someone needs our aid….

i donot usually   ask  anyone for aid, but this  man has   experienced  grave losses in the past year,  beginning with irmacane and   subsequent   sequellae have created an uninhabitable situation.he has been  living in ghetto in ft myers   wherin his best friend, a furry  feline, was  brutally killed in front of him.   he   has   need of   specific medications    to treat some   psych/neurological issues, and   is   attempting to  make it on  less than 1000 usd  monthly, his ssdi allotment.

please   find it in your heart to  help with just a small donation to his cause. he just needs a leg up to recover from the   damages incurred in the hurricanes that  took him over the edge of   ability to are for self.

if 50 more folks  give  10  usd each his goal will be met.  is not much, and is sooo  needed.

this man never  has  asked for assistance,  i  pushed this on him.  please   lend him a hand   for   redirecting his life.  itis difficult to see clearly when there are  issues   preventing clear thought.   thankyou   for your   generosity  and   consideration.


we getting into the real nitty gritty of this repair project…  removed the  mast step and supporting bag of feathers, will be replacing feathers with real wood which  hopefully should last at least another 10 years. this is 42 yr old stuff.

we have stripped the hardware off  the   original mizzenmast, and stored for next one.

yes you read me right., next one.   not sure at this point whether it will be a gorgeous one from another 41 formosa or a  repair on this or an aluminum tree cutting a friend has been growing in his roof for a bit of time.  once the marina   manager had us   relocate  the    mast we were working   to the field,  that was end  of that one.  cannot access   for  work, we will sell to   highest bidder.


found this a while back and forgot to  keep safe in   formosa groups..this was   caught  from  a cruising  and sailing forum, posted by one jack tarr,  who used to own a  51 formosa.

Hardin information
Hardin International Co., Ltd. History 07/01/2001
I am somewhat familiar with the Hardin 45’s, having been an importer for the boats from 1977 until the factory was closed in the mid 1980’s. My wife and I owned a Hardin 45 for about 1 1/2 years in 1980/81 and another for 10 years from 1990 to 2000.
Be cautioned not to believe some of the rumors that fly around about the Taiwan boats and roving Chinese families that built parts of different boats as they wandered from yard to yard. Most of the rumors are circulated by people who have never been to Taiwan or built a boat anywhere. I have had boats built in six different yards in Taiwan and China over the past 29 years and have visited dozens more yards in Taiwan and China. I have never seen that phenomenon. Every yard that I have worked in has had its own full time employees ranging from 75 to 200 workers depending on the size of the yard and the volume demand at the time. Work forces did go up and down with business, much like they do here in the USA in any industry.
I personally knew Bill Hardin and my wife and I had dinner with him at the Hong Kong Yacht Club in 1981, and then visited Hardin 45, Hull #100 which he kept for himself at the club in Hong Kong harbor. He was born in 1926 and studied naval architecture and engineering at Long Beach City College under Prof. Aldenberg (rated in the top 3 in the US at the time). Bill Hardin worked with fiberglass as early as 1948 and in fiberglass boat building in Japan in 1959. He died in the Vancouver, BC area in the 1990’s.
Bill Hardin, Bill Crealock, Ernie Chamberlain and William Garden were the pioneers of Taiwan boat building for the American market. They were the ones who really got the industry rolling in the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Bill Hardin started the CT (Ta Chaio) yard with two Chinese partners in the Taipei area (northern Taiwan) with the original Wm. Garden designed Sea Wolf 40, the Sea Sprite, and the original Garden designed Force 50. He left CT soon after, taking his Sea Wolf molds with him. But his Sea Wolf 40 was copied by many yards and sold as CT41, Island Trader 41, Yankee Clipper 41, Sea Tiger 41, Transworld 41, etc., a very popular traditional ketch. The Force 50 molds were taken to Hudson Boat Company in the Taipei area, but the Force 50 was also copied as an Island Trader 51, Formosa 51, etc. This copying problem is why it was nearly impossible to get a set of drawings from a Taiwan builder.
Bill Hardin moved to Kaohsiung, Taiwan (southern end) and built a new factory where labor and overhead costs were lower – around 1970. The company was called Hardin International Co. Ltd. That is where he designed and built the Hardin 45. They built an all fiberglass construction and they were the only builder of the Hardin 45. The boats were imported at first as a Bounty 44. Around 1980, Hardin re-designed the hull from a 6’0″ draft to 5’6″ draft, trimmed down the transom and moved the two aft ports from the hull to the aft cabin trunk, and also extended the boat to 45’2″. Most people do not even notice these changes. To avoid confusion, the Bounty 44’s and Hardin 45’s are all referred to by brokers as Hardin 45’s.

