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The Winning Fish (37.6 lbs Salmon)

By The Skipper

It's hard to make something as repetitive as the sanding, priming, painting and varnishing we are doing come off as anything other than the repetitive and boring thing that it is. Yet, even our feeble attempt at blogging and creating content demands regular, frequent and, one hopes, fresh material.

For that reason, I am not going to talk about these uninteresting activities until we move on to something more challenging and/or interesting.  Besides, there are other aspects of life that are far more worthy of discussion than how long it takes a coat of paint or epoxy to cure. There is a lot more to the lives of the Cruising Lealea crew than boatwork.

You would be forgiven for thinking that, as a "Cruising couple", our lives revolve entirely around Lealea.  To be sure, Lealea is central to our lives, but not a lot more so than a landlubber's house and car.  We are remodeling the house.  The place is a wreck.  Meanwhile we are staying in our friends house while they are off for an extended sojourn and doing some pet sitting on the side for another friend (The homeowner's daughter) while she works and travels.  Laura is working nearly full time at the veterinary clinic and has become the town's always-on-call "Pet EMT". I am doing my weekly Island Music radio program on KFSK and trying really hard to make the boring, repetitive boat work we are actually doing interesting enough to publish in a video.

It may seem like we have swallowed the anchor.  We have to admit, the temptation is strong.  But no.  Although we have run into some headwinds, we are tacking into them and will eventually beat our way off this lee shore. (Shiver me timbers!)

Maybe some funny music or an enigmatic blank space at the end...

Here is Mickey Knight with the winning fish
winning fish

All 27 Refit videos so far...

Chuck's Island Music radio program 5-23 (Reggae)

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1. Harold Casterline | June 07, 2016 at 09:58 PM EDT

I don't know about the other guys, Chuck, but I'm just plain nosey to see what you guys are up to. You have certainly bit off more than I would be willing to chew. As far as your schedule, you are doing great. My wife and I have been reworking ONE ROOM in our house for months.

We are getting ready to \cruise\ with our 24 foot trailer for 5 or 6 months starting in September.

Best wishes


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