To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

  • Dinghy Death and New Life

    Our 2012 Walker Bay has finally become more liability than asset.

    Here she is, waiting to get rolled up and ready to be unshipped.

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    The high-pressure air floor finally sprang a leak.

    We talked with repair places and they were not optimistic.

    So we started looking …

  • Dinghy Life

    Life at anchor means taking the dinghy everywhere. When Red Ranger is our home, the dinghy, named Scout, is our car. We're looking at a replacement. We really like the air-floor because they're light.

    She was new in 2012. It's been a good, long run. But. Her days are numbered …

  • Midship Cleats

    Upgraded our mid-ship cleats.

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    Here's a picture of one of the old 6½″ cleats.

    Good for ½″ line. Rock solid.

    You can see the new dock line behind the cleat. It's ⅝″ and you can't really make a proper clove hitch around …

  • The Starter

    Mr. Lehman's starter has been getting flakier and flakier. We've put up with it for a few years now.

    You push the starter button and "Click". Nothing else. Just "Click".

    Last time we went anywhere (see "Got off the Dock") there was a sequence of five pushes to get the …

  • The Topping Lifts

    Topping lifts hold up the end of the boom. It's expected to hold the boom up for years and years and years. It's kind of important. And no, I did not make a mess of them. They've always been a mess.

    The topping lift keeps the boom up when there's …

  • Replacing the Running Rigging

    Just about every piece of running rigging has a shackle (or a loop) spliced into it.

    So. I've been trying to learn to splice loops into double-braided line.

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    See Home Handicrafts — Splicing for my first few attempts.

    Here's the mizzen outhaul: white with green.

    I spliced …

  • If it's not one thing, it's another

    Usually, it's the other. This is how one repair tends to expand into more than one.

    Haul out means some slopping around in the slings as they lift Red Ranger up and whisk her away. It also means that she's often blocked with the bottom of the keel level, which …

  • More Home Handicrafts — Three-Strand

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    I'm slowly getting the hang of some of the rigging jobs.

    Here's my version of a "Shackle Splice". It's a Crown Knot and then the tails are buried under four turns of the line.

    The splice is (clearly) bigger than the line. It's bigger than the …

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