New Shirt Design

We’ve got new shirts!

https://www.bonfire.com/saltandtar2019/

Celebrating our 4th year of building Rediviva (March 2015-March 2019) we thought it was time to update our logo and get her on the shirt. We’re excited to release this new shirt and to get started in on the spring projects: planking the deck, bowsprit, bulwark planking, and cranking that engine for the first time! Closer to summer our attention will go to the rig in hopes to begin sea trials in the fall!?!?!? Hope you like the new design!

https://www.bonfire.com/saltandtar2019

~R&G

Coming Home with a Full Cup

Starting Monday the weather man claims our first week of sunshine has arrived. We’d been watching the forecast to decide when the best time to get back to the boat would be. The time away has been exactly what we needed. Coming back we felt a bit nervous. Not wanting the remaining squalls to put us back in the same mindset; feeling unable to make progress on the boat but Garrett and I got to spend so many wonderful nights and days with good friends and family filling our cup.

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We took many walks. Stared out over the ocean. Absorbed whatever sunshine broke through.

We could kick our boots off and Swabie found a stick.

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There was evidence here too that the weather hasn’t been exactly kind. Bad winters have been known to wash boats on shore in Port San Luis. An eerie reminder; it could be worse.

We’ve had two boats here in Port SLO. Our first purchase together, Black Pearl, and our first wooden boat/second project, Baltia. It brought back fond memories. Scout, our last boat before moving north, sailed us here the summer before building Rediviva. There’s nothing like arriving, even into a familiar port, on your own vessel and dropping the hook. We miss that so much. It won’t be long till we experience that but on a boat we built! That will be incredible!

The bay Garrett grew up in was Morro Bay. More specifically the back-bay. He’d often be found messing about in something he built resembling a boat when he was a kid. As he got bigger so did the boats. Sailing was a refuge. A feeling of security and freedom. A few words some would NOT say describe sailing but they do for Garrett.

We helped Garrett’s mom and grandpa get more settled. Adding trim, assembling furniture, and hanging pictures. Garrett even played an open mic night in Pismo Beach!

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We did make it to Minney’s but not much luck this time. We walked the whole place (about 2 hours!) and came out with a $9 anchor windlass handle. The drive down to SoCal was beautiful though. The clearest we’ve ever seen it. North of Santa Barbara you could see straight out to San Miguel the north most island of the Channel Islands chain.

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We also drove down here to visit a few of Garrett’s oldest friends. So what we didn’t spend at Minney’s we took his buddy’s famous “food tour” and stuffed our faces and laughed with the people that know us best.

It was hard to leave southern California but it was time to take home with us everything we learned. It’s important to take time for yourself. It’s important to keep up on your friendships. It’s important to have fun and live your life even when things feel hard. We returned to Rediviva with a freshness. We’re looking to future projects not with distain but hope. There are so many milestones to be had and celebrated.

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We’ve learned that it’s okay to get away from the boat but also how important it is to us to live aboard her when we’re there. Rediviva is our home. So we spent our first night aboard since shortly after we launched her. Cooked dinner, shared a bottle of wine, and talked about our goals.

There are still so many thoughts to organize so I’ll share them as they unfold but the main priority is still to get the engine up and running.

The thrust bearing had arrived which is the last piece to the driveline set up. After this is installed we can then move onto the fuel tank, wiring, filters, fluids, and shifting cables.

Since we are always more productive when we’re closer Garrett whipped together a counter top. The rest of the interior will come together after we knock off a few more major projects like the decking and rig.

It feels good to be home. We’re ready for the next stage in building.

Good Time to Take Time

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I received this text on Thursday… so we’re taking some more time away from the boat. Although, now we’re thinking we could have waited to launch the boat and she would have just floated off the stands soon enough.

(maybe all the Noah jokes were true??)

We can make better use of our time recuperating and organizing our thoughts. Maybe even a little boat part hunting! A little further south from Garrett’s mom’s place is a wonderful dusty shop called Minney’s Yacht Surplus. We’ve written about them before but it’s been over a year since we’ve dropped in to see what they have. Road Trip!

