Small Celebrations

Back to back celebrations this weekend!

Ten weeks after my accident and spinal surgery I boarded Kindred Spirit. I expected that I may experience a wee bit of PTSD as I stepped onto the swim platform, but it was actually ok. Backed into the slip makes it very easy to just step onto the platform. We only stayed for a few hours. It may look like I am back to “normal”, but believe me, I am far from it. On the other hand, the progress has been good. Patience and persistence! Time to celebrate that progress!

I am stepping on the spot I fell from. Ugh. Al was VERY careful to take care of the crisscrossed lines when I boarded but now prefers to uncross them entirely.
Patience and persistence! That’s why I wore my Elizabeth Warren t-shirt “Nevertheless She Persisted.” My motto.

Anthony and Annette had arrived in Groton on Magnolia and were on our mooring in the outer field. They had lots of packages shipped to our house over the past couple of weeks. That makes perfect sense and we were happy to provide a land shopping address for them, but you know how disappointing it is to find that a package does not have your name on it …….. right????

Al plays UPS guy and delivers the boxes from our dock to the outer mooring field.

Back to celebrating…………

Six years ago I wrote an extensive blog post about our naming ceremony and “christening” of the Mariner 38 – The Christening of Kindred Spirit. After all, I was under the assumption that the Mariner was our last boat and I wanted to do it right. I had decided that the Kadey Krogen, as our new “last” boat deserved an even better and bigger celebration; any excuse for a party. 😉 Alas, Covid-19 brought those plans to a screeching halt.  Plus, at the moment, I am in no shape to plan and throw a big party. This concerned me because our Kadey Krogen needed to be properly named.

We are living in strange times and must learn to adapt so that we stay safe and keep others safe. I thought about all the children whose birthday parties were held over ZOOM; graduations and proms that never happened; and wedding plans that had to adapt to this new social “norm.” A boat christening is nothing compared to those life events, and I believe our Kadey Krogen will understand that she is and will be loved even though the celebration was smaller and simpler. 

We quickly gathered a few friends and plenty of Prosecco to hold a naming ceremony so that the nautical gods will look kindly upon Kindred Spirit. If you are interested  in what a proper boat naming ceremony should be, check the link to the Mariner’s christening. 

Once again, we decided that  Kindred Spirit is the only name that would do. Kindred Spirit (#4). In case you missed it the last time around – Why that name? Just before we found our Catalina 34, we were watching the PBS mini-series, Anne of Green Gables. Al and I had only been married for a few years, and friends who were also watching the series, commented that Al and I had found our “kindred spirit” in each other. Ahhhh…..

Anne of Green Gables and her kindred spirits. We found our Kindred Spirit.
Black Chancery font in navy blue with silver shadow. Same as before.

Marcia & Dan and Anthony & Annette joined us for a socially distant, with masks (although they were pulled down at times) ceremony.

Marcia and Dan
Anthony and Annette. It seemed only right that they were part of the christening ceremony– they were with us from the very beginning of our Krogen search and find.
We used the same ceremony as before. I had done all the research for boat naming six years ago so there was no need to change it. This time we held it in the aft cockpit so that we had more space with the dock there.
The De-Naming
We offer you our thanks for the protection you have afforded this vessel in the past, as The Edge, As Limerick, and as Travelin’ Man.
We voice our gratitude that she has always found shelter from tempest and storm and enjoyed safe passage to port.
Now, wherefore, we submit this supplication, that the name whereby this vessel has been known, The Edge, be removed from your records in the Ledger of the Deep. As proof thereof, we submit this “ingot” bearing her former name and send it into the deep.
Further, we ask that when she is again presented for blessing with the name Kindred Spirit, she shall be recognized and shall be accorded once again the privileges she previously enjoyed as well as those privileges enjoyed by every Kindred Spirit that has come before her.
The conch horn is sounded at important moments in the ceremony. Good thing there is no sound to this blog because Al is a little rusty. 😘

Our version of a naming ceremony always includes our “Black Box.” If you are intrigued and want to know more about this “black box” visit John Vigor’s blog. We first stumbled on his Black Box theory in an issue of Good Old Boat nearly 20 years ago. We try to live by those rules and even made our own physical black box that has resided on all four of our Kindred Spirits.

