Battle of the Bilge

It was a battle for the ages. An instant classic. We suited up in our white bunny suits, armed ourselves with TSP, scrubbers of all shapes and sizes, water pumps, ShopVacs and all the swearwords in our vocabularies and got to work cleaning the bilge. And that was one naaasssty bilge. Dang girl, what have you been doing all these years? 35 years…

Continue reading

Contortionist

That’s what you have to be to work in the engine compartment of Leela. And I assume most other sailboats under 40′ as well. We are back from winter holidays, we visited my dad, Nadya and Tamara at Casa Lavia in Akumal, Mexico. It felt good to be away from work, in the sun, doing active things. If all goes…

Continue reading

Peter, the Previous Owner

Call me a romantic, but I’ve always liked to get to know the previous owner of the big ticket items I purchase in life. Maybe it’s because I think that since this is a major life purchase (house, boat, etc), and this person holds the item I covet, well perhaps we share a special bond? The seller obviously had the…

Continue reading