Boaty Book Review: Hornblower and the ‘Hotspur,’ the third book in the Hornblower saga, by C.S. Forrester

After so much fun listening to the audio book versions of the the first two installments of the Hornblower saga, imagine my disappointment at learning that the third book, Hornblower and the ‘Hotspur,’ also read by Christopher Radeska, was unavailable in audiobook form! Have no fear, gentle reader! Happily, my father had the entire Hornblower... Continue Reading →

The Saga of Pas de Deux, Update #8: A Married Couple CONTINUES to Suffer the Injustices of a Cruel World! A Vessel Lost at Sea and Heroically Recovered! Alternative Energy Sources Secured by Enterprising and Parsimonious Sailor!

No news is good news, as the saying goes — which only goes to show that whoever coined that phrase was not waiting for UK Borders and Immigration to respond to her spousal visa application. We have not as yet received any news regarding my UK visa, and although that might only indicate that the... Continue Reading →

On Bored/ Board Systems: Electrical Systems

Part I: AC/DC Power   Much of living on a boat (especially living on a boat affordably) consists of maintenance and upkeep - and not the kind of upkeep where you’re happily polishing the brass while whistling a jaunty sailing tune, but the kind of upkeep where you’re servicing engines, monitoring voltage outputs, and repairing faulty... Continue Reading →

Boaty Book Reviews: A review of Lieutenant Hornblower, the second book in the Hornblower saga, by C.S. Forester (audio version read by Christopher Radeska), followed by a short rant and a SPOILER

After finishing Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (audiobook version), there was no way that I was going to be able to stop myself from listening to the entire series. In fact, the instant the first book was over, I pulled into the nearest gas station and downloaded the second one. Not one moment of my heretofore miserable... Continue Reading →

Boating Tips: Cleaning Dirty Sheets

First of all, to clarify: sheets on boats are what normal people refer to as ropes. They are also sometimes called lines. Most of you probably already know how to clean bedsheets. It involves either a washing machine or a trip to the laundromat. Great news, readers! A boat’s sheets can easily be cleaned in... Continue Reading →

Pas de Deux Update #7: Inclement weather! Pas de Deux bravely weathers the storm! Plus: the contents of my secret diary — on display for all to see!

England is famous for its fierce and furious coastal gales, which whip up off of the water and crash against the fishing villages and seaside towns that line the coast, endangering lives, ruining well-planned holidays, and generating enough evening news excitement to compensate for the lack of gun crime in the UK.  I had seen... Continue Reading →

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