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Back at the end of 2013 I decided (apropos of nothing) that I wanted to live on a sailboat. Armed with only a copy of This Old Boat and my blissful ignorance of anything to do with boats, sailing or handiwork I bought the first boat I looked at, a mere 3 hours drive + 2 hours ferry ride away. What a great idea!

Luckily the boat (a Cherubini designed Hunter 36) turned out not to have anything too disastrously wrong with it, so with a lot of time, money and reading I managed to get it into a livable condition. And then I discovered I liked sailing and decided to sail around the world.

Well, I got as far as Mexico before firstly Brexit and then Covid scuttled my plans. So I sold Gudgeon, the Hunter 36, down in Mexico and am now back in BC with a second boat, a Rafiki 37 called Sooner.

Sailing Sooner

Sailing Sooner

So at this point I'd taken Sooner out for her first big trip, but still hadn't actually sailed her outside of the short test sail before purchase. One of the really nice things about being on a boat this time is I've met a lot of younger people doing the same thing I...

Thanksgiving raftup 2022

Thanksgiving raftup 2022

Last year some friends of mine all took our sailboats to an anchorage and rafted up together for Canadian Thanksgiving. I took Frawg (the Shark 24 I part-owned) up with my girlfriend at the time and it was really fun, despite getting intensely hailed on on the way up...

First (un)docking mishap

First (un)docking mishap

So at this point I still hadn't had Sooner out except for moving her from Pender to Victoria, and then once to Sidney to haul out. Neither would count as a pleasure trip, and with the summer rapidly ending I decided it was time to stop moping around and actually go...

Teak Wars: The Teakening Strikes Back

Teak Wars: The Teakening Strikes Back

One of the things that made me pretty leery about buying Sooner was the amount of exterior teak on her. Not only were there the dreaded teak decks, there were also teak cap rails, cockpit trim, cockpit seats, dorade boxes, boom gallows... the list goes on. A lot of...

A new dinghy

A new dinghy

Sooner came with a hard shell dinghy, which I think was fiberglass over a wooden frame. You can see it on the front of the boat in this pic: It was really cute, but was only 6' long and was extremely heavy for it's size - lugging it around on the foredeck was a chore...

Installing water filtration

Installing water filtration

I am horribly behind on posts, as I have done a lot of boat work in the last couple of months or so while at the same time failing to be motivated to write anything due to being dumped, turning 40 and then catching covid (or the ol’ triple threat as we call it in the...

Wiring up Sooners DC: Part 2 – The New Schematic

Wiring up Sooners DC: Part 2 – The New Schematic

So I actually got off my arse and made a (very) high level schematic which should save me at least 3 hours of typing. Here is Sooners new DC system! (this is definitely gonna break this post for everyone trying to look at it on the toilet on their phone but thems the...

Wiring up Sooners DC: Part 1 – The old wiring

Wiring up Sooners DC: Part 1 – The old wiring

So this has actually been an ongoing project over the last (checks calendar* seven?! wow) months and I've been putting off writing about it because I wanted the first post to be the overview and I was CONSTANTLY changing my mind and blah blah blah. Anyway, it's...

Rewiring Sooners AC Part 4

Rewiring Sooners AC Part 4

Sorry about the gaps between posts - dealing with some personal stuff and it's really hard to get motivated to write. Anyway, onto the post... So on my last post I had confidently declared 'The last part of the AC rewiring project...' which turned out to be as untrue...

Summer updates

Summer updates

It's been a while since I did a new post - most of the reason for that is that I've been really busy finishing off the redo of the entire DC system, which is going to be a multi-post series - but I wanted to make the first post the design. Which is a great idea,...

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