• Live Life

    Vive la vida y deja vivir

  • New Boat Arrives

    My new Tender arrived today. So of course I had to set it up in my living room. 😁

    It’s easy inflate and it all fits in the provided bag. It’s the PHP-310 Air Floor Inflatable from West Marine.

    Looking forward to many years of service from this great little boat.

    The question has come up several times regarding what to call the little boat. Is it a tender, or a dinghy, a zodiac or a skiff?  Here’s a rough definition of each as I understand them:

    • Tender: Any craft serving as support for another ship. For example, in the navy, our submarine was serviced by a Tender. Also, my little boat is a tender for the larger s/v Ten Year Plan, and helps get stuff/people to and from the boat.
    • Skiff: Generally a small, flat bottomed boat often with a simple single sail rig.
    • Dinghy: A small boat servicing a larger boat. A small sailboat for daysailing. My little boat could be called a Dinghy, but I still prefer the term Tender.
    • Zodiac: An area of the sky designated by the name of the animal or person represented. Also the brand name of some Tenders.
  • Comfort Without the Bulk

    When I was looking to redo the V-Berth on my boat, I researched mattress options, and ran across several ‘under-mattress’ systems and ended up going with the Froli Modular SleepSystems.

    The big challenge is ventilation under the mattress.

    The Pro’s:

    • Affordable and well made
    • Easy to follow instructions
    • Easy to assemble and use
    • Comfortable and adjustable
    • Great ventilation.

    The  Con’s

    As others have noted, it can be a wrestling match with the Froli to get to the lockers under the cushions in the V-Berth. What has worked for me so far is keeping the overall pieces small enough to handle, instead of creating one large connected piece, I have three smaller pieces: One on port, one for the bench starboard locker cushion, and one for the center key piece.

    It’s not like sleeping on a king sized Casper mattress, but it’s comfortable. I was able to keep the V-Berth cushions to 3″ and still have a relaxing berth and a good night sleep.

  • Boat Renovations

    Since purchasing the boat, I’ve been focusing on internal renovations and minor updates.

    The first big change was getting the v-berth updated. I took out a couple of small shelves, refinished the drawers, and made a key board and mounting rails. The biggest job was making the cushions.

    The next big project was ripping out the cabinets on the starboard side of the main cabin and creating a pilot berth.

    The big feature was creating a rail for the berth out of mahogany. Love the way it turned out. Cushion made, and hull insulated. It really opened up a lot of space.

    I Replaced the throttle control and working with my diesel tech to replace the engine mounts and install a new sea water pump.

    On the port side, I pulled out the shelves that were there, added some hull insulation, and will create a new set of shelves. Still a work in progress. I want to take my time and see what storage I really need before building anything. For now, I’ll just enjoy the open space.

  • Ten Year Plan Boat Cards

    Thank you to Lindsay S. Powell Designs for the great boat cards. Another item checked off the list on the Ten Year Plan 🙂 I’m very happy with how they turned out.

    Boat Card