Monthly Archives: May 2010

Fixing cockpit lighting

Oia‘s cockpit is wired for some LED lighting, one adjustable lamp and one small array of LEDs kind of like mini, super energy efficient versions of the old fluorescent tube lights in offices everywhere.  The lamp and the array are … Continue reading

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Grill; charger

Finally gave up on trying to find someone to sell me a grill in Singapore and just ordered one shipped from the US, one of the original Marine Kettles.  I made a separate order for all the random accessories needed … Continue reading

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Pangaea

A really huge sailboat appeared a couple days ago at One 15 Marina before sailing off again this morning. It’s Pangaea, an expeditionary vessel custom built for a South African explorer/activist named Mike Horn, who, among other things, has circumnavigated … Continue reading

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Is living on a boat in Singapore cheaper? A premature analysis

Update: See my followup to this after six months. Many of my friends know that I am almost obsessive about collecting data about all kinds of stuff (the pizza versus apples graph, which is sadly out of date, is particularly notorious). … Continue reading

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Battery charger

Decided to try taking apart my battery charger, some kind of ancient and gigantic Japanese monstrosity which is way too big for its 20A max output, to see if I could find some burnt-out component or internal fuse or something … Continue reading

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Electrical; visitors; stereo installed

Yesterday I ended up having a sudden (minor) surgery so unfortunately I have to take it kind of easy this weekend.  Luckily there is plenty of not-too-physical stuff for me to do around the boat.  Today after lunch I spent … Continue reading

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Cockpit cushions and curtains

I left work a little early today to meet the upholsterer, who came to deliver some stuff and take some new measurements for the remaining work.  The main thing they brought today was the new cockpit cushions.  Here they are: … Continue reading

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Minor maintenance

Spent some time aboard Oia last night for the first time in a few days.  I always have this overwhelming feeling of urgency when I return to the boat after an absence of more than a day or two, like … Continue reading

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New stereo

This weekend’s sole boat-related accomplishment: we went to SimLim and Charlene bought me a new Sony CDX-GT290S car stereo.  It’s nice and simple, with an AUX in, a built-in CD player, and not much else, which is exactly what I … Continue reading

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Registry plaque; alternator

Had about half an hour this morning aboard Oia to get something done, after getting to the boat pretty late last night.  Since it was probably my only opportunity to do anything this week I seized it by the horns … Continue reading

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