Home made transfer switch


Amazon canceled my order for a transfer switch. So I made my own.

Warm Fuzzies

Did you ever have a smell or taste that reminded you of someone you loved or something in your younger years?

One of my favorite tastes from my childhood is NJ Taylor Pork Roll.  If you have not spent a lot of time in New Jersey, you may ask yourself, what the heck is pork roll?  Here’s there link:  http://www.jerseyporkroll.com/what.htm, it’s an interesting story.  We asked Price Chopper in Glenmont, NY to carry it and they actually brought it in and now I have it on my breakfast sandwiches, and it reminds me of my Gram.

My Gram, she lives in NJ and when we would go visit her as children, she would always have pork roll and cook some up with breakfast.  My Gram is the sweetest, most loveable woman I have ever known and to this day, she still holds a wonderful place in my heart.  She is smart, her memory is still sharp as a tack!  I respect her and she will always be a big warm fuzzy for me.  I love you Gram!!

The wonderful taste of pork roll and my memories of my sweet Gram is why it gives me a warm fuzzy every time I eat it. Thank you Jersey Pork Roll for bringing me back to my childhood every time I taste you.

Please share something that gives you a warm fuzzy too!

Our boat

So as some of our friends know, and many have gathered, we bought a sailboat last week. She is a 43′ Spindrift cutter, currently named Dolphin Song. She will be renamed Perfect Partner. We spent last weekend cleaning.

Saturday – Our first day of ownership

Heather cleaned. She started with the cushion covers, we stripped all but one cover. Heather made multiple trips to the laundry to wash them and we hung them in the cockpit to dry. While the covers were getting cleaned she started on the aft cabin so we would have a place to sleep.

While she was cleaning I worked on the AC shore power. The inverter/charger that was on the boat had gone bad. The boat was wired with the shore power and genset going to the inverter/charger before going to the AC panel. It didn’t take too long to figure out the best we to get it working. With this complete we had power for the vacuum and portable battery charger the previous owner bought. We will need a new installed charger and inverter but we are set for now.

Our first dinner on the boat was pasta from The Silos, not the best but it was good enough.


Let the cleaning continue. Heather attacked the Pilot House, while I hit the deck. It was a busy day. We ate lunch and dinner out since we didn’t want to buy food since we didn’t want to use the refrigerator yet.

Sasha handled the whole thing very well. We think she is going to have a blast. She was very tired the first couple of days. She doesn’t sleep in the car and since we drove all night on Thursday to be there early Friday she didn’t get her normal 10 hours a night. Sunday she spent the day up on deck watching the birds. She can make it down the stairs into the cabin but she can’t quite make it up yet. She will need more practice.


The morning was spent putting things away and locking down the boat. There is much more to do before we head south. We will be spending New Years weekend doing some more cleanup and we hope to get her out of the slip for a sail. The work list just gets longer the more we do.