Genny and the Lights

Can you see my attempt at titling this post alike with Bennie and the Jets.  It’s a great song here ya go, listen while you read this post.

Bennie and the Jets, Elton John:

It’s Monday, MLK Holiday, and we have a short list of items to complete today.  The main items are to complete the installation of interior light fixtures upgrade to red/white, bend the Genny, paint the interior of a small locker with mold resistant paint, and install remaining courtesy lights (pictures to come).

Chris worked on top completing the annual maintenance of the furler mechanism (bearings & pins,).  We plan to keep up maintenance because problems seem to pick moments when it is least convenient and most dangerous to occur.  We are currently developing an all systems maintenance sheet for this reason.  He also was setting up the sail to bend onto the foil. Then we went to work bending the genny; and after a short bit, she was on!



Notice the calm water.  The wind picked up about 10 minutes into the bending exercise.


The new stiff canvas on the headsail prevented a smooth wrap.  After a week of being wound up, we will furler her again.


Meanwhile, I completed my light fixture project.  The project included updating 5 old LED style lights with LED Corn Light Bulbs that put out more light with considerable less voltage.  This upgrade will meet out electrical requirements when we are off the grid.  The last two light fixtures I wanted to switch these to white/red LED bulbs.  The task was as clean as switching the previous 5 bulbs.  The fixtures on in the head and aft cabin.  Having the option to use red lighting will support night vision when night sailing.

I learned the extreme basic electrical.  You need a power wire and red and black to complete the loop.  Once I understood that I cut out the old LED bulb, set up the wires to receive two individual bulbs, and cut the loop wire so the toggle switch will turn from red to off to white.  Oh, and my new favorite wiring tools are these wire strippers and ratcheting crimpers.




Nautical Term:

The term genoa (or genny) refers to a type of jib that is larger than the 100% foretriangle, which is the triangular area formed by the point at which the stay intersects the mast, and deck or bowsprit, and the line where the mast intersects deck at the rail. Colloquially the term is sometimes used interchangeably with the jib.

Why Use Red Lights for Night Vision

Within your rods lies Rhodopsin, the chemical that actually allows night vision. When exposed to light, Rhodopsin bleaches and takes around 30 minutes to regenerate. Despite taking so long to regenerate, most night vision returns within about 5-10 minutes once the bleaching (or being exposed to bright light) occurs.  The Rhodopsin contained within the rods in your eyes are less sensitive to the color red within longer wavelengths of light. You may have seen the Military using red light to read maps and preserve their night vision. Although, there has been a shift recently to using green light or a blue-green light instead of red.

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Plain Ol’ Mold

I’ve become acquainted with Mold.  We live in an environment that Mold loves to reside and grow.  After some extensive research and chatting with fellow sailors, I pulled up my sleeves and dove right in.  Today, I worked on a small locker located in our v-berth.

After scrubbing the mold away with simple green, I dried out with cloth and a heat gun.  Then sprayed with an anti-fungal tea tree/water mixture and let dry naturally.  Once it is dry, I applied the first coat of Zinnser Mold Paint.  Zinnser Mold Killing Primer is a water-based fungicidal protective coating that can be used to paint over and kill all existing mold, mildew, moss, fungi, odor-causing bacteria and any other fungal organisms. So, I’ll learn quickly in this environment if this effort will work.  If anything, the locker has a fresh coat of white paint.








I also learned, better yet reminded, that cats are always curious and wet paint will not deter their curious minds.






A Formal made by Basics

Last November we accomplished our first and traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Dharmagirl. With Macgyver like thinking, I used one pot to complete each dish.  Using cereal bowls and a measuring cup covered with aluminum foil, they stayed warm at the back of the top as the turkey breasts roasted to a golden yet crispy finish.  Viola.

Galley Photo by Broker


This is basically what the galley looks like when it’s clean.  The photo is from our broker.





What you see on the stove and counter is I had to work with.  The six-pound turkey was a bit too tall and I had to cram it into the over by pushing the top of the foil-covered breast and slide it in.  Fortunately, and to our surprise, it didn’t burn.


The galley after I completed dinner.

Our dinner menu included baked yam, stuffing, homemade cranberry relish, Brussel sprouts with blue cheese and candied walnuts, and turkey with gravy, and a lovely bottle of Wind Walker Cabernet to tie the meal together.  We picked up wine from Mom and Ray’s favorite winery, Wind Walker Winery, a couple weeks before.

