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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.

I got an article published!

I got an article published!

A very quick (and braggy) post - I got my first sailing article published! It's in Good Old Boat magazine, May/June issue. There was also a nice little sketch of Sooner plus an embarrassing quote from me. And yeah, that's all I have for this post.

Refurbishing the Head: Part Two

Refurbishing the Head: Part Two

So after part one, I'd removed the old toilet, glassed up the two thruhulls, and removed all the old hose. Now to put stuff back together again! As mentioned in a couple of previous posts, I'd decided to go with another composting toilet. I've covered my reasons...

Refurbishing the head: Part One

Refurbishing the head: Part One

So Sooners head (bathroom) wasn't in a great way when I got her - the lockers were in need of some attention, the head (toilet)(this is another case of boat stuff all using the same word for different things, like 'tack') was old and needed maintenance and was a bit...

Hauling out

Hauling out

Hauling out is probably my least favourite part of owning a boat. It costs a lot of money, you are on a bit of a schedule to do work as every extra day costs you even more money, staying aboard the boat in the yard is miserable (I believe 'shitty treehouse' is how...

Rewiring Sooner’s AC: Part 3

Rewiring Sooner’s AC: Part 3

The last part of the AC rewiring project was to replace the panel. The old panel looked like this Of note, there is only one on/off breaker type, the rest are push button meaning that there was no way to turn anything except the water heater on or off. Also, there...

Rewiring Sooner’s AC: Part 2

Rewiring Sooner’s AC: Part 2

After I got the smartplug and galvanic isolator installed, it was time to tackle the inside bits of the 120 volt system. The first order of business was to replace the 3 AC outlets with GFCIs. These are the things you'll see in bathrooms in houses, and basically trip...

Rewiring Sooner’s AC: Part 1

Rewiring Sooner’s AC: Part 1

Sooner's wiring is unfortunately standard issue 'old boat wiring' which is to say, pretty bad (see previous blog post on the state of gudges wiring) and sorting that out would be the first priority, as 'fire' is one of the two sure ways to lose a boat. She has a...

Moving Sooner to Victoria

Moving Sooner to Victoria

So like Gudge (and Frawg), I'd bought a boat somewhere where I didn't live. Pender Island, in this case. Luckily, unlike 7 years ago I had the skills (and more importantly, the insurance coverage) to move the boat myself. Unluckily, much like 7 years ago, I'd decided...

I bought a new boat

I bought a new boat

Well, the title says it all, I have a new (large, sorry Frawg) boat, say hello to Sooner everyone! Sooner is a Rafiki 37 but a bit unusual in that unlike all the other ~50 Rafikis, she was built in Canada. This means she has some differences in layout in the inside as...

Summer Update

Summer Update

Well, end of summer update. Or autumn now I guess. Anyway, I'm not dead - just had very little boatwise to talk about after selling Gudge. I did go halves with Emma on a shark 24 called FRAWG, which is very grubby, green coloured boat with wonky spreaders and an...

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