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It’s winter time in the Rocky Mountains. A Siberian cold front has settled over Colorado and temperatures have been cold! That hasn’t stopped Clay from working inside our sailboat, Sundown, however. With a propane heater blasting, he’s been rebuilding the former icebox compartment, making it more accessible with a hinged top. We plan to add a refrigeration system to it, too. Check out the photos of his handiwork  I added to the Photo Gallery.

I’ve been busy knitting Christmas gifts, but I can’t display them publicly yet. Doing so would ruin some surprises. I also have been working a lot, including shooting a fun TV show about how to maintain healthy habits throughout the holidays. It was taped on location at The Cupboard, a wonderful kitchen and foodie store in Old Town Fort Collins. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed hosting it.

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One of this summer’s big projects was repainting Sundown’s bottom. It was quite the job, but the results are so gratifying because the progress is visible.

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Most of the steps are documented in the Photo Gallery. They included: (more…)

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That’s right! After experimenting with a 3M product meant to chemically remove paint from the bottom of Sundown, we decided that the results weren’t satisfactory and we’d spend a lot of money only to have to go back over her bottom side with scraping tools. So we sharpened the chisels, sucked it up and went to work. We spent about 10 hours total scraping off all the old bottom paint. (Check out our Photo Galley for several photos of the job.) (more…)

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One of the features I really love about our Hans Christian 33t is the floor plan, especially the Pullman berth (Master bedroom) that’s off to the port

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Hans Christian 33t interior layout

side rather than jammed forward as a V-berth. If Sundown is going to be my full-time home one day (soon, I hope), then I want it to feel as “normal” as possible, which includes having a rectangular shaped bed like I’ve slept on my whole life.

The galley layout, on the other hand, needed some redesign. Since Clay and I like to cook and entertain, we need as much useable space in the kitchen as possible. Therefore, the bulkhead next to the stove that strangely divided the sink counter from the cooktop had to go. By opening up that space, we would shorten the possible sleeping area by the dinette, but we felt what we’d gain would be better than what we’d lose. (more…)

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When you live in a land-locked state, it’s a great opportunity to have all your expenses paid to captain a sailing vessel. I had that very opportunity when a friend asked me to move a 1978 Morgan Out Island 41 from Islamorada in the Florida Keys, to New York City last June.

My friend, Larry, and his son, Sean, had purchased the above vessel in Florida and arranged with a local marine electrical engineer, Tim, to be our mechanic and get the vessel ship shape for the passage. I volunteered my son, Kyle, to come along as an able hand and we set a departure date. (more…)

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PunchListI asked my husband for a list of all the wiring he’s finished recently so I could write about it. I envisioned a concise inventory organized by bullet marks. I received part spreadsheet, part chicken scratch. Seriously? Like I’m supposed to decipher this and translate it into something our readers can understand? (more…)

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My bIMG_0572rother came to our house for Christmas which was a special gift. A week later, we received another gift from him – a box of perfectly custom-made bronze genoa stop screws*! He is a professional machinist so this job was nothing for him. He’ll have a website up soon, as we’ve urged him to start a side business machining custom parts for our fellow salty dogs. In the meantime, he can be reached at sharpe3006@gmail.com.Genoa stop screw

*Translation for our non-sailing friends: A genoa is a sail on the front of the boat that complements the main sail. It’s sheets (ropes) are attached to an apparatus called a genoa car that is mounted on a genoa track that is mounted on each side rail of a sailboat with such sails. Genoa stop screws hold the genoa car in place based on how you want the genoa sail to interact with the wind. When the screws are twisted up (to remove the tension), the car moves smoothly along the track. Get it?

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Paul Coelho quote

Last night we had dinner with two couples who live in Fort Collins, Colorado. While that’s not extraordinary in and of itself given we live in Fort Collins, too, it is VERY extraordinary when you consider that all of us plan to move aboard boats in the near future and set sail to parts unknown. (more…)

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Green, dull, 30-year-old built-up tarnish. This was the state of everything bronze on Sundown."Green" tarnish remover = 1:1 flour and salt. Add enough vinegar to make a paste.

“No problem,” I thought. “Surely there’s a solution like Tarn-X we can just dip all those port lights, fixtures and hardware in. They’ll be back to their showroom shine in no time.” Well, that was a nice delusion. (more…)

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A domestic wall thermometer

I haven’t written a blog entry in a while and I’m feeling a little bit like a slacker. I tell readers on our “About Us” page to expect a fresh entry about once a week. Not following through with what I say I’m going to do is not my style. However, sometimes circumstances beyond our control (sort of) get in the way of keeping promises. So I offer these reasons for not blogging lately – excuses really – to you here and beg your understanding: (more…)

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