The POWER part of sailing

20170825_130650So…. we all agree that sailing is not only the best way to boat but also the most economical. However, we all have those times when we have to start the motor and use mechanical propulsion to get to where we want to go. Whether we are motoring to make up time or due to a lack of wind, it is inevitable. Even just getting off a mooring or setting the anchor needs a bit of power to help us along.

The bottom line is, it needs to start when it is needed especially in an emergency. Ocean Phoenix is a bit of a hard starter. Although we have not had her in the water yet we did run the motor before purchase on the hard and we did winterize her this year. The mechanics who got her running after sitting for 3 seasons and our broker both commented that it took a bit to get her started and we found that it took about 45 seconds with the glow plugs and a full throttle to get her up and running.

The M35 Universal, I am told, have always been finicky but still…… does that not seem a little much? So the question is, is it bad fuel from sitting for 3 seasons? Are the glow plugs weak or is the relay not working at all? The motor was just overhauled before she went on the hard and I was assured she has about 5 hrs on the rebuild. When she is up and running it purrs like a dream and runs clean.

Does anyone else have any experience with the Universal engines ( particularly the M35). My experience has been mainly with Yanmar and they tend to run strong if serviced yearly. My plan is to drain all the fuel and start over fresh. New filters all around and some fresh engine oil should help also. I am curious how to check the glow plugs & relay to see if they are up to the task also.

  Your thought are welcomed…..

 

Food For Thought

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Hey you…yes you… the one currently looking at the screen, we need your advice.  Do you cook? Do you eat on your boat?  What are you favs?

Food do’s and food don’ts …Being someone who is super new to boat life and sailing I am trying to wrap my thoughts around many different things.  I am sure that there are many other newbies out there as well trying to find the same answers.

Bacon…YUMMY, everything is better with bacon, right?  Wrong…consensus say not in the galley, the smell, well yummy, sticks around for awhile and worst case scenario you get a grease fire on board.  If you have a deck grill then perhaps yes to bacon. So this has got me thinking, I read a lot of different sites, posts, etc but how do you weed through everything and remember for future reference.

Deck grills, interior stoves and ovens, pressure cookers, coffee makers, microwaves…There are so many ways to cook and prepare food, but you might be limited in space and power.  What works well for you?  We would love to hear from as many people as possible, what do you use on your boats? What is your opinion? Do you wish you had used something different?

Brussel sprouts, cabbage, beans, garlic and yes bacon are some of the many high smelling foods (some for different reasons 🙂 ) …but all are soooo good. And this is just locally, there are foods all over the world that should be tried and some that should be avoided.  What do you cook in your galley vs on your deck grill? Are there foods that you should just avoid?  What is your best recipe?  What was your greatest fail?

One last point on food for this article…storage.  Do you keep the original packages? I have heard that many bugs love to live in box board packaging (crackers, cereal etc…) because of the glue and its a great place to hide. Do you vacuum seal anything?   How much food do you keep stockpiled at any given time? What keeps the best and the longest? How do you store your spices?

Your time, thoughts and opinion are greatly valued here, please share them and share this post, the more information that we all have, the better the sailing journey becomes.

Cheers 🙂

 

Wanted…Needed…ISO…

So we all have a list, items we need, items that we would like to have, and items that would make our lives so much nicer.  Because Ocean Phoenix is currently in a state of being a racing boat, you can image that we are on the look out for many items.  Yes, I know go to a store like everyone else… but I would imagine that there are people out there with a shed, a garage or a basement full of items that they would like to part with to offset some of the costs when they had refit there own vessel. Plus, we all like a deal, and sometimes we find a great price, we would love to hear of these great prices. Ebay, letgo and Kijiji are some great online resources but if we can buy something from another sailor that would be better for all. This list will continue to change as we buy items and find new items that we need to change.

Some things we will just buy new for sanitary reasons like the waste system components, but other items we would prefer used like the Raymarine instruments, water pumps etc… Our electronics were great in the day but are definitely dated. We would like to build on the RL80CRC (Pathfinder) chartplotter/radar and ST6001 auto pilot. For all those not familiar the units are 2004 era.

  • 10″ Cleats x 4
  • Windlass
  • Waste bladder
  • Water bladder
  • Large fenders x 2
  • Transom ladder
  • Foot pump
  • Teak panels
  • Refrigeration compressor
  • Macerating pump
  • VHS radio with DSC function
  • CD stereo and speakers
  • LED lights
  • Outlets w/ covers x 8
  • Portable generator
  • A/C panel
  • Dodger
  • Bimini
  • Water pump
  • Water maker
  • Ice maker
  • Portable freezer
  • Charts for Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut
  • Raymarine boat speed
  • Raymarine wind instruments wanted-responsive

We SOLD our boat!

