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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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Storage Trailer or How to Live Like a Nomad

In 2011, when we quit our 9-5 jobs to buy a sailboat and go cruising, we debated on what we really wanted to keep from our stationary life. I had a few bigger things that I could not part with, and since my parents had just sold off all of their possessions to go cruising themselves, we didn’t have anywhere to put our extra stuff. (Mike’s parents didn’t know it then, but they would be taking care of much of our mail!) Our solution: a Storage Trailer. We thought that after a few years of cruising we might need/want to go back to a house and...
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On the Road Again

After five months in and around San Diego we are on our way back to the boat in Washington. We wanted to drive along the coast on Highway One but it’s closed due to recent storms. Interstate 5 through California is the most boring drive – ever, so we decided to go east of the Sierras. March is the perfect time to visit Death Valley as it’s not too hot or too cold. Day time temps were in the 70’s and even the evenings were very comfortable.With another winter storm approaching we decided it would be better to head to the coast....
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