Less Than 30 to Go…

The past week since I last wrote to you guys has been quite the blurr. The time is flying by faster and faster as we approach what I like to refer to as “D-Day”. It makes me smile actually because I know we are moving onto the next exciting segment of our adventure. So what’s…

SV Rad Mode’s Winches

One of the lovely things about SV Rad Mode was her uninstalled, 35-years-new, premium Enkes winch collection. They were all still in the boxes with extra pawl springs and retaining rings and looked beautiful to boot! Just a bit ago, I yanked out our 26ST’s to check measurements for the construction of the genoa winch…

…36 Days… Wow

It seems like things are coming together so quickly, yet it seems so slow all at the same time. Order this, plan that, measure this, do that, blah, blah, blahhhhhh! One morning because I couldn’t get my head in the game I decided to work on the head Ha…Ha. Yep that wasn’t an ordeal, for…

An Old Westsail 32 Gem

  SV Rad Mode came with a large box full of brochures, documents, receipts, and notebooks from the original owner. Every time I look through it, I find myself lingering over some of it and today, I thought I would share what looks like one of the original Westsail Corp. brochures for the Westsail 32….

Anyone Want These FREE Spreader Lights?

So we bought ourselves some new LED spreader lights and we have these ones laying around so we figured we’d give someone the chance to install an oldie-but-goodie on their boat. We aren’t sure what kind of bulb they have but our guess is halogen. They are brand new, never used, still in the original…

Construction Begins on Our Lefiell OM3D Mast Kit!

When we bought Rad Mode, she came with a never-built Lefiell OM3D mast kit. The time has finally come to put her together and yesterday, Éowyn and I got started on her. We began with a quick-over on the sander with 220 grit. It seemed like time and exposure to elements had created some small…

…45 days… Here we go!

A lot of planning went into yesterday and now today as well. I believe they say it is 80% planning and 20% of actually doing to be most efficient and effective. I think, or hope, this is true. Honestly when hubby sold me on the idea of this boat, a kit boat, I thought ‘Yeah…

…46 and Counting…

Only 46 days left before we leave this marina and goes who the hell knows where. Haha! We’ve got bigger problems at the moment… Work continued on SV Rad Mode today but it honestly felt like we didn’t get a lot done. We spend several hours homeschooling 5 kids every morning, it’s usually around 10…

…47 and More Progress…

Well some days just don’t go quite as planned. I had BIG plans for today, but then one thing after another kept happening and my To Do list was looking more intimidating then encouraging. However, good news the Hawse pipes are in (they were a major pain according to hubby, I just supervised), cranking battery…

Episode 7 – What Goes Up, Must Come Down (VIDEO)

I was a little bummed that Youtube forced me to remove a cool song that plays in this video so I apologize if it takes away from the feel of it. I was going to fix it and still might in the future but our friend and Patron, Andy, suggested that time might be better…

48 Days and Counting…

48 days left before we leave this marina, ready or not. The biggest question in our heads right now isn’t, “Can we get it all done?” It’s, “Do we have the cash on hand to get it all done?” Let me tell you, it’s going to be close… real close….. uncomfortably close. We’ve got a…

The Countdown Has Begun…49 Days Left…

Tape a card to my B-Day present. Tape my nose to my forehead. Tape my feet together when I fall asleep sitting up. Don’t ever tape anything to my boat. I HATE it when people tape shit to my boat. So imagine my surprise last Monday morning when I woke (it was a long drive…