Its been awhile since I have added a post. As most of us have figured out, life is what happens when you are making plans, and the last 5 months are testament to that.

Soul Balladeer has been resting at the dock while we have been tending to things ashore. Work has taken up a great deal of time and hopefully we can adjust that in the future but for now, we are pretty busy.

I’m looking forward to the time when Denise and I will be able to throw off the dock lines and disappear along the coast for a period of time. Taking pics of wildlife and painting them at home during the winter months is definitely on the bucket list. I am fortunate enough to have time to dabble in painting during the evenings when I am away at work as it’s a great stress reducer and I’m learning more with every stroke.

Here is my first attempt at painting birds with attitude:  Oil on Acrylic



I have almost finished my second one so hopefully it will turn out and I can post it soon.

We all have our passions in life and if there is one lesson I have learned in this journey, it is to follow your passion whatever it may be. Live LARGE folks.

As Good as It Gets

The washer/ dryer is now installed. We ran the plumbing off the lines that went to the aft head. In addition the 1 1/4 inch drain line has a dedicated bronze thruhull above the water line on the starboard side.

The venting was a bit of an issue , however, I decided to get the metal shop to fabricate a vent that would fit into the existing porthole situated in the workshop area. The SS vent ended in a 4″ diameter hole in order to mate with the dryer hose. A rubber gasket was fit around the vent so that it would fit tightly in the porthole. Finally, a SS eyebrow was fabricated and installed on the outside of the porthole in order that while at port, the rain wouldn’t run into the vent.

Running the dryer exhaust through a porthole allows us to close it up when underway as well.

Eventually we will encase the washer/dryer in a nice teak cabinet. For now, I just like looking at it. Only someone with sea legs can fully appreciate my last comment.:)


I should mention that this unit weighs 140 lbs. In order to get it down to where it now sits, I took off the front knobs and the front door. Dan and I then gently lowered it through the companionway from the pilothouse to the lower salon with 1/8 inch of clearance on each side. It was definitely a “wow” moment.

Comforts of Home

It is pretty safe to say that Denise and I have both roughed it when we were younger. Whether  living out of a tent on the edge of a oil rig lease in Alberta (Me), or crewing aboard a 33 ft fishing boat off the west coast of Haida Gwaii (Denise), we have both been there and done that.

Now, in our 50’s, we look at things a little differently. Yes we could use a scrub board or spend hours at a laundry mat , but hey, why not bite the bullet and get a marine washer/ dryer.

We just ordered a Splendide W/D vented 2100 XC . The unit will arrive on the 23rd so I’ll make a trip to the business that has ordered it for us and have it installed by Christmas.

It really will be a comfort in Soul Balladeer, our new home.


Moving Aboard

Life really is a journey.

If anyone had told me 5 years ago that I would be moving aboard our HC 44 PH (that I hadn’t bought yet) with my future wife (whom I hadn’t reconnected with yet), I would consider them to be a “few stands off bottom.” This is an old oil patch term for being, of course….. crazy.

Well put away the white suit, all the above and more has transpired since 2010.

I have reconnected with my darling wife, we have gotten married, we have both sold homes, purchased  a home, sold that, purchased a very tired Soul Balladeer, purchased acreage for our future forever home, and now, in 6 days, we will be moving aboard Soul Balladeer. Wow.

There are many that dream of the dream….to live a minimalist yet enriched life on a yacht. To live out of the box, or perhaps, in a box.

I can say one thing with conviction for any male contemplating such a move. Your dream will only be a fantasy unless your partner, aka the boss, is the type that approaches life as you do. How is that you ponder? Well, LIFE is a blank page that can be anything you want it to be….just write the script.

Be bold, for one day, you will be old.

So, our 4 grown children are going to be spending Christmas with us aboard this year. It will be a Christmas of connection, not consumption. I’m sure we will be bumping into one another as we navigate the passageways, but we will undoubtedly connect in a traditional sense, engage and perhaps learn more about ourselves and each other.

For me, that is the prize.

Heat is Good

As I write, the Kabola K7 hydronic heating system is being installed in Soul Balladeer.

We will have 5 zones:

Fwd head/shower- Small fan unit

Pullmans berth- Single large fan unit

Lower salon- Double large fan unit

Pilothouse- Double large fan unit

Aft Cabin- Double large fan unit

The system puts out 23,700 BTU and heats the solaris hot water tank as well. This is great in the PNW as we can now extend our cruising season to full year and have hot showers at will.

Hot showers are good. When you have access to a hot shower, you tend to use it more, the direct result of which is that people don’t mind being around you . It’s all good.


K7 boiler


Hydronic Fan units