Well three more years have flown by since my last post, during which time I have mostly paddled my fast kayaks to stay in shape and to get on the water. However, I figured it was about time to update the site with more information about sailing and cruising in small boats. But first things first! The old dead links had to be removed, and a few more new ones were added like the one for Don Elliott's small books. Over the next few weeks I'll also try to post the answers to some of the frequently asked questions that we get in the mail to better explain our take on micro-cruising to the sailing community. Also I'll take a closer look at some of the current races like the Watertribe Events and the neat transatlantic race for small sail boats. Lastly there is the Famoussmallboats page which needs to be updated.

Since returning from my last trip to the Bahamas I haven't done much sailing; though, that doesn't mean I don't get on the water often. My other great passion in life is kakaying, and I try to go out regularly on the lake in my tippy Olympic class K-1. I also do some racing, and last year I even competed at the USCA Nationals and at the Masters World Marathon Championships which were held for the first time in the U.S.A. However, lately I've been dreaming about sailing away again to distance shores and to new cruising grounds in our micro-cruisers . Therefore, I figured it was about time to get ENIGMA back in shape for a possible future trip.

Eventhough I patched the large hole in the starboard side as soon as I got back from my last trip, I still never got around to repainting the hull. For me this task always seems to take excessively long because I'm too much of a perfectionist at heart. I find myself trying to prep and paint my boats to a car like finish; but in the end, it's kind of ridiculous since it's not too long before I bump into something hard that damages all my work. Nonetheless, the boat looks good at the beginning- long enough to take some nice scrap book snap shots.

So I started by patching the deeper gouges on the bottom with epoxy filler and then filled in any remaining pinholes on the topsides with 3M 5095 white glazing putty. I mixed up my own concoction of bottom paint which basically consisted of some oil based paint mixed with copper powder that I got from Epoxyproducts. This was sprayed on in the morning while it was still cool. Now with several coats of grey paint applied, I'll go ahead and roll on some Oyster colored enamel on the sides.