New Mounting Plate

I was working in the mechanical compartment the other day and bumped the water pump. It almost fell off the wall. Uh oh. Upon further inspection the mounting plate was almost completely detached from the wood behind it. There is a layer of sound/heat proofing material between the wall and the water pump's mount plate, …

Replacing the Bower

We replaced the primary anchor! We weren't happy with the primary anchor we had received with the boat, a Bruce claw type. Sounds simple, buy a new anchor, detach old one, attach new one. But nothing with boats is ever that simple. At first I wanted a Mantus or Rocna, but the rollbar would not …

First Overnight Anchor

We spent the night in Liberty Bay off Poulsbo last weekend. It was awesome! We did have some anchoring troubles because we didn't practice the motions before we got there, and quickly realized in the moment the gear was not ready or sufficient. I worked out a makeshift stopper and snubber, and all was well. …

Reef Sooner, Please.

We took a daysail with my mother on board this past weekend. It was a great sail, and the winds picked up dramatically more than expected. We were seeing the winds climb rapidly and should have reefed sooner, but we were sailing along quite nicely. Eventually, the winds were sustained over 30 knots and we …

Docking Practice

Our dock has some significant current perpendicular to the slip. The result is that it is challenging to get to the dock and not drift off (and into the boat next to us) before we can secure the boat, especially being so new to handling such a large boat. We hired an instructor (Captain Ace …

What Goes Up Must Come Down (Eventually)

We had a doozy of a day last Saturday.  You know when you hear that inner voice that tells you, “do it now”?  Well, you should always listen to that voice especially regarding sailboats. On Saturday last we did some cleaning and then prepped Pulsar for a short sail.  We got off the dock and …

We Found It!

We put in the offer. So much stress we didn't think we'd survive. Negotiation. More stress. Finally....acceptance! Then the real stress set in. We had to do a sea trial, a survey, negotiate more....and own the boat. Can we actually sail such a big boat? Are we really ready for this? Have we made a …