Next Thanksgiving I’ll have a fully equipped galley, purchase a five-pound breast, and have a full table setting.


New Waters

Finding a new home for your boat is much like finding your perfect home in the ideal neighborhood.  While your home location may be typically the top of your criteria list; it’s similar to finding a marina for your boat/floating home, yet the pickings are much slimmer.  And unlike the freedom you have with the upkeep of your own home and property; when living at a marina you are at the mercy of the marina management.  I’ll tell ya this, the last couple of weeks of researching and visiting marinas have been insightful.

There are three marinas, that allow liveaboards, available for us to choose our liveaboard enjoyment.  One is in Vancouver, WA, the other two are in Tomahawk Bay located on Hayden Island.  Of the two in Tomahawk Bay, our first preference is Salpare, Salpare is a small marina and has a limitation on the number of liveaboards. Our second is Columbia Crossings, with a reputation, are willing to take pretty much anyone that passes a background check and willing to pay the slip fees.  Salpare has a 10 boat waiting list vs Columbia Crossing can take us now.

Fortunately, Salpare has a non-liveaboard slip for us to rent when we begin our boat projects.  We are going to take advantage of that until we move onto our boat.  We are gambling that since we are already in Salpare, we could get the next available liveaboard slip sooner than later.  Otherwise, we motor over to Columbia Crossing and live there until we can move back to Salpare or cut the lines.



With a morning like this one, I don’t care what marina I’m residing at. 


Sounds like a lot of effort, perhaps.  But once you visit each Marina, all questions are quickly answered.  The following photos of K Row in Columbia Crossing Marina will be a little telltale why we pref Salpare.  We ask ourselves; why it would take 3+ years to repair these docks.

(A Video will come at a later date)




The Smaller Abode

We love our new home.  The apartment holds our belongings in a nicely laid out 825 sf floor plan.  The abundance of windows is lovely.  Being on the second floor, we keep the blinds open most days.

Downsizing was no easy task.  We downsized from a 1900 sf home to 1/2 the size.  Over the years we collected more ‘stuff’ than we ever could have imagined.  We were surprised because we don’t collect trinkets, collections, souvenirs and such.  But it was the books, the CDs, the gear, and all the materials required to maintain your home in good condition.

We started over a year before the house went on the market.  We were so proud of ourselves with the amount of ‘stuff’ we donated, gave away, sold, and trashed. Three months before we put the house on the market we completed the same exercise again but with no mercy.  At the end, more ‘stuff’ was removed from our ownership, we staged our home with our furniture, and we moved into our apartment.

We’ll be doing this exercise again when we moved onto the boat!

Let’s Take a look

It took three trips to St Petersburg, FL to conclude that Journey is the boat for us.  Chris went out first to view her after his CD business trip, April 22nd.  Two weeks later we flew out to spend all day on May 5th for Carrie to view Journey for her first time, be part of the Boat Survey, and to participate in the sea trial.  However, none of that happened on the 5th because weather delayed our outbound flight.  So we arrived in St. Petersburg the evening of the 5th.  Gratefully, the surveyor Lee Taylor, of Taylor Marine Surveying, had to returned Saturday to finish the survey.  We spent most of the Sunday with Lee as he completed his survey, educated us about the boat, and share a handful of tips.  I highly recommend Lee Taylor.  I hear sellers don’t like buyers to use him.  hee hee


Though we felt the boat was a go, for our own conscience we needed that ‘sea trial’.  So Chris went back to St. Petersburg May 20th.  Jonathan, (Journey’s owner), Chris, and Joe Z, our broker, of Preferred Yachts, went out to sail on Tampa Bay.  All went well even without wind.  Chris spent that time with Jonathan learning the ins and outs of Journey.  It was time well spent.

Thumbs up!  Let’s do this and become official boat owners.

Now where is that dotted line?

Counter Accepted … Yes!


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Sell the house. check.

Counter offer, counter accept, counter offer, counter accept … or something like that.  It was nerve-racking and very distracting as well.  But Molly, our Broker, keep us calm the best she can.  Molly Cleavenger, of Coldwell, was fabulous with supporting all our questions and representing what our needs and criteria were.   Molly listened to us, asked clarifying questions, and keep in touch often.  It was comforting we can contact her anytime we needed.

