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By the Skipper:

The First Mate has abandoned me again, this time delivering a pair of cats to her mother in GigHarbor (Don't ask) and I have been forced to sit down and prioritize the tasks in front of me; Boat maintenance, video projects, laundry…

By far the biggest rock in my pile, however, is converting this web site to Word Press and moving it to another host.  The combination of dissatisfaction, a change in Google’s search algorithms and a timely offer of help from a friend have prompted us to take action now.  Suffice to say that this move will result in us saving money while providing a more mobile friendly web site that is easier for us to develop and maintain.

What this means to you is that one day in a few weeks the site will look different and be more accessible.  Better, we hope.

Unfortunately this is not the best time of year for this sort of project.  I need to take full advantage of every [relatively] warm, dry day and every available hour of daylight (seventeen hours, fifty one minutes today) to get work done on the exterior of the boat.

I need to get organized and start getting things done.  The good thing is, I have a checklist for boat maintenance at least.


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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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