Category Archives: Website History

Posts describing updates, new maintenance pages, and added or changed content.

Added New Page: Decal Boat Name

I applied new vinyl decals after painting the hull. Here’s how Siren got her Hailing Port and Vessel Name: Maintenance -> Hull Paint Gelcoat Varnish -> Decal Boat Name

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Added a Cal 39 Forum with Owner’s List

Add your name to the Owner’s List to grow our community! Communication is through the forum. After registering, your email address will remain hidden to all other users. Owner’s List: http://sailorslifeforme.com/cal-39-owners-list/ Cal 39 Forum: http://sailorslifeforme.com/forums/cal-39-forum/

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Added New Trip: 2017-05 Greece!

Here’s our trip in Greece, sailing around the Dodecanese Islands on a Bareboat Charter by Istion. Tips, weather, costs and tons of photos! Trips –> 2017-05: Greece Trips –> 2017-05: Greece –> Arrival Trips –> 2017-05: Greece –> Day 1 … Continue reading

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Added New Page: Get Your Captain’s License

How to get your USCG OUPV, Near Coastal (6 pack) License, every step of the way. Ship Management –> Commercial Ops –> Get Your Captain’s License

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2016 Expenses Page Added.

$11,360 spent on slip fees, haul-out for bottom paint and keel repair, registration/insurance, and various other tidbits. Ship Management -> Expenses/Cost -> 2016 Costs

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Added New Page: Barient 32 Winch Maintenance

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 … Continue reading

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Re-Posting the Top Paint Page

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Added New Page: Hull Repair – Severe

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 … Continue reading

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Added New Trip, 2016-07: Maui

Trips -> 2016-07: Maui

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Added Donation Button for Repairs. Help Keep Siren Afloat!

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 … Continue reading

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Added Siren Quiz #1 to the Crew Resources page

Racing -> Crew Resources Siren Quiz #1: 22 questions on basic terminology, points of sail and basic maneuvers.

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New PHRF Certificate

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

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Added Captain’s Log

Ship Management -> Spreadsheets

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Added Schematic to Sail Cover

Here are the details: Cost, ordering parts, materials, techniques and dimensions for a Cal 39 Main Sail Cover: Maintenance -> Canvas Work -> Sail Cover

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Added Ala Wai Race Info Page

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

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Added 2016 Pokai Race Page

Racing -> Race Results -> 2016-04-09: Pokai

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Added “Previous” and “Next” Page Navigation

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 … Continue reading

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Moved “Expenses / Cost” Page

Expenses and Cost is now located under the Ship Management menu. Ship Management -> Expenses / Cost

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Updated Vessel Registration Page

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 … Continue reading

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Added 11 more pages to Race Results

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 … Continue reading

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Added 2015 Total Costs

Expenses / Cost –> 2015 Costs

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Removed “Tips and Tricks” Menu Item

Moved “Onboard Cooking” to it’s own Menu. Moved “Climb the Mast” to the Maintenance->Sails and Rigging->Climb the Mast.

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Added Newer Perkins Engine Manual For Download

Maintenance –> Engine –> Perkins Manual

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Added New Page: “Fresh Water Gauge”

Maintenance -> Plumbing -> Fresh Water Gauge

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Updated the Guests / Crew page

Added photos to Guests / Crew.

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Added 4 more pages to Race Results

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

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Added New Page “Fuel Level Sender Unit”

Maintenance –> Engine –> Fuel Level Sender Unit

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Added New Trip “08/2015: Maui”

Trips –> 08/2015: Maui

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Added Captain’s Log to Trips Page

Trips

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Updated the Trips page

  Trips

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Added New Trip “05/2015: Pokai Bay”

Trips –> 05/2015: Pokai Bay

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Added a Simplified Charging Diagram to the Electrical Diagrams Page

Added this Simplified Charging Diagram to Maintenance -> Electrical -> Electrical Diagrams

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Added Page: “Questions and Answers”

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: 1978cal39@gmail.com

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Added to the “Racing” Page

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!

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Added New Page “Winch Maintenance”

Maintenance -> Deck Hardware -> Winch Maintenance

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Added New Page “Bilge”

Maintenance -> Plumbing -> Bilge Here’s a description and diagram of my dual, automatic bilge pump system.

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Added New Page: Pancakes (from Mix)

Tips and Tricks -> Onboard Cooking -> Pancakes (from Mix) For all you Europeans out there, here’s how to make thick American style pancakes.

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Moved Galley Recipes to “Onboard Cooking”

Tips and Tricks -> Onboard Cooking Burrida Recipe French Bread Recipe Lentil Curry Recipe Onion Soup Recipe Tortilla Recipe

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Added New Page: “Fix Spreader Droop”

Maintenance -> Sails and Rigging -> Fix Spreader Droop

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Added New Page “New Main Sail”

Maintenance -> Sails and Rigging -> New Main Sail

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Added Sail Dimensions to “New Roller Furling Jib” Page

I found the actual sail dimensions from the sailmaker and added them to Maintenance -> Sails and Rigging -> New Roller Furling Jib.

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Added 3 New Racing Pages

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 … Continue reading

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Added 12 New Race Pages

Added 12 new race results up to April 1, 2015 (no joke). Racing -> Results -> 2015-04-01: Keehi Lagoon

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Added New Page: Guests / Crew

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!

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Added New Page: Registration

Ship Management–>Registration 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.

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Added Videos to Top Paint

Now the Top Paint page contains videos including sanding and paint application techniques. Maintenance->Paint Gelcoat Oil Varnish->Top Paint

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Added New Page: About the Boat

The top bar now includes a page introducing Siren, About the Boat. After all, this site is more about her than the author…

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Renamed site to SailorsLifeForMe.com

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 … Continue reading

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Added New Page: Library

A collection of my favorite books. Maintenance, Knowledge and Novels.

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Added Links to Products I Use

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 … Continue reading

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