s/v Ten Year Plan received it's official number plate today. U.S. Coast Guard documented boats are assigned a lifetime documentation number.Read More
Vive la vida y deja vivir
When I was looking to redo the V-Berth on my boat, I researched mattress options, and ran across several 'under-mattress' systems and ended up going with the Froli Modular SleepSystems.
The big challenge is ventilation under the mattress.
Affordable and well made
Easy to follow instructions
Easy to assemble and use
Comfortable and adjustable
As others have noted, it can be a wrestling match with the Froli to get to the lockers under the cushions in the V-Berth. What has worked for me so far is keeping the overall pieces small enough to handle, instead of creating one large connected piece, I have three smaller pieces: One on port, one for the bench starboard locker cushion, and one for the center key piece.
It's not like sleeping on a king sized Casper mattress, but it's comfortable. I was able to keep the V-Berth cushions to 3" and still have a relaxing berth and a good night sleep.
Since purchasing the boat, I've been focusing on internal renovations and minor updates.
The first big change was getting the v-berth updated. I took out a couple of small shelves, refinished the drawers, and made a key board and mounting rails. The biggest job was making the cushions.
The next big project was ripping out the cabinets on the starboard side of the main cabin and creating a pilot berth.
The big feature was creating a rail for the berth out of mahogany. Love the way it turned out. Cushion made, and hull insulated. It really opened up a lot of space.
I Replaced the throttle control and working with my diesel tech to replace the engine mounts and install a new sea water pump.
On the port side, I pulled out the shelves that were there, added some hull insulation, and will create a new set of shelves. Still a work in progress. I want to take my time and see what storage I really need before building anything. For now, I'll just enjoy the open space.
So part of the plan, along with learning sewing and canvas work, sailing, diesel repair...and many other things, I decided to get my amateur radio certifications to improve my communications options on the boat.Read More
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
~ Albert Camus
I ran across another unbelievably useful VIM command today:
Moves the current line to the end of the file.
What a great way to spend a few days of vacation! Annapolis in October is beautiful, and the boat show is amazing. I learned a lot, and will plan to go again in the future. Someday, I'll get to attend on my own boat. Here are all the pictures I took during the event in one gallery. Enjoy!
I'm using my vacation time this year to check out the Annapolis BoatShow. I drove up yesterday, 10/8/15, and hit the show early this morning. To be honest, I was almost as excited for the long drive as I was for the boat show. I love long road trips, and this was a great opportunity to chill and listen to podcasts. It was a nice drive with little drama.
The only challenge was I-95 closure in South Carolina. But Waze routed me around it without any issue. I headed in early this morning to familiarize myself with the show layout. My plan today was to hit many of the free seminars. Tomorrow I am in the Take the Wheel seminar all day, and Sunday I plan to hit all the tents/vendors I didn't see today. I figured I would end up taking hundreds of pictures, but today I was overwhelmed. I did take a few, so enjoy the gallery below.
My plan is a dark vest with a themed lining, long sleeve shirt, and dark pants. To tie it all together, I found these great masks on ebay.
I'll post updates as I start working on the various pieces.
I ran across the CurtisWestsail channel on youtube a few months ago, and quickly felt I'd found a kindred spirit. Writing at Live Aboard Boats, and posting videos on his youtube channel, Captain Curt has been sharing his adventure as he struggles to free himself from the normal cycle of life, mortgages, work stress, debt....
While we're not the same age, and don't necessarily share the same philosophies regarding society, I can see a lot of parallels with Captain Curtis adventures, and my 10 Year Plan. As a matter of fact, whenI first started dreaming about sailing and sailboats, the Westsail32 was the first boat added to my research list.
I haven't watched all 69 (as of today) episodes of his vlog, but I've watched a bunch, and I enjoy the ones where he's cooking dinner, or shopping for a new tender as much as the ones where he's working on the boat.
Captain Curt has a great attitude and puts together a great and entertaining video, so subscribe to his channel and enjoy!
I ran across the film by Eric and Susan Hiscock narrating their three plus year circumnavigation in the early '50's.
The film has great historic images and events. Around the 20 minute mark, they visit the Panama Canal, and it's a fascinating look at cargo and trade transport now more than half a century ago.
Another reason I found the whole thing fascinating is their 30 foot yacht, Wanderer III.
I spent a birthday gift certificate on books. Couple of sailing guides, a book about knots, and the Chapman piloting and seamanship 67th edition.
Great stuff and looking forward to reading each one.
Since I added an aftermarket stereo to my car, the center display hasn't been displaying. The issue is the Prius expects the stock stereo to be plugged in, and if it doesn't see it, then it turns off certain features for the display. It still worked as a backup camera,but that's it.
The fix was pretty simple, just add a 68 ohm resistor between two wires on the stock stereo 20 pin connector.
Done! I have the full display back. And I made a point of driving a bit this afternoon to make sure the car wasn't going to suddenly burst into flame. All is well.
There comes a time when a man would have to be a complete fool not to realize that his fate hangs on a particle of time.
~ Charles Borden, Sea Quest