50-Cent Ferry Across San Juan Bay

While we were in San Juan we learned about the ferry that crossed the bay to Cataño.

The ferry runs from San Juan to Cataño and back.

There’s nothing much to see in Cataño unless you want to go to a bona fide grocery store or tour the Bacardi factory.

We boarded in front of the big froggy on the San Juan side.

The ferry is caught on the south side of San Juan near the docks where the cruise ships come in.  (Apparently Charlie and I just missed seeing the cruise ship that slid into and sunk the dock is San Juan.)

We could see a cruise ship out the window.

We were supposed to buy tickets but didn’t realize it until we were in the line to board.  The gate guard let us board anyway.

On board the ferry.

We cruised cross the bay — about 15 minutes — and disembarked at Cataño.

The Taino woman statue is larger than lifesize.

We walked about a block away from the docks to a large statue of a Taino Indian statue at waterfront park .

This grocery store was almost empty. The one in the center of San JUan was always packed with shoppers resulting in long lines.

Our final destination was the grocery store where  Charlie purchased all kinds of coconut-flavored items: coconut water, coconut macaroons, coconut meringues.

Tickets can only be purchased at the ticket booth.

We walked back to the boat dock building and this time purchased tickets for our return voyage.

Aside from the free trolley this cruise was the deal of the trip.

Please note that the tickets were 50 cents and 25 cents respectively.  We could have cruised back and forth all afternoon at that price.

The view across the bay looking toward San Juan. El Morro is on the left.

We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the cruise.

Have you ever been on a cruise ship?

Free and Clear

When the boat was in the backyard it ended up in just about every picture from every angle.

Still more to do but a nice clearing has been made.
Still more to do but a nice clearing has been made.

Now it’s gone.

I tried getting these photos rom the same angle.
I tried getting these photos rom the same angle.

Notice how much more inviting the yard is when the grass is green and the trees have leaves and the boat is GONE!


Even from the far corners of the yard the view has improved.

From behind the Cottage across the yard only the garden carts are in view.
From behind the Cottage across the yard only the garden carts are in view.

In summer the garden, built up on bamboo trellises, hid the boat but it was still there when the garden was put to bed for the winter.

All structures are down for the season.
All structures are down for the season.

Now the scene beyond the potager has a small seating area, some new plantings and a HUGE STUMP.

The stump is almost hidden by the leafy lilac bush.
The stump is almost hidden by the leafy lilac bush.

The work is non-stop.  Always something else to take care of.

Charlie looks surprised that the boat is following him.
Charlie looks surprised that the boat is following him.

But for now we’re free and clear of a giant white (and blue) elephant.


Next project: mow the lawn and weed the shade gardens.

Are you shocked when you see photos of your yard and there are things you have become so accustomed to you hardly see them? Your house? Your bedroom? Yikes!

Sailing, Sailing over the Snowy Ground

The words of this post’s title should be sung to the tune of “Sailing, sailing over the bounding main.”

Tyche in her shady slip.
Tyche in her shady slip.

The time has come for Tyche, our beloved sailboat to move from the back of the yard up to the driveway.

A ride-on lawnmower is a handy machine.
A ride-on lawnmower is a handy machine.

Charlie moved her from her slip under the trees to a spot behind the big oak root just before Sandy hit last fall.  He just hooked her up to the lawnmower and pulled her along.

Out in the open but behind the bog root.
Out in the open but behind the big root.

Now it’s time for Tyche to move up to the driveway so she can be hitched to a truck.  Once again Charlie hooked her to the mower but this time the wheels started to spin since we’ve had a little snow.  He knew the snow would be a problem so he shoveled the backyard. That’s right, Charlie shoveled the grass.

After about 10 yeards the wheels began to spin.
After about 10 yards the wheels began to spin.

But the mower still was not heavy enough to keep from spinning its back wheels. So after the recent ice storm, rain and thaw. Charlie tried again. Due to the wind and rain and warm weather and soggy ground we’re stilled moored in the yard.

Have you been storing something for so long it thinks it lives with you?

