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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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sailawayWe’ve been working overtime to get Sundown ready for our grand adventure. We’d love to show her off and say “farewell” before we leave Fort Collins on Friday, September 11. Here are some “open boat” hours during which you can stop by if you have a hankering to do so: (more…)

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Sundown was built in 1982, but never equipped with more than an ice box to keep perishable food cold. It wasn’t a bad ice box at 8.5 cubic feet with good insulation, a molded interior and nice teak shelf. Given Sundown will become our year-round residence soon, however, it’s time for refrigeration.

When it is time to upgrade, replace or install a new refrigeration system there are basic questions to be answered. (more…)

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IMG_1854One of my FAVORITE things is lined-dried sheets. They smell and feel so fresh and clean. And soon, I’ll be enjoying those sheets on a new mattress in Sundown. (more…)

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savethedateAbout a month or so ago, Kim and I were dining at our favorite restaurant, Los Tarascos. Kim has been ramping up her already well-established business, KBC Communications, and is settling into the groove. She felt so “in the groove” that she stated, “we need to set a date.” I agreed that we should and with that she said, “How about September 1?” (more…)

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Photo by Elliott Bay Yacht Sales

Photo by Elliott Bay Yacht Sales

I know, I know. I’m WAY behind in updating you on our progress. That’s because we’ve been busy working on that progress or working to pay for the progress. Both are so time consuming. I promise to add new photos soon and let you know what’s new on Sundown. In the meantime, here’s a great review about how well suited she is for blue water sailing.

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Tix2Ride

Woot! It’s a day of celebration at Port Sundown. We made our final boat payment! Sundown is all ours. Well actually, we’ve had Sundown’s title since we bought her. We took out a loan against one of our 401k retirement accounts and paid for her in full, so the monthly payments with interest we’ve been making have been to ourselves. Still, it feels great knowing we’re finished paying off that loan, because now we have that much more money each month to invest in refurbishing Sundown and getting her ready for our cruising adventure. Our ticket to ride–or sail–feels that much more real. Yea!

 

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