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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    732ECFF2-0512-4A9F-A3E0-1FBB2B5C2A48 1 105 c

    The high-pressure air floor finally sprang a leak.

    We talked with repair places and they were not optimistic.

    So we started looking …


  • More Home Handicrafts — Three-Strand

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    D40C8F54-BD07-4FEE-A75B-60C6AE8F1BB5 1 105 c

    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 …


  • Home Handicrafts — Splicing

    I can do an okay job of whipping. I've tried my hand at seizings. I've woven the anchor chain to the end of the rope rode.

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    But.

    Double-braid splicing?

    I'm working on it.

    More accurately, I'm struggling with it.

    It's not terribly difficult.

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    7A7FD0F7-2559-48F9-8B0B-F376F70B9FDC 1 105 c

    But. The …


  • The Stove Didn't Spark Joy

    See Preseverence. The gas didn't work on cold mornings. Jeri fixed it by wrestling the hose up into the air to slosh around a drop of condensed, cold propane so the gas could flow past it.

    Before that, however, the electric sparker on the Force10 hasn't worked for a while …


  • World's Noisiest Fan

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    E0C7FCED-75BD-4295-BDEB-5BB4B896BF21 1 105 c

    One of the earliest jobs I did on Red Ranger was replacing a hulking beast of a fan in the aft cabin. It was huge; with a wire cage and blades that had broken and were glued back together. Really.

    This is kind of a mortuary …


  • New GoPower 55W Panels

    After removing a random pile of solar panels, here's what we have on the foredeck. Two little 4′×1′ super thin panels. Super thin. Tiny.

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    Right now, they're lashed to the handles. I may put four small holes in the deck, filled with butyl tape and …


  • Solar Panel Life-Spans

    I've been experimenting with solar panels since 2012. (When you think about it, everything on the boat is an experiment waiting for replacement with something better.)

    BLUF

    After about eight years on deck:

    • Obsolete SunForce: not good. No longer sold.

    • Ganz semi-rigid: really good.

    • SunWize semi-rigid: weak.

    • DMSolar 158W rigid …


  • The Anti-Siphon Drippage

    We had a fabulous Groco anti-siphon loop. Emphasis on had.

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    37133F3A-F149-4A0B-9C91-9500643E0A73 1 105 c

    It was a big, bronze thing that worked nicely for about 10 years. Then. It developed a tendency to drip.

    If you're not an engine-room nerd, that's wire-reinforced 1″ hose coming into the bottom. ⅝″ coming …


  • It's going to look like this

    All the supports are inside the tank, screwed into the aluminum.

    They're more-or-less lined up, and they sit about as level as anything in a boat can sit. Which is to say, not level enough for billiards, but level enough that the olive doesn't get knocked out of my martini …


  • A few more coats of paint...

    Here's where the forward tank bladders stand.

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    6D9D5F47-6115-4C22-84BA-9B8FD718AEDB 1 105 c

    We've got hose and fittings.

    We've got a lower shelf with some bilge paint.

    I've cut the first of three parts of the upper bladder's shelf. (I'll post a picture next week.)

    I've measured yet again and discovered that …


  • V-Berth Shelving

    It's supposed to work like this:

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    You can see the white supports. Two coats of bilge paint. Heavy-duty hardened steel self-tapping screws.

    The taped-together piece of cardboard is the pattern for the shelf that sits down there. It's much easier to build it with the supports …


  • Sails and Sail Covers

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    16C7AD6A-0950-43AF-9BDD-D6CC1764AF60 1 105 c

    Workarounds aren't really a good idea. We worked around a number of mainsail problems for years. We're finally past those not-to-smart compromises.

    I don't really have good pictures of the new sails. They went on late last year, and then came down for the winter, unused …


  • The Mizzen Bridle

    Red Ranger's original mizzen setup had the mizzen sheet attached to a wire bridle that was shackled to the deck. Simple. Reliable.

    But.

    With shackles, it was difficult to press the bridle into service as a traveler. The mizzen, like the main, needs to he held down when off the …


  • Former V-Berth Tank Interior Prep

    The remains of the V-Berth tank can hold two bladders. This requires a shelf. Since the bottom of the tank comes to a tiny little point, it requires two shelves: a top shelf that leaves 11″ of space and another shelf, 11″ below that.

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    20D8B42F-E6CB-47E0-91EC-14C2C6EBEE50 1 105 c

    I've cut …


  • Water Tanks — Cut Once Measure Twice (?)

    The usual advice is measure twice cut once. But. We're not there yet.

    I've (finally) cut away enough of the top to reach inside and work. While it's taken a bunch of weekends, it's really one, long messy cutting job.

    We wait for afternoons where it gets up to about …


  • Water Tanks — Part III — The Wreckoning

    We've learned a lot of lessons.

    First, the 4″ segmented TiN coated blade for the Fein Multimaster is the secret to this job. See this from Multifit Blades. The technique of scribing the line carefully with the blade oscillating, followed by running the tool slowly back and forth works really …


  • Getting to Done

    For me, my day job things are rarely "finished" and "done."

    There are a lot of folks who can go home knowing they filled all the orders, dropped of all the shipments, closed all the tickets, and got things completely done. All the way done — for the day. Tomorrow there …


  • Water Tanks, Part II

    The reciprocating saw (known to us as "Maxx Damnage") let me make four long cuts in the space of a few hours.

    Sadly, once we're past the easy part, the new cuts involve less accessible places. And a less destructive saw.

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    E8285F32-E915-4046-83F3-CF8C270B6110 1 105 c

    The DeWalt reciprocating saw is …


  • The Water Tanks

    See Water Tank Replacement for some back story.

    We've started taking steps. This involves radical destruction.

    First, get the anchor we've never used up and out of the bilge under the V-berth.

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    0740F791-4045-43F4-9E26-6F48C722EC6D 1 105 c

    We didn't even know we had this anchor until we'd owned the boat for …


  • The Best Wife Ever

    CA made me this today. The top picture is the new "wife" used to carry the SAE wrenches. The bottom is the old wife.

    Wrench Wife
    Best Wife Ever

    Notice the following:

    1. No Holes. (The bottom picture shows one hole on the flap. The other side was hilariously holy.)

    2. Labels for the …


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