"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

August 30, 2010

Table Project

The table in the saloon was rectangular causing problems when sliding around the settee and making movement in the cabin limited when it was open all the way. The last few months we haven’t used the table…it was just more trouble than it was worth. We’ve been trying to come up with a solution, thinking of all kinds of things we could do to replace the table so it would still be functional and take up less space. Last weekend it finally came to us…make it oval. Stan removed the corners so we can slide in and out of the settee easier and it helps the flow around the table when it is open. Sometimes the easiest solutions are the best.

August 13, 2010

The Birth of a Dinghy

Our boat came with a dinghy, a cute dinghy, but it was not a very usable dinghy. So Stan did a little research and decided the size, shape and type he wanted to use on The Pearl. We needed a roomy stable dinghy we could use to explore, fish and travel safely in. What he liked was a small fishing boat with a 4’ wide tri-hull bottom. We are always looking for a good deal and that is exactly what Stan found on Craig’s List. It had the type bottom he was looking for…it was too long and in very bad shape, but the fiberglass shell was still usable. It was cheap and had potential.

Stan brought it home (actually the kid selling it delivered it to our house) and completely gutted the inside and cut 3 ½ feet off the stern. He replaced the transom, floor, and small deck on the bow, then fiber glassed the interior and had his cousin, who runs Marshall Marine, spray it with gelcoat. Sounds easy…doesn’t it? Between the heat and the fiberglass, it was quite a job. Stan still wants to sand and gelcoat the exterior. It is hard to believe it is the same boat! The biggest and most frustrating job maybe yet to come….getting it registered with The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. They don’t make it easy.

The original dinghy could be sailed, rowed or have a small motor attached.  Very cute...very tipsy!

The new dinghy before                                                                      After the work began

August 1, 2010

Friends Onboard

Saturday evening we finally had the chance to get our friends Stanley and Judy Marek out on the boat. They have been onboard several times, but we hadn’t gotten out on the water. Sorry it took so long to take you for a ride. We had a great time and I think they did too.