June 23, 2017

Friday Funny 06/23 Cracked Window

Nope, not this kind of cracked window.

Windows might be cracked, (or crack?) for some, but not for us. We use Apple/Mac products on Denali Rose. I know others may argue that decision with us, but it's our preference. Case closed.

Not this kind of cracked windshield either.

The front windows in our pilothouse are made out of tempered glass, and are very strong. They would protect us in the event of a large breaking wave over the pilothouse. That's called taking on green water. If any of them were to crack, we would have to replace it immediately with boat bucks. (B.O.A.T. = Break Out Another Thousand)

See that etching, (amidst the raindrops), that means the window is certified tempered. All of the windows have that etching.

Buh Bye scale.

We have a scale onboard, but I don't know where it is, and I don't want to know. We know what clothing fits, and what doesn't, and we're working on that. The swear jar is not a good idea either, well.... because:

Here's the cracked window I AM talking about. I might have said a few of those swear words when I did it.

I taped it closed.

This is the center front window on the dodger. (def: dodger, also known as a spray hood, is an enclosed structure that protects your cockpit from harsh weather. from Sailrite.) 

We were anchoring this past winter, in the dark, and I had to open this piece to see the hand signals that Bill was using to tell me what to do at the helm. It was cold, and I heard it crack.

We are planning on replacing the whole dodger assembly, but we're not going to get to it this summer, unless, all we want to do is work, and not actually use our boat to go somewhere. So I was thinking... I know, a bad sign. We really can't see out the front, it's old, cloudy, and damaged. I thought that maybe I could take off the front piece and just replace the vinyl window for now. I'm a little afraid that I won't get the right dimensions, or the proper stretch, and then it won't fit the frame anymore. We had someone else put on a leather rub strip, and it totally tweaked the fit. I had to move all of the zippers in order for it to be reinstalled. What a pain! This time, I'm planning to not use any zippers, just one full vinyl glass window, so less margin of error. (optimistic thinking)

I'm ordering my supplies today, so add another project to my list. Hopefully it will have a positive outcome.

FYI, one piece of the medium grade 54" x 110" is $178.95. That's why spray suntan lotion, bug spray, or anything chemical next to these windows is strictly forbidden. I only use the IMAR cleaning line, as recommended by "Practical Sailor" magazine, and the purple microfiber towels are the only ones that are allowed to be used to clean and wipe.

The best absorbent microfiber ever! I get them from FlyLady.

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June 16, 2017

Friday Funny 06/16 (Blogging)

I had that block.

Seriously, this block was on my desk, (actually table), this week, and I couldn't come up with anything to write about. In my defense, I had the flu, and still put together a post about Captain Ron and Suzie visiting us in Wrangell. I hope I didn't give it to them, Bill did the cooking, so I'm trusting they escaped.

Kitties keeping me company.

While I was aching all over, and napping in the salon, this is how Elsie, and Gus kept me company. They never sleep together, they're not that good of friends. Bill always says that they know when you don't feel well, and cuddle up, to help you feel better. I also never nap, so if I fall asleep in the middle of the day, you know I'm ill.

This is the salon table where I work, with my mug of coffee, and Elsie curled up on her sheepskin.
Pay no attention to the differences in cushions. I did one cushion to see if I liked the color, and the rest will wait to be an indoor project this winter.

Gus likes the Captain's stool, hmm, should we read anything into that?

My blogging friend Stephanie, recently posted about how she sometimes finds it hard to write, Inspiration Can Be Overrated.   (They have a beautiful boat, and it's for sale.) It's a little ironic that her lack of inspiration was inspiring. 😁

There are also blogging friends like Ellen at Cynical Sailor & His Salty Sidekick, who pretty much posts content three times a week. Her posts are funny, and she frequently receives plenty of comments. It takes me too long to write a draft, and then I have to wait a day to go back and edit out the glaring errors. I'm not a whiz at grammar, and it helps to wait awhile, and look at it fresh. If I posted that often, I wouldn't get anything else done. Ellen is an author though, and she's good at it.

If you want to know about other blogs we have subscribed to, look at the right hand column under "Sailing blog/sites we enjoy". Normally you only see the last five that have a recent post, but for this week, I have changed the setting to see all of the blogs at once.

It's cathartic.

This blog started out as a way to let friends, and family know, and record our whereabouts, and doings, but it has sort of morphed. (We described this in the Prologue tab.) I found I enjoyed writing, even though I sometimes struggle at it, and I use an online dictionary/thesaurus all of the time. Bill is extremely knowledgable about all things sailing, and is a member of several forums. People ask him questions frequently, and he records our technical "stuff" in the right hand column under, "Stuff we have and use". That way he can just refer questions to the a particular blog post, and only has to type it once.

I always say, "Bill writes the technical posts, and I write the goof-ball stuff".

Google hosts this blogging site, and though we do get statistics about how many hits in a day, how many hits on each post, what country they are from, and what kind of browser was used. We don't know how many receive a notification of posts through email, or rss notification, or who you are. See sidebar to the right for how to "Subscribe to our nonsense".

Me too

A word of caution:

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June 13, 2017

Sistership Visit to Wrangell

This lifestyle has introduced us to new friends, and quite a few of them we know online only. We met another Nauticat 43 owner this week in Wrangell, (we're hull 16, they're 29), when they passed through on their way from Seattle to Glacier Bay. Bill and Ron (Captain Ron...hahaha), had been communicating online with each other for awhile, and now we have met them in-person.

(Redacted contact info)

He even put it on their boat card, it's good to have a sense of humor!

This gave us a good reason to play hookey from the project work on Denali Rose, and go play host, or tourist, whichever. It was wonderful to meet virtual friends, compare boats, and have some fun. Ron, and Suzie are warm, delightful people, and they have worked hard to make their Nauticat a beautiful boat. Bill has already placed orders for some of the items that we admired. 

