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June 3, 2020

 Boating Education. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear that? Taking a course to get a New York State Certificate so you can comply with the law? Maybe actually learning the subject matter including Rules of the Road, Seamanship, Nautical Term...

February 27, 2020

Last winter I wrote about the major project I had undertaken on our boat Keeper. In the article (Putting It All Together) I spoke of how the engines had been removed and I designed, among other items, a new raw water cooling system for the engines. While the seawater p...

January 31, 2020

It is a rainy grey day here, the first week of 2020. I am listening to some SRV and looking forward to the new boating season. This coming season will be a new experience for us as we split boating time between Long Island and Lake Ontario, and maybe extend the season...

January 2, 2020

Well, the 2019 boating season has come and gone, for us at least. I am surprised by how many boats are still in the water. I know Will B and the service technicians at the marina spent a few days working late winterizing as many boats as they could when we got hit with...

November 8, 2019

Last month I mentioned several projects that were ongoing even while we used our boat. This included stopping leaks from the window frames and changing fuel filters.
 Another project that we started
was eliminating the sink located behind the helm and above the outside...

September 25, 2019

Where did it go? Once again it has gone by very quickly, a blur. I feel like I have been chasing loose ends on the boat the entire time, missing out on some beautiful weather and great times. Most of it is my fault of course. I had many things going on aboard the boat...

August 29, 2019

    Finally, after all the work done on the boat over the winter, we were ready to head back to Mattituck. On a beautiful Friday morning we left Bayshore and headed east. I could not decide which way to go, should I stay inside and show my wife the scenic inside passag...

July 29, 2019

Finally the boat was launched and after a few more items I was able to test run her and make sure all was well before we took her back home. There was a decent amount of engine work that was done over the winter, and before I set off for the far horizons I wanted to ma...

July 2, 2019

 Finally, after many hours of work, the boat project is coming to an end. When I was in the Coast Guard we would put the boats through what was called “a yard period”. During this time all the issues that a boat had would be addressed in order to make the boat as relia...

May 26, 2019

 I have been working on the boat project since last fall, and I have spent a considerable amount of time online chasing down parts and various supplies to make my ideas come to life. Boxes have been delivered to my front door from vendors on both sides of the Atlantic...

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