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Fair Winds and Following Seas…

Well, tenalach went to her new crew this weekend. While we’re happy that the sale is completed, we are very sad to see this chapter of our lives come to an end. To Greg and Aubrey, the new masters of this fine vessel, we wish you fair winds and following seas. You’re embarking on an amazing adventure, and tenalach will care for you well, as she did for us.

To our followers, we bid you a fond farewell. Thank you for joining us on our adventure, and we hope you had some smiles along the way. Bon Voyage! unnamed (5)

Tenalach is searching for new crew!

WP_20150911_18_25_30_ProIt is with a heavy heart that we must list tenalach for sale. Our family situation has changed, and it is time for us, at least temporarily, to put down roots and bring all of us some stability. We do this very reluctantly, as we love tenalach and are very sad to close this chapter of our lives. However, we hope for a silver lining, as in all things. We are looking for new crew to love tenalach as we have, to continue her restoration to her former glory, and to create wonderful memories with her! . She’s not pristine or perfect, but that’s what gives her such great character! She IS, however, a fully functional sailing yacht AND home.

In the last year, we’ve loved her very much, and poured much cash, blood, sweat, tears, and effort into transforming tenalach into a fully functional home, as well as a safe coastal cruiser. She won’t cross oceans, but she’ll safely get you from A to B in the Chesapeake and up and down the ICW! She’s very a very comfortable home for a couple and would even support a kid or two in the V-berth. Full equipment list is below the gallery. If you feel tenalach tugging at your heartstrings, or the call of the water ringing in your ears, please contact us through this site!

tenalach is a 1976 43 ft. Gulfstar Ketch. We’re asking $25,500.

All the items below have been purchased, performed,  or installed since September 2014:

