Get the Stink Off Your Hands

9 Jun

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This could be my greatest contribution to sailing.

If you should ever have to work on the sanitation system on your boat, you will undoubtedly get some of the foul liquid on your hands, and they will stink. It’s not so much sewage, I don’t think, but the foul, nasty odor of stagnant, decomposing seawater. Hydrogen sulphide, or whatever. It’s amazingly concentrated and tenacious: the slightest contact will make your hands stink for a long time. Soap and water won’t help.

I came home the other night after a few hours of sussing out a leaking holding tank, and ...

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A Puppy

9 Jun

So I forgot to mention that I did finally succeed in getting our AC fridge working again. It’s not working as well as it should, but when plugged in to shore power it really doesn’t have to be. We’re going to be doing a lot of boat work soon and I’m planning on having both systems vacuumed (if that’s the term), as well as replacing a couple of suspect hoses, before filling them up again. In theory our refrigeration system is a pretty good one. It should be capable of keeping our food and beer cold. And now that I’ve ...

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The Ninja Sailor

9 Jun

Stylish descended the companionway, muttering to herself.  “Lanacote, small brush, Lanacote, small brush…”
“Everything okay?”
She glanced up at me as she started rooting through the drawers in the nav desk.  “I had to pass Dad to get up the ladder.”
There are many obvious skills one needs to cultivate to live aboard.  Good seamanship.  Knots.  Basic weather analysis.  But ...
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Bali memories

8 Jun

I’m still absorbing and processing the outrageous, unforgettable experience of traveling up into the river into a national park, looking into the eyes of our next-of-kin: the awesome “people (orang) of the forest (hutan)”, the endangered orangutans. While I organize thoughts… there are still parting memories of Bali I have to share.

Staying through another moon cycle meant… another full moon temple ceremony! We heard the gamelan on the beach all day, and made our way over after sunset when the music picked up in earnest. Jamie and I thought that we stayed late when we left around 11, but ...

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What Day Is It?

7 Jun

Yesterday we tried calling my mom to wish her a happy birthday. The kids were all excited, she answered Skype, the kids squealed, and that was it—our internet connection couldn’t pull it off. We reluctantly gave up and sent her birthday e-mails instead.

This morning Ali noticed that yesterday was the 6th. Sooooo… Happy Birthday again Mom. June 6th would be a good day for a birthday, but June 7th is a great day for one.

We went to the museum today, which I had sort of anticipated as being a hands on type place. The streets here are filled ...

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Dr. Yung’s NMEA 2000 lab, Ship Convergence Center too!

7 Jun

Written by Ben Ellison on Jun 7, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub


I so appreciated getting to know Dr. Yung Ho Yu — known around the world simply as Dr. Yung — at the Korea Maritime University in Busan, and I think you will too once you realize how much he and his programs are doing to advance marine electronics and improve the standards that make them inter-operable. For starters, take a close look at the NMEA 2000 teaching lab surrounding the good Doctor. The twenty work stations are all gatewayed to an extensive N2K sensor network so ...

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Walking the Waterfront

6 Jun

The Santa Rosalia malécon. I’m loving this town and having a hard time figuring out why no other cruisers have shown up. The marina is empty despite the fact that 9 out of 10 Sea of Cortez cruisers are hauling out or leaving their boats in San Carlos—just seventy-five miles away—in the next month or so. We’ve only been here a few days but I think Santa Rosalia is now my favorite town in Baja. At least as far as cruising towns go.

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Seriously, what the hell is this Mad Max contraption?

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I’m not sure what they call this old ...

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ANCHORING TIP: Store Rope Rode On Deck

6 Jun

Sailboat foredeck

I didn’t come up with this idea myself. I learned it crewing for a guy down in Florida who always stored not one, but two rope anchor rodes on his foredeck while cruising. Even on offshore passages he kept them out there, with the coils of rode lashed to stanchion post bases, and never had any problems.

The big advantage of doing this, if you have a boat with a belowdecks rode locker rather than a modern anchor well, is that it saves you the bother of somehow getting all the rope down the hawsehole. Chain is heavy enough that ...

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Ships and squalls between Bali and Borneo

6 Jun

Leaving Bali was easy.

Lovina Beach Sunset
Shades of light in Lovina

We pulled the anchor at dawn, and headed out past the canoes that had blasted by us every morning as they hauled their catch of tourists out to see the dolphins. We had a forecast for <10 knots winds from the east and were hoping for a little help to motor sail our way north. The conditions had been unchanged for weeks, which gave us a false sense of security.

Getting to Kalimantan, the Indonesian side of Borneo, was a little less easy.

Possibly we should have consulted a few additional ...

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Trick Feet, Sick Feet

5 Jun

This morning we walked up the hill planning to have breakfast at the hotel we stayed in a few years back while passing through town. The homes up here are clearly where the officers of the mining company lived a hundred years ago—well spaced, large, and located where they might actually catch a breeze. We worked up a good sweat climbing the stairs up the hill only to discover that the hotel wasn’t serving breakfast. Go figure. We tramped back down and ate in the only air-conditioned place we could find.

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We used to get Ouest a helium-filled balloon at ...

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