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Posted by on Saturday, March 9, 2019 in Boat Projects, Family Time, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Man Vs. Oil Filter and Family Time

October 2018- Ben makes another trip down to the boat. He changes the oil, installs the tracks for our seat cushions, works on the teak, and so much more!

Watch Episode 87 here!

The highlight of this particular video is probably the part where I do battle against a recalcitrant oil filter. For me, it kinda sucked, but for you – I imagine you’ll find it somewhat entertaining.

Oh – Tambi and Molly make an appearance in this one. Also, you’ll be seeing much more of the ladies from here on out… so that’s good news.


After all his hard work, Ben meets Molly and I in Savannah for some fun family time! We hang out in Tybee Island for Pirates Fest, and tour Fort Pulaski. We also take a walk down Historic River Street in Savannah, where Molly gets some pizza and Ben and I sample some of the local beers. We also, eat some good food at our favorite restaurant, The Pirates House.

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Posted by on Saturday, March 9, 2019 in Boat Projects, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Boat Work and the Great Banana Challenge

August 2018- This time, Ben heads to the boat to continue the boat work and get the Sandflea ready to be put back in the water, which will happen in just a few short months!

Watch Episode 86 here!

Our new sailing adventures begin in November! That means that there is MUCH boat work to wrap up before then.

On this trip Ben installs a saltwater washdown pump and a shiny new Mantus anchor. He also repaints the binnacle, along with some other various projects.

Do try your luck at the Great Banana Challenge as you watch this video.

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Posted by on Saturday, March 9, 2019 in Boat Projects, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Installing New Rigging and Hurricane Prep

This post takes place over 3 different trips to the boat. One in March, one in May, and one in June of 2018.

We are getting the boat ready to go on the hard for hurricane season, and repairing the rigging that was damaged in Hurricane Irma.

Watch episode 83 here!

It’s time to replace the 38 year old standing rigging on our Endeavour 32 sailboat.

In this video, Ben will replace the 4 lower shrouds. Those are the wires that run from deck-level, up to the height of the spreaders.

Ever since buying this sailboat, I’ve had thoughts of replacing the standing rigging. The decision was made for me when some of the wires were damaged during hurricane Irma.

This will be the biggest project we’ve tackled yet, and we’ll be doing all of the work ourselves. Well, mostly Ben.

Watch Episode 84 here!

In this post, Molly and I join Ben in Greencove Springs, Florida. We unstep the mast and haul our sailboat out of the water. Then we get to work to prepare her for being on the hard for the next 6 months. 

To prepare Sandflea for hurricane season, we set out ant traps inside and outside the boat, we grease all the jack stands so bugs can’t crawl up them, we set out mouse traps and roach traps as well. We also put out damp-rid bags to keep the moisture at bay so no mold will grow inside while we’re away. We’ve done everything we can think of the keep her in good shape. 

The standing rigging replacement project will continue with the mast down while the boat is out of the water for the hurricane season.

It was our goal to complete the replacement of the standing rigging with the boat in the water. Unfortunately, I reached a point where I was not able to continue the project because the mast could not be effectively secured while upright. Ah… safety first, right?

Oh well – the boat is coming out of the water anyways, so it makes sense to go ahead and pull the mast down and finish the rigging project safely.

Watch Episode 85 here!

In this video, Ben will be installing Sta-Lok rigging terminals. These are great because they are assembled with simple hand tools instead of requiring a swage press.

Replacing the standing rigging on our sailboat is tough. It’s hot, mosquitos are everywhere, Ben’s fingers are bleeding, he nearly gets struck by 2 lightning bolts, and worst of all… his pale body is glistening from an over-enthusiastic application of Avon Skin-So-Soft.

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Posted by on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Boat Projects, Florida, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Repairing the Water Tank Lid

In this post, Ben repairs the water tank lid on the Sandflea. This post links to 3 different episodes for this build. He does a fantastic job on our new lid. He also moves the filling port to the end so I don’t have to sleep on the pipe anymore! Yay! I do have a great hubby don’t I?!

Watch episode 79 here!

In this episode, I (Ben) repair the water tank aboard our Endeavour sailboat. After hurricane Irma, I noticed flakes of weird stuff are floating in our drinking water.

SOLUTION: Reseal the inside of our water tank with epoxy.

Simple, right? BwAHHahhAhahAhahAHHAAA!!!! Never.

It just doesn’t happen like that with boat projects. It’s way more interesting when the water tank lid won’t come off because it was installed with 3M 5200. That way you have to completely destroy the lid in order to access the water tank.


Once you finally gain access to the tank’s interior, it’s covered in weird brown stuff that requires hours of laborious sanding to remove.


It sure does feel good though once the work is done and the tank is freshly resealed in 2 coats of food-grade epoxy.


Oh… no not quite… now you’ve got to fabricate an entire new lid cuz you wrecked the original one, REMEMBER!??!

The fun never ends… not even when my exposed, sweat-drenched skin is covered in grayish-brownish water tank dust which gives my epidermis an unnatural tone that is reminiscent of a near-dead ET that Elliot just found in the river.

Watch episode 80 here!

In this episode, I’ll construct a brand new water tank lid for our Endeavour 32 sailboat. The old was tragically destroyed, by me, with a saw, while gaining access to the interior of the water tank.

The old lid was rotten anyways, so it’s not really as tragic as it sounds.

It’s my intent is for this new lid to be MUCH better than the original one. It will not only be stronger, but it will also be completely sealed from water intrusion so that rot will never be an issue again.