Headed out past the Heritage Harbor breakwater at low tide.

A couple of local sailors in Wrangell, who had just come back from a recent trip, shared some fresh caught crabs with us. We passed that on in the form of crab omelets one evening, it was good eating! Then we watched "Guardian's of the Galaxy 1". I know this seems a bit strange, but "Guardian's of the Galaxy 2" was in town over the weekend, and we all wanted to go to the movies. Suzie and I loved Groot, and all of us enjoyed both the movies.

Gotta see the movies to understand.

Bill and I hadn't taken advantage of the local jetboat tours up the Stikine River, so we booked a last minute charter, and spent six hours sightseeing. Zach, who owns Muddy Water Adventures, grew up in Wrangell, and has traversed the Stikine River his whole life. He really knows it well.

Zach Taylor, and his company, "Muddy Water Adventures". 

It was an overcast day, but we still saw lots of great scenery, float-houses, scoped out the Forest Service cabins for rent, and went up to Shake's Glacier.

A water neighborhood.

Floathouses are used for base camp when the owners are boating, fishing, or hunting. Some of them were just small square boxes with minimum amenities, and others were small houses. They do need to have a permit from the State of Alaska to build and anchor.

Typical interior of a Forest Service cabin.

Cabins are $35.00 - $40.00 a night, and you bring all of your own supplies. We would really like to go back with our kayaks. It would be easy to get dropped off by jet boat with all of our gear, and enjoy the back sloughs. There's a hot springs on one of them, which would be fun to experience.

Shake's Glacier

As glaciers go, not a particularly spectacular one. There were some lovely blue colors, and this is one that rarely calves, though it is in retreat. 

Jetboat - 30+ knots, Sailboat - 7 knots, give or take.

Scenic waterfalls.

We stopped off at a friend's house, this is on Farm Island, and is not part of the Tongess Natl Forest.

This is Brenda's art studio, the actual house is to the left.

Brenda Schwartz-Yeager, who is an artist, also grew up in Wrangell, and owns a guiding business. Since she was fully booked up, she helped set up our charter, and went out of her way to make sure we would have a good trip. We really appreciate Brenda's help, and Zach was a terrific guide.

Alaska Charters and Adventures

This is Brenda's art business card.

Brenda does watercolor over charts, and they're beautiful. I have two of her prints hanging in Denali Rose's galley.

Sea Lions
We were teasing Zach, that we would have to mark him down on the animal quotient part of the trip, and then we saw sea lions sunning themselves on the mud flats.

Me, Suzie, Ron, David, and Tin, (an Australian couple who joined us). Bill was taking the photo.

And no trip to Wrangell is complete without a photo on the Wrangell log.

Captain Ron and Suzie

Bill and Donna

June 9, 2017

Friday Funny 06/09 (Laundry)

The truth!

What's iron? (other than a mineral)

Whether you do it yourself, or have someone else do it, everyone has laundry. 

When I saw Denali Rose had a washer/dryer combo machine in the Yachtworld ad, I thought that would be a nice luxury to have. I have since changed my mind. A washer/dryer is not a luxury, it's on the "must have" list. (Check out this link to see how the previous owners had to cut the new unit in half in order to get it into the boat.)  I also asked my internet friends on the Facebook group, Women Who Sail, whether I should keep my iron. They all said no. So it's yes to the washing machine, and no to the iron. It's also pretty much "no" to sorting, I'm not fussy with our mostly dark clothing, and it's "kinda" to folding, (more like rolling it up). 

These descriptions crack me up! 

I laughed when I saw this cartoon, does anyone really know what these symbols on the clothing tags mean anyway?

My t-shirts rolled up in the  drawer.

I have to confess that I cleaned up my drawer before I took that photo. This was a good incentive to get on the stick and do it.

You're welcome.

Denali Rose has a midship cabin right behind the pilothouse, it has an upper/lower bunk bed in it, and access to the engine room. This cabin has been turned into the laundry room, workroom, and tool storage. There is absolutely no room to sleep in there now.

The washer/dryer is installed at the head of the lower bunk.

I don't want to show you a current photo of the workroom, it's a bit upside down at the moment. We are in the middle of an electronics refit, and the tools, and the new equipment are everywhere. We're getting new inside and outside chart-plotters, new gauges, new compass, relocating some of the current equipment, and connecting the forward-looking sonar that Bill installed during our time in the Marine Yard. Life here is kind of a mess. 

Plenty of wire spaghetti.

We keep a mesh bag hanging in the workroom for our dirty laundry. It only holds so much, and when it gets full, it's time for a load or two. For fun, Bill kicks his socks under the door at night, (instead of putting them in the bag), so Gus has something to play with when he should be sleeping. 

Gus, caught in action with a flash photo. "Who me?"

It's pretty funny hearing Gus scrabbling under the door with his paws trying to reach anything he can get ahold of, (except when you're trying to sleep).

We rarely use the dryer on the machine. We usually hang up the clean laundry and let it dry overnight. Our dehumidifier, that Bill has written up in "stuff we have and use", puts out just enough heat, and pulls in the moisture, so that most of it is completely dry by morning.

Overhead hatch in the forward cabin, (v-berth), these bars drop down to become a ladder for emergency egress.

Overhead hand holds in the lower dinette area make great places to put hangers for drying clothes.

That orange bag hanging to the left holds bread, and the fabric piled below is the new main sail cover I'm working on. 

I actually enjoy laundry, it's almost instant gratification to see the dirty laundry bag empty. (At least for those 17 seconds anyway.)

This would really make doing laundry completely worthwhile.

Do you enjoy getting the laundry done? Do you iron? Do your animals drag your used socks all over the floor?

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