I now own an angle grinder!

Craigslist strikes again!

I figured I would need one for the boat soon, so I’ve been on the lookout.  Finally and ad for two (large and small) showed up.  When I checked them out, the large one had a VERY bad vibration, so I just got the small one.  After the sale, the ad was re-posted saying it was in “very good condition”.  Craigslist is great, for buying and selling stuff – but be sure you’re not buying junk.  I’m happy with what I’ve gotten so far.

angle grinder

angle grinder

I built another motor stand

Yup,  title says it all.

motor stand number two

motor stand number two

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Notice this one doesn’t have wheels.  I used scrap wood that was laying around and nails from the last motor stand.  I didn’t spend much time planning, just pulled out the tape measure and started sawing and hammering.  It’s 40″ high, 35″ long, and 20″ inches wide.  Total cost, $zero!

It was great to get outside.  I’ve been spending way too much time obsessing about finding a job.  The weather was great.  Somewhat cool (53 degrees f), but with long johns on, sweater and cotton gloves it was quite enjoyable.  I managed to bang my hand once, but I didn’t do too much damage.

Happy new year all.

Decision needed

OK, I don’t REALLY need TWO boats do I?  Especially two that are so close in length.

For the foreseeable future I need to stick to  low-buck boating, so I have a looming problem.  Should I keep the boat?  Here are some considerations:

The 23′ sailboat is at a marina where the slip is paid for till march 31.  At that time, I’ll have to come up with $600 to keep it there for the next 6 months.  Then it won’t be a free boat anymore will it?

Since it’s a keel-stepped mast it doesn’t really work that great as a trailer sailor.  That mast will be hard (or impossible) to put up and down.  I’ve seen some people cut the mast and put in some kind of fitting that lets it fold down, but that will cost bucks to do, so I’ll need to keep it in a marina if I keep it.

The 22′ boat is in my shed on a trailer.  I need to get it off to adjust the roller supports to fit the boat.   I don’t have any boat stands or a way to hoist it, but I could put it in the slip where the 23 footer is.  Get the trailer worked on, and then take it back out.  In order to do that, I need the 23 footer gone.

There are a couple of people that advertise on craigslist to take unwanted sailboats.  Maybe it’s the same person.  I’m thinking I could give it to one of them when the title comes in the mail.

I think I’ve talked myself into doing it, what do you think?

NOTE:  I’ve already emptied the potential give-away boat.  Now I have a back-up motor!

Boat Titles

Wow, it’s been 3 weeks since I posted.  Sorry loyal followers!  I’ve been somewhat busy with non-boat things.  Including going to Orlando,FL to watch my son graduate from UCF!  Yay Alex!  Wound up spending a week there.  Anyway, back to work.

I finally got around to going BACK to the Fish & Wildlife office and completing the title work for my 2 sailboats.  Last time I went I didn’t have formal bill of sales for either.  Apparently, writing on an index card that you sold the boat doesn’t cut it with those paper pushers down in Annapolis.  Also, if someone in Maryland tries to give you a boat, they’ll still tax you 5% on a minimum value of $1000 unless you can prove it’s a junker.  (With pictures and signed statement by prior owner)  I finally got them to accept a value of $100 (That’s their absolute minimum and it requires manager approval) and only charge me $5.

After contacting both prior owners and getting new Bill of Sales on official forms I got to take another trip to Fish & Wildlife and get my titles.

So here is the breakdown:

Free boat (O’day 23) : I got title only. cost $7

Paid boat (O’day 22): I got title and registration. cost $43.50

Here is the decal I will eventually put on the boat in my shed.

O'Day 22 Fish & Wildlife decal

O'Day 22 Fish & Wildlife decal

Boat Batteries – DOA

As you all well know by now I have recently aquired two sailboats.   Burried deep within the innards of said boats were some scraggly looking batteries.  “Supposedly” 12 volt batteries.

