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A Polyphasic Christmas

I apologize for the lack of updates over the past week. I went to Boston and Vermont and brought only my tiny laptop (Libretto U105) with me. Besides being busy spending time with my family, the keyboard of the Libretto doesn't lend itself to lengthy updates.

I did a pretty good job sticking to polyphasicsleeping over the vacation, but not perfect. I had a total of 5 nights in Boston, 4 of which I overslept an average of 3 hours per night, and two nights in Vermont. I don't know if you've ever been out in the farming country in Vermont, but there is literally nothing to do. Compound that with the fact that I was staying in a 1000 sqft. house with 10 other people who were very fond of quiet and darkness throughout the night, and it made polyphasic sleeping a serious challenge.

The first night I slept 3 hours extra (seems like the magic number, doesn't it?), and the second night I didn't try - I overslept by almost 6 hours.

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On True North

Things are slowly starting to come to life down at the wharf. I learned a valuable lesson last year to get an early start on projects that need to be completed, as you do not want to be sitting on the hard in the month of June. Things have started to settle down back at work now so I will be spending most of my free time working on some major projects. First on the list is a rebuild of the cylinder head on the Yanmar SVE12 single cylinder diesel (the one lung-ah). Jason told me "you caught this just in time bro" with his usual early morning gusto. Being that he's a great mechanic, I'm going to agree with him. I brought the head to New Bedford to be machined, but the fuel injector housing seems to be permanently fused to the cylinder head; this needs to come off before the job can be done. Soaking with lubricant and applying heat with a torch are the preferred methods. Hopefully that can be sorted out by Monday so the head can be resurfaced and I can get my engine back together.

Mike and I started working on the bilge pump the other day, which needs to be upgraded to a much larger pumping capacity and then wired into my panel.

I think a good question to ask for anyone who spends time on the water is, if shit went wrong, what would you be cursing yourself for not fixing? Did you not replace that seacock? What about that chainplate..it looked a little janky, now it's blowing 30kts and you are praying it holds. If you started taking on water, could your bilge pump take it out as fast as it's coming in? So prioritizing your list is very important. Take care of the things that could kill you first is a general rule of mine.

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