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Spadefoot – back from the hospital

Just 2.5 weeks until the start of Bermuda 1-2 and Spadefoot is back from the hospital.  The last race of Spring Series was not a good time for the da’foot.   But thanks to an incredibly quick turnaround from Fred Lindsey at lindseymarine.com down in Canyon Lake, Spadefoot is healed and …

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Spadefoot 2.0, err… 4.0

One of the fun things about owning a one-off custom boat is that you are free to make changes whenever it seems like a good idea.  There are no “rules” to follow.  In the past 16 years Spadefoot has gone through a number of changes.  When first launched in 2000, …

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600 miles, and we are still in Austin

Over the last 10 days we’ve made 10 trips to Austin Yacht Club.  AYC is 30 miles from our house, so that is 600 miles.  Oof.  That’s a lot of time sitting in the car/truck. The good news is that we absolutely killed it.  Boat hauled, emergency rudder installed, bottom …

Two Triton displays...

Yeah, it’s got a Hemi!

We’ve had many great weekends for sailing and racing this winter, but this week and next have been reserved for off the water projects to get Spadefoot ready for Pacific Cup in July.  First up, was a big one.  We’ve had Spadefoot for 1.5 years and the boat came with …

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On the road again…

Shearwater was loaded on a truck today (US Boat Haulers), bound for San Francisco Bay.  With luck she will be in Richmond by Friday and get her first taste of the Pacific Ocean. Preparing for the transport went amazingly well.  On Thursday we started prepping the rig for removal.  Boom …

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Unwired

Spending a few days on the boat affords us time to start poking around in cubby holes…and tracing wires that are not labeled…and pulling those wires out to find….they are not attached to anything! Back in the spring, we installed new NKE instrumentation and autopilot on Shearwater – the installation …

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Alternator Chronicles – A Happy Ending

So you recall a few weeks ago we “blew up our alternator” while trying to do diagnostics on a suspected charging problem.  That was a big bummer, requiring ordering a new alternator and regulator, shipping from the West Coast of the United States, and import duties into Spain.  Ouch, ouch, …

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Alternator Chronicles

When things go wrong on a boat they can go very wrong. It pains me a little that despite owning a sailboat and being a lover of the sailing aspect of owning a sailboat, since taking ownership of Shearwater, most of our effort, time, frustration, and a great deal of …

AIS on the iPAD running iNAVx app.  Yellow triangle is Shearwater.  The red labels are boats in the area with their AIS on.  How cool is that?

Back in the saddle again…

The Travel lift saddle that is.  Yesterday was launch day again and hopefully we’ll be in the water for a long time this time.  Chris arrived in Philadelphia on Monday, collected all of our goodies from her Mom’s in New Jersey and moved onto the boat Tuesday morning. It’s only …