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Managing surge with docklines and snubbers

Totem’s parking spot in the Brisbane river comes with lots of current and regular rolling from the wake of passing ferries. Both of these are quite unfriendly to docklines. Poor Totem springs back and forth in her slip, and snaps so hard against the docklines that it honestly hurts me a little inside. We clocked […]

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Follow up to FAQ: using strops

We had a question from Okeebc on the first passage safety post last week, wanting to see a strop rigged as we use them on Totem. Here’s one example- our boom with two strops (yellow) at the outboard end. The squall in the background of course is nice dramatic effect! The forward strop is to […]

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Just another day on Totem

My parents recently asked for “normal everyday” pictures of what’s happening with the children on board. It’s hard to say what a normal day is, since they change as often as the scenery around us- but there are common themes. Here are a few snippets from recent days on board Totem. Niall has been working […]

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It is GOOD to be back

It is GOOD to be backOriginally uploaded by behang It is so good to be back at home on board Totem! Jamie and I stopped in Hermosillo to grab a quick bite on our dash back to Phoenix in a rental car to pick up the children and our things at my Aunt Glenna’s home. […]

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There are always projects

Replacing hatchesOriginally uploaded by behang We purchased this boat with the idea that it was already in solid shape, and definitely not a “project boat.” All you boatowners out there now shaking your heads at us know… EVERY boat is a “project boat.” It’s just a matter of scale and how much you want to […]

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More….Progress?

Sometimes it feels like one step forward, two steps back. Totem is not habitable right now…couldn’t even go for a sail. She’s floating in Eagle Harbor, but the mast is up in Port Townsend. The main salon settees are mostly ripped out. The bunk cabin is an empty shell- no bunks, no sole. All three […]

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Making Progress: Getting a Hard Dodger

We’re working through a myriad of projects to get Totem ready to be our floating family home. The boat is currently up in Vancouver Island, Canada, getting a hard dodger installed by the great team of Jacques and Bea at Tartarooga. Jamie and I took the boat up in on a mild weekend in mid-October, […]

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