Painting a Boot Stripe & the Hull

We pulled Trini out in Galveston, Texas at Pier 77 a local boat yard that allowed us to do our own work.

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One of the projects we had on our long list was to paint the fading brown Boot stripe and hull.

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We looked for the same shade of dark brown to keep with the 80’s color scheme.  But no one had that color available in their stores and we didn’t have time to have a color matched up.

easypoxySo we purchased 1 quart of EasyPoxy Petit paint in black.  The quart was about $38.

 

 

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The paint was thin, easy to apply and one coat covered the brown boot stripes .  In the 70+ degree heat, the paint dried quickly.

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Next was to complete the hull with red bottom paint.  (The hull was first sanded and then wiped down with paint thinner).  The new coat of paint will help keep barnacles and other sea-creatures from attaching to the hull.

 

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Two coats of red bottom paint were applied using 3 gallons of paint.  Each gallon cost $150.

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Helping us was Captain Kelly’s Dad, Rutledge and family friend, Pat.  The guy on the ground is Rutledge.

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(It’s hard to keep free labor motivated.)

 

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The tape pulled off and a nice sharp line remains.

 

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As you can see, Trini (a nick name of Captain Kelly’s late mother) still has the name of Enterprise.  Another project to add to our list!

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Toilet Plunger for Laundry & Other Necessities

Why would anyone use a toilet plunger for laundry?  If you don’t have a washing machine, many liveaboards don’t, its the next best thing to agitate your laundry.

Of course the plunger has another use and its not what YOUR thinking!  It can also be used to help scrape the barnacles off the hull of a boat.

Washing clothes with low budget toilet plunger

We used the plunger to as a handle by plunging it to the hull.  It kept us from floating to the top and also marked the last spot we cleaned, which made it easier to find when we came back down from getting air.

Of course, there is also the obvious reason for having a plunger on board.  But we had a separate one for that nasty business.

Many items we have on our vessel will have more than one purpose.  It was a requirement for many items we brought on board since we had limited space.

So in the photo you see the plunger and our small cooler used as the washing container.  Can you guess how many uses we got out of that?

Washer, Cooler, Step & Propane tank storage

Priceless information, I know.

 

 

Ocean Crossings, A Messy Business

Kelly and I like to keep our vessel in tip-top shape especially during an ocean voyage.  But there are times when that is impossible.

Take for example an ocean passage from Thailand to the Maldives.  We had an urgent project on our hands.

The head vent (then vent from the toilet vents out the stinky smells) was working overtime.  We were sailing down wind and the bow was driving through the waves causing some sea-water to go down the vent and into the toilet’s holding tank (it holds all of our waste). All we could smell was sewage.

The smell was sickening.  So we decided to plug the hose.    The hose is located under our berth, which has extra clothes, sails, inflatable kayak stored around the hose.  We had to take everything out to get to the hose.

The cabin was a mess….see for yourself

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I am in the middle of the fray.

But ocean passages can be  wonderful too!

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Visitors stop by…..some you like  

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and some you keep
an eye on to make sure they don’t run you over

But the best part of an ocean passage are the sunsets.

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Check out our Atlantic Crossing Video.  It’s a glimpse into the life of a moving boat for 24 days, 24 hours a day.

Does Living On a 35 Foot Boat Interest You?

Think of all the stuff you own in a house like your closet stuffed with clothes or the queen  sized (or smaller) bed with all the linen, blankets and pillows for it. Do you have  dressers?  Is there a couch or love seat, dining set, computer, big screen TV with gaming counsel in your home?  Let’s not forget about the washing machine and dryer.

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Now think of how you would put all of what you own onto a oval-shaped sailboat, about 35 feet in length and 11 feet wide. You can’t.  Well maybe you can.. but we couldn’t.

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Okay, you don’t have to put your couch or bed on the boat for boats that you can live on, like our Dufour 35.  It would have a built in couch (called a settee) usually with a dining table next to it. (Think salon as a combination of living room and dining room).  There is also a build in bed (called a berth).  It would also come with dressers (actually we call them cubbies or cubby) where you can stow your stuff.

Our boat had one Stateroom.  Stateroom, (like a master bedroom) sounds lavish but it’s smaller than most walk-in closets.

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The Salon combines living and dining space.

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Another picture of the Salon.  You’ll also find settee benches with a dining table.

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The Head (bathroom) is small.  But ours had a large sink.  The sink handle pulls out and can be used as a shower. We opted to use the showers provided by the marina.

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The toilet doesn’t flush.  There is a handle on the side that hand-pumps the waste out of the toilet.

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The Galley (kitchen) is small too.  There isn’t a large refrigerator.  Instead there is an icebox, about the size of a beer cooler, where you can store your cold items.

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This view is looking into the cabin from the cockpit.

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As a Live Aboard you have waterfront living or “Floating Condo”.  One big benefit to all of this, if you don’t like your neighbors you can move your house.  But there are many benefits to living on a boat and a few things that are sacrificed…like a washer and dryer or garage.

If this life interests you, I encourage you to try it.