The moods of the sea are many, from tranquil to violent. We ask that this ship be given the strength to carry on. We promise to care for her in a seamanlike manner and to keep her “Black Box” filled with points.

After toasting with our Prosecco, we all had dinner together, covid-19 style. Everyone brought their own dinner, drinks, and supplies. We ate in the clubhouse (with air-conditioning) and set up individual tables 6 feet apart. We had a lot of catching up to do!

During the early stages of my recovery, Al took care of everything. Cooking, cleaning, shopping, and even dressing me. (He still has to put my shoes on for me and help with my compression garments.) I am ever so thankful that I married such a wonderful man. I needed to find a way to show my thanks and love, something he wouldn’t expect. Anthony created the KK39 logo so I could have personalized Kindred Spirit clothing made. Al was surprised and I think he liked it. We both have polo shirts, denim shirts, and hats.

A close up of our new Kindred Spirit clothing.

Marcia and Dan passed on this very special Sea Bags wine carrier, with a bottle inside. It will be our turn next to pass it on to someone for a special occasion. What a great idea this is!

Happy Christening, Kindred Spirit !

A Late Launch

Here we are, about nine weeks later than originally planned, but finally ready to launch the new Kindred Spirit into the water. A late launch is better than no launch. Is that why they say “better late than never?”

Before launching, there were still a few things Al needed to accomplish.

Back in May, we prepared to change the name from The Edge to Kindred Spirit while she sat on the hard. Al removed the old name. I planned to give the transom one last cleaning. Well, we all know what happened on that day. That was the day that the stool I sat upon slipped out from under me and dumped me flat on my back 6 feet to the ground……. followed by surgery, 3 weeks in the hospital and rehabilitation facility, and many, many weeks still recovering.

Our Kadey Krogen was nameless for a brief time.

The coronavirus restrictions meant that Al and I were apart for those 3 weeks – no visitors allowed. 😞😢 I won’t even try to describe what that was like for both of us. I insisted he spend these days working on the boat to keep busy, and because once I returned home I would need him by my side for a while.

In progress
Can you see my big smile? I am so thankful for smartphones. We were able to FaceTime and send photos back and forth while we were apart.
For a few weeks, there were two Kindred Spirits in the boatyard. The Mariner is now Sweet Liberty.

Our old mooring ball was stolen 2 years ago.  The “new” used one needed a thorough cleaning, painting and marking. Our original plan was to use the mooring this summer and sublet our dock, but after my accident and surgery we realized that was not safe or feasible for me. A bouncy dinghy or launch ride out to the mooring might be difficult. For now, we have our mooring in place but we will be using our slip. The boater who sublet decided not to put his boat in the water this season after all.

All fresh, top and bottom!

After we sold the Mariner and purchased the Kadey Krogen, we found ourselves with 2 dinghies and 2 engines. Our 15-hp Yamaha engine, bought in the Abacos in 2016, is a keeper, but both of the dinghies had minor issues. Al made some repairs to them and to the other engine, also a 15-hp Yamaha, and put it all up for sale. With the sale dollars, we splurged and bought a brand new 9.5 foot AB aluminum bottom inflatable at the March Defenders sale. I don’t think we have ever had a brand new dinghy. WooHoo!

Granddaughter Addison enjoyed sitting the dinghy while it was in our basement.
The bow storage has a nice cushion on top and even holds the gas tank.
With the gas tank residing in the bow locker, Al decided to design and make an underseat storage bag. The lower left photo shows the view from the rear – outer pockets to hold “things.” The other photos show the bow side of the storage – a zippered compartment will hold two inflatable life jackets (in the gray envelope) and the anchor (in the mesh bag). Two outside pockets can hold whatevers such as water bottles.

Dean gave a hand to hoist the dinghy up to the flybridge using the mast and electric winch system.

This is a whole new way of carrying a dinghy for us and very different from the davits we always had. By cutting out a section of rail in the rear, it is much easier to lift the dinghy up and over. Al also changed the steel cables to Dyneema line which is much easier on the winch and human hands, as well as being much stronger.

