Tiny triumphs

Two weeks into this not-really-retirement retirement and it is kind of hard to see that I have earnestly been plugging away on the lets-get-out-of-here list. For the most part, I have been trying to finish up the not-quite-complete projects and the should-only-take-five-minutes projects before digging into the doozeys on the list.

Several days have been spent pretty much on the ropes/lines/rhodes. I washed them, dried them, sorted them and then stowed them all back. (Hence my invisible efforts). I have all of our anchor set ups sorted out with new shackles safety wired on and new eye splices made for the ones with rhode. I hadn’t tried a splice before, that been Keith’s arena, and I found that Animated Knots by Grog site/app was by far the easiest for me to follow. My splices aren’t perfect, but I am pretty pleased with my first go! So much so that I decided to tackle the double braid splice after I replaced the mizzen topping lift. A bit more complicated, but successful. Yay! (And, no, that’s not the shackle that I used when I was done) All the lines that didn’t need splices got their ends whipped up nice and tidy.

Another it’s-bitsy project was to finish switching out the one last light fixture to LED an bulb. For some reason only one fixture on the boat used the bayonet instead of the G4 bases so I had missed one ordering when I originally switched all the bulbs. I was about to buy the one wayward bulb when I ran across the best solution ever. Marinebeam makes (or at least sells) bases that convert bayonet bases to accept G4 LED bulbs. They cost less than five bucks and even swivel so that the bulb will fit no matter the light bracket orientation. This tiny doo-dad totally made my day and now I still only have to carry one type of bulb! Done.


More visible, but arguably of lower priority, I finished planting my little herb garden. I think it’s kinda cute. Kai thinks it’s kinda tasty. I’ve got basil, hot and spicy oregano, garlic chives, lemon balm, mint, thyme, and parsley. They should go a long way in sprucing up the menu when the fresh veggies start running sparse. Of course that is if I can keep it alive and Kai leaves some for us!


Tiny projects, tiny triumphs. The list is shrinking ever so slowly!

Where were we ONE year ago: Sewing, Stowing, and Solar

Let There Be Light

Currently we have three halogen lights in the main cabin and they have earned the nicknames, “fridge”, “freezer”, and “watermaker” because, apparently, these little lights draw around the same amount of power as their names imply! Ouch!

I had tried to replace them a couple of months ago. I bought one LED bulb from a marine LED website and plopped it in. I HATED it! I couldn’t imagine having all the lights in the boat giving off this dim, sickly yellow glow. Just as the halogens are not an option-neither was this! Last week I came across the web site marinebeam and it had a great article, Marinebeams Idiots Guide To Boat LEDs, explaining LED lights and all the terminology used with them, and why there Is such a huge difference between the LED bulbs on the market. I learned things like the color emitted from the bulb and the way the light makes a colored surface look are separate things (CRI). And on boats you want to avoid ballast resistors and make sure you have one with constant-current control. I think I even understand why. But, even after reading, I still wasn’t sure which bulb to order so I called the company. I found out they have a new bulb that is not on the website yet, so I ordered that one and the one with the highest CRI rating (how objects look compared to direct sunlight). Turns out that they even sent me a third bulb to try out. Made my whole day happy!

Tonight I tried them all out and am happy to report the results. I piled up a bunch of colored objects to have something to compare, turned off my camera flash, and snapped away:

Below is my bright, happy halogen


……and here is the first LED “light” I bought a couple of months ago-yuck!


This one is the X-beam 10-90 CRI (has a slight pink color and isn’t as bright but objects appear true and makes the teak look good)


This one is the original X-beam 10 warm white (nice and bright)


And then, the Winner! The “new” X-beam 10 warm white. The difference is subtle but it had a much more pleasing color on the teak. I don’t think I will mind the switch to LED at all!


With bulbs costing around $17.00 each, and more than 10 lights on the boat, I am happy to have taken the time to do some comparison shopping to find one I like before replacing them all!