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11-22-2014 01:52 AM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Time flies when you're having fun... or is that, when you don't know what you're doing? lol

Okay, latest and greatest. I've been doing a lot of dinghy stuff. Mostly running around in my dinghies. Yes, that's plural. The summer before last (that would be 2013), I had an inflatable, which I eventually replaced with an 8' walker bay with a sail kit. I jury rigged a boom (it had a boomless gaff rig) and learned how to spot wind on "windless days."

Fast forward to this last summer (2014). I broke down and picked up a 30lb thrust trolling motor which I eventually sold to a neighbor and traded up to a 55lber. I added sacrificial zincs to both props, as well as greasing the shafts, and regularly rinsing them with fresh water after use. Both have held up well. Additionally, since I inherited a 10' zodiac RIB, I decided to pull my 8HP 4-stroke Mercury off my main rig and put it on the RIB. Which, weight-wise was a real challenge. That sucker weighs 90lbs. The first time I lifted the thing by attaching the boom vang to my main halyard to give me the leverage I needed within reaching distance (since I was lifting the thing by myself). After that oh-so-fun experience, I decided to invest in a forspar nova lift. What a difference that thing makes!

Moving right along.

So, I was talking with a neighbor about my outboard, wondering if the thing even ran, since I had not been meticulous about firing it up. Yes, I know, bad bad bad. In any event, the guy tells me that he has an 8HP that I can have. He didn't know what it was. That is, whether it was a 2 or 4 stroke, what brand it was, or if it even ran. It turned out to be a 2-stroke Nissan.

So, now I have 2 8HP outboards, that may (or not) run. In the mean time, the guy I gave the 30lber to, ended up having problems with the muffler on his main boat (the one he sails/and I regularly crew on). So, I gave him the 8HP Nissan to use as an auxiliary until he gets his muffler done (which I'll be helping with, btw). He decides he wants to try it out on his dink. But he wants to tune it up, first. You know, change the plugs, clean the carb, etcetera. So, we open up the motor, to take a look see. The thing is bright shiny clean. I've never seen a motor that clean! Oh, and it runs great, though, the compression is a tad on the light side. As for the Mercury? Purrs like a kitten.

Now, on to my latest/greatest project. Yes, I always have a project going. Whether it's boat stuff, computer stuff, or 3d printing stuff. lol But, I digress...

Dinghy chaps! Though, that bit got side-tracked, as I ended up redoing my cabin. Again. The up side is, this latest re-do, is def less jury rigged.

I've also been doing mini-jobs for other folk around the marina. Which has kept me busy.

On a side note: I've temporarily inherited a cat, who has long worn out her welcome, at least, to my mind. In that her "stuff" takes up way too freakin much room. But that's another story for another day.

But, back to the dinghy chaps. While I have made the patterns, I haven't completely decided how I'll implement them but am hoping to finish them sooner than later. Then again, with the upcoming holidays, we'll see.

Oh, and. Am coming up on my 3 year anniversary, and I can say without a doubt, I still love living aboard. ^_~
08-20-2014 09:29 PM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Hey all. I am a newby (gray headed). I am a solo act looking for live aboard and cruising. Not afraid to fix things but don't have time to deal with a project boat. Don't have lots of money either (like I'm alone there!). Have a very realistic idea of single handing and living aboard. I may do some blue water crossing if everything works out. Long and short, I need a good boat about 37 ft. Someone warned me off Endeavor and C&C as being poorly built for blue water. $30-40K would have done it with left over for modernizing and refit. Don't need real pretty. Don't need expensive complex suicide either. Do your best, please to warn me off bad boats in the high 30s (price and LOA)
07-28-2014 12:37 PM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Working on my one-year aboard my Balboa 27. It has a head (and will shortly have a functional shower as well), so I'm a little better off on creature comforts. Sorry to hear you're thinking about a trawler, but that's great that you're still into life aboard. The more time I spend on board, the more time I want to spend. Still going through a thorough refitting on my old girl, but so far she's proven remarkably well built for a production boat. Just finishing up the prelim stages of a complete rewiring and LEDs. Great thread, good to know others are of like minds...
06-15-2014 02:39 AM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

OMG. A boat-aminium and considering a stinkpot. Must have hit your head pretty hard on something.

Otherwise, glad it's going well. Get out there and sail your boat!
06-14-2014 08:29 PM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Another mini update. Yes, I am still living aboard. Woo-hoo!

Okay, so, I've been aboard for a little over 2˝ years.

Now that the newness has worn off? Still love living aboard. Even so, I have changed some views since I first moved aboard. So, onward into the fray!

