Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Captains Log 18 05 12


I need to make a better list of people to go sailing with, everyone is always working, has kids, has to be up early in the morning. Bahhh. Ok, I kid, really I should just toss the lines and go solo, it would be a good night for it. Other than the fact that it is 48 degrees outside and it is only going to get colder with the clear skies. I think they are saying thirty something for a low tonight. It wont drop below freezing by the water, but it will get damn close.

I finally got the pump to change my oil, and I got the CO monitor on the boat, which so far has achieved in annoying the shit out of me, because there is no really good place to put it, and it gives false alarms all the damn time, like when I accidentally kick it reaching for something, or when it just decides to be a piece of shit.

I did buy a clock, it is not the old fashioned style of clock where you have hands and actually have to read the thing, but a new-fangled digital, with some nice features like an indoor/outdoor thermometer, which is how I know that it is 47 degrees outside the boat, and 54 degrees inside the boat. I do have th heater plugged in but it has not had nearly enough time to start making a difference.

I am going to make a pot of coffee, and by the time that is done I should have it warmed up in here a little bit. I am very careful to not have more than one appliance turned on at a time, since I have the hotplate on I have the heater turned off, but it is still pumping out its remnant heat while the water gets to a boil. Not to mention the heat created by me moving around and grinding up the beans in my little hand mill. It is all the way to 55 degrees in here!

I did get a small fan to blow air around in here, specifically from behind the heater, through the coils, and into the vee-berth. It gets f’n cold up there, and heat rises, which takes it away from the vee-berth. Alas, it is the physics of heat that is defeating me, being now defeated by the mothers of invention.

Ok, according to the thermometer, which is conveniently immediately above the hot-plate, it is up to 56 degrees in here, but down to 45 outside. It is not like this boat has any insulation, and it id still early May, although almost up to mid-May. This is Minnesota after all, a month ago we got a foot of snow and I went cross-country skiing.

Oh, hot coffee, what a wonderful invention. I had not been drinking a lot of coffee lately because, well, I just hadn’t been in the mood. Considering that I work for a coffee roaster I think it was a bad sign. I have been resume spamming as well, we will see how that works out for me. If I can get the one job I am definitely going to be doing some fun and interesting moves with my life this summer. A lot of freelance work, and even more writing and painting, on top of keeping on top of the blog. Which reminds me, I should figure out the wifi password one of these days. It is relaxing being disconnected.

I am still waiting for this supposed atomic clock to figure out what the time is. It has been almost 40 minutes. It still thinks it is Sunday, January 1st.

I ran into some of the other sailor folk in the bar the other night, they were joking about how many women I am going to end up sleeping with this summer. I really don’t consider it a competition, I would be happy with one, presuming I can find the right one. Alas, it is part of the culture and I can tolerate it, but I am not going to turn into some lascivious man-whore just to make them happy.

According to the thermometer it is now up to a pleasant ~60 degrees in here, down to 44 outside. The heater is pumping out its steady radiance, and I think it is going to work out just fine with the little fan and the heater.

The other day we got a bunch of rain, which allowed me to go around the boat and mark out where I had leaks. I have a check list of things I need to go around and fix now, it is pretty extensive. Many of them I will be able to fix by myself, at least good enough for this year. Some of them are going to require doing some fiberglass work, and many of them will require an assistant, especially the ones involving taking a stanchion up and re-bedding it.

I still have not made the decision as to whether or not I am sleeping on the boat tonight. I am going to do some writing, I am going to finish my coffee, run downtown, and then see where the night takes me.

I did also go to the paint recycling place today, which was good, I got another 1/6th of a quart of spar varnish! This make like three quarts I have picked up for free so far this year. If I can keep this up I am never going to have to actually buy the stuff! I also found a little bit of alcohol for the stove, and a fiberglass kit, which was nice because I just have a small repair that I need to do at the beginning of the year, the big stuff, like when I decide I need to tear the decks up and re-core them, that can wait.

I am happy, the leak repairs that I have done are all working out swimmingly! There is no water at all coming in where I have taken the time and effort to tear out the old silicon caulk and replace it with butyl, like it should have been sealed with in the first place.

Oh well, I think I am going to work on some fiction writing. This is a large part of my I wanted to get on the boat, well that and painting. Oh, and freedom. But I have done enough blogging for the moment and it is time to do some of what I bought this little piece of freedom for in the first place. I also can’t wait until I have the leaks above the dinette fixed so I can put the cushions in and I don’t have to sit on a life jacket anymore.