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Editor’s Note: This blog is longer than we prefer, but so much has happened since our last post. If you don’t want to read every word, we hope you enjoy all the photos we’ve included and get the gist of what we’ve been up to.

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Turn Point, Stuart Island

Winter in the San Juan Islands tends to be windy. We listen to the weather forecast everyday on the VHF and monitor the conditions on nifty apps like Wind Alert, because the weather is so critical to our travel plans. Should we stay or should we go?  Either way, it’s prudent to know what we’re getting ourselves into. (more…)

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Fancy fabric

One of the first things we did when we arrived in Bellingham in September was to seek out a sailmaker. We wanted to have the sails which came with Sundown (her original ones!) inspected. Right in Squalicum Harbor Marina, UK Sails has a shop and a very knowledgeable and experienced sailmaker, David O’Connor. (more…)

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Kim and I have just returned from our first extended leave from Sundown since we moved aboard in September. (more…)

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The past week has been filled with more adventures, lessons, friends and fun.

Halloween proved to be a trick and a treat. Despite a less than favorable forecast, we left our safe anchorage in Blind Bay off Shaw Island to head for Anacortes. (more…)

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IMG_2636Well, almost a couple of weeks have flown by without a blog post from us. Part of the reason is that I (Kim) was in Fort Collins for work and to attend the wedding of Molly North and Matt Kowal. Working with colleagues face-to-face was great and the wedding was beautiful! It was good to be “home.” (more…)

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Electromaxx partsAll the systems on a boat need to be working properly for a vessel to be ship shape and safe. If you have a sailboat, of course the first means of propulsion ideally are your sails, powered by the wind. Having a fuel-powered auxiliary motor also is necessary for a boat the size of Sundown. (more…)

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Sunset on Sundown

Our new life continues to provide an abundance of things to do every day. (more…)

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…you feel a bit disoriented when you don’t have any to attend. Thus, I feel like I’m operating on hospital time. If you’ve ever hung out in a hospital for days with a loved one, you probably know what I mean. One hour runs into the next and then the next and before you know it, a whole day has gone by. That’s how the past few days have felt. We get up, start working, work all day and then we notice the boatyard’s gone quiet, which means it’s closed. Another day is done.

I’m also starting to feel a little land sick whenever I run errands ashore, which means my body’s getting acclimated to being on a moving surface. I’m feeling a little woozy when on terra firma.

Beyond that, I’m feeling a little homesick. I miss my boys, my dog, my mom, my coworkers and my friends. I know you’re all IMG_2493out there and that we didn’t see each other every day or even every week, but just knowing I can’t see you when I want makes a difference.

Alright, enough about feelings. Let’s update the list of things we’ve accomplished lately. We:

  • Unpacked and organized the galley (kitchen) and salon (living room)…although you wouldn’t know it by looking at either spaces since every project seems to cause an explosion of tools and stuff everywhere!
  • Installed the pulpit
  • Moved 550 feet of anchor chain and loaded into the anchor lockerout of the propane FullSizeRender-4
  • Determined that a propane generator won’t work on our boat, so we took it
    system loop so we can use our stove without the gas
    leak alarms going off
  • Commissioned the water system so we can have
    running water. We had to riddle out why we couldn’t get the system to pressurize; one of the connections wasn’t totally secure, so it was sucking air. Now we just need new gaskets for both faucets so they don’t leak.
  • Rebuilt the toilet so we can use it rather than pee in a bucket in the middle of the night. (While Clay did this once already, the gaskets and whatnot probably got ruined by cleaning the system with bleach after the factIMG_2491
  • Removed old varnish from the safety line stanchions and secured them to the deck
  • Contacted a safety line contractor to construct new ones for us. (We were going to make them ourselves, but decided to pay someone to make them since we don’t really have the correct tools and don’t want to purchase more.)
  • Bought a dinghy. Now we just need an outboard motor.
  • Bought new dock lines (the ropes we use to secure the boat to a dock). We’ll use the old ones as back up.
  • Visited the local Apple store to learn why I couldn’t update iPhotos on my new Mac. It’s because iPhotos was replaced by just Photos. Good to know.
  • Did more that I can’t remember. Go back to the top of this blog to understand why.

So we’re making progress every day, even if all the days feel like they’re running together.

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InShe’s launched! Many emotions here. Watch the video:

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As we prepare the boat to “splash” today–another huge life event–I want to share some thoughts that have been racing through my mind…

So it isn’t every day that you quit your job of 19 years, quit your profession of 25 years, sell your house and everything in it, and move to another state to live on a boat.

Additionally, can you imagine leaving your kids, parents, friends, dog (he’s living with Grandma with frequent visits from the boys) and comfort zone? This is exactly what Kim and I have done. We loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly…or um, Bellingham.

We are not the locals here. We can go anywhere in town and no one knows us. That’s unusual. Also, we’re not the experts in sailing, marine navigation or the local culture. We are the newbies.

Lots of people ride bikes here. We’re happy to see that. People we’ve talked to also are excited that we have a Hans Christian sailboat and we’re feeling welcome so far.

We are starting fresh in a new town, state and lifestyle that will allow us to live life to the fullest and share our blessing with friends and family.

We are out of our comfort zone. Bring it on!

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