Oh God, I bought a Boat.
A sporadic journal tracing my
adventures with the increasingly wonderful
sailing vessel La Mouette, recently renamed after my wife, Julie
I guess this is a blog of sorts. BTW, I hate the term Blog.
What a lazy,
ugly construction. Blogger. Sounds like one more thing to
the night. MILF, now there's an acronymic daydream.
8 Aug 06: I buy a
fixers like me don't usually own boats. I
did the smart thing. I got my wife's permission.
18 September 2006: Well, I guess this isn't too
bad. The boat becomes a lifesaver
is scraped off my house ceilings and the whole house interior is
wife, Julie, comes to appreciate the boat. Julie is
asthmatic and the
dust from working on the house was killing her breathing ability.
having my own boat I finally "get it" on battery chargers.
1 December 2006: You
can't get home from here.
A little trip to Catalina was nearly one
way. A prop blade broke off in an encounter with a poly
line. In 2008, I
finally determined that the prop
cracked and had crevice corrosion. It was going to go soon anyway.
A 2008 photo of the new prop shows how I polished it at haulout.
25 June 2009: Details,
details. Making the boat safe and comfortable. An
catch up on all the boat work I've done over the last few years that
6 July 2009: My Nicro solar
powered vent dies and still lives on.
A series of
articles on marine sanitation: How I keep my boat head flushing well
holding tank clean and free from odors.
4 March 2007: Why
marine sanitation is a pressing issue. Entirely too much detail on the
shortcomings of your average head. How this became a pressing
Reading reference highly recommended: 'Get
Rid of Boat Odors: a Boat Owner's guide to Marine Sanitation Systems
sources of Aggravation and Odor', by Peggie Hall.
Seaworthy Publications Inc (ISBN 1892399156). Most of what
doing I learned from an article by this person. Thanks so much,
10 June 2007: The Only Good Holding Tank is a Big Enough
That smelly bladder had to go. And I
don't want to be emptying the tank every two days. A holding tank
installation described. 28 gallons in a 28 foot boat, which is
particularly if you keep it midships.
17 June 2007 Flushing the Holding Tank.
Hey, you flush the toilet. Getting rid of the sediment that
holding tanks. Update 8 May 2009: Changing the flushing