Bon Voyage, Tyche!

A very nice couple and their young son and their Old English sheep dog came to look at Tyche a few months ago. They were just getting into the sailing game and for my money the Ensenada 20 is a great starter boat for day sailing and extended cruising  in protected and larger waters.


1977 Ensenada 20 (draft and displacement varied by model year)
LOA: 20′ Poptop Up: 5’6″ Headroom
LWL: 17’6″ Poptop Down: 4’7″ Headroom
Beam: 7’1″ Sail Area: 174 sq. ft
Displacement: 1600 lbs Main: 91 sq. ft
Ballast: 550lbs Jib: 83 sq. ft
Draft (keel up): 1’9″ 150% Genoa: 137 sq. ft
Draft (keel down): 4′ Spinnaker: 294 sq. ft
LWL Height: 27’6″ PHRF (little data): 288 – 317


Cabin space is enormous for a 20 footer. The couple especially wanted to see the boat because they feared a twenty foot boat was very small and instead came away with the impression that it was both adequately large and spacious enough for their family of four. The pop-top (in the up position in the photo below) is great but catches the jib sheets when up while underway and limits visibility. So if we’re cruising we generally put it in the closed position.

Tyche in her slip.

The swing keel provides stability and minimum leeway while sailing close to the wind, yet minimal drag when running.  It’s very handy in shallows since significant keel is still exposed below the hull when fully retracted; it provides good stability in light winds and reduces swing when anchored. The swing keel winch is conveniently located just behind the cabin hatch in the cockpit.

The kick-up rudder makes shallow water sailing possible.

The kickup rudder is a real benefit not just when the bottom is shallow but also when some rocks or submerged logs have made their way into the channel. We can also leave the channel before deeper keeled boats because the Ensenada can go just about anywhere.


The mast is of very heavy constuction for a twenty foot boat therefore spreaders are unnessary. Even with the added weight the mast is not difficult to step.The heavy tabernacle and shroud placement eliminates side swing during mast raising.

The new hatch is a snug fit (the centerboard winch is just below the hatch out of the picture).

The foredeck is extremely large and unencumbered.  A great place to lounge while underway or at anchor.

Tyche ready for hauling

The young couple really wanted the boat but felt, after looking at her, that she was larger than they expected and a boat was a lot of responsibility. So while we’re ready to say “Bon Voyage” Tyche is still available.

Do you have a hobby which requires big equipment? Is storage a problem.

Posted on Craigslist

I have posted the following items on Baltimore Craigslist in hopes of a quick sale.

$400 on Craigslist

Pennsylvania House Piano desk (design details here). SOLD!

Vintage scale for $10.

Vintage scale SOLD!

Sailboat price reduced from $2500 to $2000

Sailboat – read more about her here. SOLD!

Tavern puzzle with puzzle, stand, box, storage bag and solution for $10.

Double Trouble Tavern Puzzle SOLD!

The $25 walnut log could become a $199 side table.

Finally, oak and walnut logs for Pottery Barn knock-off tables. SOLD!

It’s really amazing the things we have around The Glade.  We don’t even know where some of it came from but we’re eager to simplify. If I could post 5 Craigslist items each week in 137.5 years we’d have only the things we love and the items needed to live.

What kind of stuff do you keep?

OK, Now She’s Pathetic

Charlie cleared the bottom of the yard where we store our boat, Tyche.

Path runs beside the Cottage to the back of the yard

We have a path that allows access to this part of the yard which has become overgrown with vines.

Looking up the path toward the cottage

Then all of a sudden I got another great use for our chip pile. How bout a chip  path from the cottage to the back of the yard where the propane tanks are positioned.

Charlie was afraid I’d want a path there.  This area slants downhill, so he used 1 by 6s along one side to keep the chips on the path and not in the flowers.

The path has been chipped.

 We have the chips.  We have the pathmaker. And now we have another chip path.

Do you make paths through your yard? Are they paved? Mulched? Chipped?

Batten Down the Hatch

Our sailboat, Tyche, is still up for sale.  In the mean time Charlie decided to make a new hatch (the door into the cabin) using the old one as a pattern.

