I have to say I am remiss in posting to our blog

I am not sure whether it is writers block, a lack of subject matter or possibly to much to do around the boat.  Ok it might be I’ve just been lazy.  So I’m going to give the blog shot today and try to refine them in the future.

I have been taking photo’s where ever we go and have started formulating blogs on birds, trees, boat projects, and travel.  As a writer I prefer illustrating in pictures as much as possible.  Mostly because I’m not a very accomplished writer.  So please be patient with me and I will get back to the blog again.

A special note to our family and friends back in Minnesota.  Stop sending your weather our way!!!  Just because your jealous does not mean we wish to have you share it with us.  So until further notice KEEP THE COLD UP NORTH IN MINNESOTA where we know you’ll enjoy it.

So until Monday have a great weekend.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

A little maintenance on the winches

One of the items that needs regular maintenance are the winches.  We sort of ignored them ,mostly because I was afraid of loosing pieces.  I decided to attack them on Sunday.  I now realize how dirty they were, but fortunately for us they were still in good condition.

What is a winch?  It gives leverage to anyone that is moving a line, sheet, or halyard and allows them to lift greater amounts.

This is a self tailing winch (One that you do not have to pull on the line with just turn the winch handle.


This a photo of my largest winch. It is one of seven winches we have on Adventure.

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A shot of the winch top with the retaining ring removed and laying on top.


The retaining ring removed and the holding ring removed.

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the crank is in the center the two pins from the hub to the center are Pawls. The pawls are spring loaded allowing the drum to rotate or lock it in place.

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You can see the Dirt and caked on grease from this picture


Again the dirt and caked on grease on the pin roller bearings and lower reversing gears.


A shot from the top after the roller bearings are removed.


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These are shots of the gears also the internal pawls and springs that work making the winch a two speed.


The gears, pawls, and springs after the wire brush


The pawls and small springs that lock the winch from going the wrong way.



I cleaned the entire winch with WD40, rags and a wire brush.












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The in bearings and bottom of the winch.

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After some serious scraping, scrubbing, and soaking they started to clean up and fit together smoothly.

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After the cleaning some grease on the roller bearings and gears plus a light coating of pawl oil on the pawls and they slipped together beautifully.


The finished product does not look mush different from the start but it runs so much more smoothly and can again carry the weight it was meant to and do the job.

A smooth operating winch can take a load off the operators, Tammy and I.

Just a bit of information on how a sailboat operates.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

Welcome to take a walk with us on Saturday morning in Daytona Beach

Each morning, after we get up Mat stops by with Buddy and invites us to take a walk with them.   I thought you might like to tag along on this Saturday and see the sights.  Sorry I couldn’t send the weather along.

As we walked along the Halifax River I realized there were other  early risers already out and active.   The first picture shows them in sweep meaning each person has two hands on one oar.  Sculling is when each person is rowing with two oars one in each hand.


Sweep each person has two hands on one oar. They are being monitored by the chase boat.


Sweep each rower has two hands on one oar. The “coxswain” is the person who sits in the boat and directs the rhythm of the rowing crew as well as steers the boat.


Again they are using “Sweep”.

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This the International Speedway bridge that is the road that goes past the Daytona Beach Speedway.  It is a beautiful bridge with the supports all having Aquatic themes mosaic’s on them.  They also have the shell shape in intervals along the rail.  It makes for a pleasant walk in the park as it is on the northern edge of the park with beautiful palm trees throughout.  More of the park in a different blog.


Tammy and Mat were with me that day enjoying the walk.

They are standing next to the Volusia County Library.  It’s nice having a library only 3 blocks from us.  We need to get our library cards but we have so much to do on the boat and lots of reading materiel in our e readers.



There are also several walking bridges across the river that people can walk or bike across.


The seagulls are lined up along the railing watching us.

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Then we arrive at the Farmers Market.  It’s the end of January and we are getting fresh picked fruit and vegetables.  that is so great we are there every week getting it fresh picked.  Most of it is grown right near Daytona Beach with the vendors hawking fresh grown locally to everyone.  It includes not only vegetables and fruit but booths with Homemade Honey, Peanuts, Shrimp, and all sorts of natural organic foods as well.

Thanks for joining us on our walk today.  What a beautiful place Daytona Beach.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve