i hope all reading this have a merry merry christmas and a blessed new year.
24 Saturday Dec 2022
24 Saturday Dec 2022
i hope all reading this have a merry merry christmas and a blessed new year.
01 Tuesday Nov 2022
this new format for this site sucks. i lost already one perfectly good draft to its whims and whimsys. aarrgghhh.
the haul was a wreck. much damage and much anger due to the issue presented. the issue was supposed to be my sailboat aka home of 16 yrs..hahahahaha thankyou to my alleged friend and the crane operator who is not employed by the yard i have a wreckage.. bow fg broken sprit platform, teak, broken, sprit needs removed but is ove water so cannot for a while, until bot is over land in full. lower bobstay fitting munched well. bobstay wrenched out of fitting and so much damage. roller furler necessary for the size of sail and distance over water to manage said sail is wrecked thankyou mario. i thought mario was a friend. i guess even friendships need haulouts..hahahahaha
and then friend said to me i need to sell as is where is because i will never recover the money from repairing..hahahahahaha. aint a friend to say that. that my DREAMS hahahahaha are not worth the effort to repair the boat(my HOME and travel). from what i saw, only decoration and one punched hole and one roller furler were sacrificed by the supervisor for me. appearance group doesnot make the boat.
there will be replaced taff rail and caprail–perota wood is less pricey than is unavailable teakwood, and just as pretty. will use that.
we have covered completely the topsides of boat–unfortunately at end of rain season. oh well. is covered. and unfortunately after the disappearance of my heavy cowl vents cast in 1976 in taiwan. BRONZE. oh well is only things.. ggrrr.. yard owner placed em nicely into my dinette and someone followed and removed them from my possession. also slept on my bed. and what i had on my bed has been removed from my boat. gotta admit this haul has been most unusual.
when i finally de anger i can begin to work on the bird and work with yard on the repairs and refit. i WILL again sail my boat. bubba will again lie in his home of 16 yrs. that cat truly misses his home. he loves boat.. so does chico but chico only loves it 6 yrs worth and bubba 16 yrs worth. i think bubba wins this one he also loses.. he seeks scent of boat daily to rest his head.
24 Friday Dec 2021
why iu hvent posted much.. i have large sized problems with this platform.. they cannot find my site, they cannot manage to figger out why the blank page i am able to access is nothing but i a roadblock..is difficult using this site..
i wantto wish all amerry christmas and i wanted to show you allm y rental house i am occupying while repairs are tobe effected on bird, finally. i am actually seeking haulout in a shrimper yard in old harbor parque bonfils area of mazatlan. wish me luck. m uch is needed to be done both in house and in boat repairing.
i wish i could cure the issues with wordpress so i can post new postings for you all but it seems wordpress despite having been paid in full for both the access and my domain has other ideas
26 Monday Jul 2021
we are sitting in mazatlan summering as we have for the past few years. the tormentas are growing and coming at night which is a good thing, so our days are semi productive. no one on board is sleeping well during these storms as much lightning and rain are a major part of tormentas. we turn offalelectricity cominginto bot for the duration of each tormenta for safety as we are alone onthis dock away from and across from themain body of marina.
we emptied the walkerbay 10 first time of 10 inches of water, or about half filled, second night was 1/3 filled. glad i have a trash pump for this job, as thatmakes light work of dewatering so much water from dink.
we have finally figured outhow to stabilizeand securethebeam for shaft tube, which passes thru its delaminated self, andfor this ineedto find a storage and housing location. ahouse in th ebarrio is perfect, and prices are good, so we seek, hoping to find soon. icannot keep myuself and the cats ina boat with fiberglass anddust from said fg during creation and destruction times, so ahouse is the thing to find.
sowe fix th esmall stuff fixable without mayhem and respiratory compromise, then once a house is found, relocate all my goods into that so we can fix without regard for occupants.
alsothisnew setup wordpress is using isnot so user friendly– hard to log in and hard to publish my postings. crazyness. is only one reason why i have been negligent here.
05 Friday Feb 2021
ok so we changed out the batteries, which had been purchased in 2015, and consisted of 4 golf cart batteries, 6v, wet cell, and changed to 12 v wet cell x 2, lth brand, made in mexico.
the cases were beginning to bulge a bit and one had begun to crack. yup i know when to change batteries …..
the plan is to install 2 banks of the 12 v wet cells and improve the interior wiring and outlets so they are usable.. we have 6 solar panels, 1 small, 3 rated 3 amps and 2 larger ones. array to be determined once the hard dodger is created and constructed and solid lifeline system is installed.
we found a 12 v/120v engel fridge/freezer unit and of course didnot let it slip out of my hands….. will be placing it where the original fridge was, under the countertop in galley.
we have a lil cute mint colored 120v fridgelet we will place into the house i managed to find cheap for when bad storms arrive and for when we do major disruption of interior of boat… oh yes house–hahahahaha 3 br 1 ba with laundry room and shower inside and a huge kitchen which may need some tables and stuff.. put mini fridge on a pallette and voilaaa..fridge.
yes i did say house… as we have so much tearing and repairing to do this is a good idea… storage and occupancy zone for birdee and living contents hahahahaha me n catties. and the neighborhood is friendly. 150 usd monthly got htis amazing find. fridge is 500 usd. batteries are 6400 pesos with core charge of 4 batteries for 2 being purchased. so we doing ok , kinda.. budget is on life support but we doing…..
mizzen is just about finished–just needs one shroud for raising it again–those are difficult to find here, so we searching.
house is currently being resided in by a new zealander trying to get his self home. once that happens this house thing will hold my stuff and will hold me n catties when hard to breathe and incredibly itchy repairs are in effect. .
24 Saturday Oct 2020
so i replaced old system with new propane in a regulation box, 2 of the 5 pound aka half sized aluminum tanks–yes i kept the old regular sized one, aluminum because momma bought it for me and i can use when this situation is straight…… with gage and solenoid and everything… i used first half sized tank for 2 months before reeek and all gone happened..i changed tanks and reeeeekkk grew daily.. ok problem. no likee…. first half tank only lasted 2 months when that 5 pound tank was empty. now i used to use a 10 pound tank over 6 months…second half tank was draining faster than i was using..oopsy… and reeek means oops…. and often means BOOM HAHAHAHAHA so i didnt boom
in the superinspection we found a cracked fitting to be replaced now, gage quit, replace now, hose leaky both ends..replaced now with aeroquip hosing(done) and new end fittings… whew so much work for a run out tank. we are making it so it will not leak and we put it together so it will leaklessly work until monday when we replace all the crappy old fittings with brand new awesome shiney bright propane fittings in and on aeroquip hosing . how cool is that.
i remember when racing cars was a fun thing for me that the teams i was friends and or working with would need new aeroquip, so i went to earls to buy it in signal hill. now itis readily available in mexico. is awesome.
i was just gonna use until the tank was empty, but stink grew daily, so i called worker and this i under way now… he agrees if client goes boom, he gets no money , so it pays to keep us alive hahahahaha
have a fun day.
21 Wednesday Oct 2020
finally the mizzen is ready…but parts missing that were accounted for…so we replace and move along towards restepping mizzen and removal of main for maintenance..
mizzen has some loely paint with a clearcoat imron protection, and bonded to the last coat of paint on mast for durability. a car restoration painter did the work. will show when all is done..
meanwhile we fought some termites and some other issues and added a proper propane regulation box and gage for pressure so i can see why i suddenly havent gas. go figger… is a lovely safe box.. with 2 of the 5 gallon tanks in it, and i have already used up one of those.
summer coming to an end means we may or may not have any canes this year[hoping la nina keeps em totally away. however this is the high cane season.
i wish we were sailing this year but we aint so lucky. still have too much work to do before we can depart. of the 2 yr refit i cam ein to effect, we have accomplished mebbe 3 months of work. that is a killer for sailing soon.
still gotta refresh engine, make dodger and set up davits and other fun issues.
bubba is doing well, getting old, but so am i.. and chico is still a lil pest and pita to bubba..bullying him but LOVES me…. is a shadow and always under my feet.
so much siamese.. i have a suggestion fo rothers– never mix a siamese gened cat with a maine coon mix in same residence or boat.. hahaha siamese will bully mc.. the big huge kitties are such gentle giants they will not fight back unless needed.
i have been bad at keeping up this site, but i am not ditching it. hopefully i will remember to keep it up better…
02 Saturday Nov 2019
ok so we had a cu-rack crunch nocturnal issue occur.. was searching all over for the source–took 2 weeks..hahahahaha
so. called worker and we got busy and strengthened the supports under sole in framing… there were 3 sites of cracked wood and broken fasteners.
used one floor jack, boards and screws and epoxy to fix this mess and ta daa…. no more noises when that sole is walked on.. now for the other two cabins of squeaks….
these boats are truly built like brick sh**houses… strong and sturdy. water ingress will yes break stuff..that we are repairing now… and masts… mizzenstep only needs fasteners for the dish holding mast in place and rigging re[placed on mast itself then restep into hole and done. then we address mainmast…
and the only one we didnot photograph has been sick for over a year and supported by a bit of wood..now is repaired and sturdy again…..
life is good. formosas are easily repaired when shtf….
i love this boat.
12 Monday Aug 2019
ok so the most difficult part to find for these boats is SCREWS for the mast track. unable to duplicate and unable to be found at screw stores or wood building stores or other wood oriented and ship oriented areas of planet. impressive isnt it that a boat gets to become a reef for fishies merely due to screw purchase fail. and in a city with many sources for this product. wow. there are none in stainless nor bronze nor aluminum nor other materials. not even plastic.
instructions are not able to be followed despite being basic and simple. is not merely one nationality falling short–is all folks who claim knowledge of boats and boating and repair and invention. i am sooo impressed.
i wish my hands knees hips legs and broken back worked so i could do this my own damned self but noooo i get to watch gunsmoke and pay out money for nothing.
yup chose wrong city for repairing, duh.
my best connection got throat cancer and was failing as i arrived, ruling him out… thankfully he has recovered so perhaps we can use his recommendations.
right now my cats are doing a better job at repairing my boat than those who have said they want a hand in repairing her.
23 Sunday Jun 2019
friends ct41 was 90 percent finished for his retirement home use and lightning struck. it. bad. burned in flames. his hull is still intact as are some of topsides. these babies are strong, thankfully. he will rebuild again.
please find it in your heart to help a diabetic one legged retired icu nurse re-rebuild his retirement home. pictures and spiel are in the linky. please read and spread this word.