Boat Decisions – Color Palettes

As the construction start date for the new American Tug approaches,  we’re trying to stay ahead of the decision-making requirements so we don’t get caught by surprise and have to make uninformed decisions on the fly without thinking them through properly.

There are a lot of elements on the boat that we want to get right.  Some are mechanical, some structural, some practical, and some…comfort and aesthetic. Continue reading Boat Decisions – Color Palettes

A Come-Back to Running

The last 12 months have been a hiatus in my running adventures.  In 2015 I developed achilles tendonitis, which kept my training at a painfully low level.  Then in September, just as I was planning to ramp things up for the fall, I suffered a tear in my left gastrocnemius = end of fall running.  Also in 2015 I struggled increasingly with my left shoulder, which had been damaged and surgically repaired as a teenager.

Fast forward to December 2015, I finally went to an orthopedic surgeon, got my shoulder x-rayed, and was promptly diagnosed with severe arthritis.  The fix? A total shoulder replacement.  Eeeek.   Continue reading A Come-Back to Running

Test Drive – American Tug 395

 

Since both of us are sailors, one of the big factors as we contemplate a move over to the dark side is figuring out exactly what “power boating” is all about.  For me, some of the big questions are: What is it like to spend a day ‘motoring’ instead of ‘sailing’?  How fast do we want to go?  How comfortable/loud/smooth/rolly/jarring is it at different speeds?

Bruce, in addition to those questions, is concerned about all kinds of mechanical and drive train issues.  In the American Tug 395, which engine should he get: the 380 HP or 480 HP? What propeller would be best?  What is the actual fuel consumption at different RPMs?  And on and on and on.  We have a lot to learn, and a lot of decisions to make as we approach construction deadlines. Continue reading Test Drive – American Tug 395

Rock the Block on the 4th of July

We didn’t rock much of anything, but the Block was rock’n on the 4th of July weekend.

We wanted to get settled and enjoy a few peaceful days before the mob showed up, so we motored over on Tuesday and got settled in.  All the town moorings were occupied already (by boats that had been left there the previous week, we later learned, to secure a spot for the 4th.)  Fortunately we were able to snug up on a private club mooring we have access to on the western shore of the harbor, which is very pleasant.  We made it to The Oar several times for some drinks, dinner and beautiful sunsets over the Pond, and enjoyed rambling around the island with the dogs.  It was very relaxing, but by Friday, the pace started to pick up. Continue reading Rock the Block on the 4th of July

Best Bloody Mary Mix!

Hanbottleging in Block Island on the boat for the 4th of July, we thought a few Bloody Mary’s might be just the thing.  Wandering through one of our favorite little shops, The Glass Onion, this one caught Bruce’s eye.  I’m generally not a fan of pre-mixed anything, but this stuff is great!  We were on a minimalist kind of weekend so we didn’t want to load the boat up with all the fixings, but Ass Over Teakettle doesn’t need anything to perk it up.  We drank it as-is, straight out of the bottle (plus vodka, of course), and garnished it with celery, chilled Gulf shrimp and some pepperoni slices we had hanging around.  Ass Over Teakettle Bloody Mary Mix, handcrafted small-batch Bloody Mary mix from Skowhegan, ME

Crossing to the Dark Side

It’s official.  Bruce has made the announcement.  We have begun the process of crossing over to the Dark Side.  We have placed a deposit on an American Tug 395 Flybridge.  She will be built in LaConner, WA and will be delivered in April 2017.  We will take delivery at the factory so we can go on a shake-down cruise in the Pacific Northwest before shipping the boat home in time for the summer cruising season on the East Coast. Continue reading Crossing to the Dark Side

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