The hatch cover was a little worse for wear.

 The hatch cover is made in three parts of 3/8 inch plywood which slide into a groove in the opening that leads from the cockpit to the cabin.

The hatch is made in 3 pieces.

The new plywood sheet was not large enough to lay out the sections adjoined like they would be on the boat so we staggered them to make the best use of the wood on hand.

We laid out the old hatch pieces on a new piece of plywood.

Charlie and I each took a hand in cutting out the pieces.  Some were straight cuts, some were beveled .  .  .

Circular saw set to the correct angle made the large cuts.

 and some had to be finished off with a jigsaw (or in this case, a Sawsall).

A reciprocating saw made the inside corners neat.

Each section is beveled to fit into the next section so water cannot easily infiltrate between the sections.

The sections fit together with a beveled angle so water can't sit on a horizontal area which might rot the wood.

In addition a batten is screwed onto the back of each section of plywood overlapping the adjoining one to further dissuade seepage.

The purple board shows the batten attached at the back; the white board shows how the batten is offset at the top of the piece.

I painted the hatch cover with exterior paint to further protect it from the elements.

Each section was painted white, front and back. Sorry, fore and aft.

After cutting the hatch cover and attaching the battens, Tyche is now secure from wind and water. The sections easily slide into place and are further secured by the pop-top which allows headroom while in the cabin and security when the boat is docked.

The new hatch is a snug fit.

Great job, Charlie! I’d love to check it off our “To-do List” but alas, it wasn’t even on the list.

Do you get sidetracked into projects that you never see coming?  Do you put it on the list so you can check it off?

It’s a Power Trip

My sailboat, Tyche, hadn’t been loved for quite some time.  Of course, she lives in a pretty glade but, seriously, boats belong in the water.  We have no water nearby and so she’s become a dirty lady.

With the help of this handy machine, cleaning her up was not as painful as we thought it would be.

Power Washer

It’s cool, it’s clean, it’s .  .  .

Excell Pressure Washer

Charlie enjoys powerwashing so I let him do the honors.  He started at the bow.

Check that technique.

Look at the difference!

Then Charlie and his powerful magic wand hopped on board.

On board with the Power Washer

Again I alert you to the technique.

Note the stance.

Finally power washing finished, we turned our sites to the cabin which was full of spider webs.  I used a wet-dry vacuum to clear out both the spider webs and any water that had accumulated. Since I was doing it I forgot to take photos.  Then Charlie took bucket and rag and wiped down the interior bulkheads.

In the meantime I washed the cushion covers and here’s the result.

The galley and port berth.

And the final result.

Tyche after her bath.

Ahoy, Tyche (pronounced Tie – key)

I have a sailboat. Her name is Tyche.

Tyche on her Trailer


So what’s Tyche? I mean, who’s Tyche?

Goddess Tyche


Tyche was the Greek Goddess of Fortune, Chance and the non-predictable. We’d call her Lady Luck. She was the personification of Hope, Luck and Wealth, a capricious dispenser of good and ill fortune.  She was portrayed holding a double-sided rudder that could steer men to good luck or bad. In archaic Greece Tyche was considered to be the daughter of the god Oceanus and ruled the religious beliefs of sailors who often had to rely on her. Tyche was, therefore, also revered as the savior of sailors from the dangers of the sea, thus the association with chance and luck.

So I thought it really a terrific name for a boat.

Tyche in her slip


This Tyche is a twenty-foot 1973 Ensenada sailboat. The Ensenada 20 is a great sailboat for day sailing and extended cruising in protected and larger waters.  She sleeps four.

Tyche Cabin Interior


This boat has sailed the Chesapeake Bay and her tributaries.  The beauty of the Ensenada is that although she has a 4-foot draft when the centerboard is down; pull it up and the draft is only 12 inches which allows cruising back river areas and places other boats can’t go.

Tyche ready for hauling


She’s a great gal, more like a goddess.  Tyche even comes with her own trailer.  It won’t be long until she’s ready to be turned over to a new owner.