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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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gobiking

Colorado is under a “Winter Storm Warning” this weekend so it’s perfect weather to take a three-day League of American Bicyclists instructor course, don’t you think? Good, because that’s exactly what Clay and I are going to do. (more…)

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s/v Elusive

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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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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Boats and bikes – two modes of transportation and recreation which are prominent in our family.

My husband and oldest son are out at sea or in the Intercoastal Waterway…depending on weather conditions. One of my husband’s friends bought a boat in the Florida Keys and asked for help moving it to New York City. Timing worked out so he and our oldest son could captain and crew the boat. It’s been an adventure, to say the least. They’ve had many thrills and chills along the way. Here’s a video of one of the thrills: (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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sunlit bluff

We needed a break from the daily grind and headed for the closest really warm spot we know – the desert in southern Utah. While we didn’t do any sailing, we did enjoy a lot of sun, fun, peace and quiet. Truly, the silence was remarkably deafening!  So was the music we listened to during the road trip. We cranked up Paul Simon and U2. You can enjoy the ride by watching a couple videos we filmed during our adventure (see below). And here’s a short list of where we went and what we did; the photo gallery will tell the rest of the story. (more…)

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