Monday, October 29, 2007


Is pretty slow, 'cause I still have a gazillion things left to doo after the book was done. When you put off stuff for two months, it starts to back up.

But Carlos is spending some time stripping off the toe rail (some of it was redwood!) so that we can cut the deck loose and roll it off the hull.

I think if I stick around a week, we can have the deck and cabin off. Then I want to sail across the sea for a week in the other boat. Things are getting tricky now... we still have to get the mast off the boat and that thing is long (62-1/2 feet) and heavy (who nose?)

More later.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


The Green Flash On the trailer in Ft Lauderdale.

Concept illustration.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I'm baaaaack....

I just returned (3 pm) from Tucson, having mailed off all the stuff we need to send out to have our book printed this year. ( The next process will be to create a 200+ page website for this year's edition... but that isn't promised until Jan. 1, 2008.

So, that means I can start work on the Green Flash, and that has me excited. My spousal unit is in the plains states, placing her aged mom into a fancy active adult community for the rest of this week and will drive her mom's car to Mexico after changing the title over. (This means we now have 6 vehicles: a 27' motorhome, 2 sedans, 2 VW buses, and a pickup truck (if you don't count boats (2), dinghies (2), mopeds (1), and bicycles (6)).)

Do not ask me how this happened... but it's time to start selling off some of these things.

My carpenter friend, who once worked building boats (sort of... they were houseboats (sailors I know call them "Delta Destroyers")), is ready to help me remove the decks and cabintop from the Flash. Then we can clean out the interior and start getting bulkheads and framing built. This removal part will probably get pretty nasty, with the fiberglass and crud from years of neglect... but the difference should be startling. I hope so, I need encouragement. My friend currently goes by the name of Carlos, and I will pay him a pittance... which means he will get more than I pay Mexican workers. He's an American and the time I spend not explaining the work to him will pay off. Plus, his Spanish is spectacular, and if I need to bring in more crew, he can run them for me. (I can speak some Spanish as well, and I eavesdrop a lot. Most of what I hear is swearing...). OK Enough for now. I need some music.