I go to Barnes & Noble bookstore to relax on a wintery Sunday

Good Old Boat is in “Women’s Interest” section….Bookstore shelf

Elegant going-ashore dress for the lady sailor: The Reefing Skirt

Reefing Skirt illustration

Reefing Skirt

I don’t know how I came to have this image on my PC but I love it! Anyone know who did this? Ooh, and has anyone tried to make up a holiday version of this wonderful dress?

Happy Decennial, Pinga! Our 11th winter cleaning: shining kettles for the galley.

We are celebrating our 10th winter prep on S V Pinga… more fun when I think of it as Pinga’s decennial. I couldn’t have been more fortunate when buying Pinga 10 years ago; she’s a charming and well-behaved boat. I had no one to help me and no experience, just a “list” from reading books, but I bought her based on intuition and the nice smell!

S V Pinga sailboat galley stove top kettle and shorepower kettle.

The stove top kettle and the shorepower kettle.

I thought this was funny, seeing the two kettles gleeming side by side. In the winter, I rotate through everything on board, bringing it all home for deep cleaning. But I realized I’d forgot about the kettles in past years. One is for shorepower and one is for the stovetop. Now here they have been rinsed in vinegar and washed real good.

  • Water heats fastest in the kettle and creates less steam.
  • This wide-mounth shorepower kettle also warms soups and stews.

The fresh toilet water, deck hardware removed, fabric samples…

In October, my brother, cat, and car died… so no post, and not much getting done on Pinga.pinga_bidet

I did remove many bits of deck hardware no longer used and I love the clean, clear look.

For many years I have not used the seawater intake to supply the toilet, preferring to pour some fresh water into the bowl from a gallon jug. With this routine, I noticed less odor in that area. Last week I placed a bidet attachment valve on the Bosch hot water heater, because it is directly behind the toilet, and now I use a sprayer attached there to fill the bowl, or clean it. A tidy solution using an inexpensive bidet kit found on Amazon.

In the photo, I have not yet mounted the diverter valve on the wall and I am pondering how to do that without placing another screw in the bulkhead. Things on boats, interior or exterior, change so much and holes are a common problem, don’t you find this so?

Exciting news: I selected a fabric for new cushions and placed an order with Sailrite. Yahoo. Show it to you later…

September Sailing to Seven Islands

Seven September Islands: Lopez, Clark, Orcas, James, Ewing, Matia, Vendovi
On James Island we tied to the dock and hiked on up the hill to look across to Mount Baker. At sunset we rowed our dinghy along the shore to the kayak campground, where there is a most perfectly located picnic table. From the dinghy we saw an extensive rock slide of small rocks moving down the cliff, moving just like a waterfall.
Bird-watching at the lagoon on Spencer Spit was also rewarding and that mooring ball was quiet all night, a rare treat. Actual tasty treats were waiting for us in Olga, yummy, and one of my favorite docks for quick stop.
An overnight on the Matia Island dock delighted us with early morning otter antics and the company of Penguin, a fine motor vessel named for everyone’s favorite flightless bird. Matia is also the location of the most perfectly located outhouse.
How did I miss Ewing Cove all these years? I was thrilled with our best hike and most scenic views of bellowing sea lions hauled out on the reef just to the north of Ewing Island.

Ladies go sailing to Rosario Resort; see views from Mount Constitution

The first day of our trip saw wild waves filling Bellingham Bay, so we delayed. However we had plenty of sailing in our two days out. We decided to put the two crews together so we were cozy and happy as a crew of 6 on the larger boat. Pinga stayed home this time, so she could avoid any big weather still lurking in the corners of our islands. But all we found was sunshine and good winds. The sailing was great.

We did have pool time, group dinner, an evening drive up to the top of Mount Constitution, and morning in Eastsound for breakfast at Roses Bakery Cafe. The pools at Rosario Resort are wonderful, but the resort restaurant was too busy. It’s all about the pools and the heritage ambience.

Carol, Kris, Susan, and my shadow overlook the islands from Mount Constitution.

Carol, Kris, Susan, and my shadow overlook the islands from Mount Constitution.

What’s new? Electronic Ignition, Harken gear, and some sailing on frisky currents.

I had a great crew to take to Echo Bay (Sucia Island) over a weekend in June. We had good sails, lovely hikes, long rows, and fun foods. Our return required a long run motoring through confused seas. After several hours, Pinga’s engine had a “hot coil” shutdown. I replaced the coil while we sailed on, but I decided it was tune-up time.

I decided I would install electronic ignition, since the tune-up procedure is simplified after the electrical ignitor replaces the points inside the distributor. The installation instructions come with the part when purchased from Moyer Marine. Not so difficult, but I had to buy a big hardy flat screwdriver to break loose the screws. Used a hammer with a deep socket to set the magnet sleeve in place. Put on a new cap rotor and cap, as the old ones Sucia hiking view of Echo Bay.did look a bit green. I hope this keeps Pinga’s Atomic 4 engine happy for another year.

Deborah wrestles the mainsail...

Deborah wrestles the mainsail…

We did race in Bellingham’s WOW (Women on the water) race again this year, with the same wonderful crew as last year… I am so lucky to have a seasoned crew for this fun event. We had brisk weather, bouncy waves, a slightly ill skipper, and we tested out the new traveler system. I’m pleased it was smooth and efficient. Jean Penney was our expert helms-person and she demonstrated great concentration and skill.

My traveler project took months: I sent the old Nicro-Fico x-track to Garhauer but the system they sent me didn’t fit and was very clunky as well as oversized. I returned it and ordered a Harken “small boat high load” 4:1 system, sending them a carefully drawn template. I crawled into the space behind the rudder post (yes I did!) and set the many screws through the track: Harken has a “retro” replacement track that fits the old 4” spaced holes. The new traveler is perfection. TIP: The addition of the Harken “x-treme angle fairlead” on each control line cam cleat makes it easier to use and is well worth the extra cost.

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