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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Water Time

Friday started out cool but warmed up nicely by the afternoon. My lovely wife and I went down to the lake to work on the boat. I did a few little projects, put another cleat on and mounted a depth gauge transducer. Mostly though, we took advantage of the nice day and did some sailing.

My lovely wife spent more time on the tiller than I did. If you want your spouse to enjoy boating, let them do the driving. Then it's not your hobby alone, but something you both enjoy. Not only that, if I fall overboard, she knows how to turn the boat around and come get me.

It was a beautiful afternoon. Most of the time it was just us and four loons on the lake. Those birds are pretty comfortable around the sailboat and come right up to it. Later in the afternoon a pontoon boat came out for a bit and then a kayaker joined us. It's pretty quiet with the kids back in school.

FedEx delivered a 50 watt flexible solar panel. It's more efficient and smaller than my older 50 watt panel. I think I can find a good place for it on the cabin roof. I'll have 130 watts of solar when I'm done with the upgrades. It doesn't sound like a lot, but my needs are few.

I'm still trying to sell the van. There's been some interest, but no one has shown up with cash in hand yet. It would be nice to sell it before I head south. That would help the travel kitty.

There are a lot of people with YouTube and Patreon accounts funding their travels. I'm not going to do that. I don't mind that they do, but it's not for me. If I can't figure out a way to pay for my fun trips, I don't deserve to go. Of course, I'm also willing to go on a tiny boat with minimal comforts. That's part of the fun of it.



  1. If you accepted money, your posts might feel forced instead of natural.

    1. I'm a terrible businessman so it definitely would feel forced. The quest for money sucks the fun out of a lot of things.

  2. I'm glad you don't monetize or E-Beg as the ads are getting overwhelming for me. You are a good writer, always interesting with a low word count. I hope on the next trip you'll find time to add photo's with the story!

    1. Thank you Mike. I plan to add photos when I travel.

  3. Definitely want to hear about the travels...please. You have a way with words.