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Progress on Sundown has slowed due to a little inclement weather and that other “W” word…WORK (the paid kind).

This week has included:

  • A half-day retreat with my board of directors.
  • Recording and editing public affairs spots about health and human services in Larimer County, Colorado, to air on KRFC 88.9fm radio station (more…)

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woody station wagon

I took last week off of regular work to work on the boat. It was relaxing and productive. With the intermittent help of a friend, one of our sons and my wife, we were able to strip all the varnish off the exterior of Sundown and start sanding. As we made progress, I recalled the little things about boat work that I love. (more…)

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Stripping the underside of the rail

There I was lying on my back on the deck of Sundown, stripping away… (more…)

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As a “seasoned” boat buyer, I can formulate a plan of attack to find acceptable boats, get them inspected, offer advice to sellers and even get a sailing trip out of the deal with an efficiency that may border on illegal. (If you think I’m kidding, read on!) (more…)

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Ah, yes. I remember back in the day when a steady flow of boxes from Jamestown Distributors arrived at my shop in West Sedgwick, Maine. A Farrier Marine F-9a trimaran was under construction and I needed every imaginable item for the job. From unidirectional carbon fiber for a shaft strut to bronze catches for Okoume and Teak cabinets. It was so easy to spend someone else’s money. Not so, now that I’m spending my own boat bucks! (My friend Larry introduced me to the term “boat buck,” which is a $100 bill that goes like water water in the bilge.) (more…)

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Contortionist Clay

The dirty work has begun. For the past two weekends, my husband and I have rolled up our sleeves and started deep cleaning Sundown from stem to stern. Actually, that’s not quite true. We decided to first focus on the stern–the back half of the boat: the dining area, aft cabin, galley, engine compartment, rear water tank and storage areas under the cockpit. To combat feeling overwhelmed, I’m concentrating on one small space at a time. My mantra for this job is: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” (more…)

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