced too. I can only get it to sew 6 layers of light sunbrella when it used to do 8 to 10 of the standard stuff.

And besides all that there was time to go to CostCo a few times and get soo much stuff for the trip south that theres no place to put it all!

Off to bed as there is still lots to get done before ten.

I'm not sure I'll have internet in the slip here in the masrina for the next 2 weeks. Before Feb 13, we have to leave Honokohau Harbor to head for Maui, Molokai and Honolulu as that's as long as I gould get the slip.

Larry

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Still in the Boat Work Yard

It was fun being back in Seattle with the kids and friends, but it is really nice to be back home, on the boat, enven though it is still out of the water.

Trinda has been re-sewing the sails, two days so far. The sun eats the thread pretty fast as well as the sunbrella covering snagged on the spreaders and ripped some. When I got the sewing machine out it had rusted so bad it wouldn't turn over. I still am having trouble keeping it in time. It seems to slip in the works below when sewing the heavy sail material. It may be getting old enough to need a few parts too.

Bruno, the Frenchman we met living in Fanning Island is here working for money to send home. I had him help me get the transmission back in. The 156 pounds the repair manual said scared Trinda even though she helped lift it out. But that was before she knew how much it actually weighed! I also got the new parts put in the wind vane and started putting it back on. Today it seems like we are making progress toward returning to a "floating boat". Being "on the hard" is hard on us.

I made a steak and potatoes diner for Bruno, Trinda made a salad and fresh pineapple, then went and watched a DVD while we ate and visited.

West Marine lost my order for spare parts and has to re-order the whole thing. At least it is not anything on it that must be installed before we go back in the water.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Back to the Boat - Hawaii

It was an exciting trip back, sort of anyway. Both planes had "computer" problems after we got to the runway and had to go back to the gate. Seattle took an hour and a half to fix it, Honolulu only took one hour. So we were almost 3 hours late.

We decided we needed a car to get the luggage back and get some groceries. Without previous reservations it was NOT cheep. But we rented it for 2 days anyway. The boat was moved from the store yard back into the work yard ok. I called our friend the rigger and he arranged a ladder for us, so we were able to get aboard when we got here.

Bold Spirit, Jeff and Kathi, are still here. We went shopping to CostcCo and Safeway together. Spent way too much, but now we have food again.

Our big order from West Marine did not come in, they may even have lost it. In the mean time the battery charge for the boat burned out. The outlet to plug the boat in, in the new place in the boat yard is wired for 220 and our boat only wants 110! I went back to Wal-Mart and picked up a 40 amp car charger to get us by till we get back in the water where we can run the engine to charge the batteries.

We got two new windows cut to replace the ones that cracked during the Marquesas passage. Even the window glass seems to be made of gold! $230 for two 1'x2.5' pieces of tinted safety glass.

Wedding Photos Posted



Lots of wedding photos posted to my site. My photos are at the normal place at tcls.com the cruising album in the 2008 directory.
Photos from Guy's and David's cameras are under the family photo album at http://www.tcls.com/~larryl/photos again in the 2008 directory.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Kids



Guy and Amanda

And Amanda, Wyndi and Guy. Steve has avoided the camera successfully so far!


The rest of the photos are uploded to the website, http://www.tcls.com/~larryl/log_katielee/photos/ under 2007 and now 2008!

Grand Children


Here are 3 of the grand children. I guess this is what it is all about.
We are having a birthday dinner with our son Guy, way in the back. Here in the picture are Izabell, me, Zoe, Trinda and Morgan.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Back to the Boat - Hawaii

It was an exciting trip back, sort of anyway. Both planes had "computer" problems after we got to the runway and had to go back to the gate. Seattle took an hour and a half to fix it, Honolulu only took one hour. So we were almost 3 hours late.

We decided we needed a car to get the luggage back and get some groceries. Without previous reservations it was NOT cheep. But we rented it for 2 days anyway. The boat was moved from the store yard back into the work yard ok. I called our friend the rigger and he arranged a ladder for us, so we were able to get aboard when we got here.

Bold Spirit, Jeff and Kathi, are still here. We went shopping to CostcCo and Safeway together. Spent way too much, but now we have food again.

Our big order from West Marine did not come in, they may even have lost it. In the mean time the battery charge for the boat burned out. The outlet to plug the boat in, in the new place in the boat yard is wired for 220 and our boat only wants 110! I went back to Wal-Mart and picked up a 40 amp car charger to get us by till we get back in the water where we can run the engine to charge the batteries.

We got two new windows cut to replace the ones that cracked during the Marquesas passage. Even the window glass seems to be made of gold! $230 for two 1'x2.5' pieces of tinted safety glass.