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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


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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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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As 2012 comes to a close, I’m making my list of New Year‘s Intentions. (I don’t make resolutions, but rather set intentions. To me it feels less committing without guilt attached in case I don’t achieve everything I hope to.)

One of those intentions is to keep the inquiring minds that visit this site better informed about progress on s/v Sundown, (more…)

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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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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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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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