Repainting our chain markings

Our anchor rode is 300 feet of chain. 50 feet of three strand line and a chain splice connects the end of the chain to the boat. Every few years we need to refresh the length markings on the anchor chain. It’s easy, the markings are just spray paint.

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Poulsbo’s Third of July Fireworks

The yellow arrows are the three Poulsbo marinas. Leftmost is the city marina. The Poulsbo Yacht Club is in the middle, and Liberty Bay Marina is to the right. The purple arrow is the fireworks barge. We are the blank spot in the center.

Everything else is boats here for the show. Big boats, little boats, rafts of boats, lots of boats.

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The Third of July in Poulsbo

Lots of boats are here now. This is about 10:00 am. That’s us. The arrow. Well where there arrow points.

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Poulsbo Today

I know. The boat lives here in Poulsbo anyway. So why do we anchor out half a mile from our marina for the Third of July fireworks? It’s fun. It’s fun being a part of the mass of boats swaying with the breeze. Much better than tied to the dock.

This is Monday morning. We arrived from Gig Harbor about 9:00. Not many boats here yet …

Gig Harbor Tonight

We are in Gig Harbor tonight. A beautiful evening.

Last night we were at Blake Island. Tomorrow we are headed for Poulsbo. Fireworks on the Third of July!

A fix for flaky flares

My last post showed the sad state of the flares we had in our dinghy. Moisture took its toll.

We keep the most recent, expired set of flares in the dinghy. The newest non-expired, legal set are in the big boat (for any CG folks that might be reading). This time I got smart (I think) and vacuum packed the flares before I put them in the dinghy. Continue reading

Changing Motor Mounts – Part 2

We left our last exciting episode on a cliff hanger. The fancy Polyflex mounts didn’t fit and were sent back. New mounts from American Diesel were winging their way to us.

The new mounts arrived. Bruce foolishly came back to help once more.

Here are the old and new mounts. The new mount on the left is American Diesel’s part number 831-0326.


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