TakeChargeWCI know. I know. It’s been TOO long since we posted an update. We’re really busy getting ready to do this make-our-boat-our-primary-residence thing in September, so the blog, once again, has taken a backseat for now. (In the meantime, follow us on Facebook for more frequent news and photos: www.facebook.com/sundownsailingadventures.)

But since I’m here, let me share what we’ve been doing or are doing:

1) We’re in communication with a couple different boat transport companies and getting close to deciding whether we’ll begin on the east coast or the west coast. I can’t wait to get this figured out as this is the #1 question people ask.

2) Tim and Kathy Townsley of Townsley Upholstery, Loveland, came to the boat and made patterns for the new cushions they’re making for our settee and dining area. We take delivery of the cushions in August.

3) We picked up our custom mattresses from Boulder Comforts, so they’re ready to place in the boat once the construction dust settles.

4) We’re meeting with a lettering artist who’ll create Sundown’s name and port of hail signage.

5) I’m going shopping for fabric so I can make curtains to draw across our berth and the aft berth’s doorway, plus some coordinating thrown pillows. (I know that doesn’t sound important, but I’ve been waiting for this phase of the project because it’s fun for me.) I’ve also decided how I’m going to make curtains for our portlights. I will write just about those window treatments once they’re constructed, as I think our solution is creative and there doesn’t seem to be many examples of curtains for traditional portlights on the Internet, and believe me, I’ve searched!

6) Clay’s preparing to put down the new teak deck (like literally going to install it over the next four days). He’s had the teak cut and ready to go for at least a couple of months, but Colorado’s wet spring and early summer have delayed the installation till now.

7) All of the teak on the outside of the boat that will be varnished IS varnished!

There’s so much more that’s been accomplished recently that I’m having a hard time remembering it all. But rest assured, once we’re settled on the boat, we’ll get caught up on writing about the more technical processes that Clay’s used to refurbish Sundown.

So, what big projects are left? At the top of my mind are repairing and gel coating the top sides and painting the boot stripe. Oh, and the engine will be pulled out soon and inspected/overhauled. While that’s happening, Clay and I will clean the engine compartment, paint it and put up new sound board. We’ll tackle all of these projects once the deck’s down…in the next 10’ish weeks!!!

Once we get to wherever it is we’re launching from, we’ll sew/assemble a bimini (like an awning for the cockpit area of the boat), install solar panels, purchase and install our navigation, have the sails inspected and repaired/replaced if necessary, and more.

Another aspect of this whole phase of our adventure is getting the house ready to sell and liquidating STUFF! I haven’t moved for 21+ years, and while I purge unnecessary clutter on a regular basis, there’s still much to sift through and get rid of. And no, we are not getting a storage unit for anything. The few things we want to keep (photo albums, some framed artwork and a couple pieces of furniture) will be cared for by our kids.

We really are taking charge and getting closer to making our dreams a reality. Exciting times!

Sundown was built in 1982, but never equipped with more than an ice box to keep perishable food cold. It wasn’t a bad ice box at 8.5 cubic feet with good insulation, a molded interior and nice teak shelf. Given Sundown will become our year-round residence soon, however, it’s time for refrigeration.

When it is time to upgrade, replace or install a new refrigeration system there are basic questions to be answered. Continue Reading »

IMG_1854One of my FAVORITE things is lined-dried sheets. They smell and feel so fresh and clean. And soon, I’ll be enjoying those sheets on a new mattress in Sundown. Continue Reading »

paintWe made another big decision. We decided to paint a couple of the walls in our house to change their color from eggplant purple to a more neutral color. You might be wondering how deciding to paint a couple walls qualifies as a “big” decision. You also might be wondering what in the world that decision has to do with a sailboat. Well, in our case, it has A LOT to do with a sailboat. Continue Reading »

savethedateAbout a month or so ago, Kim and I were dining at our favorite restaurant, Los Tarascos. Kim has been ramping up her already well-established business, KBC Communications, and is settling into the groove. She felt so “in the groove” that she stated, “we need to set a date.” I agreed that we should and with that she said, “How about September 1?” Continue Reading »

Photo by Elliott Bay Yacht Sales

Photo by Elliott Bay Yacht Sales

I know, I know. I’m WAY behind in updating you on our progress. That’s because we’ve been busy working on that progress or working to pay for the progress. Both are so time consuming. I promise to add new photos soon and let you know what’s new on Sundown. In the meantime, here’s a great review about how well suited she is for blue water sailing.



Woot! It’s a day of celebration at Port Sundown. We made our final boat payment! Sundown is all ours. Well actually, we’ve had Sundown’s title since we bought her. We took out a loan against one of our 401k retirement accounts and paid for her in full, so the monthly payments with interest we’ve been making have been to ourselves. Still, it feels great knowing we’re finished paying off that loan, because now we have that much more money each month to invest in refurbishing Sundown and getting her ready for our cruising adventure. Our ticket to ride–or sail–feels that much more real. Yea!



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