Everett Marina - Our view from our slip. Lived on board for 2.5 year before cutting the dock lines

 

How we Fished While Sailing

Sailing 5 knots while trying to reel in a 20 pound fish is impossible.  Well at least the way we were doing it.  Our heavy duty fishing pole was in effective.  Usually the line would snap under the weight of the fish.  If we managed to keep a fish on long enough, it would then be hard to reel it in.

 

We didn’t have our boat decked out with deep-sea fishing equipment and didn’t want to invest on getting one rigged up.  So the decision was not to fish when on passage.

But then we met, Victor.     He made his living fishing for Tuna and Mahi Mahi in French Polynesia.


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His equipment was simple.  

  • A thick plastic filament line, rolled up on a spool (similar what you role up a garden hose with)
  • A squid lure.

One day he took a Kelly (man) and a few of our cruising buddies out to show them how he fished.  Victor didn’t speak English.  Kelly and his friends didn’t speak french or Polynesian.  But Victor was able to get his message across.

He pointed to the birds flying above which indicated that fish were eating below.  He would motor around that area, with the lines out and tuna started to bit.

Convinced of this technique, Kelly purchased similar equipment in Tahiti.  Our first offshore passage we were successful.  

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We discovered the best time to fish was 1-2 days before making land fall.  Kelly would drop the line in the water and tie it off on a cleat.If a fish were on, we would use the winch to reel it in. We also purchased a gaff-hook to spear it and bring it up the side of the boat.

I had to kill the fish.  I had two options  either

  1. Take a mouthful of liquor and blow it into the gills of the fish or
  2. Beat it on the head with a club.

Though a mouthful of  cheap vodka is nasty, I preferred killing them with the alcohol, it was quick and humane.

Mahi-Mahi

After Kelly’s fishing lesson in French Polynesia, throughout our voyage we would catch Mahi Mahi and Tuna.  It would take days to finish eating it and we would share with other cruisers when we got to an anchorage and even locals.

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Society Islands – Three Things Not to Miss

1. Shop in Papeete, Tahiti at the early morning market

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Get up early (about 5:30 am) to get the ripest fruit, freshest fish and
the  best selection….you are late if you arrive at 7 am.

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Fresh BBQ Sliced Pork

 2. Swim with the Sting Rays on Moorea Island

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The Rays come right up to you, seeking food.  If you don’t have any, they won’t hang out with you.  But watching them swim around your legs is amazing.  Check out Tahiti Travel Mate for details.

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3. Visit the Black Pearl Farms in Bora Bora or just hang out and enjoy the view.

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Black Pearls…Love them!

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Hang out, literally, at the WWII canons
that used to protect the entrance of Bora Bora

A Bike Ride in Indonesia

Bike with Moorea in Bay

Like the sails on our boat we felt our Dahon folding bikes were essential to our voyage around the world.   The bikes gave us freedom to travel away from the harbor and to get into the guts of a culture.

Sure you can hop on a bus or grab a taxi in most places, but the bike allowed us to stop where we wanted. We were able to explore side streets and meet people at our own pace.  Since they were little bikes it became a conversation piece or at least put a smile on a person’s face when they saw us peddle by.

We rode our bikes in many countries like Mexico, Tahiti, Tonga and Italy.  But our longest trip on the bikes was on Roti Island in Indonesia.  We decided to take a break from surfing, in the fishing village of Nembrala to the larger town of Baa.

Locals checking out bikes in Nembrala

It would be 24 miles of undulating hills, peaking at 500 feet in elevation and rural interior.  We weren’t sure what to expect for restaurants in between the two locations, so we packed water and food.  The plan was to stay in a hotel once we got to Baa.

 

Along the way we ran into a market.  We met teenage boys crowding around our rides, old women carrying their goods to market and people shouting out ‘Hello Mister & Misses” as we peddled down the paved road.

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When we arrived in Baa, there wasn’t much to see.  The town resides next to the ocean.  The old ferry delivers visitors and supplies from the large island of Kupang.  It seems the ocean is the main supporter of this islands livelihood by supplying fish and seaweed  along with attracting foreign surfers.

The only hotel in town was booked with guests.  But after waiting 20 minutes, a room had opened up.  We think one of the hotel workers had given up their room for the night.

 

Robert took us out to dinner

Everyone we met were generous and friendly.  One man named Robert, treated us to dinner and told us to spread the news that Indonesia was a safe place to travel.  You could see the pride he had in his homeland.

Indonesia is an island nation diverse in culture and adventure.  It does have its flaws however…corrupt government officials trying to get money out of us, but if you can dodge them, you will find the people to be wonderful.

 

Not only did we bike through Indonesia, we learned how to surf and hung out with Komodo Dragons.

Click Here for more Stories and Photos of Indonesia

Boats From Around the World

While sailing to various ports around the world, we saw many unique vessels.  Some were hand carved from trees, others seemed to use blankets as a sail but all were interesting. 

 

   A Kanu made from a breadfruit tree

Tanna Island, Vanuatu

 

A fishing boat on Makemo Island

Toumotus – French Polynesia

 

People commuting to work from
Bali to Nusa Island

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Not sure of the name of the vessel.  Can anyone
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A fishing boat from Lombok Island

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 A Long-Tail boat used to take tourists to The Beach, a site made famous by the movie.

Ko Phi Phi Lee  Island, Thailand

 

Not so much about the boats,
but I love this dock
Buzukkle Island 

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