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Since my husband and I bought our boat, Sundown, and began refitting her for blue-water cruising and life aboard, I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon: people cannot wrap their brains around the idea that we will one day sell our home, quit our jobs and sail into the sunset. (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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Snakes - a danger of boating?

If you haven’t read our blogs from the beginning, then you probably don’t know our beautiful, new-to-us 1982 Hans Christian 33t, Sundown, was hauled from the Great Lake Superior to Fort Collins, Colorado, where she’s up on jack stands in the middle of a prairie dog field. (more…)

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Our first boat-warming gift!

We received our first boat-warming gift this week! (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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A Stormy Lake Superior

In Part One of this story, I made the analogy between buying a boat and the tips found in a July 2010 Sailing magazine article about “Steering by Compass,” which are: (more…)

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