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Verena

San Diego Birthday – Sailing and Kayaking

I love birthdays because they are a great excuse to do something fun. And of course there is cake and that is how we started the day: 7am. Cupcakes. We usually don’t do presents, but we’ve been wanting a manual coffee grinder for the boat, so that was Mike’s present.Later in the day we headed down to San Diego Bay and rented a 26′ sailboat. Since we now have a trawler it had been a while since we went sailing. After getting the sail caught in the lazy-jacks while hoisting, we got the hang of it.For birthday dinner we headed...
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Making the Bed on a Boat – Made Easy

Ever try to make a boat bunk or RV bed to which you only have access from one side? It’s not easy! Add to that a mattress which is of non-standard dimensions and it makes for quite a challenging and frustrating exercise.  When we bought Limerick all of our cushions were covered in a palm tree fabric that we felt was just a little too busy. We had most of the cushions recovered in a soft, off-white vinyl. We like how it looks and any stains wipe right off — the engine room is just below the table so stains are...
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Cruising BC’s Desolation Sound

After our shakedown cruise in June, followed by another haul-out to fix a few more items, we were finally ready to start heading north. Or so we thought… While the boat was being lowered into the water we received a call offering work on the Columbia River for a few weeks. The next day, we hauled back out and put Limerick back into storage. Having her on the hard when we are not aboard is a lot less worry. We spent the rest of June and most of July on the river doing dredge surveys. At the end of July we...
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Shakedown Cruise to the San Juan Islands

After three months of working on the boat we took her out for a week-long shakedown cruise. We have replaced nearly every thru-hull, installed new seacocks, revamped how the heads flush, changed out a lot of hoses, refurbished the anchor windlass, installed a new waterpump (not just an impeller) on the main engine, and generally improved and replaced a lot of systems. We wanted to make sure everything would work the way we hoped. Check out our monthly cruising expenses for more info on recent boat projects. We provisioned the boat and headed out to the San Juan Islands, which is just...
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Shrink Wrap Finally Gets Removed

Nine months ago, we had our boat shrink wrapped for winter. Two months ago, we drove back to Washington after spending most of the winter in San Diego. We’ve been working on the boat non-stop since then. Yesterday we finally emerged from the shrink wrap. We have a few more projects we could not get to, with the cover on, before we can finally get back in the water. Lessons & Tips Use white or clear wrap if you are going to be working on the boat under cover — blue makes it dark and changes colors of things like electrical wires. It...
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Galley Organization – Drawers

When I look at photos of other people’s boats, I always wonder what is inside all of their cabinets and closets. How do they store and organize their stuff in a small space? I’m starting small and showing you the contents of our galley drawers. We have a total of four drawers in the galley: Two small utensil drawers and two large storage drawers. Three located across from the stove and one under the stove.Due to the bend in the counter the drawers do not go very far back. Just enough space for the silverware and another inch behind the drawer organizers – just enough to squeeze...
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