Sunday, December 22, 2013

The last time we moved aboard a sailboat!

We were going through some pictures and came across a couple I can't help but add to our Blog. Elizabeth had never been in a sailboat in her life before she moved aboard our last sailboat Decisive ...a 37 ft. Ketch and then there was our son Daniel....as seen here in the v-berth... he came straight from the hospital to the boat!!


Sunday, November 17, 2013


It became real clear that we needed to replace our Holding Tank. It was leaking for sure so we had it removed and ordered another one from Island Packet. They now line the inside with epoxy so it holds up better over the years. We plan on having new Dometic odorrsafe hose put in at the same time. Be glad to get it done so we can put the boat back together again down below.....but is winter in TN and I have another project to complete with water system from Hot water heater yet to complete.


I love our boat but even though she is in great shape for a 1990 Island Packet there is much to do to get her ready for heading down the river and out to the Gulf of Mexico for some good cruising.....especially with family aboard. I know it took lots of time....man hours both mine and others....oh yea...money to...to get our Soveral 37 Ketch in great shape when we sailed up to TN from south Florida...so shouldn't be a big surprise. Even with my long To Do List there will be things we won't get to until Florida and others that come up along the way.
 
Decisive underway Charlotte Harbor, FL
 


Leaving Port Charlotte and heading for Pelican Bay.
 
 
Brisa having her bottom done. The bottom looked good so we did a good sanding before we put two coats of Interlux Ultra.....new Zinc. This will hopefully last for 3-4 years..especially considering we won't hit salt water for another 12 months.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Watts Bar in the Fall



What a nice weekend on Watts Barr Lake. We anchored out in about 28ft and had the place to ourselves. Winds were light all night and 10-12 both days....and great sleeping weather.....80 during the day ......60 that night. I am always amazed that so many people stay home after the Labor Day weekend in September .....I guess kids are back in school and UT football are the two main causes....okay with us!!

Daniel is getting to be like a little fish in the water.....he loves it.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Nice day out on the lake......winds picked up to 14-16 knots for most of the afternoon. Elizabeth's Mom is visiting from Colombia.....first time aboard Brisa or any sailboat!! She had a great time!!



Sunday, May 19, 2013

 
 
 
Hot water heater
Solar control switch

 
 




Hot water system located in same area with hot water heater.
Working on the To Do list this Spring....making good progress. Having trouble stopping a leak in the hot water system....may just need to replace the fitting pictured here. Just need to find the place to get one. The other pictures are of the davits with the 85 watt solar panel and it's wiring to the batteries. The cockpit enclosure was made by folk's in St. Augustine, FL.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spring is finally here in East TN !!


Finished removing the starboard rub rail....cleaning out all the old caulking....repairing any of the screw holes in the teak that needed it and re-caulking. Replaced rub rail ....came out great....tight , clean fit. Now on to replacing all the safety glass on each of the ports along with the rubber gaskets and screens. Look forward to warm weather and getting out on the water between projects getting her ready to head south!!

This could be the one......

This could be the one......
Daniel and I on board IP27 in Jekyll Island