Mantus Anchor Bridle with Chain Hook

New Equipment: Mantus Anchor Bridle with Chain Hook Back in January, we upgraded our anchor gypsy, chain and anchor.  We opted to go with an 85-lb galvanized Mantus Anchor, upgraded to 3/8″ Galvanized G-43 High-Test Chain from Defender, and the more beefy 3/8″ Chain-Wheel from Maxwell Marine.  After doing our boat inventory, we noticed that we could also really use an additional piece of equipment to assist us with anchoring and mooring.  That other piece of gear was on our wishlist for a number of months and we finally decided…

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Season 1- Episode 2: Getting Banjo

Getting Banjo

Getting Banjo We have uploaded our second story-line episode named Getting Banjo to YouTube and Patreon.  In this episode, with a LOT of help from some dear friends, we get all of our stuff moved out of the house at Lake Norman.  We whittle down more of our junk.  Also, we find out that we closed on Banjo. After a seven hour drive back to Brunswick, we spend our first night aboard.  Then spend a couple days loading all of our stuff, and have a few boat  drinks.  Shawn is…

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Assembling and Installing Our New Mantus Anchor

Shawn and Our New Mantus Anchor installed on SV Banjo

Assembly and Installation of Our New Mantus Anchor A week ago, Shannon and I upgraded our anchor chain from 5/16″ G-43 High-Test to 3/8″ G-43 High-Test.  We also upgraded our windlass gypsy to the correct size for the new chain.  The only thing left was the anchor, and our ground tackle would be in great shape. It is finally the weekend and we have been eager all week to get our new Mantus Anchor, created and produced by Mantus Marine, assembled and installed aboard Banjo. We opted to purchase the…

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2018 Sudan Shriner Parade in New Bern, NC

2018 Sudan Shriner Parade in New Bern, NC We discovered that today, 27 Jan 2018, was the 2018 Sudan Shriner Parade in New Bern, NC.  The parade was scheduled for noon on Middle Street in downtown New Bern.  It was a great partly-cloudy day, slightly cool, but not uncomfortable.  Shannon and I walked across the bridge and got to take some great video footage of the entire parade.  It lasted a little over an hour and included all sorts of mini-cars, trucks, characters and vehicles.  Shriners from all over North…

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New Anchor Chain, Windlass Upgrade and Mantus Anchor Purchase

Anchor Chain, Windlass Upgrade and Mantus Anchor Purchase In this post, we are going to walk through the steps of performing our anchor chain, windlass upgrade and Mantus Anchor Purchase.  After we purchased Banjo, we saw that a portion of our anchor chain was rusty and needed to be replaced.  We decided, if we were going to replace the existing chain, that we would go ahead and upgrade the chain size at the same time.  Our previous chain consisted of 200-feet of 5/16-inch High-Test G-43.  We made a call to…

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Week of 2018Jan15: Cold with Rain & Snow on the way, Sushi and Boat Projects

Week of 2018Jan15 We shared a nice weekend and enjoyed the week of 2018Jan15.  Temperatures started to drop last weekend, but were tolerable.  We had a few days of overcast and rain but today was rather nice.  It was chilly, but not frigid… except maybe this am due to the wind.  But as the weekend progressed, it warmed up nicely.  Standing water in the area is frozen each morning when we take the pups for a walk.  Usually, however, the ice is melted by lunchtime. Anchor Chain Arrives We placed…

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