Date: 21 October 2016. All's Well aboard Seaweed.
QUICK NOTE: All is
well aboard Seaweed! Skipper and I have been
having fun, going out regularly, anchoring and basically enjoying
life. I have been testing systems (please do not ask about the fan belt issue,
yet!) and finding room for improvement. Sigh.
This has also been a time of
reflection. Losing friends brings home the importance of life and
enjoying same. Prioritizing, along with helping a friend get his
boat cruise ready have taken more time than I expected.
A trip to the local American Legion
is a sure fire pick-me-up.
Edwin, Doreen and me with the glass of sangria at the
American Legion post in Madeira Beach, FL.
Like all boat projects, the One-More-Thing-Itis is alive and well
in Madeira Beach, FL. And it seems each job brings up more wonder.
That is as in "I wonder what the P.O. (Previous Owner) was thinking
when he did this!?!"
My friend and I are working on a
plethora of large and small items. The goal is to get his trawler more cruise ready.
The to-do list of
jobs for his boat so far seems to be getting larger
rather than smaller. I hope that means we are making progress!
No, his trawler will not be
finished. No boat ever is. His will be Good Enough. That is all one
can ask when budgets are paramount.
As for Seaweed, she is just about
perfect except for the stuff that is broken, needs upgrading, fixing
or changing that is! Life aboard is wonderful just as she is. That's
not to say I do not have a list of improvements I hope to accomplish
one of these days...
More articles are upcoming. But
not tomorrow. Tomorrow I will be just south of here at a nautical
flea market. I have a list and hope to put a sizable dent in it.
Redoing the battery bank is in
store. The plan is to switch to buss bars. That will make the
monthly battery checks easier. I will need four sets (positive and
ground) for the batts. I have two banks, five in one bank and
three batteries in the other.
Of course I will be consulting
Calder's Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual 4the
Edition for specifics. I have three charging
systems. For the curious, they are an
Air Breeze wind generator, a TrueCharge20, plus my
solar panels. It all has to
work together. [Affiliate
Xantrex TrueCharge2 10-Amp Battery Charger.]
I want to make sure I'm up to
date on the latest technology and advice regarding power and
charging. It is important that I maintain my batteries. I
cannot afford to replace batts because of stupidity. That is the
primary reason I check them each month.
In the meantime rest assured: I did not forget you. All is well.
Today I put a pretty big dent in the email Inbox. I'm just below 500
new messages so if you have written I will get to it. Email simply is
not a priority when there is boating to do.
Life is truly wonderful afloat. I
love my Seaweed.
Two separate lines hold Algae to Seaweed. They attach
at different points providing double security.
I have got to get new stickers for the boats. The registrations expire
at the end of this month for both Seaweed and Algae. It is just a week until my birthday so I
need to take care of that too. In all that spare time of mine
that is... Argh!
But first, the nautical flea
market. Wish me luck!
Have you ever sold anything at a nautical flea market?
What have you bought at a nautical flea market?
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