Stern panel tidy-up

I’ve chosen to put my Resin River Table project on hold for a while, and focus on tidying up the wood railing panels on the stern of Alhambra. As with all the woodowrk on the dear old Alhambra, there’s loads of it. Knowing the amount of sanding that’s required to prepare surfaces for varnishing. I’ve…

Railings off…

So it’s railings off, sanding required and a three course Marine varnish to be applied. The term “lifelong learning” springs to mind as I live the life onboard Alhambra. In this situation I speak about the maintenance of outdoor varnished woodwork The exterior varnish on Alhambra is showing signs of being relentlessly beaten by the…

6 months onboard – Alhambra

As we begin Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of The Rooster we are celebrating being onboard Alhambra for six months. A View from the bow. Over the time I’ve found the word Mesmerising  captures how I feel about being onboard the boat. It remains interesting, calming, lovely and adventurous all at the…

Baguio Villa to Alhambra

I have record of our first visit to Alhambra being Sun 12th June. Talulah, Kathy & I got off the sampan, sat in the car, closed the doors, looked at each and said “Let’s do it”. Let’s buy Alhambra, move out of Baguio Villa and live on it.   The fantastic view will be missed….

The all important Survey

Everything hinges around the results of the… [cue music & lights]  SURVEY. The seller probably wants it… (possibly not really :)) The Finance Company want it. The Insurance company want it. I want it. There’s a list of Marine Surveyors. The Finance company provided a list of three accepted people. Inline with experienced opinions /…

Coverage required

Another installment on the route to Alhambra. The scale of finance attached to purchasing a Liveaboard boat keeps popping into my mind barnacled with bubbles of “Agghhhh, loads of money, loads of responsibility, what if….” The decision to buy your home is said to be one of life’s largest expenses. IT IS … and it’s…

Closer by the day

We move ever closer to our next adventure. I must say I’m kinda surprised that a good few of the required process components have made me feel like a grown up, again!!! I’ve felt that way before: the last time being when my wife and I purchased a dinning table with 6 chairs… This manoeuvre…

A big move

I’ve lived in Hong Kong since 1974. Post school there have been extended periods of time away from HK. The latest stretch, starting 1993, has included the most beautiful achievements and memories, highlighting with my marriage and the birth of my 2 lovely kids. There’s loads more, but this is not the time. Living all over…