The Kadey Krogen came with a 25 kg (55 pounds) Rocna anchor. You know we loved our 33 kg (73 pounds) Rocna. This bothered Al – we now have a heavier boat, but a smaller anchor. Back to Craig’s List……. He found a 33 kg Vulcan anchor. The Vulcan is made by Rocna and is the first major redesign since the original launch of the Rocna. It retains the holding power while the removal of the roll bar allows it to fit more bows. This Vulcan happened to be on a Kadey Krogen in Virginia. The owner transferred it to Magnolia on a planned car trip near Galesville, Maryland. Magnolia carried our anchor with her while she traveled north to New England.

Magnolia brought our 73 pound Vulcan anchor to us. Or, as Anthony refers to it, our “jewelry.”
Ready to hoist the Vulcan from the car’s trunk up to the bow.
Two anchors on the bow for now. The 55 pound Rocna on the right and the 73 pound Vulcan on the left. If someone comes along who wants to buy the Rocna at the right price, it will go.

One chore that absolutely must be done before launching is painting the bottom. This is Al’s least favorite chore (and here I thought he loved it all!) 😉

And now, the moment we have been waiting for! Launch Day! Launch day is always a big day, but this was an especially big day – new boat, long wait.

Port and starboard views, in the sling.
Al standing by, ready to watch his new baby splash down in the water.
Just hanging ………

After leaving the well, Al and his crew took Kindred Spirit out towards Fishers Island for a 30 minute test run. She did 8.2 knots at 2500 rpm and 7.2 knots at 1900.
For this season Al decided that we would back into the dock instead of “bow in” as we have done for years with both the Morgan and the Mariner. I was always at the helm and bow in was much easier for me. But this year, because of my physical challenges, it will be easier for me to step from the dock onto the transom, compared to a three-step stool mid-bow.

Al says she was easy to maneuver into the slip.
Al and his launch crew – Dan from Cutting Class and Whit from Sweet Liberty.
Ahhhhh…..

The only thing left is to “launch” me.

“Watsonizing” – This and That

The head/holding tank, solar panel and batteries installations and galley were the major projects for the “off-season.” There were also many “minor” watsonizing projects that kept Al busy all winter and early spring. Some were necessary and some were just because it suited our style better. These “minor” projects still took considerable time and effort – Al’s time and effort!

The KK39 has an amazing engine room for its size. One might say we bought an engine room with an attached boat. Since Al enjoys maintaining the engine and systems, it is a real plus to have this spacious area. Although one of the smaller  Kady Krogens, the 39 is the one with a walk-in engine room. The next size with an engine room is the Kadey Krogen 48 feet.

A DOOR and not a hatch in the FLOOR!
The engine room has a real door with a nautical porthole. It isn’t quite a full-size door, so you need to step down and duck a bit. And there is that fine John Deere 4045 TFM50 4.5L (150 hp) sitting right there as you step into the engine room.
Al is 6 foot 3 inches and can stand inside.

To step down into the engine room, there was a wood step. Al shortened that step so that he could lift up the hatch in the floor for easy access to the hydraulic pump for the stabilizers.

The port side of the engine room is mostly mechanical – water heater, air-conditioning, and miscellaneous pressure tanks. Al installed the red tool storage and a shelf for manuals below that.

The starboard side of the engine room has an awesome workbench.

There was a large heavy tool box sitting on the top of the bench, taking up a lot of real estate.

Al organized the tools and workbench area to better suit his needs.

The drawers neatly hold some tools. Al mounted assorted “holders” for other tools. The white buckets in the back are from IKEA. On the wall to the right he used leftover PVC deck spindles from a house project cut up into small pieces and glued together.

Bowthruster & Rudder Barnacles

The bowthruster tunnel and dual props were encrusted with barnacles. This is pretty typical in hard to paint places that are underwater.

