Ship's Log

April 23rd, 2008:

With spring running rampant, and temperatures in the bubble getting a little TOO warm (the surface of the deck measured 120 degrees last Saturday), we're working as fast as we can to put the boat back together enough to bust out of our cocoon!

We chopped some holes in the bubble to keep it from getting too stifling.  As ol' Band-Aid face said a few summers ago....

We didn't complete as many projects this winter as we'd have liked, but we didn't do too terribly, either.  Most of the deck hardware has been pulled, and the holes left by the screws/bolts were reamed out and filled with epoxy.  The leaky hatches have been rebedded and no longer leak.  We cleaned about 300 lbs of unneccessary junk out of the cockpit lockers to make room for cruising supplies.  Our busted propane locker has been rebuilt, and we officially determined that several of our main batteries are, in fact, deceased and need to be replaced.  

The deck is a mess of tools, hardware, and other project supplies, and it's time to start thinking "sailing machine" again vs. "floating project garage".


The floating garage in action:  Brian building the new propane locker!  You'll notice that quality work takes all day.

There are several steps we've got to take in order for us to get sailing by our self-imposed June 1st deadline:

1.  Finish pulling and rebedding the chainplates
2.  Rebed deck hardware
3.  Replace dead batteries with new ones
4.  Commission the engine
5.  Service mast & re-step

These batteries are dead, and they weigh about 170 lbs each!  Removing them is going to be ridiculous.

The order of steps four and five is significant because we'll have to use our engine to take an odd little "road trip" in order to get the mast re-stepped.  A couple of weeks ago, at our request, Bill Lockwood of Lockwood Boat Works came out to the marina to look at our mast,  where it's been resting in the boat yard all winter.  We also took him aboard to look at the mast step and to chat about what we need to do to get our mast and rigging tip-top.  He had some great suggestions, and we're really happy we found him.

While we usually strive to do all our own work, we don't know enough about rigging to trust ourselves to do such an important job.  We need to know what needs replacing, what needs servicing, and what is in perfectly fine shape.  After all, this is our main source of propulsion we're talking about here, and a rig failure at sea would be a catastrophe!   This is a job for a trusted professional, not a couple of amateurs like ourselves.  

So:  the road trip.  Our trusted professional's marina is in South Amboy, NJ on Morgan Creek.  If money grew on trees, we could have our mast driven to Lockwood's on a tractor trailer, worked on, and driven back.  But since our every little dollar counts, we'll do our own shipping.  We'll build some braces and strap the mast to our deck for a trip over there under motor power.  It's about 17 nautical miles, and it'll probably take around 4 hours for us to arrive.  We'll drop off the rig and head home mastless to complete a few more projects.  In a couple of weeks, we'll power over there again  to have the new and improved mast re-stepped and the rig tuned. Then, at long last, we'll be a sailboat again and we can head home under canvas!   

Tina rips the lid off it.

Being low-budget folks in the wealthy world of boating means we usually have to take the longer, weirder way around things.  In the beginning of Ike and Tina Turner's version of "Proud Mary", Tina ferociously tells the listener, "You know, every now and then I think you might like to hear something from us nice and easy. But there's just one thing, you see, we NEVER, EVER do NOTHING nice and easy."   Neither do we, it would seem.  But it keeps life interesting, anyway!

  The Bus gets spring-cleaned.  Wink!

From then on, we'll be sailing, sailing, sailing as much as we can, in as many different scenarios as possible!  As of May 2nd, Alicia will be finished with her comfortable, air-conditioned job in Manhattan, and her full-time job will be pouring her blood, sweat and (hopefully not many) tears into cruise preparation!

So, we're on the cusp of some crazy times here on Sarabande!  

Happy Birthday to our best friend Louis Quincy Tannenbaum, who turned 8 sometime between April 16th and April 20th.  


Click here for the recipe for Louie's Birthday Cake.



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