Twelve months ago I started my liveaboard life.
Since then I have changed boats, gained a Montgomery 6’8″ dinghy and disposed of most of my possessions. Sadly 99% of my efforts to sell my things has failed so a lot of very high quality stuff has been donated to charity. Had hoped for some bit of money to go towards freedom chips. This is a great example that most of what we spend money on is worthless crap.
I’m happy and looking forward to another year afloat and gunkholing around the Salish Sea.
At this moment a frustration is the Honda outboard as it isn’t running and I’m STILL tied to a dock at Port Townsend!
The motor failure has essentially removed the equivalent of a very nice solar panel system from of SWALLOW’S decks … or forced me to go back to work/servitude a couple months earlier than I wish/want/forced. I’ll also have no trust in the motor after this and it will be some time before I don’t stress each time in need to use the damn thing.
My dad is coming over to visit me for a couple of days. Be nice to have him distract me from thinking about the outboard.
4 thoughts on “One year”
A good skulling oar and a tohotsu 6 may be in your future, Honda’s seem to fall hard when that sad time comes, Yamahas seem to be the best but they don’t offer anything reasonable for a small sailboat. I keep thinking the new 2 strokes will be re introduced in the states but if not I very may well go to Canada to get one. In 33 years of sailing all my 2 strokes have been flawless while my 4’s are always suspect to fuel issues
In the end everyone has a motor complaint. I’ve heard too many people with Tohatsu carb problems. I’ve had good luck with Hondas over the past 15 years. Motors are like photocopiers – they have a sensor that makes them fail just when you need them to work! 😆
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With Tohotsu as I’m painfully aware, it’s a fuel issue, not a design issue. I’ve heard Honda has a little brain and when they start to go there is hell to pay. My dream is electric although I just don’t see it in the cards in this decade. Still though, carrying no fuel is my dream. My new boat will have a diesel which is in my opinion the absolute worst way to go but I’m no Larry Pardey 🙂
1 year already–wow, time does fly. Good luck with your OB. I hope you’re set free soon. And thanks for 12 months’ worth of blog post. I’ve enjoyed following your adventures. Even learned a thing or two.
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