A mellow Music Monday: Some David Gates and a marina sunrise

Posted By on February 19, 2018

MorningSunriseD8Encore180216Although I’m no longer enjoying the warm weather and beautiful sunrises (from Encore‘s cockpit on photo left), last week’s trip was a positive one as I accomplished what I indented to get done; a successful splash and back in the water, as well as checking on the Delray Condo renters and a visit with old family friends.

One of the best new iPhone apps (paid subscription) is the SiriusXM app as mentioned before. CNBC or FoxBusiness news is my usual SiriusXM streaming feed, but I definitely enjoy a handful of streaming music SiriusXMFavpartialchannels from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s as well as favorites like The Bridge – enjoyed some mellow David Gates and his 1970’s group Bread (also love hearing about celebrities and musicians who also have their personal lives together as well – below).

An unknown to me was just how early musical success and recording came to David Gates … here’s a first from 1957!

  David Gates | Jo Baby – 1957
  Baby I’m A Want You
  Goodbye Girl – 1978


Finished covering the risers while watching the Daytona 500

Posted By on February 18, 2018


Sunday was the perfect day to finish up “covering” the lifts for the rear row of our new home theater seats. Now all 8 seats have a great view … even in recline mode. After building the “boxes” a week or so ago, I picked up some closeout brown polyester outdoor furniture upholstery material at Sailrite (shipping was as much as the material!) After cutting with a hot knife and using a combination of hot glue and staples, the covering looks pretty good, although one of the samples I ordered just in case, would have been a perfect match.

Brenda has not given it her seal of approval yet, but since she is calling this primarily sports and movie watching room a “man cave,” I suspect she’ll be ok with it.
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To salvage or not to salvage? An epoxy LED light repair.

Posted By on February 18, 2018

JustAnotherEpoxyRepair_LEDLight180216Too many times in life I find myself fiddling to repairs something that really just needs to be thrown away.

Case in point (see interesting idiom explanation below) … I brought home an LED fixture that replaced a higher wattage halogen bulb that works well in Encore‘s cabin, but for some reason the pin/plugs must have heated the plastic mount enough to get pushed into the lamp base.

I decided rather than scrap the small specialized bulb that a little epoxy might be just the trick? We’ll see how it holds up after I replace and it heats up again?

So I replace the bulb in the fitting with the one I temporarily hung in the galley and brought the broken one home.

You may be asking, where are the dome lights that belong in the galley (and elsewhere)? Well they are on Brenda’s "to do" list as she has been slowly giving the tarnished brass a verdigris treatment which looks great.


Already missing my morning view

Posted By on February 17, 2018

The irritation of “the week that was” has given way to the positive memories like waking up to this kind of sunrise view … even if it was in a marina. I’m thankful to have the out of water maintenance headaches behind me and can now look forward to “escaping” to our little corner of paradise once again.

There is part of me that envies those retirees who live on their boats and socialize each day about mundane things … while the other part is so satisfied with having business to attend to, children maturing into adults who still ask me for advice and squeezing my nearly one year old granddaughter who know little more than unconditional love for those who cherish her (and feed and diaper and entertain and comfort and “well you get the picture.”)

Life is so very good at this moment. Thank you Lord!

The week that was – Encore is back in the water

Posted By on February 17, 2018

To the non-boat owner, having a sailboat sitting out of the water "on the hard" might seem like an inexpensive way to "park" a boat for a while? Well let me tell you that is not even close to being true, at least at a working yard.


Several months ago I had such grand plans for my brief scheduled maintenance during hurricane season. A quick haul at a "do-it-yourself" type yard for new bottom paint and a couple underwater minor items. Unfortunately once the bottom was blasted, I ended up having to deal with blisters again (unfortunately an all too common problem with older fiberglass boats). The process lead to hiring out the excessive labor and replacement of stuck seacocks and mushroom fitting. Finally, after adding the last splash of bottom paint to her keel once in the travel-lift and a new zinc to the prop shaft, we were able to launch.  I was able to coerce a friend IMG_0713with breakfast to give me a hand so as I could putter Encore into a "new-to-us" dock … I do miss my friends Mark and Dar now that they have moved to Savannah.
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It is good to be back in the water although a leaking thru-hull (never good) did make me a bit nervous. I spent a full day cleaning the dust and dirt off the boat and gave my new neighbors, Sven and Nancy, a hand with their engineless boat; they were hauling out this week to replace their flooded old diesel with a new Beta engine. I’ll be anxious to see it and am looking forward to connecting with them again once they get back in the water.

My other new neighbor was trying some new Rustoleum Rust Dissolver Gel (Walmart Quart?) on his stainless steel rails. It worked well since the "gel" seems to stay where you rub it, and he was applying it with his bare hands! Yikes … I’m going to have to give it a try since there is no way the Snobol toilet bowl cleaner can be used like that!

What do you get when you add an outboard motor to your SUP?

Posted By on February 16, 2018


This might be one of the greatest SUP, Longboard, Kayak, Dinghy "mashup" ideas around … I could see myself working on this kind of project! (thanks Dane)

Try Vinegar instead of Acetone to Clean Hands

Posted By on February 15, 2018

Using acetone to clean up after nasty messy projects such as epoxy or sealant? There’s something that works better, is cheaper AND is less toxic!

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Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.