@barnakiel, yeah, I've been going back and forth on that. I'm currently in a marina, and talking to other folks, I keep thinking about how to change my habits. Going without a fridge is definitely not an option, just due to our diet. We've been going out to eat way more than I like (curbside pickup and all) here. Part of it is the fridge, but a bigger part is the lack of stove
. We picked up a cheap
pressure cooker, and have been getting really good with that. But we also bulk cook, and I like the idea of multiple meals
ready to go without cooking
Chain plates are solid (I've learned enough to check that) plus the rigging
is in excellent shape (both backstays
replaced in the last 6 months, no rust or broken strands on any of the others). I have a main that looks good, and a mizzen main (is that what it's called?). I've got three additional sails
in the cockpit
locker, but I haven't flaked them yet (assuming that's the correct term for taking them out and folding them correctly), so I'm not even sure what they are (I was told one is an asymmetrical Spinnaker
, and another is a Genoa).
I joined a sailing club, but it hasn't proved fruitful yet, just due to timing. I joined on a Saturday, and two weeks later was a meeting. But then some stuff came up (global pandemic and all), and things got cancelled. What it kind of comes down to for me is that we're not necessarily ready to retire just yet, and the plan is to work
remotely when needed (or even when not needed if it's fun). Right now, since we managed to get a really good slip at a really good marina as a condition of the sale
, we've got shore power
, and super fast internet
. The rudder
is good, and I accidentally did a pretty in depth
examination of the steerage system (which seems pretty solid). Since my job is a bit data intensive, and my technology needs are quite extensive, I want to make sure I can do what I need to on the hook. I know I'll be upgrading to a relatively large lithium
bank, so I recently bought an inverter/charger that cost right around 10% of the purchase price
(timing worked out really well, and I got quite the deal on her). As we look at galley
redesign, we'll probably wind
up spending another 10% on the fridge/freezer system. Call me an optimist (I'm really not), but I want a freezer
to store all of those fish
. Doh! A fishing
pole/line and lures should go on the list.
I feel like our habits may change once we're actually out there, but I'm just trying to take it day by day. I have big dreams, a full NMEA 2000
backbone with all kinds of amazing things hooked up to it, but when it comes to that, I know my eyes are bigger than my mouth so to speak. The simplicity is something I really want to move towards, and I have to keep those tendencies i check.
@redhead, that is so awesome! I don't know if you are on the owner's forum, but hull
#1 (as of a month or two ago) is still out there cruising. I actually really like the big cockpit and the lack of a quarter berth. We've been sleeping in the V-Berth which seems to work out (with a bit of adjustment), and even with 2 cats (Nemesis absolutely loves the pilot berth) and more than 30TB of data, we've got room. The only thing that bugs me is vertical. We've got a standard office fridge sitting where the stove/oven would go. It sits so high that our galley seems smaller. Can't easily access the cupboard on the port side with that stupid fridge which won't work unless we're connected to shore power
. How was #13 rigged? Encantado (soon, the vinyl stickers didn't quite hit the USCG requirements) is a ketch
(cutter rigged I think). She's going to take us places for sure, and I'm loving it (even if things get a bit frustrating sometimes).
Thanks for the advice
on the prop. She's got a fixed one now, but it's most definitely something on my radar
Folks, thanks! I know I complain a bit when it comes to tech and the like (the first post I made here was hilarious), and I've gotten disenchanted and frustrated with this community, but this is amazing. I imagine a big part of it was how stupid I was when I first jumped in here (and the Bayliner and all that jazz), how much I dislike Florida
, and just a bunch of major life changes. These last two comments really made me smile.
Edit: Ha!! You were right Ann (or maybe it was Jim earlier)! Once I get on a computer, I get in the no cussing mode, and didn't have anything that got filtered!! Woohoo!