Ice is Nice
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Posted: January 24, 2008





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Tom’s Tips About Using the Winter for More Fun Boating
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Posted: January 24, 2008
1. If you’re stuck in the cold, plan to take some projects back to your house during the winter, so that you can work on them where it’s warm.
2. Take projects that are easy to remove from boat to house and that will involve clean work unless you have a garage or shop.
3. Fresh water pumps (the ones that pump potable water from your tanks to your sink and shower) may be in need of rebuilding. You can usually buy kits and the work is relatively clean and easy.
4. The raw water pump on your engine (the one that pumps sea water through your heat exchanger) may be due for a rebuild...... Read More

Where the Boys Are
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Posted: January 15, 2008
About two hours after launching, we were beating east, up the coast of Curacao, slicing through the sparkling water against the brisk tradewinds and current. Shangri-La was




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Welcome Aboard Feel Free
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Posted: January 15, 2008
By Tom Morkin
Keci Burcu, Southwest Turkey
Feel Free now lies some 50 meters off a Byzantine citadel, perched on a tiny island in the olive-tree-lined bay of Keci Burcu in Southwest Turkey, about four miles north of the Greek island of Simi. The last couple of days Liz and I have




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Tom’s Tips About Researching for an Unexpected Repower
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Posted: January 10, 2008
1. Always keep in the back of your mind that someday, you may need an emergency repower. Over the years, listen to others to try to determine what other engines may work for you. Talk to those who’ve had repowers, both planned and emergency. Remember the issues discussed above in this regard.
2. Use the internet to help confirm what you hear about yards, repower specialists, engines and other issues. While a good and helpful web site is hardly the last word about the company, it is certainly one indicator of their depth, and this is important.
3. Some companies will send out a mechani...... Read More

When the Rug is Pulled During the Dance THE UNPLANNED RE-POWER JOB
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Posted: January 10, 2008




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Liz Tosonis and Tom Morkins Feel Free
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Posted: January 01, 2008





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About Tom Morkin and Liz Tosoni
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Posted: January 01, 2008





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About Feel Free
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Posted: January 01, 2008
Type of Vessel: Spencer 51, Hull # 1, cutter-rigged sloop, center cockpit
Length : 51'
Beam : 13'2"
Draft : 8' (externally mounted keel)
Year built: 1970
Port of Registry: Vancouver, B.C.
Gross tonnage: 28
Net tonnage: 22
Material: Fiberglass hull and deck (above turn of the bilge -- Airex core; solid fiberglass below turn of the bilge), with skeg-hung rudder
Tanks: Single fiberglass fuel tank with 140 US gallon capacity, single fiberglass water tank with 130 US gal. capacity
Builder : Spencer Boats Ltd., Richmond, B.C. Canada
Machinery and propulsion: 4-cylinde...... Read More

Voyage Itinerary
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Posted: January 01, 2008





Aboard Hoki Mai:
1985-1986 Vancouver, Queen Charlotte Islands of B.C., California, Mexico, Marquesas, Tuamotus, Society Islands, American Samoa
1987-1989 Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kapingamorangi, Guam, Saipan, Japan
1989- Dec. 1993 Fukuoka Japan and nearby islands
Hoki Mai was sold to Kenji Yoshikawa, a scientist from Tokyo, in October 1993. Kenji sailed to Alaska, wh...... Read More