  • USCG Documentation
  • Full bottom job with two coats of Trinidad SR multi-season Oct 2014
  • Bottom cleaned and zincs replaced Nov 2015
  • Nature’s Head Composting Toilet
  • New PVC Rot-Free headliner in main salon
  • Lifeline Netting Installed
  • Insulation added in many areas
  • Bluetooth 4 speaker stereo
  • 8 foot inflatable tender with Tohatsu motor
  • Custom Aft Cabin Mattresses from the Original Mattress Factory
  • Fuel tank cleaned and Fuel Polished
  • Sail Covers and Dodger professionally repaired
  • Stainless Steel Magma Propane Grill
  • Custom Stainless Quadrant Support fabricated and installed
  • MarineAir Reverse Cycle Heat Pump installed with dedicated 30 amp circuit and insulated ducting
  • Newport Dickinson Solid Fuel Stainless Steel Cabin Heater
  • ProSport Three-bank Battery Charger (20A)
  • Prop Shaft Packing Gland Repacked
  • New Fuel Primary and Secondary Fuel Filters
  • Solar Fan in Aft Cabin
  • New Cups and Vane on Wind Instrument
  • Analog Wind Instrument
Here is a complete equipment list, from bow to stern, topside first:
1976 Gulfstar 43 Aux Ketch
  • 40 Lb Plow Anchor with 10 ft of chain and 250 ft of rode
  • Anchor Buoy
  • Spinnaker Pole (Needs Repair)
  • Whisker Pole (Needs Repair)
  • Electric Windlass with Foot Switch
  • Roller Furling Genoa – Sail in Good condition, roller furler has new line and fully functional
  • Teak Rub Rails
  • Secondary Jib Halyard with Light Air Headsail
  • Teak Dinghy Deck Rack
  • 52 ft vertical clearance
  • Aluminum Keel-Stepped Mast
  • Battened Mainsail in great condition
  • Cockpit Dodger
  • Raymarine Tri-data
  • Raymarine Wind Instrument (speed functional, direction inop)
  • Teak Saloon-style Cabin doors
  • Stainless Steering Wheel
  • Lighted Compass
  • Dock Water Inlet
  • Twin 30A inlets
  • Dual Cockpit Drains
  • Battened Mizzen Sail in Great Condition
  • Lifeline Netting
  • 10w Solar Charger
  • Port and Starboard Midships Boarding Gates
  • Barient 28 Jib Winches serviced 2015
  • Cockpit Lazarette
  • Spring 2015 Coast Guard inspection
  • New Flares
  • Flare Gun
  • Cockpit Manual Bilge Pump
  • VHF with Ram Mic
  • Aluminum Boathook
  • Stainless Stern Swim Ladder
  • GIANT stern lazarette!
  • Life ring only 1 year old
  • Dinghy Motor Rack
  • Extra Large Fender (1 year old)
  • Wired for external wifi booster (not included)
And the interior, from bow to stern:
  • V-Berth with 6’5 berth length, storage below, and 5 drawers
  • Hanging Locker with secondary windlass switch
  • Forward Head compartment with stainless sink and Nature’s Head Composting Toilet
  • Newport Dickinson Stainless Steel Solid Fuel Cabin heater (we use hardwood charcoal and anthracite)
  • Port and Starboard Settees with 6’4 length, storage below both, and behind port side settee
  • Double Stainless Sink
  • Under Sink Water Filtration System
  • AC Toaster Oven
  • 3-burner gimbaled Shipmate propane stove and oven
  • Adler Barbour 12-v Refrigeration
  • Large Nav Station with 3 drawers and chart storage
  • Hanging Locker
  • Locker enclosing Heat Pump
  • Large Engine Room
  • Circuit Panel 12v and 120v
  • 6 Gallon Water Heater
  • House Water Filter
  • 12v Water Pump
  • 110 Gallon Integrated Fiberglass water tank
  • 65 Gallon Diesel Tank
  • Perkins 4-108 Diesel Engine
  • Large Aft Captains Quarters
  • Hanging Locker and 5 drawers
  • Large Aft Berth with 6’5 length
  • Head/Shower Compartment (toilet removed) with stainless sink and hand shower
There are lots of extras:
  • Matching set of cups
  • Plastic Dishes (large and small plates, bowls)
  • Spare Parts
  • Tools specific to the boat
  • Dock Box Included
  • PFDs
  • Spare Fuel Filters
  • LOTS of rope
  • Wind Generator (Not Installed)
  • Radar and Display (Not Installed)
  • 40 lbs of Anthracite (for solid fuel stove)
  • 20 lbs of hardwood charcoal (for solid fuel stove)
  • Sheets for forward and aft cabin
  • Installable screen door for forward cabin (use it or toss it)
  • Sunbrella cover for companionway hatch
  • Emergency Flares and Flare Gun

Invasion of Invertebrates!

Jellyfish next to tenalach

From time to time, Salt Ponds is invaded by jellyfish. Sometimes they’re red, or clear, and sometimes we even get Leidy’s Comb Jellyfish flashing around tenalach. They tend to get sucked up in the strainer for the heat pump, as the admiral mentioned in the last post. A couple days ago we saw literally hundreds of them, floating by for hours. Having grown up on the Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay, we would normally see jellies that were dead and long since devoid of their tentacles, thanks to waves. These, however, were very much alive and swimming, and nearly all of them were fully intact. All these photos were taken in the same 5 minutes; and there were many more that I couldn’t get a good image of. This lasted all afternoon. Nature sure is beautiful.

Pink Jellyfish
Dont touch this one!
There are two in this photo
Two More
A little below the surface, but this one had very long tentacles


Radio Silence is Over!

We may have been quiet for a month or so, but we have been out living the life. That is the point of this whole journey, right? What have we been up to… let me tell you! We have been sailing more, meeting new friends at the marina, my birthday (more details later), went on a land lubber vacation, and last but definitely not least we spent our first night anchored out! See, living the life! Now of course we have boat projects going on while we are doing all of the above, but as we continue to acclimate to boat life, not every project seems post worthy!