Boat Batteries

Boat Batteries

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I measured the voltage before conditioning. They were 0.0, 5.1, and 10.4 left to right in the picture.

So I went to Lowes and a Stanley 40 Amp Battery Charger that can do reconditioning to bring tired and worn out batteries back to life.  Then I “Conditioned” each battery.  Except for the one on the left.  Zero volts means somethings broken in there.  No charging possible.

After the other two were done conditioning, the new voltages where ….. uh… 5.1 and 10.4 ??????

So instead of batteries, I actually got extra boat anchors.

oh well.

Book Review – “Almost too Late” by Elmo Wortman

Almost Too Late in my amazon bookstore

4 stars out of 5 – I really liked it

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Wow, what a book.  Things go wrong out on the ocean sometimes.  Sometimes really wrong.

This book tells the story of a man and his 3 children (Cindy – age 16, Randy – age 15, and Jena – age 12) as they go through the sinking of their sailboat in a fierce Alaska winter storm.   Somehow, they all manage to make it to shore as the boat breaks up under them.  They go through terrible hardship, freezing feet, exposure, near starvation.  Through it all they are determined to rescue themselves.

Unlike the author in my last book review, Elmo doesn’t spend a lot of time on analyzing the meaning of it all as he tells his tale.  They methodically go about the business of trying to survive as best they can.  At one point, when he and his son are unable to go on and his girls are stranded by themselves without food, it seems certain that his two girls must be dead.  In this moment of reflection, he attributes his failure to save them to a change in his attitude when he goes from self rescue to expecting to find help.

I find myself strangely attracted to disaster at sea stories.  Having been involved in a shipwreck myself at the the tender age of fourteen (5 years before the Wortman’s misfortune) I know that terror of suddenly being in the water when moments before you were nice and dry on a ship.  Fortunatly for me it was summertime in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and our rescue came after only 3 hours in the water.  I’m sure looking forward to not EVER repeating that experience!

Anyway, great book. 

Book Review – “The Motion of the Ocean” by Janna Cawrse Esarey

Subtitled “1 small boat, 2 average lovers, and a woman’s search for the meaning of wife”.

This is about a BHAG.  A “B“ig  “A“** “H“airy “G“oal.  It chronicles a decision by a newlywed couple to quit their jobs and take a two year trip around the Pacific Rim.  The trip begins in Oregon and goes counter-clockwise around the Ocean.  Through a nice series of forward travels and flashbacks to key points in their relationship the wife discovers her love of writing and explores what it means to her to be in a marriage.  I read the first chapter on Amazon, and it caught my interest enough to buy the book.  You’ll have to read it yourself to find out if they make it.

I’m mostly interested in books about sailing right now.  At first I thought this was a sailing book.  But it’s not.  The book covers it’s topics in relation to the number of words in it’s subtitle.  That probably wasn’t very clear.   Let me try again.  There’s 15 words in the subtitle.  They break down like this:

  • “1 small boat” –  so it’s about 3/15 = 20% boats
  • “2 average lovers” – 3 words out of 15 words = 20% about average lovers
  • “and a woman’s search for the meaning of wife” – 9 words / 15 = 60% about PROCESSING what happens

ARGH!

Now, I did read the whole thing.  And it is written pretty well.  I just got bored with some of the topics.  OK, a lot of the topics.  A lot of time is spent worrying about not having things to talk about.  Argh again!  I’ve been married almost 24 years and it just isn’t an issue for us.  If we have something to talk about, we talk.  If we don’t, then we don’t.  Most of the time we do.  It works.

Sometimes like now I wish Netflix had a rating between 2-didn’t like it, and 3-liked it.  Using a rating SIMILAR to Netflix’s 5 star rating,  this would fall between (2-didn’t like it) and (3-liked it).  On this one, I fall right in the middle.  It was just OK.  I’m sure lots of women will love this book.   Wish I hadn’t bought it.  Sorry Janna.  It doesn’t go to my Amazon book store.