I already disassembled and lubed the Main Winch (Barient 23) last year, but this year my port side jib winch started getting funky. High friction and a high pitched squeal when spinning fast. While disassembling, it turned out to be a rusty bearing. Here’s how I made the repair:
Maintenance -> Deck Hardware -> Winch Maintenance
I’ve been getting lots of interest in the Awl Grip application pics and vids on my how-to page. If you are wondering if you can just roll on Awlgrip (with no tipping) for top paint with a mirror shine… yes you can! Just gotta get that reducer juuuust right for the humidity and temperature.
Check the Top Paint page for details, cost, methods, pics and videos:
Maintenance -> Paint Gelcoat Oil Varnish -> Top Paint
I smacked a sunken barge, patched it temporarily and waited for the next haul-out.
But then I ran aground and snapped a piece of the keel off requiring an emergency haul-out.
Here’s how I fixed both repairs.
Maintenance -> Paint Gelcoat Oil Varnish -> Hull Repair – Severe
A yellow donation button has been added to the upper right of the page. If you’d like to contribute $10, $20, or $100 to help pay for repairs, now there’s an easy way using Paypal’s secure method.
Credit Card or Paypal accepted.
See Maintenance -> Donate for Repairs for a list of most recent repairs and costs. Thanks for the help!
Racing -> Crew Resources
Siren Quiz #1: 22 questions on basic terminology, points of sail and basic maneuvers.
Siren is now a legitimate racer. Just received the official PHRF certificate from US Sailing today! Here’s the process in case you are getting your own boat race ready:
Racing -> Get A PHRF Cert
Ship Management -> Spreadsheets
Here are the details: Cost, ordering parts, materials, techniques and dimensions for a Cal 39 Main Sail Cover:
Maintenance -> Canvas Work -> Sail Cover
Are you an Oahu sailor? Come join the races! It’s every week (rain or shine or heavy weather, if there’s water in the channel, we race!), it’s free, and it’s really fun:
Racing -> Ala Wai Race Info
Racing -> Race Results -> 2016-04-09: Pokai
No more scrolling back to the menu to click the next page. If you are checking out The Big Island Trip, just click the “Next” button to go from Day 1 to Day 2, etc.
(Desktop only. Still gotta work through the menu on your phone. Or just switch to the Desktop verson at the bottom of the page…)
Expenses and Cost is now located under the Ship Management menu.
Ship Management -> Expenses / Cost
a href=”http://sailorslifeforme.com/ship-management/registration/” target=”_blank”>Registration>
Ship Management -> Registration
I found a newer, easier way to pay the yearly USCG Registration fee:
US Coast Guard Registration Renewal at www.pay.gov (My personal preference):
Go to www.pay.gov and search for “USCG Renewal”. As of 2016, the correct form was DHSCGATP. It’s very simple and intuitive, no pdfs or printing required. Just fill out the boxes, clicking the Continue button through the payment section (Bank account, Debit or Credit card payments only) to the Submit and Confirmation sections. Done. I received my new Registration Certificate 27 days after clicking Submit.
Racing -> Race Results -> 2015-08-19: Keehi Lagoon
Racing -> Race Results -> 2015-08-21: Ala Wai
Racing -> Race Results -> 2015-08-28: Ala Wai
Racing -> Race Results -> 2015-09-02: Keehi
Racing -> Race Results -> 2015-09-04: Ala Wai
Racing -> Race Results -> 2015-10-07: Keehi
Racing -> Race Results -> 2015-10-21: Keehi
Racing -> Race Results -> 2015-10-28: Keehi
Racing -> Race Results -> 2015-11-05: Keehi
Racing -> Race Results -> 2015-12-11: Ala Wai
Racing -> Race Results -> 2015-12-18: Ala Wai
Expenses / Cost –> 2015 Costs
Moved “Onboard Cooking” to it’s own Menu.
Moved “Climb the Mast” to the Maintenance->Sails and Rigging->Climb the Mast.
Maintenance –> Engine –> Perkins Manual
Here is the official Hawaii Yacht Racing Accociation Calendar of sailing races. Siren will be attending as many as possible!
Maintenance -> Plumbing -> Fresh Water Gauge
Added photos to Guests / Crew.
Racing –> Race Results –> 2015-07-29: Keehi Lagoon
Racing –> Race Results –> 2015-07-31: Ala Wai
Racing –> Race Results –> 2015-08-05: Keehi Lagoon
Racing –> Race Results –> 2015-08-07: Ala Wai
Maintenance –> Engine –> Fuel Level Sender Unit
If you have any questions about living aboard, electrical systems, engine work, living without refrigeration or anything at all, just comment on the Questions and Answers page.
If you’re shy, keep it private and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Racing: Compiled all of Siren’s race results in one location, plus added a graph of Siren’s Performance. Sure are a lot of DFLs, DSQs and DNFs, haha!
Maintenance -> Deck Hardware -> Winch Maintenance
Maintenance -> Plumbing -> Bilge
Here’s a description and diagram of my dual, automatic bilge pump system.
Tips and Tricks -> Onboard Cooking -> Pancakes (from Mix)
For all you Europeans out there, here’s how to make thick American style pancakes.
Tips and Tricks -> Onboard Cooking
French Bread Recipe
Lentil Curry Recipe
Onion Soup Recipe
Maintenance -> Sails and Rigging -> Fix Spreader Droop
Maintenance -> Sails and Rigging -> New Main Sail
I found the actual sail dimensions from the sailmaker and added them to
Maintenance -> Sails and Rigging -> New Roller Furling Jib.
Created a new menu item: Racing. Under this title are 3 new pages:
Racing -> Get a PHRF Cert: How to apply for a Performance Handicap Racing Fleet certificate.
Racing -> Race Results: Siren’s race results.
Racing -> Rules: Everything you need to learn and practice the racing rules of sailing.
Added 12 new race results up to April 1, 2015 (no joke).
Racing -> Results -> 2015-04-01: Keehi Lagoon
I’ve added a photo page dedicated to Siren’s guests and crew. We always have a blast whether partying at the sandbar, sailing the Friday Night Races, spinnaker training sessions, or inter-island cruising. If anyone cares to join, just ask!
Created a new menu item for everything related to managing your vessel.
The first sub-menu contains a quick-reference to renewing the yearly USCG Registration online with forms and links.
Now the Top Paint page contains videos including sanding and paint application techniques.
Maintenance->Paint Gelcoat Oil Varnish->Top Paint
The top bar now includes a page introducing Siren, About the Boat. After all, this site is more about her than the author…
The free server I was using to host my website (000webhost.com) was having issues as web traffic picked up. Slow reaction time, inconsistent performance, pages not loading, that sort of thing. So I guess I’ll have to scale up and actually start paying for a quality server. Enter bluehost.com! I moved everything over to those shiny new servers and updated the domain name as well. So long boring old adamrbecker.com. Hello SailorsLifeForMe.com. The new name does seem to fit better, don’t you think?
Anyway, from this date forward, if you type in adamrbecker.com it will automatically redirect to the new name SailorsLifeForMe.com. I’ll keep the old name until it expires in a few months and then let it drift away to wherever domain names go when they grow old and die.
And if you’d like to help pay for server space, feel free to buy your boat toys through my Amazon links. I get a whopping 4% of each purchase!
A collection of my favorite books. Maintenance, Knowledge and Novels.
I have added Amazon links to the specific products I have used and use on my boat. This way I don’t have to describe in detail the items I bought; Simply click on the links to get the technical details and current prices. Call me lazy ;)