Category Archives: Boat projects

A Capital Idea

Coming up to Washington DC has proven to be a great side trip. The marina is right in the middle of one of DC’s newest growth neighborhoods, and is just a few minutes walk from the National Mall. Five minutes … Continue reading

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Hurry Up, Everybody!

I know it is unrealistic to expect everyone (anyone?) to care about our timelines.  But sometimes it seems like some vendors are in business just to drive us nuts. Our target date to get out of here and start our … Continue reading

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Anchors, New, Newer, Newest

I have written before about anchoring techniques, now a bit more about the equipment involved. In the last 30 years anchors for cruising boats have undergone a huge generational shift.  The “go-to” anchor in 1990 was the CQR Plow, or … Continue reading

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Chilling in Annapolis

Well, if you have spent time around the Chesapeake Bay in the summer, you know that “chilling” is, in this case, strictly metaphorical!  With the heat and humidity here, we have rarely been more grateful for Harmonie’s efficient air conditioning. We … Continue reading

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A Crappy Problem with a Solution.

You learn all kinds of things when you have a cruising sailboat.  You are away from basic services, so you have to be your own electric company, your own water company, your own sewage company, among many other things. Today … Continue reading

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10 Things that Belong on Every Boat–Part Two

In my last post, 10 Things–Part One, I covered the books I thought belonged on every cruising sailboat. This time I get to some of the maintenance “goos and gunks” that are needed to keep a boat working well. All of … Continue reading

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10 Things that Belong on Every Boat–Part One

Karen suggested that I put together a list of the ten things I think every boat owner should have close to hand.  It is a bit of a challenge to keep it to only ten, but these are  things that … Continue reading

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The List

I had written that we had projects that were planned for our time in Annapolis.  We postpone some non-urgent projects until we are in a major yachting center where a wide range of possible parts and support are available.  Nothing … Continue reading

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What do you do all day?

I am sure every cruising sailor has heard that question from family and friends:  “What do you do all day?” I know I have heard it from some readers of this blog (You know who you are!). I think people imagine … Continue reading

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Fixing the Hole in the Boat

A hole in the boat? Well, sometimes they are needed.  This one is where the anchor chain drops down through the deck into the chain locker through the “chainpipe”.  A simple system, and one that mostly works well.  The windlass … Continue reading

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