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V-berth Insulation

A perfect job for last winter, the v-berth insulation project kept us working, and kept us warmer. Aside from cutting large sheets of material on the dock, we had an easy inside job.  Once we decided on the materials, we finished in 2 days! After contemplating the options for too long, this was pleasant surprise! Continue reading V-berth Insulation

Propeller Aperture

The last steps of removing our inboard diesel engine were removing the propeller and filling the aperture. Both created a substantial drag; filling the area has enhanced Dawn Treader’s ability to sail in light winds. We are quicker to accelerate, and consistently achieve faster speeds.  We are amazed with how our sailing performance has improved, and it makes voyaging without an inboard diesel easier! Continue reading Propeller Aperture

Video: Nesting Dinghy, 9 Minute Assembly

After adding our new Lewmar hatches, our dinghy is even more useful. It covers a Lewmar Ocean 30 that we almost always kept open on our recent Atlantic crossing. We created a video to show how junior can go from stowed to assembled in under 9 minutes. Continue reading Video: Nesting Dinghy, 9 Minute Assembly

Video: Atlantic Crossing 2016

Over the last 2 months, we have sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. We acclimated to living amongst the waves and wind during our two passages. The passage to Bermuda took 10 days, the passage to the Azores, 21. We sailed a total of roughly 3,000 miles (well more than that, if you count going backwards and zigzagging). As we sailed further away from family and friends, we captured short video highlights to share; we miss you all! Thank you Jason McIntrye and Junior Tutweiler, good music seems to make any video exciting!

New Chapter

Hello Everybody! It has been a while since our last post! Our major boat projects are completed and we have been sailing. We have crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the Azores. As we travel, we are thinking about how to generate new website content going forward. We have a backlog of project posts that need to be completed, and some new ideas. We are excited to be sailing and exploring, and we look forward to sharing ideas and experiences. If you have any ideas or feedback, please let us know!

Video: Nesting Dinghy, Quick Disassembly

For 2 years we labored unnecessarily, assembling our dinghy on deck, lifting it in and out of the water with the boom as a crane, and clearing deck space to take apart. One day, while towing Junior in the Caribbean, we had to hastily put him on deck ahead of a squall. We dropped sail, laid a hull, and I hopped into the dinghy to take it apart for the first time in the water. Less than 5 minutes later, Junior was on deck. I was amazed and thrilled by how easy it was, while at the same time I felt foolish over years of wasted efforts.

Now we don’t hesitate to stow our dinghy on deck, even for easy day sails.

For  pictures of building and maintaining Junior check out Nesting Dinghy – Junior.