This particular blog has been going since 2012, so eight years. I started blogging about this adventure in about 2008 I think, and you can see those original pages by, you guessed it, going to the “About” section, and looking at the old pages. Somewhere, there’s an old blog still up but inactive.
We started our sailing adventure in 2008, sitting in a hot tub, discussing “retirement”, that story is on the pages I mentioned above, so won’t go into the details. (But, it’s here.)
Basically, we started our sailing in San Diego aboard a Catalina 30, called “Karina Del Mar” while attending an ASA school there, at the “San Diego Sailing Academy”, earning our ASA certifications for coastal cruising, basic bareboat etc. Later, spending many hundreds of hours sailing our little Macgregor Venture (25′ sloop) on the lake in Pueblo, Colorado.
“Winds of Time” served us well for our learning.
In 2010, we chartered for the second time, the first time being the boat in San Diego. We chose the British Virgin Islands, and a company called Tortola Marine Management and the boat was a Jeanneau 41 called “Wombat”. Spent two grand weeks there, ten of them sailing the islands, including Anegada.
Today, we live aboard our adventure – called, Adventure.
Since we acquired her in 2015, we’ve lived aboard (after a short stint to let winter pass on the East Coast) and a couple of times for return to Colorado for medical issues for JoAnne.
We’ve added a generator, water maker, repaired numerous issues with the boat, and dealt with many, many engine issues. I’ve added the equipment for me to be able to dive the boat myself (including my new air compressor, regulator and a few needed items). We’ve added new lights of different types (LED), some very bright ones for down below for cooking, cleaning and so forth, and repaired or replaced others (and I have to repair on over the nav station now, because it’s out…)
A couple of months back, we had a run away engine. I’ve documented that here as well as several other entries on the blog.
A few days ago, I received my fuel pump back, which was so bad the rubber seals had rotted out and were breaking up into little pieces. The device has been refurbished, like new, and I reinstalled it yesterday. It took 20 hours to get it out, and five hours to put it back in. I have not, yet, finished putting everything back together.
I’m taking a “back break” today. Tomorrow I will continue, and reconnect all the fuel pipes going back to the pump and injectors, repair some broken things and probably get some new hose to replace the stuff on the coolant tanks. There’s also a broken temperature sensor I’ll need to replace, and several pressure hoses to the oil cooler. In other words, another 5-10 hours for me to put it all back before I can try to start the engine.
On the bright side, I am now getting very good at understanding the engine, and how to take things apart and put it back together. One day, not in the too distant future, I figure there will be an engine rebuild in my future, and I feel as though I might be able to tackle such a thing myself now.
I hope to have everything back together in a week or so, and test the engine, and take the boat out and drop anchor over night, and maybe go on south for a few weeks or the rest of the winter. It will depend on whether the weather holds out for us or not. Not sure that is going to happen, but, we’ll figure it out. If nothing else, we’ll do a Spring time run to the south and come back this Summer.
Not going to make any more firm and hard plans or put it out to the Universe, because when we do, something always happens.
Anyway, this is the first entry for 2020.
We welcome the new year with a renewed hope that things will be better this time around, with new engine parts, and repairs, and the hope that we can accomplish something wonderful this time around.
Just remember though, if you think you can’t do something, you’ll never get it done. If you believe you can, and you try, you will surprise yourself at what you can accomplish.
Happy New Year everyone!