As receved in an E mail from another enthusiast.
Jack Tar is offline

oh my.

seems a    marina tenant has had a truck stolen

so she whined to folks about how  she is needy and  yadayadayada… so  even before i heard of her loss i tried to make a  visit with   contract for 1000s of dollars us   for work not just for me but for others.  total income for her would have been 10,000 usd.


so  when  i tried to meet and   speak with her she was nasty rude and   not civil.


so today i  see her again, and she is even ruder.


so she said  when addressed and proposal broached that she doesnot need the dough nor the work.


i had seen her  results and not been  enraptured with the   quality.  oops.

and so

as long as someone is opportuning a victimization, they need no clientelle.

woman said it from her own face.

“i donot need the money nor the work” quote  “banjo jane”


and so i gave   10,000 usd of work to local mexicans who welcomed it with open arms and huge hearty thankyous.

\gotta love   local  folks with good work ethic.

i so donot sympathize with   those holding victim mentality and shoddy work ethics and product.

as a 6 month visa holder she has no right to do any kind of work here.


sooooo  glad i didnot   become accessory to  enabling an illegal  activity.


bullies basura and breakfast…..





alllllright….sooo, as the great almighty and  above it all used  car errrr boat sales creep in mazatlan   is a  BULLY.  ok. so i boycott bullies.   since his wife  died, he has become more and more angry and  hate filled, spewing  noise and  anger at those who silently do their  living.  what a joik.

and so today was a swap meet… there were three    selling and few  passing thru.   i got a   seat for helm station, and i  found a   parts kit for  whale gusher  foot pumps.   score.   poifect.

for a week, there was nointertweb connectivity.   i  ran diagnostics and reconfigured  th ehell outta my computer only to learn it is  a compound  error between  over reconfiguring and   system fail, which is   denied.   it is your equipment is the  pat answer. hahahahaha   guess again.   we still have   S L O W    connectivity,  despite  4   lights on my  tplink pharos antenna.    and that is when the bully   disrupted my  reprogramming.


good thing i didnt reprogram antenna as i was gonna do –it did itself. is a magical  item and most helpful in   grabbing  connectivity and failing signals..   gunsmoke  with coffee is not the same as weather with coffee.  i prefer weather.

and so i   resubmit my  logins. only fail one is   sailnet. their security is tighter than that of the queens skivvies i swear.

got new to me mast  of wood from a  once  tour boat named  romance II  which broke up on the main beach here  when engine   glitch occurred in a strong  onshore breeze. they didnt stand a chance of recovery.  is a shame.    however the  masts and engines are saved and usable, so the spirit   continues….


and then there is chico da vato.  bubbas nemesis now  hisses at bubba,l and bubba swat chico.  is this a  pawsitive move or  ..

and  chicos ears…  now he is getting some strange skin colorations he didnot  used to have. his ears used to be pale skin, now  turning brown in splotches….. wierdo cattie.  he is also   getting   white furzz on his body.  didnot used to have that.   wierdo cat.  the pale  strips onhis head  in front of his ears are also  blotching brown..   as i said…..  meximultigene kitty

mizzen mast removed!!

so we finally have  removed mizzen for   repairing or replacement.    there  is a wood mast rebuilder here, so we  will try that. i love my thai cedar masts.. this   rebuilder has  thai cedar,  hard to find in mexico.

as for the condition of my   post patricia cane mizzen–wholly ships, mon.    the wood is as durable and solid and  hard as feathers.  oopsy.

yup i know when to remove a dangerous item from   boat….

so it now lies on my  dock finger next to my   shiplet, which popped up out of water 6 inches   astern.. was a  strange sensation to feel as it literally did pop out.  mast is 40 ft  length.

we continue the electrical panel work… and  fixing that   quadrant of boat  under old ice box, now black moldville…..

epic saga of shorty da rat

and so, yes we had a raton on our coachhouse roof.   thankfully he showed his lil self before trying to gain entry into  interior of boat. he was a cute lil  disease addled   thing with a scaly tail.   pretty coloring,  and   nosey. he tried   2 times to enter–   both times caught in the act.  he first appeared   when the field next to my boat   was   mowed and  raked. no more homes, seeking new ones,  found a plantain on my binnacle and the war began.

ok.  each of th e  3-4 days he  stayed on the roof  i washed  well  the roof and decks.   changed the screens and made sure all is well and intact.   checked the hawse cap for  tightness and weight.  washed the decks again.

my mechanic   brought  some    sticky   traps and i loaded  2 while wearing gloves and caught   the not so cute anymore critter last night and dispo’d it.

now cats are   weird.. they  each have a different reaction and response to this situation..  chico   gets excited and  runs like he was shot, and bubba lies down on top of the location   of the  intruder.   so between the 2, we deaded one rodent.   still donot trust the lil   guys, am  keeping traps ready and   watching closely and putting frisbies on my lines until i can  get rat  preventer cones.

