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.

Aug 19, 2012

Bottom and Topsides Paint Prep

Bottom Work Begins on Susana!

Tenting to capture the debris

Kevin works so hard... and now he's got a BIG JOB of stripping the epoxy and bottom paint all the way down to bare metal. But he's soooooo excited about all the work ahead of him because he's working on his second love Susana (or is it his first???)She's got a big bottom and needs lot's of work.

Kevin's portable sandblasting workshop.
Gotta love that truck again! 

I keep saying "we" when it's really Kevin that does all the hard work. I just provide the nightly back massages, positive support and healthy dinners. And since March I have managed to get so much canvas work that I haven't had time to work on Susana's cushions!

We may be a little behind on our 5 year plan, but we are definitely making progress. Oh! and we managed to become totally debt free....that's a huge step towards early retirement and cruising.
Well, I asked and now I got a job to do on Susana....I get to sand the topside and prep it for painting.
 Hey...if it gets us closer to our goal...I'm all for it!

Jul 21, 2012

After a few sidetracks.....we're back to Susana!!

Kitchen Remodeling
Before and After
Seems like everything goes in 3-6 months.This winter...since Susana was on the hard, we decided to upgrade the kitchen, which included tearing out walls between the kitchen, dining and living room, adding cabinets and laying hardwood flooring throughout this newly opened space. This is the last remodeling we'll be doing on the house. Now it's time to really focus on Susana.

Apr 12, 2012

Some things just get in the Way!

Here it is April 2012 and we haven't been working on Susana since the fall. She's "on the hard" patiently waiting for us to finish our work on the house. We visit her, pat her fat belly and remind her we'll be back, very soon!
April's been taking on more "paid" canvas work, so  Susana's cushions are still waiting to be done! Also the plant outage lasted 2 months this year, meaning Kevin worked 12-13 hours a day, 6 days a week with barely any breaks. Except for one....Kristi and Paul's wedding!
Even though we've had a few other items to get through. Our main goal is to  be completely debt free and everything finished at home...we're still keeping our eye on the goal. We talk about Susana''s refit, read books/magazines, download information and talk to other people that are doing the same thing. We've begun changing our diet & food preparation that is more suitable to cruising and has reduced our weight "a little". We're essentially downsizing and living simply! Once Susana is done, she'll be totally self-sustainable.
For me, working at West Marine and around marinas and private docks on canvas work, I feel I am totally immersed in boating. This summer I think I will hone my fishing & crabbing skills!
Kristi & Paul

Kitchen is getting a major overhaul.....I guess we eat out for the next few weeks!!

Jan 2, 2012

Time Flies When You Have Work To Do!

Gee Whiz, Here it is January 2 2012 and we really haven't been doing too much on Susana. BUT .....Kevin has been busy finishing up the patios & walkways around the house. We can now say THEY'RE DONE! Of Course, April chose September to have her THR (Total Hip Replacement).  (Anything to get out of work ;o)
THR went well, until after 3 months when my doctor told me to slow down because my recovery wasn't catching up to the physical activity I was doing and I had a relapse. Walking 2 miles a day after 10 weeks seemed appropriate to me! I was FEELING GOOD, with no original pain in my hip. I could now get on and off the boat without grunting and groaning because of the pain!! HIP HIP HOORAY!
I did make good of that time to get my General Class FCC Ham Radio License upgrade and my new Icom 7000 rig and antenna strung across the yard. This rig will be used on the boat for email, weather and other FREE communications! Right now I'm listening to the Waterway Net.
Front Walkway & Back Patio Completed October 2011
Kevin was getting burned out at work and needed some physical exercise,
 so he decided to pour cement and lay brick!