Showing posts from July, 2014

Navigation Station Redesign

 There were a few things I didn't like about the Navigation Station..    First, the angled desktop kept everything on it sliding down, and sometimes to the floor.    there was also no place to mount the VHF radio except to the aft side, vertically. the VHF radio mounted on the aft side of the station... this pic is taken looking down Also, I want to eventually move all of the electrical panels to the Navigation Station, a more logical and safer location in my opinion, than the current location on the aft bulk head, where the backs of the panels are exposed to the Lazerette, albeit under the line locker, but I think it is possible that things could shift in there and come in contact with the panels, possibly shorting things out, or worse.  currently there is no place to put the panels at the nav station.  Not a great place for electrical panels... the back side is open to the Lazerette, and is near the sinks.... oh, and see the round instruments on

The Renaming

It is the Fourth of July 2014.  It was going to be a beautiful day.  A perfect day for the De-naming and the Christening of the Catalina 30 that I had owned for over a year.  It took me that long to decide on the name, as the current name "Sail Fish" just didn't work for me.  about the only picture I could find with the old name...  A beautiful day on Commencement Bay    The name came to me as I was doing the Tacoma Musical Playhouse  production of "Man of La Mancha".  The love interest of Don Quixote was a woman that he refused to see as she really was, a Kitchen Whore, but rather he saw her as a Lady, Beautiful and above reproach.  In the end, she chose to become the woman he saw in her.   I also researched the Definition of the name "Dulcinea", and found that it meant "Mistress, or Lady Friend", and I thought about it, and came up with several points: 1.  I spend time with her 2.  I take her out a lot 3.  I spend lots of