More sailing…and learning to anchor!

Since the days have gotten longer, we have had the opportunity to do some evening sails. We have also been practicing anchoring. Not quite as easy as I expected, even with the windlass. Getting that anchor up can sometimes take all the energy out of me. Not only is it heavy (45 lbs. not including the chain) with gravity working against me, but you are having to balance and brace yourself at the bow, sometimes up and down and up and down! So it can get a bit tricky, but we are learning. As other sailing couples have told us, there is a HUGE learning curve to communicating to each other on the boat while under sail. In our first instances of anchoring, Chuck was at the helm and I was doing the manual work (which I happen to prefer). There were some frustrations there are we figured out this communication, and I learned how to let the boat to more of the work for me. But just last week, I got to be at the helm. After Chuck successfully pulled in and stored the anchor, he comes back with the “man that was hard work” look on his face. And I didn’t even say I told ya so!

My birthday…

came and went like it does every year. But this year I was surprised with a Tower 14ft. Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard! Kuddos to Chuck for arranging this behind my back as I had NO IDEA that he was even up to something. And let me tell you, I LOVE IT! So far we have just been paddling the inlet, but bigger adventures are coming. Right now, I am still learning to just be fearless on her and to handle some waves. Nothing too crazy for this lady yet!

Chuck fell in! Whoops!
Puppy love on my birthday morning!

Land Lubber Vacation (much needed)

We had the opportunity to return to our favorite vacation spot, Moab, UT. We stay at Basecamp Adventure Lodge! If you are looking for a unique experience, this is the place for you. What I truly love about this place is that you can start your day by sleeping in and reading a book on deck (with absolutely breath taking scenery around you), and by the end of the day you have gone kayaking, ATVing, hiking or more. You can make the vacation into whatever you want it to be, and there is one amazing thing missing. Cell service! There is limited WiFi, but who needs it? The pictures never do it justice, but I continue taking them in the hopes that one day it will!

This is called Jacob’s ladder, and we actually climbed this!

Living “on the hook”!

The best news to report is there was really no news! Of course we had some lessons to learn, but nothing that couldn’t be easily fixed or avoided for next time. We decide to anchor out at Mill Creek so we could see the fireworks for the Black Beard Pirate Festival in Hampton, VA. I think fireworks are already amazing, but they are that much better on a boat!!! And of course the pups added to the experience by making sure to bark the whole time to chase the fireworks away. Silly pups! We had some delicious rum, a friend brought dinner over, and it was gorgeous out! Even did some star gazing. We each woke up a couple times (Chuck to check the anchor, and me to just be aware of where we were), but overall slept great! Waking up was so peaceful.

The dogs still have work to do about learning to go on their spot, but if they have to go bad enough they eventually will. When we woke, we realized that the fridge had drained all of our power. Lesson learned! We had to get a jump from Boat US, which took a maximum of 5 minutes, and we were good to go! Beyond that, the main lesson we learned was to pack more food. And food to make a meal out of, not just the random things we end up with.

As far as boat projects go, the main thing we are focused on right now is our AC unit. We have a small hatch unit which works for sleeping, but with Chuck and the dogs there all day, they will need something more for the real heat of the summer. Chuck scored an old heat pump from another sailor who was headed to the junk yard, so he is currently getting parts to start assembling this. We also managed to get the dogs in the dinghy with Chuck successfully. We both just grabbed a handle on their life vests (safety dogs!), it was high tide and we went to a lower finger dock. In they went, happy or not. Enzo actually went in first, which is not like him. He just hunched down as far as he could. He did try to stand up while pressing against Chuck and Chuck almost went in the water. teeheehee. As they slowly motored away, all you could see was his big ol’ head. Kinda funny! Zia Marie was up next, and seemed to want to stand and let her ears blow in the wind. We will get pictures next time, as we just wanted a successful adventure (mostly so I didn’t freak out)!

