Keeping A Weather Eye on Hurricane Joaquin

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Some Kind of Wet Machinery Just Sloshed Through the Carolinas From Weather Underground: An extremely strong conveyor belt of moisture will stream into the Carolinas over the next several days, aided by moisture from Hurricane Joaquin as it turns to the north in the Atlantic Ocean. While the higher elevations of South Carolina will experience the most rain, upwards of 18 inches of rainfall will … [Read more...]

Building Custom Careening Poles

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The name of the game around here is freedom. And Tom decided we had to have the freedom to work on the bottom of the boat in a way that left us free of the expense of hauling her every time we needed to paint, repair, remove or install something that lives below the waterline. Like a stuffing box.  This article is part of a three part series: Intentional Grounding Building Custom … [Read more...]

How We Replaced Our Stuffing Box

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 This article is part of a three part series: Intentional Grounding Building Custom Careening Poles How We Replaced Our Stuffing Box Sooner or later, every boat needs to have its stuffing box repacked or replaced. That's So True ... Um, What's a Stuffing Box? For those who’ve never heard of a stuffing box - a group to which I belonged when we first bought Sunshine - a stuffing box, … [Read more...]

Intentional Grounding

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The need to replace Sunshine's stuffing box (the seal between the propeller shaft and the hull), coupled with our reluctance to give away money and Tom's guiding principle: Become Utterly Independent, resulted in our pulling off a maneuver that was dubbed “cooler than ice cream.”  This article is part of a three part series: Intentional Grounding Building Custom Careening Poles How We … [Read more...]