Main Sheet Hoop Done! Hawse Pipes and Main Hatch in the Works

This morning I was more than anxious to get started on the installation of our upgraded stainless hoop from Bud. However, I had to be patient and wait until after home schooling time. By midday, I am happy to announce that our hoop was permanently installed! Next, hubby and I decided to work on the…

Boomkin ON! First time in 36 years!

Wow, this has been a long time coming and it really feels like solid progress on SV Rad Mode. Even better, this is the first time she’s had her boomkin on in 36 YEARS! Awesome! We are stoked! It really was one of the more difficult parts of the boat to install. We’ve literally been…

DC Panel Mounted, Boomkin Drilled and Filled!

Today, we cut out and mounted our DC panel to get the box out of the boat! That might sound silly but being live-aboards on a boat we are finishing has presented some unique issues. Most of them revolve around having too many things that should be installed on the boat that instead are down…

Dorade – DONE! Handrails -Almost!

It’s always fun to post about progress on the boat and last night, we finished through-bolting our handrails and glued the mahogany plugs in. There’s some sanding to be done, the scraping up of excess butyl rubber, and then the Honey Teak to be applied. Man, are they solid!  I can’t wait to see them…

Episode 5 – Beautiful Irony and the Return Trip (VIDEO)

The return trip was every bit as fun and the trip out. Sailing is awesome! We hope you enjoy this episode. If you did, please like, share, and subscribe to our Youtube channel to follow the non-stop adventure! If there is anything you think we could do better, please comment. 6 is already in the…

I’ve Got the Fever

Ever since my mom took me sailing on a small sailboat on Lake Tahoe when I was about eleven I have always had the dream to own a sailboat one day. Preferably like the one in Captain Ron. My little knowledge of sailboats back then it seemed like a great idea and an awesome looking…

Bud’s New Book – Westsail The World

Today, I had the pleasure of having my wife read to me as though I was a small child. We were excited to receive Bud’s book in the mail and since it happened to be a town day, she read out of it the whole time we were in the car. What an amazing book!…

Progress…. Finally!

I am very happy to see that progress is finally starting to show on SV Rad Mode, and rather quickly at that. It seems like we have been working diligently every day on the boat for months now, but from the outside it didn’t really seem like anything was happening. Well now I am happy…

Bulkhead Compass Install on SV Rad Mode (Westsail 32)

Hopefully, anyone considering a bulkhead compass install can use this video as a walk-through that might help them from making any mistakes. Our install, as you can tell, went pretty well with one noticeable hiccup (mentioned at the end) and overall, we are pleased with the end result. Happy sailing or happy boat building, depending…

Cold Steel Norse Hawk Review (VIDEO)

Here’s a quick review I knocked out right after having used the Norse Hawk to process all of our firewood for the family camp for 8 weeks this summer. We’d owned it for a good while already but I figured it was time for a review thanks to all of the recent use and the…

Ode to SV Irony (VIDEO)

This is a clip that I pulled out of our up and coming Episode 5 video. The music fit the video so well that it took me back to that moment aboard our friends’ great sailing boat. I felt compelled to put this clip on Youtube separate from our Episode video. I hope you enjoy!…