and yeah i thought shorty was a good name for a cause of pestilence notorious world wide.


oh but they sooo cute…



oh yeah. carnaval begins tomorrow…..  week after carnaval we   de-mast this  boat.


we are seeing now a  less vague time frame for stepping masts.   my worker says we can do it without    yard crane  in  dock e slip 2, where i want my boat to  sit for the rest of my repairs.

this will be interesting, and i donot  want to see it  but i need to watch hahahahahaaa  see trainwreck …

we still waiting on one part for the electrical panel, a  bilge pump   breaker and  switch by rule.. slow  to mazatlan.  seems parts were   shipped quicker to barra de navidad.  correo  is always an adventure.

we still awaiting the  final pieces of the  fuel delivery system so i can motor my boat   to the new slip instead of begging a tow.    this is  the flustrating part of   repairing,  parts arrivals do not always match the   plans laid  out by man.  hahaha or woman.  meanwhile as the m ast   shape changes….  how much of an S curve   can  a thai cedar mast tolerate before   breaking and falling on my head..oopsy… is already raining   rot shards  from crack at spreader.  i think my next mast will have  a   hail mary  measure incorporated in in case of fail.

my worker  says   no more than 2 months to   removal of masts mebbe 2 weeks.  ok, coool. it needs done   asap, so we working on the    issues  we need to   fix as we await delivery of parts.,

hope alla yez have a wonderful sailing  season. err snowy season. err.. whatever you are seasoning.

i think  i will season some to be orange ginger   sweet picante shrimpies.    slightly candied if i can pull it off….lemme see, i have honey,  shrimpies pobalanos  serranos onions garlic,  oranges limones…..  cilantro….  and butter.

for first time since i arrived in mexico my salt has clumped and will not shake out of the shaker.    time to return to using   fresh ground salt.

we on this…

AND  we  have   dorado for humans and cats.     fresh.   yummy.  bubba is telling me to get the lead out and give him sashimi  dorado NOW. he is a sweet kitty and does this by lying next to me purring.     chico  screams until i bend then   stands for a hug before he will shut down  his  soundbox..he has many   different sounds, accompanied   by abandonment issues. he is a sweet kitty.  each time i pass him he wants  picked up for  a hug.    he  grabs me   and hugs me, only problem is he uses   CLAWS!!!  which are uncomfortable where i still have skin intact.    he is learning, albeit slowly…..

i am being advised i am  late in preparing this   dorado sashimi and best be on it faster.   purrrrrr…….


hahahahahahaha  happy  day!!!

bubba and chico and da bird

chico is still destroying all within his power–the power of a kitten now almost  err   is  this month 1 yr old.   how time flies..from   under car cat aged 2 months  to  spoiled fat 1 yr old   rambunctious lil black streak  …   thankfully no longer  hiding in bilges, but wants to return   to that dark   place occasionally.   he still hides under toilet when wanda  arrives hahahaha..he is getting used to my workerbee… thankfully.

so we have a stainless fuel tank in place, we are prepping for    mizzen  and main mast stepping, and we are   awaiting  new stainless steel stovetop under which  i plan on placement of 120 v a cute lil thing.   mint green, the classic proudly written across its   upper front.  …  worthy of understove placement secured for travel.


what else did we accomplish las year…..  we repaired toilet a few times, hahaha normal wear n tear, old equipment… and we  placed tank for fuel and we  relaxed as we  dealt with health issues and boat   integrity.  plans made for   continuing  repairs.  my helper is   finally realizing we have WORK to do ..hahahahaha


finding  the right parts in mexico without paying duty.

ok so far no problem.   found  racor   500fg in manzanillo for   reasonable  pricing–in usa i was  overwhelmed with  the new part pricing.  inm anzanillo i bought  2  racor 500fg   for the price of one racor 500 in usa.   my win.  they are   so very handy in the face of dirty and  water invaded fuel.    replaced the  O~ring at   fill mouth and rebedded..  funny how less water  comes into the  tanks when the fill  is  properly installed.

still thinking  shape size and  function of  hard dodger..i like the   fisher   shaping… not   certain how that would  work. we donot generally receive   green water over bow  as far back as   cockpit or main sheet  traveller, which is  where the  forward aspect of dodger   would sit.

we have  most of parts for electrical panel relocation.. most necessary   before   removal of mast, as  the  negative bus bars are screwed into the wood mast.. oopsy.


bubba is finally recovering   from his stress of chicos invasion.  they  still fight on touch–bubba screams at chico when chico touches   bubbas part of him  and not fair game.  i think with 2   cats i will be   changing   to boda boxes (enclosed  house like litter pans system for both  of em.  whew.  those   have   limited  steenk escape with   filtration.   will make a   difference i think. will  start with 1   as they are a tad pricey.