By the way, I know it’s hard to tell in the video, but this project took me nearly a full week of work to complete. Wow! I thought I’d be done with this lid in a couple days… nope. Silly me. Boat projects just don’t work like that, and when you forget that fact, the boat will remind you how it really works.

Watch episode 81 here!

Our Endeavour 32 sailboat gets a new water tank lid to replace the rotten one that was contaminating our drinking water.

This project, like all boat projects, took far longer than I thought it would.

In the end though, I think the results are worth the extra time that it took to construct the custom lid, and to ensure that it is installed properly.

Now, the big boat project on the list is the replacement of our standing rigging.

Oooooh boy.

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Posted by on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Boat Projects, Florida, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Hurricane Irma: Before and After

Watch episode 76 here!

In this post, we make storm preparations to our boat for the impending arrival of hurricane IRMA.

Yes, for the 10 days prior to this somewhat spontaneous trip, we watched the weather reports very closely indeed. We saw the birth of this monster storm off the West Coast of Africa. We saw it devastate the windward islands, the DR, Puerto Rico, and skim across the top end of Cuba. The whole time we were hoping that it take a turn to starboard and head back out to sea.

That never happened.

We packed the car and headed to Florida. The whole way down we watched the Northbound traffic rushing in the opposite direction… an unnerving thing to see or sure. 95% of the traffic is headed in the direction opposite of the way you are headed.

We arrive at the boat with specific plans to prep the boat and leave again the very next day. In fact, we bring enough gasoline with us in the car to get us safely back home, round trip – just in case all the gas station are sold out… a preparation that paid off. Most of the gasoline pumps in FL had plastic bags over the handles.

So in less than 48 hours we arrive in Green Cove, prep the boat, and make it back to Toccoa, GA.

Watch episode 77 here!

So, Hurricane Irma damaged our Endeavour 32 sailboat. The storm blew our boat against the dock, breaking the standing rigging.

The wind was so powerful that it healed the boat over nearly 45 degrees towards the dock – so much that the shrouds were touching the dock.

The damage we sustained was a battered port side toe rail, a couple bent stanchions, and a damaged forward/port lower shroud.

In this video I’ll repair the toe rail, and I’ll show you the damage to the standing rigging.

Now, thanks to Irma, I have 2 more rather large projects to on our to-do list. 1) Repair the standing rigging. 2) Reseal the interior of our water tank. (More on that later)

Never dull moment, that’s for sure. The primary take-away from this video should be this… Yes, our beloved boat is damaged, but we’re thankful to still have a boat to work on – damage and all. A lot of people suffered much more than we did.

After all, bruises and scars add character right??

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Posted by on Friday, October 26, 2018 in Boat Projects, Florida, ICW Travel, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Reynolds Yacht Park in Green Cove Springs, FL

Watch Episode 73 here!

Our sailboat’s new (temporary) home is Reynolds Yacht Park in Green Cove Springs, FL. Nice town, BIG dock.

Yes, the dock we’re tied to is HUGE. It’s made of concrete and is, in fact, a dock that was used by the US Navy during WW2.

Reynolds Marina is pretty nice!. The price is $10/ft per month. That includes dockage, water, bathroom, laundry, and clubhouse access. Electricity is added on top. Easy access to the ICW, and far enough inland to provide pretty decent hurricane protection.

During this video, we get the boat settled in and start prepping for leaving the boat to fend for itself while we head back to GA to visit our family. That means… LOTS of work, believe it or not.

We also procure some wheels for ourselves. 6 wheels to be exact. 2 are on “The Gator”, the other 4 are on the Yaris… AKA… The Land Dinghy.


7.13.17 today we left the free dock in Jacksonville at 11:30 to make once daily noon bridge opening. Traveling through Jacksonville by water is so cool. Especially since I have so many memories of traveling through it by car growing up. We went under interstate 95 which I’ve driven/ridden over hundreds of times it feels like. My dad loved looking at the train bridge that you can see from 95.

After a short day, we arrived at the Reynolds Marina and got tied up to the dock. This is our last GPS coordinate for a while!

N 29*59.359 W 81*39.690

We got checked in to the marina and we’ve already met some nice live aboard folks. Someone from down the dock gave us a bike to ride around. We ordered a pizza from Dominoes and got the AC hooked up for the night.

7.14.17 Today we got an UBER and went to a used car dealership to see about getting some wheels. We bought a Toyota Yaris and we named him Aris the Yaris. We went to Walmart and got Molly a booster seat and some other things we needed.

We came back to the boat and had some dinner then took showers! Ben and I watched “The Office” on Netflix.

7.15-16.17 These days are kinda a blur. We took no video. We were just hard at work.  We took down the sails, cleaned the bottom of the dinghy and hoisted it up onto the davits. We cleaned the deck, and did some random boat projects to get ready to go back to Georgia. I also sewed a sheet for our bed in the marina clubhouse while Molly watched cartoons on Youtube.

7.17.18 Today we went to Jacksonville to do some errands. We dropped our sails off at a sail loft to be repaired, looked over, and to have new sun covers made. We also went to Home Depot to get stuff to finish working on the AC unit, back to Walmart, and to West Marine. We also went to Monkey Fist at the Green Cove Springs Marina.

7.18.17 Today Ben made a hood for the AC unit, and we installed the AC unit in the rear hatch. Ben did some random boat projects like emptying out the jerry cans of water, and fuel. He also changed the oil in the dinghy motor.

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