Lisa flew into Germany and I allowed her just enough time to throw the bags into our apartment in Mittersthal then it was on to the Goose. We met up with about 8 of the guys from work and proceeded to have a great ole' time drinking the night and the morning away. Sometime during the night, after I had introduced Lisa to our regular bar waitress Phyllis at least once or twice, someone in the party wasn't keeping up with the drinking pace. To encourage them to keep up we bought everyone drinks and started chanting, Be one of us. Be one of us. It must have looked utterly ridiculous, but soon everyone was back up to speed. I think we left the bar at closing time of 5am then caught the train back home to sleep the rest of the day away. Oh the memories.
This brings me to the situation we found ourselves in now, hearing that familiar chant in our mind as we read more about sailing. Some people refer to it as a cult, and it can easily feel that way. But, when you are wanting to be self-sufficient nothing compares to being able to repair or create canvass on a sailboat. I've scoured the interwebz and can't find anyone that doesn't like the Sailrite sewing machines. So in order to be one of them, we capitulated and got one for ourselves. Lisa is teaching herself to sew by using the Sailrite YouTube videos. She is diving in and learning a lot more now that we're going to be retiring to a sailboat. The LSZ-1 we purchased has been fantastic so far. It runs very smooth and is built like a tank. Many sailors have them on board, and the one's that do swear by them. Hence, the feeling to "be one of us". Lisa has already created a fantastic cover for our portable generator. We'll need to leave it outside on the boat and we wanted to make something to protect it from the sun and the water when it's not running. She used some Sunbrella fabric and stitched together a cover that has a leach line along the bottom to cinch it snug. Maybe she can make something for your boat when we see you out the seas.
The Sailrite YouTube page is a fantastic resource for learning how to use their machines and how to make your own creations. They have DIY videos and kits for everything from hatch covers to full sails. If you're feeling froggy you can order a kit and make your own sails onboard with their LSZ-1 machine. That seems like the ultimate self sufficient sailor and pretty amazing to me. Lisa's to do list is growing by the day as she watches new videos and gets more ideas. By the time we sell Starjewel the entire thing may have its own Sunbrella cover.