Yellow Jacket is sold… We listed her about one month ago on Kijijj, We got some inquiries, took a couple phone calls and shared the information about her, but no offers. We left the boat in Canada when we were done sailing in the Thousand Islands and parked her on the side of a busy highway at a family members house. Two weeks ago we put a large for sale sign on the deck. People were stopping! We had several people stop by, look at the boat and then move on. Then it happened… This couple stopped and looked at her last Friday and Saturday, then he contacted us and we set a time this weekend to meet with them and show the boat throughout. We spend about two hours talking with this couple, they were really nice to speak with. Then the wife says “you know that you like the boat, you might as well buy it”, which of course made us feel great!

So they bought our boat. While we were at home earlier, we found it hard to find the right form to use without having to download or sign up to a bunch of useless sites. We found one that would work as far as information went and then revised it to suit our needs. We will be adding a new section shortly to our website, it will be “resources”, in here is where you will find the form. We completed two forms, one for each of us, accepted his payment and made arrangement for pick up.

We have offered to help step the mast the first time in the spring. Every boat is different and we have had the chance to learn a couple things that might help. Plus it gives us all a chance to catch up! All in all, our experience was amazing!

Ocean Phoenix

We have talked a little here and there about Ocean Phoenix, so I think it is time to cover her inside and out.

We purchased her just over a month ago on September 12, with her already on the hard. That meant that while we do not have to pay for hauling fees this year, we will have to wait until next year to dip her in the water. We did spend two weekends on board to get everything cleaned out and winterized. Worked and resolved some electrical issues we had, (still a few more lights to get working next year though).

The main electronics are Ockam and are a bit dated but the Chartplotter/Radar and auto pilot are Raymarine so we will likely build on that system and add Raymarine Speed/depth and wind instruments next year.

The exterior is in nice condition but we will need to redo the anti slip paint and bottom paint soon. The gray anti slip paint was a selling feature for us as it adds some depth to the deck, we really liked the two-toned color. Bottom paint is something we all need to do… We will need to repair the boot of the mast, a port side stanchion, add an anchor locker and windlass, add a couple more cleats and a few more ports.

The interior will need a longer list, lol… We really need to do some research on how to work with teak. There are a few spots that seem to have been stained or something, its darker in color and has runs in it. The cushions are currently in our basement (more on this later) and we will have a lot of wires to trace and plumbing to up date.

It may seem like there is a lot of bad with this boat, but we were able to look past this. We will not be sailing full time until we retire at 55 so for us, the repairs that are needed are minor, what interested us the most was the open layout and accessibility. When we are in the cockpit there is a lot of room, both sitting and standing, when hit by waves the water will run straight out the transom. The top deck has a great shape to it and it’s really easily to navigate. As you enter the salon we have a split galley, stove and sink on the port side and ice box with ample work space on top on starboard side. This allows for more then one prep area. Under the stairs is our engine and the one of the points about the boat that we REALLY liked… We have access to all four sides of the engine as well as the top. So if something happens we have easy access. The rest of the boat is pretty basic, v-berth, aft cabin, head, wet locker and storage areas… but we really liked the basic setup. We can add our own touches, what works for us… and that is one of the reasons we bought this boat over the others…. it’s a clean slate.

Unfortunately our boat did not come with any information about the C&C 37R at all, and we would love to find some of the schematics for her. This will aid us greatly when redoing the wiring and plumbing. Please share this around in hopes that we may come across another 37R owner.

Mooring Location

Hey all, we are looking for a mooring location for next season.  Currently our boat is on the hard in Barrington, Rhode Island.  We have really come to enjoy the Rhode Island area as well as Bedford, Massachusetts. Though we are totally open to suggestions…

But first, some information is needed…Ocean Phoenix has 8′ draft (yes, we know that is a lot, we are fine with this).  Her length over all is 39.5′, beam is 12.58″, air draft is between 62′ and 68′ (we will need to measure this) and displacement is 14,900 pounds.

So as you can see, we are in need of a deep water mooring that will still have enough depth when the tide is out.  Below is a list of some of the items that interest us when choosing a mooring;

  • Location – Our home is located in Troy, NY and we would prefer to keep her within a 3 hour drive
  • Not too much traffic – we have seen some that are under or close by heavily used bridges
  • Dingy service is an interesting aspect, during certain hours you can use a ferry system to and from the dock
  • The ability to bbq on our deck – if a dock is suggested.
  • Swimming location close by
  • Preferably less than $65/ft for a seasonal mooring.

