Thursday, December 30, 2010

Power, Outlet: U-Socket, Dual Socket/ Dual USB, 110V, White, TruePower

This looks like an idea worth incorporating on a sailboat;

Monday, December 27, 2010

Santa came through........

First batch of Mastervolt units arrived. So far so good.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The myth of a "dry boat"..........

No I'm not talking about booze. All boats will have deck leaks from time to time and at some time there will be condensation. The first task is to minimize these leaks and reduce the opportunity for condensation. The second task is to design all lockers etc. to maximize drainage and ventilation. Two simple solutions are lining all lockers with "Dri-Dek" or similar and installing drain (limber) holes.

p.s. I have no connection with Dri-Dek etc.

Friday, December 17, 2010

His and Her storage........

Picture the scene. Anchored in the Tobago Keys, late evening, you are down below laying on the Port settee (or "Horizontal II" as my wife calls it)., single malt in hand reading a good book. Admiral is banging about making jam or something. She needs to access the drawer under your settee, bookshelf over your head, etc.. Moment ruined!!!!!

On TIH we will have His and Her storage in the Saloon, at the very least. The Port side is mine and the Starboard side is hers. Keep in mind that I have a full Perkins M65 engine as a spare (minus the flywheel and block) I need all the space possible.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Drawers v. drop in storage

The picture shows the existing drawers on the port side of the saloon. The drawer dimensions are 14" x 13" x 4" = .42 cu ft. Without the drawer the dimensions of the space are 17" x 18" x 9" = 1.59 cu ft. That's a a lot of wasted space. I intend to remove the drawers (using the front as a blank) and access the space from the top.

Finally back on the boat.......

The boat looks like a bomb hit it. I have about 12 half finished projects on the go. I think I had ADHD when it was called "not paying bloody attention". The problem with boats is that they are "layered". You pull something out and then realize that if you put it back you will have to pull it out again at a later stage to get at something else. At least that's my excuse. I did manage to finish painting the port side of the saloon and got some paint/varnish on the shelving/partitions.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cruising Friends......

We caught up with some of our old cruising friend in Salinas on the South Coast of Puerto Rico and were happy to find most of them doing well and the rest were out on bail. This is what passes for entertainment on a slow day in Marianne's (Tradewinds) sail loft.