Why oh why?

Peter (previous boat owner) sent me his favourite passage from Homer’s Odyssey. As he says, as appropriate now as it was in 750 B.C. “Why are you are preparing your ship’s sails Odysseus? We have everything you need here. Why do you wish to leave?” asked the despot of the Lotus-eaters. “There is something more I need…” answered Odysseus (aka Ulysses).…

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Shift

It’s easy to lose sight of the end goal when deep in the middle of a major boat project. Or maybe it’s the time of year, and the way it affects my psyche. It’s been raining really hard here in Vancouver. The days are still short. Dark, grey, cold, wet, that pretty much sums up the last few months. But…

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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…

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Engine Troubles

From Day 1 Leela’s engine has run like a top. Although over 30 years old, the engine has relatively low hours and has been well maintained. However unbeknownst to us, there was an inherent flaw that was about to cause us some trouble and major expenses. This all happened at end of October 2014. We needed to sail the boat…

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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…

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