Date: 26 February 2015. Fuzzy Fixed
(and manifold update)
As mentioned last November, a seemingly
never-ending effort to stay warm has been an ongoing issue this
winter. First of all, I'm cold. Seaweed is drafty. She's not
air-tight by any means and when the wind blows... In any event, back
in the early part of the winter the article
Warm Fuzzies (winter bedding)
described my efforts to stay comfortable. That failed, but recently
I've had an epiphany.
The problem with my fuzzy blanket was not the heat
it radiated. Instead, it was the roughness. Better quality fabric
would not have had that problem. Instead, I'd opted for a $4 blanket
from the thrift store. Sometimes my money-saving theories don't
work. This was one of those instances.
In any event, a couple days ago when I brought
back the washed laundry I realized that I did not have to lay on top
fuzzy. So I flipped the covers around and came up with this:
Skipper snuggles under the blankets when she wants to
rest. She's not spoiled. Nope. Not one iota!
The bottom layer is my electric
blanket wrapped in a duvet (actually a queen sized sheet folded
Comfy Cruise 12-volt
In the daytime Skipper's pink
bones blanket is on that duvet. The bones layer is removed at night.
Next, the fuzzy is face down
(fuzzy side towards Skipper and I)
It's topped by my Utilitarian
Quilt (25 patch blocks)
Those layers are quite sufficient
to keep Skipper and I warm at night, albeit with an assist from the
electric blanket. By not laying on top of the rough fuzzy part, I
was far more comfortable. Still, that blanket needs replacement
before another wintertime arrives.
Side Note: The quilt is a simple
patchwork. It's a top and backing without any quilting or batting.
The double layer of fabric is normally sufficient in the summer when
the breezes kick.
Out here on the hook (at anchor)
it does get a bit nippy. Except in the wintertime, the hatch above
my bunk is open for
the fresh air. Winds blow in and my
Hella fan too adds
to the air movement.
And too, with the hatch open I
can hear the wildlife. Between dolphin and pelicans, there's almost
always a critter sharing the water with me. I like that.
Laughing gull flying and two
pelicans swimming just off my bow.
Update: I saved the best news for last.
Yesterday I was in the mechanic's business when my new
manifold was being discussed. On Tuesday the boss had gone
into the welding shop to give the final specifications for
where various fittings needed to be placed. He said "the
stainless welding is some of the best I've ever seen" so I'm
as pleased as can be.
Skilled welding on
stainless is a talent few possess. Apparently the fellow
making the manifold graduated from welding school last year
and the boss was very impressed with his skills. Ugly works
too, but pits and voids can cause problems, especially when
considering the heat this unit needs to dissipate.
For more information on
the manifold design, visit the
Stainless Manifold Ordered (tractor motor
adapted for boat)
Are you as anxious as I am for winter to be over?!?
Does the weather effect the choices you make when reading? (Blustery books
when it's stormy, etc.)
Toilet Tissue (aka TP)
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