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There and Back Again

there and back again There’s something magical about going cruising the first time. There’s so much loaded into that journey, so many nay-sayers and personal doubts. So many boats sitting on the dock, while owners spend weekend after weekend getting … Continue reading

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May 2017, boat work

Sailing magazines and blogs often are filled with gorgeous pictures of hammocks and perfect waves. Margaritas with umbrellas on white sand beaches. Fabulously plated meals against a backdrop of water-drenched sunsets. They leave out the other stuff. The dirty, messy, … Continue reading

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Checking engine valve clearance

Yanmar 3YM30 A few years ago, I replaced Calypso’s trusty 1976 Sabb GSP diesel with a new Yanmar 3YM30. The new engine is smaller in every dimension: length, width, height, and weight, yet cranks out 29 HP – albeit at 3600 … Continue reading

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Preparations

  It’s a while until we set off again, though that number in years is close enough to have us flurrying with project lists and budget crunching. Suffice it to say we are closer to heading off again than we … Continue reading

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Life on board

April 9, 2017 No, we’re not “out there” yet, but the fact remains that when we get to the boat (ahhhh), we get to live on it. And life on board can be tight, complicated, and unbelievably awkward. Making the bed … Continue reading

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Working out, Calypso style

Have computer, will travel workout. Er, more like have computer will travel AND workout. Love having streaming videos available at my fingertips anywhere I have wifi. Sure, I’ve got discs, and an external drive, so when I don’t have wifi, I … Continue reading

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Preparations begin

March 26, 2017 Bread is rising, the dishwasher is humming. I’ve just returned to the kitchen from a trip to the garage, where I eyeballed the dinghy engine, the generator, and the garden sprayer we use as a shower. Yes, … Continue reading

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