S/V SUSANA Our goal for Cruising is 2013

This is Susana. A Bruce Roberts "Spray", steel-hull, gaff rigged Ketch.
In 1895, Joshua Slocum departed Boston in his tiny sloop Spray and sailed around the world single-handed. This historic achievement made him the patron saint of small-boat voyagers, navigators and adventurers all over the world

Susana is our Spray and will guide us where the wind meets the sea on our safe navigations. We are just a little behind our 5 year plan for retirement cruising. It looks like we'll be ready in 2014.....Follow us while we prepare Susana to take us on our Journey.

Jul 4, 2011

Transporting 2 Masts, Ham License, Tear Down the Headliner, Finished Canvas

Hmm...25 ft truck 40 & 32  ft masts - 4 hours from Norfolk under cover at night!
It was no surprise Susana's wooden masts would be replaced. The challenge was finding 2 aluminum mast (40 & 32 ft) to be deck stepped & fit into the existing tabernacle (used to lower the masts when necessary). After much inquiring on Masts from Ohio to Annapolis, we found EXACTLY what we needed (and for a reasonable price of less than $2500) at a marina in Norfolk. Off we go in Kevin's dump truck (I love that truck!!) to pick up 2 masts, 2 booms, mast head, various spars and more rigging than we need.

We'll wait to do the masts during the fall when it's much cooler. It's been consistently 85-95 and humid for the last week. So Kevin is working in the air conditioned salon, tearing down the ceiling, adding his wiring for LED lights, outlets, etc. I'll be working on removing some UGLY wallpaper from the sides which will probably be replaced with stain, mildew and abrasive resistant naugahyde (material costs ~ $150.00). Photos to come on that inside project. Goal is to be done with inside (head included--I hope!) so we can work on the OUTSIDE in the cool months to come. ~sigh~

After 5 months of canvas work, April finished the Bimini and Dodger on her newly purchased Sailrite LZ1 (portable, easily adapted to manual no AC/DC required) HD  sewing machine. We estimate costs for 2 sailcovers, 3 sailbags, dodger, bimini, winch covers, ditty bag to be $3500 incl. machine, Savings ~$5000-$7000. I used my LLC, created a website www.holkomarineservice.com and called my service Canvas Works so that I could get wholesale pricing .

I enjoyed these projects so much, I decided to make up some business cards, put them in our "vendor resource" book at West Marine to see if I can get some Canvas Repair business. Wow! To my amazement, I had 5 calls in the first 2 weeks. I've finished one and  I'm currently working on a couple more projects...I'll have that LZ1 paid off in no time!! I guess my cushions will have to wait till winter.

Upon completion we each got a 2 meter handheld radio!

In the meantime, I just got my Ham license (will have to get my general next month) NEXT PROJECT: working on my SSB, VHF/AIS radio setup next....And trying to coordinate everything with the Raymarine GPS, laptop, etc.etc.etc.   

Jun 1, 2011

A lot has been done over the winter!!

Well now it's spring and we've been so busy with Susana, there was no time to post! Kevin's been working on the interior - enlarging the main salon head to fit the Lectrosan with auto salt pump, a step bath tub, adding a heater with a fuel line, running conduit for the outlets. He's got all the framing done for the cabinets and the walls of the head. Of course, he's had to pull down the headliner (which was just peg board).

Corroseal doing its job on Susana's steel hull
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Bimimi's done!

Dodger's coming along
April's been busy too taking all the boating classes possible, Weather, Piloting, Celestial Navigation, VHF, etc. Also taking on re-doing all the canvas work on Susana. 2 sail bags, 2 sail covers, helm station, Dodger, Bimini. It is almost complete. We finally set up a "loft" in our family room!!