Our first little mate on board! Welcome Carter man!
Because…my babies!


UP-grades and Repairs

Hello friends! The last couple weeks have been pretty busy for us on tenalach. as we’ve been taking advantage of the warmer weather and longer days to get some repairs and upgrades complete. If you’ve been following us for awhile, you know that our home wasn’t in the best condition when we got her, and there’s still work to do. I have a bunch of travel coming up so we needed to get ahead of a few things!

First, tenalach brings us the luck of the Irish!

A fellow boater is outfitting his boat for extended cruising upon his retirement next fall. One of the things he was upgrading was his vessel’s reverse-cycle heat pump. I happened to be up in the marina office while he was on his way to junk the old one (that still worked, btw), and the marina manager Steve mentioned to him that we needed one. He looked at me and said, “Do you want it? I’m just taking it to the junkyard.” I emphatically accepted and we got ourselves a 16,000 BTU unit for nothing! I was very happy to have the universe in our favor that day. We’ll still have to get about $600 in parts and practice some serious boat yoga to get it installed, but the bulk of that expense was saved by the luck of the Irish!

Tenalach came to us with an older ST-60 wind instrument. The masthead unit needed some repairs, so we replaced the wind vane and cups for the anemometer last fall. The anemometer works fine, but the wind indicator instrument just spins. We didn’t have an analog wind instrument at all, so we decided that before we spend money getting the ST-60 repaired, we’d install a masthead WindDex. It always sounds so easy…

I stepped into our bosun’s chair and Captain Dave of Veritas,WP_20150423_20_00_32_Pro an Island Packet 40, helped hoist me up. On the way, I replaced the spreader boots we knocked off on our first sail way back in October. They’re now secured with cable ties, and shouldn’t go anywhere for a while. That took more time than I thought and we ran out of daylight, so the next night we tried again. Up, up I went all the way to the top of our 50′ mast. The wind was light so there wasn’t a ton of movemeWP_20150423_20_00_08_Pront, until ANYONE moved around on deck or down below. It felt like an earthquake with every footstep!

The WindDex location pre-install.

I located the best place for drilling holes for the mounting plate screws and set about it. The only place feasible was on the port (left) side of the mast, and I’m right handed. The halyard I was attached to was on the aft side of the mast. You can work out the math there. It was hard. After finally breaking through, I started working the self-tapping sheet metal screws into the mast. With myleft hand. 50 feet in the air. That took some time. After I got those anchored in securely, Captain Dave sent up the new WindDex, and I got it all secured to the mounting hardware. Now we have a working wind indicator!

The next project, which had been on the list for a while, was getting our fuel tank cleaned. If you remember from our post, “We got cocky with our docking,” we had an engine failure due to fuel starvation last fall. All’s well that ended well with that, but we needed to get that fixed. We called Captain Alan with KleenFuel and he set to work. Upon his arrival, I showed him where the fuel line pickup is, just behind a hatch under the companionway ladder. He shook his head and said, “I need a hole about an inch and a half across to do this, yours are way too small.”

The solution was every boat owners nemesis: drill a hole. He got his hole saw and drilled a hole in the top of the tank. We made our best guess for a good lWP_20150427_10_52_58_Proocation, and it turned out to be correct. 10 seconds and we could see diesel below the hole. Capt. Alan set up the rest of his gear, and we were off.

Fuel Cleaning
KleenFuel Filtering Machine

The pump apparatus can handle 600 GPH, and we have a 65 gallon tank that was nearly full. That means in the 3 hours he was pumping, we cleaned all the fuel in the tank about 30 times. The return line sends the clean fuel back into the tank under pressure, to get the fuel in the tank moving and cleaning the surfaces of the tank. Five filters later, we got a clean fuel bill of health. Captain Dave moved Veritas over for the day to have his tank done, as well.

That’s all for this update! Stay tuned!