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Friday, February 15, 2013

Prepping for tripping



The weather is wet and stormy. I've been using the breaks between showers to work on the boat and trailer. A couple trailer wires got ripped out. They are now repaired with waterproof connectors. Wheel bearings have been greased and it's ready to go.

The previous owner used the boat exclusively in fresh water. He used regular plated washers in a number of places. Salt water quickly rusted those. It didn't take long to figure out what was stainless and what was not. I've replaced the bad ones with stainless or bronze.

On our last trip, we had difficulty finding the channel markers in the dark. Today I bought a powerful waterproof spotlight. That might save us some grief in the future.

We are trying to plan a trip that combines some camping in the veggie van followed by some sailing. My lovely wife and I used to travel around all winter staying in campgrounds. Florida has some great state parks. It would be great to see a couple of our favorites again.

It's going to be hard to drive back to the land of snow and cold.

-Sixbears

10 comments:

  1. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)February 15, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Glad you bought the spotlight. It really is a necessary item to have on board. May be hard to leave the warm weather, but at least when you get home you will be in the mountains. Couldn't live where everything is so flat.

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  2. Gorges -I've a grandson on the way and will be here soon. Our daughter's husband is out of the country and will need some help.

    Phyllis -we had a spotlight but it fried the first time we used it and never replaced it. Really should have replaced it earlier.

    I do love mountains and have to return to them every so often.

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  3. Too bad you can't stay longer, but the new baby should be exciting. And the groundhog didn't see his shadow, so it might not be so bad.

    I do have to wonder, how many people preparing for TEOTWAWKI think of stainless washers?

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    1. I'm hoping spring comes early.

      Stainless steel for TEOTWAWKI. How's that for a new motto?

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  4. Doesn't TEOTWAWKI happen all the time? When I think back to the 1950's when I had lots of fun, that world ended for me when I grew up. Now I have decided to go through my second child-hood.

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    1. On an individual basis, it does happen all the time.

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  5. And here I am, standing on top of Cape Reinga lighthouse on the northern tip of New Zealand, waiting to catch a glimpse of you. Let's synchronise our time pieces and you can turn on your new powerful spotlight at an arranged time and hopefully I should be able to see you.
    That can't be too hard can it...

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    1. How about you meet me half way? I'll turn the light on and you can walk out on the beam.

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  6. The thing I like about you Sixbears is that you are a reasonable man.
    I'm happy to do that. I'll start walking as soon as I see the light...

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