Time To Say “Farewell and Following Seas” To Tulum-5
We were able to finally finish the engine re-install after nearly 5 months of work. Here’s the story of some careful logistics, patient and giving folks around us and the difficult time when you have to say goodbye to the home that has cuddled your children in challenging times and romped with baby whales on […]
Today’s Win: Getting Parts From DHL
DHL said they would deliver my super important parts in six days from today…..except I wanted and needed those parts faster, so I just went and got them. Solved…parts in hand.
The Last Bottle, The First Cart
As soon as the mechanics finally arrived, things started getting real for the family. Once our engine started getting fixed and when running, we need to be moved off the boat. So, no better time to start than now. This is the first story of that new adventure.
Quincy Dane & Sailing Kitty: Adjusting To Changes
Quincy the Great Dane and Sailing Kitty took a last long look at the boat, before they had to go separate ways…off the boat. Quincy Dane has gone to her luxury spa kennel in Panama City and Sailing Kitty has gone with us. We took the animals off the boat to speed up the engine […]
The Game: Waiting On Parts
With a patient buyer waiting on Tulum and different adventures dangling ever so tantalizingly in front of us….we’re ready for Tulum’s big diesel heart to roar to life again.
A Tale Of Three Snubbers
What the heck is a “Snubber” and why would a cruising and travel website be writing an entire story about such a funny word?
Dents And Dings: Getting Expert Help With Tulum’s Cosmetics
After three years of cruising, part of Tulum’s upkeep and maintenance was to get her dents, dings and missing paint spots fixed by experts. Shelter Bay Marina was able to help with that and did a nice job.
Brightwork: Making The Boat Worth Seeing
In the beginning, our toe rails and windows were flaking, the brightwork worn away by three years under the sun and marinated in salt and surf. It took good quality strippin, a bit of sanding and 12 layers of vanish to bring it all back to life. Wanna learn how…check out this post-
Anchor Chain Maintenance: Cold Galvanizing Tulum’s Anchor Chain
Some boaters just ignore anchor chain or worry about it when that chain is completely ruined. We just can’t do it that way, as we depend on our chain daily with all the anchoring we like to do.
Eventually if you drop an anchor and use chain rode enough times, anchor chain will need some maintenance or you will be forced to buy new chain. Finding Hot Galvanizing for anchor chain in larger industrialized countries isn’t hard, but what to do in smaller countries or if you just happen to be far away from somewhere that can hot galvanize large amounts of chain? When Tulum was hauled in July, we had to do some research and make decisions on our own chain maintenance.
12 Months To Failure: Why We’re Changing Tulum’s Exhaust System, AGAIN
Changing out a sailboat exhaust system is not usually easy or cheap and not done on a whim. Why would Tulum have (3) three different exhaust systems in less than 12 months? Read on to find out how we arrived at our final solution.