marina mazatlan is  upgrading much and has  improved rest rooms, working on new machines for laundry room and   has locked all gates and installed  cameras to watch all come and go.   some restaurants came then went.  the  number of boats here this high season  appears  smaller than past years.  watching this , as improvements are underway.  there is even a beach club 2.2 km distant for our   use.  that is new since  2011. seems a tomato farmer ended the land war here by  buying it alll up , so it is all his now.  there have been  many changes  effected over past year here, inclusive of   infrastructure  repairs.   (is fun  hearing a 30 yr old marina being called the new marina..hahaha)

surprisingly fewer fireworks displays this   ny eve..was  quiet save for ambient music.

now i have   satellite radio.  big improvement.  i can hear music  without wifi.   hahahaha and catties have sounds   to  keep them  feeling secure in my absence.  spoiled lil guys arent they.   they ar ealso excellent workers. they constantly watch and  listen. when   dock water  exploded open  in the slip  across from  mine,  first chico, below waterline  heard it and yowled, then  bubba  heard it pop and  bit me  on my elbow, his warning    alert.  it was repaired without any down time. a  true miracle.  yes they both got treats and fishies for that ..good work.


no resolutions. is a schedule which is a dangerous thing on a boat.

happy 2018.


out like a wet dawg..

in temperate zones   march is in like a lion  out like  a lamb,,, ok  this is   edge of tropics with tropic of cancer  our claim to  tropical existence.

our summer of  canes, a true lion, is wimpering out like a  sick and tired frontal system spawned of monsoonal trough which has no  mercy  nor sleeping season.

i was going to start this with some schmaltz  describing the   starkness of winter and how  fortunately we donot experience the phenomenon.

oops a lie.  yup we have winter–itis usually 2 weeks in length, nights are cold days not bad–is t shirt weather instead of tank top weather.   and mebbe    2 or 3   days require  summer weight uggs  for toesies   instead of flip flops.  hahahahaha what you ask are summer weight uggs???    answer! the nice soft old pair with holes in em.   yup those have a  use.

now, where the hell did i put mine..

this being a la nina winter makes the   adventure more   interesting.   the   powers that think they be, aka news media  have predicted a WEAK  la nina.

i need to insert a  lot of canned laughter here.

each and every time they call for weak they get hell on frozen wheels.  be wary.   my prediction–you will burn or freeze.  keep your weather eyes open and lay in the rum for the worst part of the winter.

so we going into a la nina  winter.  cali is already in fire season, invited early  by   uninvited guests from hell, and   defying containment.  is hard  during fire season.

fla has coldness.   they actually have nights   below  the freeezing temp of water.  ouch.   uninhabitable.

my toesies are cold with ambient air temp of   68f..hahahahaha   musta got acclimated already.   whatsit been,   6 years, and a half , now?  at least they donot freeze off   down here. i am in same marina i first   visited  here in mazatlan.



so we priced  stepping masts  and having em laid on my deck.

6000 pesos for both main and mizzen.  now i also need to know does that include the   crane and the labor and all  , or  am i paying for  bits and pieces  separately…..always a concern.  what amoun tup front in cash and   yada yada details.

so my worker is  confirming this price and  finding out  what the hidden costs will be and we may do this in january.

iff the  electrical panel is moved by then. and iff engine starts with no  fol de rol.  i want first time every time service from my newly rebuilt engine.  we almost there.

and i am  again scrounging   foot pumps  for the interior   fresh water system.  seems the 5 i used to have had been    “repaired” to   be  of absolutely no use or value to anyone. the   outer plastic was   screwed overexuberantly   breaking the plastic housing, and screws were placed by same   person into a  highly corrosive  substance of  gkw origin,   ok i seek new ones to start over again.  thankfully i only need  3 of em.

i bought   waxed paper for   maintaining my waxy plastic   dinghy and kayaks..  need only a  flatiron for this  bit and ta daa.. learned this from an old salty  soul…

and slowly we progress..ever so slowly so as not to scare  the bird.  life is too good for  problems

new stove top is in making  ..stainless  and repairable  by me when necessary.   parts available everywhere in mexico easily.   once installed it will be   above the lil fridge i have, 120 v,  so i can get that out of the   cockpit, where it is currently stashed and used.

and then we can  begin to attack the   innards of this  taiwanese miracle boat.   we have already boosted up the   sagging framing for the sole…  it is easier now to   determine the boat had sat on a  breakwall for a  bit of time.  our boats each have stories to tell. tough  fat bottomed  boats with  much character, each different from the rest.

life is good.   y’all have a good   christmas season!