Al drilled out the cover bolts and used a wheel puller to remove the propellers.
There’s Al in his full face respirator mask, sanding the paint off of the propellers. I had a good view from our deck above.
Check out this “McGyvered” paint brush to reach into the bowthruster tunnel.
The rudder also received a much needed face-lift. Banish those barnacles!!

Finsand “Wings”

The Kadey Krogen 39 has “stabilizers,” a whole new world for us. Stabilizers are fins mounted beneath the waterline and stick out from the hull to reduce a boat’s rolling caused by wind or waves.

This is what a stabilizer looks like (day of the survey back in October 2019). There’s one on each side of the boat, under the water. Confession – I know they really good for “stabilizing” the boat in rolling waves, but I still have reservations about things like that sticking out of the hull.

Our stabilizer fins needed new outer seals, which required a professional. 🙁 Hmmm…. A project that Al cannot do. Every once in a long while that does happen.

That’s the fin man doing his thing.
And that’s what it looks like when the fin is removed – waiting for the new seal.

Al did have some work to do on the stabilizer wings. The wings, made of fiberglass, were damaged so he removed them from the fins for repair work at home. (The wings are the bottom part of the fins.)

Al stripped the wings and made the fiberglass repairs. He finished them with blue epoxy before sanding them again and painting them with bottom paint.
Installing the wings back on the fins.

During the survey, the water from the cockpit shower would not shut off. The surveyor noted that the plastic enclosure for it was cracked in three spots. He researched a new housing only to learn that the cost was outrageous. With his fiberglass skills, he repaired the existing housing, rebuilt the faucet, replaced the washers and installed a new hose and shower head. Good to go!

Looks like new! The new shower head is the same as the one used for the “inside” shower. And, there is HOT and cold water available in the cockpit.
This is the impeller. After discovering it’s state, Al figures we were very lucky to get home last October. Impellers do have a finite life span and this one was at its end.

The boat came with a bimini on the flybridge, but it had no “windshield” which would make windy or chilly conditions a little uncomfortable up there. We enjoyed using the flybridge on the Mariner. In fact, 90+% of the time we steered from up there, especially me. Here, in New England, it is nice to have a windshield for comfort.

Al made a template for the windshield.
Here is his work in progress in the basement.
The new windshield made of Regalite 40 gauge vinyl is installed.
My cleaning talents were needed for the cover that fit over the instruments on the flybridge. I soaked it in the bath tub using my favorite concoction of powdered Oxi-Clean and laundry detergent….. over and over again, and rinsed it over and over again. Although I didn’t photograph it after the cleaning, it came out quite nice!

Winter is a great time for Al’s sewing projects —

A new Phifertex windshield cover that will blocking 93% of the sunlight. Obviously, this will be removed when underway. 😉
Moveable Phifertex sunshades that can be attached wherever needed and also roll up to be stored. This Phifertex is lighter weight and only blocks 85% of the sun so that we can see out.
My other contribution? A new log book for Al’s maintenance records.
He prefers “old school” handwritten records with a section for each – general, engine, genset, and fuel. There is a lot of handwritten records already in this book!

Getting closer to a launch date!

“Watsonizing – The Galley Needs Just A Few Things……

When Al is watsonizing, the boat develops it’s “winter look” as I call it. That’s a nicer phrase than calling it a total mess. Most of these galley photos were taken during the winter so please excuse any visible mess.

I guess you have to excuse the mess when the final outcome is so good…..

The galley on the Kadey Krogen was one of the features that sold me on a new “last” boat. The Mariner’s galley was ok after Al made significant modifications for me, but it was never easy to work in (although I will miss that Engel freezer built in under the counter…..) The KK39’s galley is very, very nice. Even so, I requested a few minor changes.  My turn!

Although there is certainly plenty of storage for galley equipment, I always worry about pantry storage – all of the nonperishables that need a home. Sometimes I think I still provision with a long term cruising eye which is a bit silly now. On both the Morgan and the Mariner, Al created amazing pantry storage. After studying the KK39’s galley we made a decision. There was an icemaker to the right of the sink under the counter. We have never had an icemaker and do not feel that we need one. I’m a pretty good ice maker myself, given a tray and a freezer.  We decided pull-out shelves would work nicely in that space. 