I’ve tried for years to get Garrett to take time away from the boat. Especially during the winter months. He’s starting to listen 😉

Sometimes there’s no place like home. Soaking up family time instead of being drenched at the boat is just what the doctor ordered. I’ve gotten two videos done and working on the third. Garrett’s replaced flooring in three rooms and the trim, painted, and about to repair the kitchen cabinets. We’ve cooked meals with loved ones and shared memories over wine. Swab’s looking forward to a beach day with the next glimpse of sun. We’ve visited our favorite sandwich shop and sushi joint. Today’s more painting and drinking tea inside a warm, welcoming home!

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Let’s Talk Strategy

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In an attempt to get organized and on the same page a list was created. Garrett’s head is full, too full. How can we relieve some of that pressure? While getting away and distracting ourselves from our monstrous project is nice it doesn’t change the fact that we will inevitably have to return and deal with our problems. Because we are adults. Taking in some advice I think breaking down what’s left to finish Rediviva is a good idea. So looking at the next three to five projects this is what we’ve come up with:

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#1 The Engine

#2 Bulwarks

#3 Decking

#4 Anchoring

#5 Main Interior

Even this can make your head hurt. So the first three things then. Bulwarks and Decking are a want-to slash would-be-nice but also “if we were to do things in order” kind of thing. They both require dry working days (we’d love sunny) and … more wood. Having these things done would make #4 easier. In order to set the boat up to anchor we need a bowsprit, samson posts, windlass, anchor, and rode. The only things we don’t have are the samson posts and the bowsprit which if we had the decking laid first we wouldn’t have to work around them later and the bulwarks would help determine the sheer thus determining the angle of the sprit. All of which we need more wood for. So back to #1 The Engine.

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We had to make a sub-list for it’s involved. So far, this list has 15 items. Thankfully, most are just a matter of purchasing said items but building the exhaust elbow and control box and installing the fuel tank are more elaborate. We have a good amount of what’s needed like the shift/throttle lever, wiring, fuel tank, and locust for control box to run the Westerbeastie. Some of the things we need to buy are raw water stainer, starter battery, cables, fuel lines, but most importantly the thrust bearing. Where to even start? Well we just got paid for January’s videos so let’s get the thrust bearing! Not something we want to cheap out on so there goes $262. It’s on its way to Napa! There we go, progress! Visual progress is extremely satisfying but we’ll have to settle for new parts arriving in the mail and pretend it’s Christmas again. “Oooo, a thrust bearing, just what we’ve always wanted” and “Oh, oh a water lift muffler! You shouldn’t have.”

Hopefully we can find a few things at the two marine consignment shops near-ish by. Trick is not to get distracted and buy something less crucial. Although ports would be nice. If there’s a deal to be had we will find it. If it’s not having the money it’s the hunt that can delay projects but that is also part of the fun.

I think I can help Garrett get organized and stay on task. Really work as a team to finish this thing. We’ve decided the engine is priority number one. As our budget allows we’ll move onto the other things. Planking the deck would be a major moral booster so our eyes are pealed for the right wood/craigslist deal. The deck being everywhere wood and the bulwarks planked will make her feel even more “shippy.” Next would be getting her ready to anchor. To be able to drop the hook in the river and spend a night away would be amazing. Finishing the interior is an ongoing thing but we’ll be able to start sleeping aboard soon; now that the forward bunk is in. The interior is more together now than it was when we were living in the boatyard. We need to get a few more boat things checked off the list but I want to start checking things off the make-her-a-home list too. So finishing the interior comes in at #5. It’s weird to feel excited, determined and overloaded all at the same time. I guess it’s just a strange point in the build. We are in the water, floating which is extraordinary but also still very much in the construction stage. She’s a boat but not a sailboat yet. We’ll get there. One step at a time. Thrust bearing is ordered.

Sub-step one in progress.