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Moving Forward

by the First Mate

Our refit is gaining momentum.  We are pleased with the progress so far and can only hope the rest of the project goes as smoothly. 

Refit video #9 - uploaded last night.  

Temperatures expected to be near 50 degrees today which will make our work much more pleasant.  We removed the  forward awning which is now hanging out of the way in the garage. The other two larger pieces will come down this afternoon and then all three sections will go to the laundromat for a thorough wash. The forward piece is in remarkably good shape and with the exception of a few small patches little will need to be done before it can be put into service again. The other two pieces will need a bit more attention but we cannot be certain of how much until they are down, cleaned and thoroughly inspected. Thankfully we've kept an extra few yards of Sunbrella material on hand to use for patches and repairs. 

Chuck's plan today includes grinding out the two old bulkheads in the v-berth that secure the water tank and completely emptying out the aft cockpit lockers. Amazing how much higher the boat is riding in the water!  

The next step will be removing the dodger and dropping the mast which means waiting patiently for the perfect day. 

We were approached a few weeks ago and asked for an interview by Captain Sailnator which can be found here and if you know anyone who reads German the translated version can be found here. Thank you Alexander for taking an interest and sharing our story.    

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"Jim's book is thoroughly, entertaining and honest and for us to be included is an honor. 

If you dream of sailing off into the sunset after you retire 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.
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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