The Correct Balance, a Recalcitrant Engine and a Dinghy that Leaks.

Monday we stayed in Friday Harbor, visited with the owner of a Maxi 100 (our boat converted to a motorsailer), went whale watching

Two Oracs we saw while watching on Captain Dennis’ boat.
Two Oracs we saw while watching on Captain Dennis’ boat.

and joined our  friend Dennis for dinner aboard his Pacemaker 26 sailboat.

A Maxi 100: A 95v with a different deck mold to be a motorsailerand other changes to lessen production costs.
A Maxi 100: A 95 with a different deck mold to be a motorsailer and other changes to lessen production costs.

Amongst Dennis, Jennifer and I, two bottles of wine, a round of mescal and a beer or two disappeared (Hilary drinks cranberry juice in a wine glass). At times like those, the conversation often wanders, and did, to living life. Continue reading “The Correct Balance, a Recalcitrant Engine and a Dinghy that Leaks.”

Time shrinks, projects complete

The number of discrete projects finding completion continues.

In the last two days all of the electronics installation was completed, the color coat was painted on the dinghy, the dinghy centerboard well repaired and the stove installed. Continue reading “Time shrinks, projects complete”

The pace picks up

Yesterday morning I ordered three items: More AAA rechargeable batteries — we have more and more things that need those — the wrench Terry Etapa suggested to complete the reassembly of the head panels and trim, and a pair of MC4 solar panel parallel connectors. They arrived later the same day.

And so it feels about this project, Continue reading “The pace picks up”

Christmas in March: Taylors stove and Plastimo 50 Compass Arrive

Without even a knock at the door, the stove arrived at 7:30 last night. Hilary and I heard the soft shush as the UPS driver slid the 35 kg box across the carpeted hallway. Continue reading “Christmas in March: Taylors stove and Plastimo 50 Compass Arrive”

We’re back in Seattle

We’re back in Seattle from our month in Phoenix. This week starts the push towards April 15th.

I received notice this morning (the 29th) that the stove has been scheduled for pickup in the UK, Continue reading “We’re back in Seattle”

Kerosene Stove (Paraffin Cooker): Why would we ever buy one?

The decision to buy a kerosene stove, rather than the more typical propane stove, is mine alone. Jennifer has no responsibility in the decision and trusts me to make the right one.

The original goal, which we will not achieve, was to have a single-fuel boat. Continue reading “Kerosene Stove (Paraffin Cooker): Why would we ever buy one?”

How much insurance to ship Taylors stove?

How much would I like to insure it for? This can effect import duty.

How much is the import duty on a used Kerosene stove made in the UK?

John assures me the stove will not ship until I am ready to receive it.

BTW Can I send the rest of the money? Yes, of course.

Actual import duty… Zip. We’ll insure for the full amount, which is 2%.

(Do 1 in 50 packages really need an insurance claim filed?)

Taylors stove is ready to ship

This morning I heard from John Gardner that the stove was ready to ship. Would I like it insured and for how much?

My major response was to make sure that it arrives after March 3rd, almost two weeks from today.

John will ship it air freight, so arriving too early is a real concern. Continue reading “Taylors stove is ready to ship”