Hooray for Laundry Day!

Laundry day can be a chore, but I like doing laundry at my marina.

I have two washers and two dryers to use.  Plus an ironing board if I get the urge to unwrinkle.


From the elevated laundry room, I have a waterfront view.


We also have a small book shelf where books and magazines are up for grabs.


I get some of our best reading materials here and sometimes nautical charts.

Even if I have tones of laundry to do.  I think back to our cruising days when a toilet plunger ( solely dedicated for laundry) and cooler were part of the laundry duties.

Within a couple of hours, the task is done and I am on my way.


Happy Sailing!

First Mate, Kelly

Tanks for Water

One chore on Trini  is filling the fresh water tanks.  We fill the tanks once a month.  Each tank holds about 100 gallons.

Water Tanks
Boat Wife filling the tank – Where’s the Captain

Most of our water usage is for washing dishes or our hands and drinking water.  (We shower at the marina showers).

As I fill the tanks on deck, the Captain monitors the amount below by sticking a dowel in the tank to determine how full it gets.

Water Deck Plate
Water Deck Plate

To make this chore easier, we could hook up a water-line to our boat but this can pose a couple of problems.

  1. If a hose in the water-line breaks, it could flood our boat with water.  So much water our bilge pump wouldn’t keep up, which could sink the boat.
  2. Its another step to unhook the line so we can go sailing.

But if we do decide to make it easier, I wouldn’t want to.   During this chore I get to visit with my dock neighbor, Sasha.  She also diligently supervises our water-filling responsibilities.

Sasha - the Water Works Supervisor
Sasha, The Water Works Supervisor


Have a Great Weekend & Fair Winds!

The Boat Wife – Tankful for Water

Trini’s Bug Proofing

The weather is warming up and the bugs are coming out.  Instead of buying expensive screens for our hatches (hundreds of dollars), we decided to make our own for less than $15.

The following items needed to make these screen covers

  • Black screen material from Home Depot
  • An old black rope (ours came with the boat)
  • A sewing machine & black thread

This is what we did to make the screens.

We sized the material over an opened hatch and pinned the seams together.

Pining the screen around the hatch
Pining the screen around the hatch


Then put the rope around the base and pinned it in place.  The rope’s weight keeps the screen on the hatch.

Pins come in handy


I sewed it up and Walla!  A new screen that keeps out mosquitoes, wasps and cockroaches.

Bug Proofed!
Bug Proofed!


This is Bug Proofing on a budget.  We know this works since we had made similar screens for Moorea when we cruised and they stayed on even in windy anchorages.

Fair Winds,

The Domestic Boat Wife


The Answer Plus A Snake


This post contains the answer to last week’s post of “What Is It?” and we found a Water Snake.  What Kind?  Who knows.

 An Update and The Answer:

What is it?
What is it?


Last week we asked if anyone knew what this red contraption was.  We weren’t sure it was for a sailboat.

We had some good guesses come our way, but they just didn’t seem to be right.  Then the Captain’s brother, Chris posted our question & photos online.  Nephew, Joey posted the question on Reddit.  The inquiring minds from the Reddit world got involved and provided an answer and photos.

Turns out this is a Universal Mast Base for a Windsurfer….a vintage windsurfer since the design of windsurfers have evolved over the years.

See the part in action!


dufourmast bicdufourbase

Whew!  Mystery solved.

Thanks for the answer guys.


Now the Snake:

The marina is loaded with Hydrilla – a bed of prop-tangling floating foliage.   Turns out it brings in critters.  The other day the Captain walked past a raft of Hydrilla, right next to the dock, and spotted a snake resting on top of it just a few feet away!  (Insert screaming here.)

What kind of water snake is this?


The marina staff said it was a Water Moccasin.  Then said it could jump four-feet.  Of course, a Water Moccasin is poisonous.

We’re not sure if this is a Water Moccasin.  Any snake experts out there?

The Boat Wife…watching where she steps.




Sexy Handrails

What is so sexy about handrails?  Nothing…unless you have newly varnished handrails that don’t leak.  Now that’s sexy!

Handrails won’t be in a 40 shades of gray setting (unless they also have straps).  But if your gal is a Boat Wife, (like me) she knows that handrails are sexy because they can keep her safe and it’s something to hold onto while sailing.  How sexy is that?  Sailing in Safety!


Handrails can be found inside the cabin and on deck.  A couple of our handrails on the deck would leak (during sultry thunder storms) into the interior.  One of the leaks happened to be over the Captain’s side of the bunk.

This fix went to the top of the list.

Our deck handrail leaked and needed to be sanded and varnished
Our deck handrail leaked and needed to be sanded and varnished


After taking the rails off the deck, Capt. Kelly sanded them down.  He applied several coats of varnish…about six coats.


Sanded and cleaned. Now ready for varnish.


After prepping the rails, we were ready to install them.  Capt. was on top putting down the bedding compound and the trusty Boat Wife was below to tighten the bolts.


Preparing the surface for the handrail



Installed, the rails look new.


Deck handrail screwed into the bottom handrail


Bottom Handrail. The one that leaked.


The fix worked!  After the first shower, there wasn’t a leak and there hasn’t been one since.



Now the handrails are doing the job they are meant to do.  Isn’t that Sexy!

Fair Winds!

Boat Wife