The ice maker — that looked like a lot of potential pantry storage to me!
To figure out the height between the shelves, Al tried this. I gave him a few items of varying heights to figure out the spacing and number of shelves that could fit. Once we knew how many shelves would fit, we went back to IKEA to get what we needed.

Back to IKEA……..The model kitchens there have a multitude of shelving options which can be purchased as separate components. Amazed, we found  pull-out shelves that were just the right width!

Under construction – measuring and testing, building.
Job completed! Can’t wait to decide what goes where……… It will be a nice problem to solve.

Where does the trash bin reside in the galley ??? That’s always been an issue for us on every boat. We don’t want a trash can out in the open and susceptible to flying about, getting knocked over, or just in the way. On the Morgan, the trash bin fit under the stairs down from the cockpit. Al was very creative on the Mariner and cut a tilt-out opening in the side of the galley where a plastic bin fit under the sink.

The Mariner’s galley waste bin – closed and open. It worked very well.

On our Krogen there seemed to be plenty of space under the sink for the trash can – out of sight and accessible. We often (pre-covid 19  days) wandered around IKEA for ideas. IKEA is a great place for inexpensive solutions for boats as well as houses. We discovered a close-out sale on a pull-out trash bin. Checking the KK39 measurements that I always kept with me, it sure looked like it would fit. It came with one large bin or two smaller ones.  We don’t know which will work better for us yet, but it’s nice to have options!

Seems to be plenty of space under the sink. Notice that the sink drain has been removed. While under there, Al brushed against the trap and rust and water dropped out. Lucky moment – it didn’t happen no the trip home form Virginia and he discovered it before this season began.
The new pull-out trash bin.

There is plenty of overhead cupboard space. I’m glad that I am average height because reaching up there is a stretch even for me. How do petite Admirals manage this?? I keep a small folding stool handy, just in case.

We only carry place settings for six. If there are more than 6 guests, pull out the paper plates! When I placed all of the dishes in the cabinet, there was a lot of empty space above the dishes. Stacking all the assorted sizes of plates on top of each other would be harder for access. I found a shelf organizer that would fit inside.

A simple shelf organizer utilizes the space better.
This nifty rack holds water bottles and thermal coffee cups. When these were standing upright they always tipped over in even mild seas.
A small lazy susan fits fits in the sliding door storage on the opposite of the galley. I think that small spice jars will fit there.

Although it wasn’t necessary, I wanted a new higher faucet that pulls out and changes to a sprayer. After searching in the home improvement stores and online, we decided we liked the one we have in the house the best and just got another.

Al added two little LED “puck lights” over the sink, one over the stove, and one over the far corner. You can never have too much light when cooking.
To the left of the new faucet is a smaller faucet for the filtered water system that Al installed under the sink. We use that for drinking and cooking water.
A shiny new plastic drain trap has been installed. To the right you can see the water filter system also.
We replaced and moved the paper towel holder to the right of the stove, closer to the sink. I was surprised how difficult it was to find a holder that we liked. (And it wasn’t at IKEA!)
After debating the pros and cons, we decided to mount this small magnetic knife rack beside the refrigerator and below the microwave. It feels very strong so we hope this will be safe.

Al installed a fan in the galley on the Mariner because there was no opening port near the stove/oven. The Krogen has a nice round opening port over the stove top but Al decided I still needed a fan. Makes you wonder how much I complain, doesn’t it? It took a bit of McGyvering to get this fan in just the right position so that it will function well and allow the port to open and close.

Fan up and out of the way, and fan down and ready to cool.

In the corner, next to the oven is a lift-up top to access what we call the deep storage.

The space is very deep! Al added a shelf that can be lifted in two parts. For now the paper towels are tucked away in there. I think I may have to move the pots and pans from under the oven into this upper space for easier access. Things we don’t need often will go down in the bottom level.

I had the opportunity to work in the galley when we brought the boat home from Virginia last October. I was thrilled with it then and now it is even better. I do think it will take some time to figure out how best to utilize the space. I will probably spend at least the first year changing things around.

Photos of the full galley will have to wait until we are in the water!