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Stuff you want but don't need.

by the First Mate

The weather the last few days has not allowed any varnish work to be done but at least we can still sand.  Snow expected on Friday but Saturday and Sunday are expected to be clear which would give us some good working conditions.  Not a good day to be on the water anyway, South winds 15-25 gusting to 35. Rain. 

Chuck is down at the boat now making a few final sketches before we begin stripping the interior furniture out of Lealea tomorrow.  We've gotten all the ceiling strips off, the plywood for the v-berth is out and the water tank should be out by this afternoon.  The meeting with our carpenter, Andy, went very well Monday morning. He looked at Chuck's sketches, seemed to liked the changes we have in mind and had a few suggestions of his own. Video #7 - Teaser.

Phone calls have been made to price out new foam for the v-berth and settee cushions. This will be the third set of cushions since Chuck bought the boat. Foam material has always been fairly expensive but if we've learned anything over the years it is to not be cheap when buying it.  It is our bed, our couch and our home and we want to be comfortable.  The foam will probably ship out of Seattle which makes my eyes weep dollar signs at the thought of freight. It turns out there is someone in town with a good reputation for canvas work and it just so happened I had enough Sunbrella material on board to get her started on the new curtains. We will need to order more Sunbrella for the rest of the project but at least things are getting started.  The cushion covers in the v-berth are still good and won't need replacing but since we are re-designing the starboard settee a new cushion and cover will need to be made.      

Finished inventorying all of our food stores yesterday.  Besides a few canned goods that need to be eaten immediately because of a few rust spots our supply is almost exactly what I expected to be on board. And better yet, everything was in good shape, clean, dry and mildew free. 

Finished going through our other "Stuff" yesterday too. Clothes, hats, books...just stuff and managed to cull out a big bag of clothes and 2 plastic bins of items not important enough to be loaded back aboard. Next dry day everything we plan on keeping will get tossed into the back of the pick up and temporarily put into storage.  

I've taken a step back from Waterways Veterinary Clinic for the next few months which will give me more time work on the boat with Chuck and keep up with our daily blog.  Chuck has been putting out video's on YouTube and I've not had a chance to post them here....sorry Mom.  

Links to catch up.
    

So far we are on track with our time but it is early yet.  A few good days are needed to strip the interior and then one warm, dry day is required for us to drop the mast and then we can get started on removing the main bulkhead.

  

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Jim's book is thorough, entertaining and honest and for us to be included is an honor. If you are getting ready to retire and dream of sailing off in to the sunset we suggest "Sailing into Retirement" is a must read.

Chuck and Laura

Fellow shipmate, Fran Taylor, writes about her many adventures as crew sailing aboard different tall ships and she mentions one voyage in particular  during her time aboard HMB Endeavour where she meets a couple on their honeymoon.  Read the humorous tale of the seasick groom and how a new "private signal" was born among the Endeavour crew.
The first book I read after moving aboard Lealea.  A wonderful journey that got me dreaming.
-Laura
Looking for a read that will make your stomach hurt from laughing?  This one did it for us!  A definite page turner.
-Chuck and Laura

"This Old Boat" If you can only have one book on sailboat maintenance aboard, this is the one.

-Chuck Rose

"This old boat" If you can only have one book on sailboat maintenance, this is the one.
Chuck and Laura

“The Ashley Book of Knots” by Clifford W. Ashley is, quite simply, the definitive work on knots.  We think if you have more than a passing interest in marlinspike seamanship or decorative knotting this book is pretty much a “Must Have” This book is a high mass volume. 
                       -Chuck and Laura
Fran Taylor was born and grew up in Scotland on the banks of the River Clyde.  She has sailed all over the world in a number of “Tall Ships” and has had a number of articles published. She is a regular on the guest  speaking circuit around Perth where she lives when not pursuing her dreams and answering the call of the sea. In 2012 she took part in the Titanic Memorial Cruise, a special event to commemorate the 100th
anniversary of the sinking. This book tells that story.
The story of Margo Wood and her husband Charles who began the "Charlie's Charts" cruising guide series. When her husband passed away she began to sail as a singlehander.   A wonderful story about a lady I admire a lot. - Laura  
An excellent read for anyone interested in single handed sailing. An inspiration for women. Anne had quite an adventure and this book is especially interesting to Albin Vega owners.- Chuck
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