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10 Jan

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Ali was reading a Berenstain Bears book to Ouest today and on one of the pages there was a drawing of just the two kids and the Papa bear at the doctor’s office. Ouest asked, “Where is the Mama?”

Ali answered, “Mmmm, I don’t know where Mama is.”

Ouest thought for a second and announced, “Mama’s taking the picture.”

I love how much her mind is working these days. She says little things like that that surprise us every day. And she’s working extra hard on her speaking now too. She’ll be in the middle of a sentence, stop, think ...

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Picnic

10 Jan

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While Lowe was napping today I took Ouest on a bike ride for a picnic. It’s cute seeing how grown-up she feels when we load up lunch into her mochila(backpack). We had a good time, but when she got home she was acting exhausted. Then at dinner she wouldn’t touch her food. And then she was standing in the kitchen acting weird when Ali looked at her and asked, “Are you going to get sick?”

“Yep.”

I don’t know if it was my PB&J or something more sinister, but Ouest went to bed sick and tired tonight. Fingers crossed ...

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Ciguaterror!

9 Jan
Looks delicious, right?

Well my Bahamas ‘vacation’ was wonderful- chaotic but oh-so-much fun and quite the learning experience. I feel maybe twice the sailor I was when starting the trip, which is a nicer way of saying I have no idea what I’m doing out on the water. An unsurprising corollary to the fact that most of my sailing lessons have been learned the hard way, including most of the ones on this trip. Still, as long as there’s not too much blood involved most of the time I’m just happy to have learned something and there are only a ...

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Screwdriver Mystery Solved

9 Jan

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Here’s something I’ve been meaning to mention; remember months ago when Ouest was “helping” me with some work and my little screwdriver mysteriously disappeared? I searched everywhere and was sure she somehow lost it overboard despite the fact that we were working in the chain locker. I grounded her for a week and only fed her bread and water, but she wouldn’t admit to anything. Well, the other day I was doing some electrical work and suddenly there it was, my screwdriver, in the ziploc bag full of electrical connectors. I’ve probably been in that bag a half dozen times ...

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WOOD BOAT CONSTRUCTION: Practical and Traditional

8 Jan

Wood boat hull

HUMANS HAVE BEEN building boats out of wood for many thousands of years. Many assume therefore it must now be obsolete. Wood certainly does not lend itself to mass production the way fiberglass does, though there were a few builders who manufactured wood boats on something like a production basis not long before the advent of glass. Wood does have some distinct virtues. It is light, even compared to modern building materials, and in terms of tensile strength is stronger per pound than common electrical-grade fiberglass. In terms of stiffness, it is stronger per pound than S glass, E-glass, and ...

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Living Dangerously

8 Jan

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Just received this 1-star review on my book Bumfuzzle.Thought it was pretty hilarioushow she totally nailed the “real” cruiser that I talked about throughout the book.

This book is dangerously misleading to new sailors. Glorifies ineptitude. Sheer luck they weren’t seriously injured or killed while on their journey.

Man I wish I could make more people understand that it isn’t luck at allsailing just really isn’t that difficult to begin with. Your oddsno matter how stupid you areof being seriously injured or killed are no worse than they are driving to work. Now, which would you rather be doing?...

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Ben & Teresa Carey on Two Inspired Guys

7 Jan

I’m continuing to post my sailing-related podcast episodes on SAILfeed until my posting editor gets fixed. At the moment, these short descriptions are all I’m able to do, so for the meantime, enjoy the interviews! Ben & Teresa are amazing people and amazing sailors. After single-handing their own boats for a few years – sailing in company, and keeping a rotating watch while one person slept – they joined forces on Ben’s Bristol Channel Cutter and aimed north. The goal was Labrador to search for icebergs, and they filmed a movie about the adventure, titled ‘One Simple Question,’ which is ...

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To Market

7 Jan

Spotted this beauty on the other side of the marina today. Only a few things look slightly different than our boat, yet still not sure that it is a Spindrift. Definitely Ron Amy designed, but can’t tell if it is an actual Spindrift or not. Probably just an early version.

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Saw the boat while on our way to the Sunday market wherewe were surprised to find a perfect reenactment of the Portland Saturday market. Seriously, a bunch of gringo hippies appear out of nowhere to sell specialty food and handmade tchotchkes. Pineapple smoked mahi-mahi, chicken liver pt, jams, French breads, ...

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What shall we do with a drunken sailor?

6 Jan

Here’s an hilarious new take on the classic Drunken Sailor song. I clipped this out of an hour-long episode of ‘Adam & Edith’, a radio show produced by BBC 6 Music (hope they don’t mind a little promotion!), which they turn into a podcast every week, and which I joyfully listen to. You have to like the dry, British humor to appreciate it (the podcast that is), but I think anyone who’s ever heard the Drunken Sailor song can appreciate this version of it. If you want to skip the intro bit where Adam and Edith discuss it, fast forward ...

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Papillon Photographs the Loch Ness Monster

6 Jan

Over the past 27 months living aboard Papillon, Ive taken a lot of photos.  Many thousands.  The counter on my Fujifilm flipped back around to 0000 last summer.  And while I only own a little point-and-shoot, Id like to think Ive learned a little, and have taken a few decent photos in my day.
Sigh.
We are on ...
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