adventures aboard our CS34 sailboat

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Honda 2.3 Outboard Oil Change

Seemed simple, but made mistakes and learned a few tricks along the way.

Finishing Up Our Solar Install

We had most of the solar equipment for our boat selected and purchased. But we were stuck on the most difficult part, how to mount the solar panels on our boat.

Our new sails have arrived!

Look what the courier just dropped off at our doorstep! We are so excited!

Sailboat Haul Out Plan for 2020

Every year there’s always something that makes our plans more complex than they need to be. This year, we are changing our haul out location.

Sail Designs from Precision Sails

We just received the designs back from Precision Sails. We are super excited but have no idea what to look for in these sail designs. What do you think?

Measuring our boat for new Precision Sails

It wasn’t a planned expense, but we are still running our original 30 year old sails that are still in decent shape but the sun damage has gotten to the point where they are just falling apart.

Solar Update – Victron BMV-712

We want to be able to keep better track of the power going in and out of our batteries when we are out cruising and heard good things about the Victron Smart Battery Monitor BMV-712. Other than running the wire… Continue Reading →

Foggy Friend Post: Mast base repair

A fellow CS34 owner, Philip Maeise, has shared this information on repairing the base of his mast. Hopefully you will never need to do this, but it’s interesting to see the construction.

Patching the sails

Our first DIY sail repair At the end of last season, we noticed a tear on the leech of our foresail. Come Spring, we found two more. We think our sails are 30 years old, so this is understandable. We… Continue Reading →

2020 Boat Launch

Foggy has been launched! Probably the most prepared we’ve ever been but it involved a lot of trips back and forth and made a few mistakes along the way.

USB Charging Station

We currently use portable batteries for charging our phones but with solar being installed I wanted to have easier access to power. Here’s an easy project to add some USB power to the v-birth.

Spring prep 2020 – Day 5

With Lori’s wacky schedule these days she got a day off while I had to work so she headed back to the boat to work on some projects.

Spring Prep 2020 – Day 4

Today it was all hands on deck. We convinced our kids to join us for the day to help knock off a bunch of tasks from our to do list.

Spring Prep 2020 – Day 3

Lori had to work and I wasn’t feeling all that great for some reason. I was suspicious of the empty bottle of Canadian Whiskey in our kitchen.

Spring Prep 2020 – Day 2

Back to the boat to finish the bottom paint and patch up a few nicks and scratches in the gelcoat.

Spring Prep 2020 – Day 1

We still don’t know if Lori can get vacation but we’ve decided to start prepping the boat anyways. It was a beautiful weekend and we both find it easy to spend full days working on the boat. It’s refreshing and… Continue Reading →

Spring Cleaning for Zodiac Tender

We can’t easily get to our boat right now so we are prepping a few things at home. One of the tasks is to pull out and clean up our Zodiac. It’s a Zodiac Cadet Fastroller 285. I had access… Continue Reading →

The 2020 Sailing Season

With the current state of things, the boat might stay out of the water for the entire season. I’ve documented some background on what’s happening here with our current thoughts.

Solar for our sailboat

Some good news, we are one step closer to having solar on our sailboat! We ordered through ┬áPat Tasse at SunTech Enterprises. He had all the equipment in stock, except the solar panel. He put in the order and we… Continue Reading →

Planning our sailboat solar system

This year is our electrical year and with continued concerns about availability of shore power we’ve decided now is the time to add marine solar to Foggy. This will be an interesting project since we started with zero knowledge about… Continue Reading →

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