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28 Minutes Ago 04:06 PM
shadowraiths
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Yet another mini update.

Yes, still living aboard and still loving it. Having spent time visiting friends with power boats and all the problems that appear to come with them, I am having second thoughts about moving up. While my sailboat is tiny, it is actually pretty spacious for "just me." And importantly, it's nearly maintenance free. That is, no inboard engine to worry about, or other things that could break.

At times, I get the urge to redo my galley. Again. And I may, still do so. But for now, all is fine. I inherited an induction stove top, which, atm, fits perfectly in the icebox cutout, so no counter space is lost when I'm not cooking. I also inherited more canvas, so my boat is now almost completely under cover. Which means a cooler cabin/v-berth now and a warmer cabin/v-berth in the winter.

Speaking of... with winter approaching... slowly, I might add (it was 99 yesterday)... I've been toying with yet a few geeky-type projects. We'll see.

So, that's my mini-update for now. Hope all have been having a great summer! I have!
05-04-2015 02:39 AM
shadowraiths
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...


Picture of moon from cockpit
04-26-2015 11:05 PM
blowinstink
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

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Originally Posted by shadowraiths View Post
Very mini update.

And finally, I am still keeping an eye out to move up to, yes, a power boat.

Hmmm, that's about it for now.
SHADY! A powerboat? Well, nice to get an update anyway. Maybe one of these days they will get chat running again and we can all catch up.

Happy spring!
04-26-2015 10:55 PM
Eric
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

See !! Was it Markwesti ? Or Jack ? I can't tell, I'm so new at this. So forgive me to the person who replied to me. And thanx again !!
04-26-2015 10:45 PM
Eric
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Hey sailing Jackson, how u doin ? I'm not sure how to put this ? On another string or whatever. This is my first blog, so it's difficult to find out things. Or at least how to ask.
04-26-2015 03:00 PM
shadowraiths
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Crates stacked outside often give liveaboards a bad name, which can then contribute to limitation on the number of liveaboard slips available, or worse, anchoring restrictions. maybe your location is different
Yeah, I agree. I'm moving them anyway bc I really do not like the clutter.

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Make that move down.
Not sure what you mean by this?

Eta ~ ^ nm, got it. lol
04-26-2015 07:11 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

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Originally Posted by shadowraiths View Post
.......You know, like, get the fugly crates off the top of my cabin, for example!
Crates stacked outside often give liveaboards a bad name, which can then contribute to limitation on the number of liveaboard slips available, or worse, anchoring restrictions. maybe your location is different

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And finally, I am still keeping an eye out to move up to, yes, a power boat.......
Make that move down.
04-26-2015 03:39 AM
shadowraiths
Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...

Very mini update.

Found a home for the cat, so pet free again. Now that spring is attempting to sprung, I am itching to get out in my sailing dinghy but really need to do some serious spring cleaning. You know, like, get the fugly crates off the top of my cabin, for example!

Other "not" sailing stuff? I finally got around to deploying an iPhone app. It's free, and uh, very very niche... that is, it's a serial killer crime mapping app. You can check it out my landing page here. I have two other apps in the pipe but probably won't get to those till next winter, as longer days == out sailing and/or putting around on one of my dinghies and/or playing photographer. Also picked up a sodastream, and, since c02 refills seem to be far and few between, and somewhat expensive, I am refilling the c02 canisters myself. Easy peasy. What's great is, no more soda bottles! Go green!

Alas, my geeky addiction did take over. I currently have 3 puters... a windoze machine, macbook pro, and a raspberry pi. The latter for various wild-hair projects. And, of course a bunch of iOS devices. Though, I have no interest, for now, in spending money on the imho, over-priced apple watch.

Let's see, what else? Not much. Though, I have moved beyond the honeymoon phase of living aboard. Finally. I feel totally and comfortably settled in. That is, I no longer think, oh wow, I finally have my dream. I simply feel "at home."

And finally, I am still keeping an eye out to move up to, yes, a power boat. Though, that won't happen until I can pay cash (read, probably, never!). Having lived here for going on 3 years, I at least now know what I'd be looking for in a power boat-a-minium, should the chance arise. Spacey main cabin, running hot/cold water, real head, shower, enclosed deck (for the winter), swim platform, and a flying bridge.

Hmmm, that's about it for now.
11-22-2014 01:52 AM
shadowraiths
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
PassMeBy
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)
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