All posts by Annette

S/V Magnolia for Sale!

With some sadness and excitement for our next adventure, we are selling our beautiful 1990 44' Morgan center cockpit, Magnolia. She has taken us from the Bahamas to Maine for the past four years. She sails well and won a few races back in her early years. Systems and electronics have been updated since we bought her. Brand new Mack mainsail, well-maintained Yanmar engine in a separate engine room, solar with Outback controller, 8kw Westerbeke generator, Cruise RO watermaker, Revere liferaft, and Raymarine electronics. Two staterooms and two heads. Centerline standard queen berth with high-density foam mattress, Ultraleather settees, very good storage, and a mini bathtub! She also has some good canvas! Currently, the boat is near Annapolis. Please Read more [...]

Line Lock Covers

 More covers.  Everything teak needs a cover from the sun. Handrails, winches and line locks.  The two line locks on the aft cabin deck got new varnish, hence, new covers.   Basically, I made a box cover to slip over the top. Using a "boxing strip" for the top and forward and aft sides; I sewed the top to a side panel; then carefully lined up and sewed the forward and aft side strips to the side panel. Repeat for the other side. After testing the fit, I hemmed all around the base/opening, trimmed the corners, and carefully pushed out the corners with the blunt end of the seam ripper. (You could use your fingers or a pencil eraser.)  That's it.  The Captain used wire ties to secure the cover to the base.  You could add snaps Read more [...]

Getting Dirty About Laundry

OK, maybe the title should be “airing my dirty laundry”. Living aboard a sailboat as vagabonds we don’t have a washer.  I only know a few folks who have a washer on board. Yet I love having the laundry done. When it’s just the two of us on passage, well, let’s say we wear clothes longer than we would if we were back in civilization (sound familiar?!). I haven't gone to strictly doing laundry aboard. There are several things about laundry that cause me consternation – where to store it, lugging it to a laundromat, dealing with people in laundromats, and the cost.  I should add that the Captain is usually very helpful with the laundry process, either lugging or helping put clothes away.  Here are some of my thoughts on laundry, Read more [...]

It All Started with…Toast

It all started with the Captain’s morning toasted bagel, his usual breakfast.  I have used my Force 10 broiler for his toast since we moved aboard in September 2013 almost daily.  (The Force 10 Gourmet Galley two burner range model #63251 with an electronic (momentary) ignition was installed new June 2013.)  The toasting process started getting longer, then the electric broiler igniter was working sporadically. I could light it with a butane lighter. Then it stopped.  No toast.  Yes, I know I can toast in a dry skillet. Or use a “camp-type” toaster, which we tried – it works ok, but it’s a hot tool sitting atop the stove – not my preference for underway use - although the Captain likes it.  Those were options, but I wanted Read more [...]
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Tools of the Trade or What Every Seamless Sailor Wants for the Holidays

Do you have what you need to get your project started and completed?  Here's a list of the items I use most. (Elves:  does your Seamless Sailor have these tools?!) Tools Hot knife or soldering tool - Essential for finishing the ends of Sunbrella to prohibit raveling.  Don't forget a safe surface to use it on.  See secret trick. Heavy-duty scissors, fabric shears and small thread cutter - Like knives to a chef, scissors are to the Seamless Sailor. Measuring tools, "L" and "T" shaped measuring tools - These measures are great for making patterns.  Also need a short measure for at the sewing machine and metal yard stick. Marking pens - light and dark.  The washable ones work well as do the soapstone.  Get extras. Heavy" T" pins or Read more [...]

Baby Blanket–Crocheting for Fun and for Good

Here’s a fun and productive craft project.  A crocheted baby blanket.  No, we don’t have any surprising news. This just seemed like a manageable project to do aboard the boat.  I selected a fairly simple shell pattern so I wouldn’t have to think too much or remember where I was in the pattern when I picked it up again. The author of the pattern titled it her five day blankee - well - not me.  I picked it up from time to time, so I’m not sure how long it really took me, but it wasn’t any five days.  I started over twice. The second time I got the rhythm of the pattern. I have crocheted basic projects from time to time. It had been awhile since I had picked up Mom’s crochet hooks.  She always had a crocheting project Read more [...]