Remodeling pays off with unexpected benefits: the bread-warmer.

Brioche buns sitting on top of the bread warming cubby.

Brioche buns sitting on top of the bread warming cubby.

I’ve been out on Bellingham Bay many times in May and June, but only last weekend made it to the islands. Sucia and Vendovi Islands, specifically. I had to motor for some of this trip, but then I can use the tool cubby to warm sandwiches, brioche buns, or my gloves:

The drawer in the “over the engine” cabinet was a pain so I turned it into a false front and installed a hinged hatch and box. Now it is easier to reach in to tools etc. from the cockpit, and no more drawer-on-the-floor. Imagine my delight when I realized this could also be a bun-warming bread box…. yum… warm chocolate brioche buns from France… warmed by the heat of my dear and dependable Atomic 4 engine. It’s a little thing that makes me smile.



“It’s A Visual” — old deck drain

Showing disintegrating old deck drain.

Original deck drain.

All prepared for the upcoming season of fun. The usual spring routine has been done: oil change, new spark plugs, inspection, lots of cleaning.  I took the thermostat home for the annual boiling/testing, and returned it with a new thermostat housing to make it function at its best.

Two of the deck drains (scuppers) had leaks. I searched for replacement parts and replaced the uppermost two. Removing the old ones turned out to be easy because they disintegrated… ha ha! Here’s an old one showing holes where there should be metal.

I enjoyed the Vancouver Boat Show very much, and picked up a couple of nice LED reading lights there, now on the port and starboard cubbies at the very back of the cabin. ( I always think of that as the front because I work in the galley facing out the companionway, still, I guess it is the “back”. )

S V Pinga looks real nice with her new Dubonnet Tweed sail cover and winch covers, her sails all fixed up with several chafe patches done by Port Townsend Sails, and all lines washed and ready. Come by on Opening Day to check ‘er out…


Preparing for the 2019 boating season: rope wash and inspection day.

The Ashley Book of Knots and a few of the ropes that serve S V Pinga… be prepared for washing.

The big cover goes on, gear comes off, Winter projects begin!

I have pulled most everything off S V Pinga’s deck and placed the Big Gray Cover. While I did replace the temp gauge and sensor, there is not much to do until Boating Season 2019. So I started on the projects done at home over the winter. Here’s a photo of the new sail cover in progress.

Sunbrella sail cover at the sewing machine.

Sunbrella sail cover at the sewing machine.

I sew on an ordinary Brother machine from Walmart. This requires complete management of the weight of the piece above all else, but also change the needle often, thread the machine and wind the bobbin perfectly, and match the thread, needle, and pressure to each other. Before every run I test on a small bit of fabric just in case things have gone astray.

Happy holidays!

Unexpected temperature gauge readings…

Oh so funny… read so much information about how gauges work: tested the gauge, the sensor, inspected the wire… couldn’t understand why my SW Water Temp gauge seemed erratic… and then the needle and post just fell off.

Our food tour of the islands!

Walked by a farm stand of heirloom tomatoes on North Pender Island, near Hope Bay.

Found a beautiful selection of Salt Spring Island Cheeses in the Thrifty Foods store, Ganges.

Butchart Gardens: two special desserts and our dinners. One of the best dinners I’ve ever had, and mine was vegetarian.

But what about the last photo, a simple pasta meal I served on S V Pinga? It is my recent discovery of the Barilla Pronto penne — one pan, no strainer — it cooks in a small amount of water quickly and perfectly. The Pronto products make pasta dishes possible without a steamed up galley and without a big pot of boiling water to strain off.


S V Pinga rides best stern to mooring ball: Ewing Cove (Sucia)

S V Pinga in Ewing Cove, tied stern to mooring ball

S V Pinga in Ewing Cove, tied stern to mooring ball

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