Saturday, August 31, 2013

Waterproof Ham HH

Brian bought a Handheld HAM radio with external antennae.  We will use it aboard RD, Buttercup, and in the car :-).

Isn't it adorable! All the marine frequencies are already programmed in, there is like 280 channels on the marine band!

Switching to poo.
We are so happy with my makeshift composting head, we decided to rip out the existing head and go with the dry composting set up. The permanent set up will be enclosed in a teak bench. Brian will rip out the head and hoses on Monday. I'm doing one big write up, so will post when project complete.

Here is the temporary dry head. You add a little peat moss to start the composting process. No smell, except for an occasional whiff of earthy dirt. :-) I also have a handful of cedar shaving to keep the bugs at bay.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hammin It up

We got our Ham license this last weekend. I took the test for a tech, and Brian took tech and general. We have an Icom 725, which I thought was SSB but is a strait up Ham. We do not have an antenna rigged yet, so still looking at options. Brian is making a radio cabinet this next weekend.
Will update when installed 

Took the armature radio test over in Burnet, Texas. Drove Buttercup to Inks Lake State Park right outside Burnet, but didn't get a chance to look around. The HAM Folks were really nice and very knowledgable. We are going to pop up there in a month or so for an open house. Pretty cool aye? Bunch of nerds talking Propagation and solar storms :-).

This weekend we will be aboard Rain Dog. We hope to construct the frame for our composting head. I'll spare you the details, actually, I won't spare you :-). Will post when project complete, so gird your loins, we're gonna talk about poo.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Scrubbing Teak and Ramblings

Scrubbed the exterior of the boat today as Brian replaced the shower sump system down below. The teak on Rain Dog was especially dirty because I'm the only one allowed to touch it ( queen varnesha's rules). So, the teak has sat and gotten dirty, while we were trying to save my health, save me. 

Today, a nice breezy but hot day, I was finally able, finally strong enough, to clean the boat and the teak. I was finally healthy enough to do a boat project, from beginning to end. The teak wasn't the only thing neglected, poor Rain Dog was looking rather bedraggled, my illness had taken it's toll on the boat as well. But there was something so cathartic about scrubbing off all that dirt from the teak, scrubbing away the grime. Sounds like a cliche, but I felt like I was scrubbing away more than dirt and rinsing away more that what was on the teak. Scrubbing away the bad memories of the last couple years, scrubbing away all the fears, the unfairness of it all. 

But now, here I am, standing on her beautiful decks. The boat bobbing in her slip, the marina buzzing with activity. Here I am, scrubbing the teak. I feel such joy. I laugh, I can't help but hear Brian down below, singing and talking to the dog :-), " Scupper, I need some longer 3/4 inch hose", "Scupper, where is my screwdriver?". There was harmony aboard Rain Dog, both of us working and doing. Both of us finally back where we belong. 

So many days of feeling the ocean, the boat, slipping away. But now, the simple act of scrubbing teak, it will be a while before I take it for granted.


This is the part where they tell you to relax. Of course being a nurse, and an OR nurse to boot, I know too much to relax :-)

Me, after my last and final surgery. Now I can relax :-) ( Cedar Sinai in LA) 


Back aboard Rain Dog. 


Nice and clean. The teak still needs some work but it shaping up. The grain is still too deep, which attracts dirt. When I first started to work with this teak the grain was like the Grand Canyon! I have lots of bungs missing too. I think one more good sanding after the bung repair and then a bit of seasoning with oil and saltwater baths, then it will be good to go. I like to keep the exterior teak bare. The teak likes it, Brian likes it, and I like it too.


Brian also installed our new beautiful Alpinglow lights..sweeet!


And I removed all our screens from the ports. These screens are made by Schooner Bay, very good quality but our ports are of irregular sizes so they ever quite fit right. Now, after a couple years, they seem to have some corrosion along the edges, so schooner bay wants me to send them back to inspect and repair. Great service! I had a set of Schooner Bay bronze screens on my Cape Dory 30, they were a work of art! Not loving these black ones on Rain Dog. May have to start from scratch, first will see what Schooner Bay says.

Saturday, August 3, 2013