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Ten Years of Progress

Ten years ago in the spring of 2006, Marge and I set out on a crazy adventure. Instead of sailing off on the boat to faraway lands unknown and probably spending every last cent we had to “Live the Dream” of being Sailing Cruisers, we purchased 10 acres of forest land adjacent to the Douglas County Forest in Brule, Wisconsin. As we stood on the dirt road staring into the forest with only the vaguest idea of what we wanted to achieve, we probably had more apprehension than either of us wanted to admit. With little time to spare wondering…
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Happy 100th Birthday Angie!

Wow!  It’s a rare thing really.  I don’t know if I’ve ever met a centenarian before, but tomorrow will be Marge’s Mom’s 100th birthday.  And it’s a difficult thing to wrap your mind around.  Angie was born on Tuesday March 7th, 1916.  36,525 days ago. Does that number not seem like much?  For historical perspective, Angie was born when Woodrow Wilson was president.  One day after Angie was born, the Mexican Revolutionary Pancho Villa led about 500 Mexican raiders in an attack against New Mexico, and the U.S. 13th Cavalry Regiment fought back and drove them away.  A week later,…
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Composting Toilet Review

Okay, so I know that this blog post won’t be for everybody.  I get a lot of questions about the new Composting Toilet that we installed on Wandering Toes in 2015.  How it works, if we like it, etc.  It is a bit ironic that something so natural and so much a part of our daily lives could be such a mystery.  We all learn the process so early in life and then are promptly trained not to talk about it, not to think about it and not to worry, and that the act of even speaking about it is…
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2016 – Boat Projects List

We’re went to the marina on Sunday, January 24th to do our first boat project of 2016, and I thought I’d try to look into our crystal ball and see what we hope to accomplish with the boat this year. We are on quite a roll and hope to keep moving forward with all of our projects. When we left the boat in the fall, we removed the salon overhead hatch and brought it home with us leaving just a piece of plywood in its place. A few weeks ago I cut a 4 inch hole in it and mounted…
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2016 – New Year looking forward

I’m going to try to keep this blog post short and sweet.  The reason I haven’t written is that I’ve been busy.  That sounds like an excuse to even me, so here’s a short list of what we’ve been up to since mid-December. I made an engine stand for the new dinghy motor and we ran it for a while one freezing day with Marine fuel stabilizer, then proceeded to change the lower unit gear oil before hanging it up for the season. I spent an entire day working on getting our Sail Wandering Toes YouTube Channel tweaked and looking…
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2015 Year End Projects

Well, I guess the season is over.  Way over, I suppose, but we never really stop thinking and planning and putzing with boat projects.  It was fantastic to attend Bill and Ella’s holiday marina gathering last weekend.  I didn’t do an official count, but it seemed like there were 30 people from the marina at least.  The food was great, it was really nice to see everyone and catch up, and Oh My Gosh the sailing conversations were EPIC!  I loved it!  Everyone got to spend lots of quality time visiting and talking and just being part of our “Sailing…
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Baby Toe!

We bought a dinghy! The anticipation has been killing us. Last summer we were walking around our marina and saw a dinghy that appeared to be extremely nicely built. The more I looked at it, the more I liked it. It had a rigid plastic floor, a squared off bow for greater interior space, nice large tubes with built in rub rails, great seats. I don’t know. You just know it when you see it right? I inquired around only to find out it was our marina owners’ dinghy. I asked about it and looked at them online and really…
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Winterized – 2015

Friday night we got to the boat about 6pm and dove right into the project of getting the water system winterized.  It took an hour, but all went well.  We emptied and cleaned out the water tank and ran antifreeze through the plumbing lines.  We also cleaned out and dried the bilge so that’s done for winter too.  Saturday morning we got everything ready and had the boat pulled out of the water around 10:30am.  By 11:30 it was all set on its cradle and safely on land for the winter.  It was a beautiful day and we walked up…
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Mast Down

Our weekend was spent in a whirlwind of boat projects, and the marina was a busy place. We are planning on adding radar to our mast next spring, so we needed to get the mast down now and store it on the ground over winter or else we wouldn’t be able to get to that project until the sailing season next year.  I want to have the all finished by the time we go in the water next year though.  So the mast had to come down now.  We started our day on Saturday by removing the boom from our…
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Last Sail – 2015

We had our last sail of the year this past weekend, but what a sail it was!  We had my friend and co-worker Andrew come sailing with us and had an excellent time.  We left the marina Saturday morning at 10am and were able to sail almost 5 straight hours to Julian Bay at Stockton for the night.  The winds were almost perfect at 15 knots southwest.  It was Andrew’s first time sailing and it’s always good when you can show someone how it is when the winds are nice.  Not too much, not too little.  I’m pretty sure he…
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