spoken by a true voyager…..

“To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise you are dimmed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… “cruising” it is called. Voyaging belongs to the seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

“I’ve always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I can’t afford it.” What these men can’t afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of “security.” And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine – and before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a man really need – really need? A few pounds of food every day, heat, shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, the dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?”
-Sterling Hayden, Wanderer




getting old…..

yeah  i know we all doit.

i am and so is    slow   work  lack of progress… but we all know that just before 5  things are completed,  there    pervades a feeling of  aintgettinthere….

searching fo r a  halper is not   working.  so scratch that idea…

repairing mast may work for a few years… after then i may need a house with dock.   they donot  truly exist here unless  one is friendly with an  owner of a condo and has no boat….these donot exist at all in mazatlan, unless one owns not a sailboat but  a small speedboat for fishing. they are all way too pricey anyway….

and so we fix boat looking forward to   leaving mazatlan.. prolly in another short 2 or 3 years..damn long time.

the cats are happy. they get dorado every week…..  and cat food with that extra lovely protein….boys are spoiled.


soon.    hahahahahahaha…and so we repair and repair and   …..


meh. bogged down, dangit

take apart take apart   see    worker only once monthly on  a weds.. not cutting it.  request parts never seen.   am getting feeling  this is a  not gonna be done    effort. not happifying.

engine   pending controls  were  quested over  a  year ago.   gggrrrr.. still unseen still not ordered.

mast   stepped for repairs and r or replacement.   step  torn apart, is unrepaired    and continues  to remain unsafe for sea…    the fix also contains  the   repairs for the beam  securing packing gland.   oopsy.    need to effect repairs asap.  still waiting  , been  here 2 years already. yes i know…mexico.  BUTTTTT… even in mexico boats are   fixed   sooner than this one  ever will be,  \i truly donot wish to spend my last days in mazatlan.   dang.   i prefer the smaller towns and   fishing villages closer to manzanillo.

ok stop whining  shutup and do the work, yes?? hahahahaha

so i   am conversing with another local worker    who repairs boats.    we see  what  happens as a result.   yet another mexifriend spawned my  searching by  stating my worker  comes here once  every month on a weds. ok   we need to get a better record of repair    ….  hell we need to get  A record of repair…

the   waiting is such a  flustrating   experience as nothing   continues to  be  done……

hopefully soon that will be overcome.  crossing fingers and calling out workers….

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