Please drop us a line and let us know your thoughts…have you heard of a mooring coming available, do you know of a location for us to call or prehaps its your fav spot and we can get together for a sundowner…either way!

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A Little Humor

Brenda is home making dinner, when Tim arrives at her door.
“Brenda, may I come in?” he asks. “I’ve somethin’ to tell ya.”
“Of course you can come in; you’re always welcome, Tim. But where’s my husband, Shamus?”
“That’s what I’m here to be tellin’ ya, Brenda. When we returned from sailing on my Cal 31, there was an
accident. “Oh, God no!” cries Brenda. “Please don’t tell me…”
Well, it wasn’t on the boat but on the way home from the dock. We stopped by the brewery for a pint and that’s when the accident occurred.” “Oh, no!” cries Brenda. “Please don’t tell me…”
“I must, Brenda. Your husband Shamus is dead and gone. I’m sorry.”
Finally, she looked up: “How did it happen, Tim?”
“It was terrible, Brenda. He fell into a great swirling vat of Guiness and drowned.”
“Oh my dear Jesus! But you must tell me true. Did he at least go quickly?”
“Well,” began Tim, with head bowed. “No, Brenda… no.” “No?” cried Brenda.
“Fact is,” lamented Tim, “your husband climbed out three times to pee.” 🙂 🙂 🙂

Projects

OK, Ocean Phoenix is currently on the hard 😦 , but we will be launching her next season and staying on a mooring.  (We have no idea where yet, this will be a new post.)  We are hoping to launch as early as we can but we do have some repairs that have to be taken care of first.

List One – repairs that should be done before we launch

  • Does our head work? We know we need to replace the Y valve cause its stuck pumping overboard.
  • Install a macerating pump
  • Install new water bladder
  • Install new waste bladder
  • Inspect the packing gland
  • Inspect all through hulls.
  • Purchase a stern boarding ladder and install.
  • Remove old name of the boat and install new lettering and graphics
  • Painting the exterior of the vessel – Bottom paint.
  • Nav, stern, masthead and steaming lights need to work.
  • Electrical woe’s – desperately need a refit soon! We did however get the water & bilge pumps running.  Also, finally got the GPS to get a fix.

List Two – repairs that can be done while on a mooring

  • Teak repair and conditioning
  • Build and insert shelves into the aft cabin
  • Build and install an anchor locker
  • Convert ice box to refrigeration unit
  • Replace or repair some of the floor
  • Painting the interior of the vessel

As with all or many sailboats, you may find that this list continues to grow…I am sure that will be the case with us as well!  But you know what?  We love a good project and we really can’t wait to get started.

Like and follows us here and on Social Media to watch our progress.  Does our list grow?  Will it shrink?  Time will tell, but one thing is for sure, we will love every second of it and share it with you! 🙂

Yellow Jacket is for sale

From our previous post, you may have learned that we had a wonderful time on our Yellow Jacket.  But also that we have just purchased something larger.  So we have decided to put Yellow Jacket on the market.  Here are her specs:

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Boat Shopping

If you read our previous post, then you already know that we had a great time on Yellow Jacket.  She is a fabulous vessel, but we have decided to pursue our forever boat.  The first boat that we looked at was a C&C 41, she was a really nice boat, up to date, clean and ready to go. This boat was open and bright, the owner had installed some really nice additions as well.  This being my first boat shopping experience, I really wanted to look around.  James and I agreed that we would take our time and perhaps make the purchase in the spring.  On to boat number two, this was a C&C 37R, she was in bad shape, not only was she dirty, but almost everything was out dated, and the cushions all torn.  She was a racing boat through and through and only ever used as such. The v-berth and table were out, everything was bare and empty.  She had also been sitting on the hard for 3 years. But she had a completely different layout versus the 41.  This boat had an aft cabin as well as a split galley.  This was food for thought. Number 3 was a C&C 40 Deep Keel,  very clean boat, but it felt small and closed in, we spent about 10 minutes on the boat and we were ready to leave.  Number 4 was a C&C 44, she was awesome.  She had an aft cabin, which by now was becoming a must, beautiful wood work, everything we needed and just a little cleaning. This boat had two heads, ample storage in the aft cabin for clothes and such, doors to close off the two main cabins and so much more.

But at home each night, we always come back to one boat…the C&C 37R, yes she needed work, and a good cleaning, but at the end of the day she had everything that we wanted.  We went back for a second view and look in, at, over and under everything that would move, and we loved her even more.

The paperwork is complete and we are the proud owners of Ocean Phoenix (we gave her this new name).  WOOT WOOT 🙂

Stay tuned and we will tell you more about our decision to buy the C&C 37R over the others.