So, are Kristi and I packing it in? Will Viking Star once again become a marine orphan? No. We are on our 9th year of full time cursing, and do not have plans (Awk, I just used the 'P' word!!) to change. We have settled into is this 8mo or so on 'out there' in the PNW / Inside Passage / Alaska, with winter months picking up a dock - in Friday Harbor for several years.
So - what has happened then? Why have there been in effect NO post the past few months (err, years..) to speak of. I offer three prime reasons:
- Facebook. Perhaps the biggest change we have seen. Facebook did not really exist when we started, now it does. And to be honest almost all the 'Travel Log' post that Kristi did are now pushed up to Facebook.
- We have kind of ran out of things to say. Example, the Things That Work labeled posts. Mostly we have settled in on Viking Star with regards to equipment, so do not really have much more to offer the community.
- This: http://arduinoalternatorregulator.blogspot.com/ Several years ago I was frustrated by the inability to PROPERLY charge our house batteries using the widely available 'must have' regulators - so I made a better solution and made it availed to other folks if the wanted. Up to a year ago the only way to get one was to solder up a board yourself. That changed when I did a build, and well - things have occupied my time. That combined with a much richer 'systems' architecture, I have been busy designing as well as shipping..
So, that is kind of it. Technology shift, talked out, and a time consuming 'project'. In short, that is what has happened to the posts.
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Oh, and that Regulator project: Well there are things afoot as the saying goes. Keep an eye out for new news this year!
And maybe I will also find some time to make the final Cost to Cruise posts for the year we spend up North. - perhaps the closest to a 'typical' year we envisioned. And perhaps some posts along the lines of those "Sure am glad I do not have a HIGH MAINTENANCE wood boat" comments I often hear. Hint: I am a bit weary of disappointing folks with the reality of owning a well made/and maintained wooden boat. Now those Fiber Glass boats I note in the yards for weeks at a time getting 'buffed out', well, that is another story I suppose.
Hum... Perhaps point #2 above is not really true after all. . . .