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Time and Sunshine

by the First Mate

Saturday morning.  We are working on our second cup of coffee while Chuck responds to emails.  Work on converting our website to WordPress has gone slower than anticipated with both of us having other things to do. 

Our new batteries have arrived by barge from Seattle so Chuck will be installing three new Group 31s in Lealea sometime this week.  We bought the last batteries in 2007 just before we left Honolulu on our first passage and they've just begun to show subtle signs they need to be replaced.  Shocking how much the prices have gone up since our last purchase.

Chuck was finally able to track down a supplier for our v-belts, which arrived last week while I was away on the Hallie.  (Thank you Ward for the offer to bring up them with you!)


My trip on the veterinary vessel Hallie last week was a busy one.  The weather was fine with mill pond conditions for most of the trip to Thorne Bay, Coffman Cove and back. We had just arrived in Thorne Bay and had clients  knocking on the boat within minutes. The constant parade of cats and dogs aboard Hallie kept us on our toes and we got to visit with many two and four-legged friends.  I had the opportunity to visit with Jo (Alaskafloatsmyboat.com) who has offered to take me mushroom hunting during our next visit if there is time. Looking forward to it.  The Hallie is expected to depart again in 5-6 weeks.

Chuck has been working with KFSK on the launch of their YouTube Channel in an effort to help with fundraising efforts.  Chuck's Wednesday 8/5 Street Beat program link available here.

We are losing 4 minutes a day and the sunshine beckons us outside.


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1. John Funk | August 12, 2015 at 04:13 PM EDT

Not a comment specific to your log but just a big Thank You!! For sharing your experiences. You two are are lovable couple! I am getting an Albin Ballad 1341 \Red Jacket\ ready for limited cruising next summer and you have given me a huge incentive to put her back in the water. God Bless you!

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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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