Back when I first moved aboard, I planned to sail my Catalina C27. As it stands, outside of moving her to her new home, she's pretty much turned into a boat-a-minium. My excuses are pretty lame. But the primary excuse is that I did not feel comfortable trying to sail her alone, and don't really know anyone here in the bay area (outside of people who already have and sail their boats). So, I pretty much settled on learning to sail my walker bay. Because *I* wanted to be out on the water.

Since I wasn't sailing her, I decided to store the mainsail inside. Even with the sail cover, I figure it's better to keep it stored out of the elements, since I'm not using it.

Speaking of inside. Yes, my cozy little abode keeps filling up with *way* too much stuff. I've (sort of) returned to my weekend warrior coding projects. I've been playing around with Raspbery PI, face recognition, and AI. I have also been exploring 3D printing (yes, I have a 3D printer, too).

So... my present pie in the sky (i.e., when I win a lottery) plans are to eventually save up enough to go to the dark side. That is, to pick up a power boat, and keep my dinghy for sailing and putting around the estuary. Otoh, better the devil you know than the one you don't. And, after living on my cat for the past 2˝ years? Well, she's treated me well. Who knows what I might face picking up another boat? Oh well, like I said, "pie in the sky."

Oh and. Some other things. I've pretty much settled into marina life, too. Finally getting to know my (awesome) dock mates. Though, I must admit, I find myself feeling towards newcomers, the way some may have felt toward me when I first arrived... that is, wondering if they were going to be good, responsible neighbors, or the kind who do the nasty stuff... you know, such as pumping out overboard. And, I will admit, I much prefer the company of those who live here bc they *love* the life, as opposed to those who are here bc they see it as a "cheap" place to live. There really is a mindset difference.

Hmmm... well, that's about it for now. Now that summer is *finally* here, I will be spending more time out on the water than in front of my puter. :-)
08-06-2013 03:06 PM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Thanks for the heads up - member, not members. Fixed now.
08-06-2013 01:46 PM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Hi Tom L, tried to read your blog via the link in your signature; got a 404 "not found" error?
08-06-2013 12:58 AM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

I just finished a similar process that took me 9 months, a move from Atlanta to SoCal, from a 2250sq. ft house to a 42' Catalina, from a marriage to being single, etc. I just moved aboard this week in Cabrillo Marina.

I got some great advice from this board and the many, many, many people all around I asked. Everyone has an opinion, and unless you know their personality, boating experience, hundreds of personality preferences, etc., then the advice has to be taken with a grain of salt (that's my advice, and you know none of that with me, so here's also your grain of salt...).

At the end of the day it is all about your preferences and the trade-offs you're willing to make. AND, knowing your limitations; the difference in cost to do something yourself and have someone else do it is MASSIVE. Be cautious with your opinion of what you'll really like doing and your ability to figure out how to do it. Assume that if you haven't done it, you'll need some help. And that costs.

Mostly, don't forget that you're doing this for fun and love of being on the water. Anything that gets in the way of those two things isn't worth it.

I can't wait to follow your adventure. Good luck!!

08-01-2013 12:16 PM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Just finished reading this thread , and thought I'd pop an idea for those that are struggling w/ hardware computing needs that exceed your (even mondo) laptop.

I've just finished setting up a computing environ, in the cloud using google compute engine. Very easy to setup, and you only pay for what you use.

it addresses some of the issues posted here:
1. Need for large storage & backup.
2. Need for multiple development environments ie. Windoze, Mac, Linux, etc.
3. Performance (machine instances available from 2 - 16 way processors, and ridiculous Ram & hard drive space associated w/ same).
4. Cheap!

I have no affiliation w/ google compute engine. There are also other players, amazon, and rackspace to name a few.

you can still utilize your ipad or laptop and vnc (remote desktop) to a more powerful machine in the cloud.

anyway check it out.

for those that need just different environments and not the horse power, I would strongly recommend VM ware or Parallels as a solution pt.

Happy Sailing!
07-13-2013 01:47 AM
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

K, just checked. You're looking at 5 miles from Jack London Square to San Leandro bay. Two miles of that, however, is a bottle neck.

So, if you did something like that, you'd want to leave Jack London square towards San Leandro bay as the tide is coming in, and leave San Leandro bay to JLS as the tide is going out. Though, if worse came to worse, there are private docks you can prolly "temporarily" hang out on, if you get in a bind. Also, staying at the water's edge, as opposed to the center of the channel may allow you to still paddle "up-current" so to speak. That time I got stuck in the current in my inflatable, there were a couple of SUP'ers who seemed to be doing okay.

That being said, it sounds like you are interested in camping, etcetera. Which you would not find in the estuary, as that is pretty much sandwiched between two cities and the airport. Am not sure there are places to camp in Sausalito, either.

In fact, from a camping pov, I expect Tahoe has more places that are conducive to camping via SUP/canoe. But that is just a guess.
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