Tag Archives: Preparation

Bacon, Bacon….Baconnnn

When we came to the Bay, in 1980, we were pointed toward “Bacon.” Then it was a consignment shop in old Annapolis in a very old store front. Shopping there, then, required archeology skills and a face mask. We never made a penny off consignments we left, but we did find an excellent winch for 10% of what it would have cost us new. We came out ahead even with the losses.


In searching for best prices for this season’s mods to the boat and our approach to cruising, we discovered Bacon Sails & Marine Supplies sold the Spade anchor we sought at the same price (we thought) as the manufacturer (so no shipping)! In the process, we discovered they sold the chain we needed at $1.18 a foot less than anyone else we trusted locally — and this chain came from the same manufacturer as the more expensive sources. A big deal when one is buying 175 feet of the stuff.

When we got to the new store, no more archeology, no more dust mask. Off West Boulevard near Parole, (116 Legion Ave) the new store has high ceilings, lots of high windows, and a really friendly crew. [One of whom was the son of a woman we met in Ft Pierce last season. She stopped at the boat for a chat on the way to the Farmers’ Market. Told us about “Honeybell” Oranges.]

Not only did they have the anchor, it was  less than the manufacturer’s online price.

They were nice folks, in a nice place, and we walked out with about half the price of a satellite phone in savings. Kudos!

Six Bins, Ten bags and Counting

Yesterday, we took my fully loaded truck and Janet’s car to the boat. After a stop at the mini-warehouse to off-load things we may need to access over the next four years but don’t need aboard, we continued on to the boat with six bins (about the size of a sea-bag each) and ten bags (slightly smaller than a canvas “haul firewood” bag) full of stuff to the boat.

To my surprise, I can still see boot top at the waterline. But we still Continue reading

Where Are We Going…To Put All The Stuff?

Remembering long-past long trips on smaller boats, I despair of the lading yet to do for the nominal four years we are planning. We have already winnowed at least a third from our “stuff,” but there’s still plenty of stuff to stuff in places where it can be reached according to its urgency quotient.

So, the quarter berth is no longer a berth, but the “garage;” Continue reading

Ditch Bag

For the first time in a long time, we are headed back offshore. The under-maintenance of the ICW we encountered in 2009 convinced us we will be jumping from port to port for at least some of this trip south. And then, there is the crossing to the Bahamas, and eventually farther down island.

In the unwelcome and unpleasant event of having the boat sink from under us before we step up into the liferaft, it’s a good idea to have more than one’s skivvies and Continue reading

Migrating Thunderbird (not a nature post)

We use Thunderbird as an email client. To move it seamlessly from one computer to another Windows users may want to try this:

Update the T-bird version on the old computer to the same release to be used on the new computer — this will reformat Continue reading

It Must Be Real

Today, I started the thing which most means we are moving aboard — migrating the desktop to the laptop. Because storage is so cheap these days, and I bought a big drive (400GB), a lot of stuff has to be compressed or archived. I should have started 12 Continue reading