We wait through the closing process.  And still waiting,

and wait some more.

And then it’s here.  Cha Ching!  April 18th!  We are officially no longer bound by a mortgage payment.  To our surprise we found that was so freeing.

Hold on now as we move aggressively with finding a sail boat to buy.  We spent hours on the internet when Chris come across a nice surprise.  Wait! What!?!  What is this?  You say the boat in Florida decreased their sale price?  Get out!  FANTASTIC!  Let’s make an offer. Stay calm.  Don’t get your hopes up (ha – that was almost impossible).

Aaaaaaand   …. Offer accepted!  Cheers!

So let’s get this right.  We closed the house on the 11th, made an offer on a Tatoosh 42 on the 13th, and the offer accepted on the 14th.  I have one word … Whirlwind!  But Mama said it best; Scary Fun!

In retrospect we kept it simple; it really is simple math.  Our personal math equation is:

Sell House  =  Sailing Boat + Retirement

Enough said.


Seller accepts our offer on a Tatoosh 42


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Threes days after we closed on the sale of our house, our offer on a Tatoosh 42 was accepted.  You want to learn a bit about the boat?  Here is a great video walk through by our broker Joe Zammataro.

Designed by Robert Perry and built by Tashing this bluewater cruising sailboat is incredible condition and currently available for sale She is located Currently available for sale or Trade and located at my office at the Harborage Marina in St Pete  […]

via Tatoosh 42 Walkthrough By Joe Zammataro at Preferred Yachts — Boating Bay  

Additional information about Robert Perry’s boat designs:

We have said it before …


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… Boats grow on trees.  Just saying boats grow on trees is easier to say when you are not talking yourself out of a boat you THINK you want.  Just walk away – we would say.  There will be another.  There will be another boat just right for us.  Or at least we’ll get closer to the right boat.

Our first love was Summer Rose.  A Passport 42 that just knocked our socks off.  But the timing wasn’t right.  And here is doozie; why does the owner still have her listed for sale over a year later?  Just boggles my mind.

Then there were the boats up in Seattle, the Nordic 44, Passport 41, Passport 40, and Caliber 40.  Pretty nice but each came with their own problemo we didn’t want to adopt.

Oh, and I don’t want to forget the Norseman 400 that came from Hawaii.  She was roomy and so pretty!  It was that boat we came to realize as much as we love the Passports, the style of the Norseman felt roomier.  However, again our timing to buy did not a line because we haven’t sold the house yet.  But we did have the broker working with us – and he knew and respected our plan.

Let’s not forget the flash visit of the Slocum 42 in Marina del Ray, CA.   The boat showed well  online.  Chris flew down to view her … hmmm as he scratches his chin. No Go!

And we also had our eye on the Passport in BC.  But that didn’t pan out as the owner didn’t seem motivated to give more photos we asked for.

But the Tatoosh 42 felt great, she felt right. I almost said to Chris – I don’t need to see her. She feels good to me.  Just like when I enter the house for the first time – I wanted to buy it right there.  With the Tatoosh 42 I just wanted to get her home.

Patience is a virtue


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When is the right time to sell and get the most equity?IMG_4179


Watching the market is like watching water boil; the wait, the wait, or the wait, wait, wait.  It is concerning; particularly when I’ve heard a couple of brief remarks in the news that the seller’s market will top out sooner than expected.


Interviewing brokers/realtors can be compared to interviewing a car sales-person (but with more class).  Our first interviewee was wonderful and I was convinced we’d probably go with her.  The second interviewee struck us as rather silly and out of her posh territory.  Then our third was a good fit (beginning to sound like the the 3 bears).  We felt good with our meeting after she left the house.  Our second meeting with the third broker went so well for us we decided to hire her.  I felt we were in great hands.

After the house went on the market, the end of that weekend we had 9 offers on our house.  The long process of narrowing down the list to a shortlist of 3 was an exercise I had never experienced before.  There was more to consider than just the price.  We made our decision on a seller and after a long 10 days, the house sold and we relinquished any responsibilities on 18April17.

In the meantime, after living in the apartment the last two months, we have adjusted to the ease of the smaller abode.  I remember the first month we spent our free time sitting, reading, relaxing, catching up on a few movies, and slept as much as we can.  The release of responsibilities with living in the house you own took a bit to clear out of our minds.