Thursday, January 26, 2017


THREE MONTH'S ABOARD !!!!  not something to be taken lightly, with 5 kitties and a dog, plus two seniors.  

No reversing these ... , removing the fwd head (replacing it with the aft head), installing the new hot water heater, removing the engine driven cabin heater, overhauling the the aft shower pump, and removing the unwanted salt water pumps, remove the AC/DC reefer and reinstall a "real" reefer ment for food.

Ordered the bilge paint today, and am about ready to begin cleaning bilges… decided to swap berthing areas and move it all to the V bunk . . then, remove the aft bunk to convert the area to a cat box area, a work bench, tool box area and tool storage .. and .. install the new combo washer dryer and a folding table where the old bed "was'.

Turned the original mattress over and found it to be moldy (after being inside the plastic bag-cover since we moved aboard ... shit canned it (a Sealy Posturepedic gold star 1500 dollar mattress), removed the AC/DC reefer today to install a regular full sized household unit tomorrow, ordered a new "will fit" tool box to be able to sort down and sell my roll away, and move more weight aft, (plus get rid of the warehouse payment).

So, tonite we are mattress-less, have the entire boat torn to shreds, and, are not happy boaters. I am sleeping on a 4 foot hard armed settee, an'ya is on pillows on the hard plywood, the mattress is out on the fantail. This sort of thing was "fun" we we were 30, we ordered in a new mattress, but it will not be here until next week (free delivery and haul-away - onto So fea ! this will be a hoot !), in the process . . . we decided to make some drastic changes.

The aft-cabin berthing is being removed and converted to a washer/dryer/cat box/workbench/tool area behind shoji doors, and the V bunk that now does all of that, will become the berthing area with the new mattress. sounds simple huh ? no so Marie, ever try to fold a mattress in 1/2 ?

Got the new Splendide combo washer-dryer unit in from Italy to install back aft, brought down the new tool box for So fea and can now begin the final re-sorting of the warehouse stuff....

Monday, January 16, 2017


Making some changes . . . changing over our onboard bulky computer desktop system on So fea, for many reasons: modernization alone for 2017 is going to laptop, and away from desktop/nettop, but, diminished office space, and a change in useage (away from our International Poetry websites), and going heavier onto the cloud and into Twitter also play in.

The re-ballasting of So fea to a bow "up" waterline stance (static) was needed for water runoff and proper scupper feeding to aft (rather than storing pools trapped forward). . . so, the tools and heavy stores had to move aft to where the computer station was.

Not carrying/holding the 400 gallons of fuel (required for a "working" cruise-boat) raises the ass end around 5 inches . . . (@ 6 pounds per gallon = 2400 pounds), keeping the aft water tanks full, and adding the tool weight aft really helps !

We already transferred some lead ballast port to starboard for trim, but the nose down attitude traps 4" of water on the bridge deck (unable to drain), since all of our deck drains are located aft in each well or deck area, usually the V berth area is empty (except for anchor chain), and the full fuel tanks would keep us level, and full water tanks would raise the nose another 1 1/2' or so, sitting at the dock.

So now, and next, the aft berthing compartment is being repurposed and will be shared as a tool area (in a under bunk unused cavity), and the desktop computers are going away for laptops, to free up desk space.

For some lapse of engineering thought the 24" X 84" X 72" raised queen sized mattress support platform is "empty" underneath ? lots of cubic storage - all was unused ... but not any longer !

Ordered a smaller "big" toolbox for this project, to allow yet another re-sorting of all my tools that are in the big roll-away, getting real with what I need, and what I will "do" on vehicle repair in the future (vs. having it done) and, going to try and get it all aboard, and do away with the warehouse (or reducing down to a storage trailer).

So fea started out with only one drippy leak when we came aboard, moving and modifying things around created two more, (all of these were found and fixed), snooping around and ripping things out revealed two ominous long term leaks that have been seeping for years, one is an ongoing search-and-destroy, the other involves doing the entry hatch supports over with 1 x 4  instead of the factory 1 x 1 .....  what were they thinking ?  Installed some engine room lighting (DC led's), and starting on the head swap-out.... really an ugly nasty job ! rain-rain-rain highs of 50 degrees, lows of 45 degrees five days/nights in a row . . . a 5 degree temperature spread !

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

4 JANUARY - 2017 POST # 2 - SNOW-FEA !!

Up at 0600 twilight, opened the main hatch to this !

                 12" of snow in the harbor . . . and still snowing!  at 28 degrees, pictures down below.

So fea has become Snow fea,   WTF ?
                                                                 here are some images of before-dawn
my on-deck ballast drums
starboard 1/4

                       anchor and foredeck
Starboard bow view
up on the flying bridge, things were really ugly, the amount of weight was even of course, but pushing our water line higher than comfortable, so I began a sweep-down to lighten the load.

After the sun came up, here are some more images:
starboard view from our berthing

port view from our berthing

port-side salon view

                                                                view from our fantail, finally even the ducks came out to swim in  the mush in the harbor, and the snow quit at 33 degrees....  the 500 foot dock was a walk-to-take though, and, it never got above 35 all day long, so at 1800 and dark again, we are really cold soaked heading into the 20 to 23 degree lows these next two nights.

I stole some extra 30 amp electric from the next dock box to run more heaters (goodwill sourced), the idea of 100 amp 120 volt is looking better and better, and has been added to the "must do" list, the 30 amp electrical system cannot yield enough to run a lifestyle !

This is like mooring in Vancouver BC, or Dutch Harbor !!!

Monday, January 2, 2017


First post of 2017 !!!   There are 99 posts from 2016 listed as well///

Finished the two water systems today, except for removing the old hot water heater assembly from the boat, the dock water was shut off thursday for the upcoming freeze encounter, so a pressure test was not done at dockside pressure (only at the 30 psi ships pump pressure)

Now it is onto the re install of the now-modified old scrapped oven/broiler.... ahem.... the new 250 dollar fancy ass  SS oven/broiler simply is not up to our needs, and is a uncleanable piece of scrap, so, back in with the old, out with the new (but modified heavily with a rewire and change of design) ---adding in the new induction cooktop and removing the serpentine burners. discovered this oven has a rottiserie in it as well !

The first project I wanted to take on was removing this refrigerator.... that may be next... now finally, over two months later. Began removing the aft head assembly, and all of the related plumbing/electrical.... will put the MSD dumpable porta-potty setup in there for legal "in port" use, and swap out the mis-installed forward head with this one (for at-sea use), all of this cleans up the engine room as well, by removing unneeded stuff.

put a 90 day count-down calendar on the reefer, to keep track of the 90 days left til sailing....