Maintenance

First Haul Out for a 44′ Catamaran

It’s been a year since Starry Horizons was launched, and that means it’s time for our first haul out!  We went to Nanny Cay on Tortola at the suggestion of our friends Frank and Mary Grace on the Helia ‘Let It Be’. Arrival at Nanny Cay We arrived at Nanny Cay at 4:30 pm and…

Maintenance

How to Change a Windlass Gypsy

As part of our outfitting process, we replaced our anchor chain with longer, stronger, and lighter anchor chain. This meants we had to replace our windlass gypsy too so that it would work with the new size of anchor chain. Our windlass is a Quick Dylan electric windlass which we’ve been very happy with since…

Maintenance

Converting Heads to Flush with Freshwater

One of the projects we tackled when outfitting our boat for cruising was converting our heads from saltwater to freshwater. This was a project that I tackled on my own and I’m proud to say I completed the project with only about 4 trips to West Marine and no sewage leaks in the boat!  …

Maintenance

Pulling and Cleaning our Airmar Transducer

Down in the bilge, in the forward guest cabin on our boat, is a hole! Normally, holes in boats aren’t a good thing, but this is one of those rare exceptions. In this hole is the Airmar Transducer that is part of our navigation equipment system. Proper Care of the Transducer One day, we noticed…

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Running Lines Through The Mast

Lines on boats are subject to lots of wear and tear over the years. Almost all of our running rigging has been replaced, some of them multiple times. If you simply pull an old line out, you will have a hell of a time getting your new line in! This is why it is best…