Showing posts from April, 2011

The (British) Public Heath

Continuing my thoughts of yesterday, did you notice that the young prince is balding?  He mush use the British Public Heath - I guess Rogaine is not on the approved products list...

A beautiful morning after a very bad day

Thankfully for us they all missed - the tornadoes I mean.  The closest came about 15 to 20 miles from Reboot and Door into Summer.  We, like most of the people in the marina spent most of the day on shore as a safety measure.  Although we did get some winds in the 40+ knot range we got almost no rain.

Our hearts go out to those who were less fortunate or who lost loved ones in this terrible storm.

No Tongue?

What, no tongue?  Here is the heir to the British Empire, hereditary leader whose forebears raped, pillaged and slaughtered their way through most of the world. that sent hundreds of thousands of Brits to their death lead by incompetent Generals (Monte comes to mind, but he was nothing compared to the generals of WW I) whose only reason for appointment was that they were members of the aristocratic class.  Not only no tongue, he can't even get a commoner to pledge to obey in the wedding vows.

The sun has truly set on the British Empire.

Tornado Watch

With thunderstorms 70 miles away (25,000 ft tops, 57 dBZm 40% chance of hail up to 1 inch) and a tornado watch (# 252) until 4 pm it should be an interesting day at the dock.  We are all doubling up lines, tying down everything, and getting ready to repair to the bar (it is not safe to be on the boat in high winds LOL)

Lets hope it all blows out.

Key West Transit

Ed (Door into Summer) and I flew to Key West to bring back Ed and Claudia's cars to New Bern where they are keeping Door into Summer for the summer. (Does that make New Bern, NC the "official Door into Summer" of Door into Summer? )

OK, for those of you who don't know me I always get a laugh out of product endorsements - you know, Pampers, the "Official Diaper of NASCAR."  Yup, when I am going around the track at 200 mph and I just about loose it on the turn I think of Pampers, the "Official Diaper of NASCAR."  Interview guy: "Do you always get nervous when you almost crash and burn?" Driver: "Depends (the official adult incontinence pad of NASCAR.)  (I think I have milked this enough.)

We got up at o'dawn thirty for the ride to the airport.  We of course get there the requisite hour early so that we were sitting at the gate 55 minutes before departure.  Craven County Regional is not all that big don't you know.  We flew to …

And then there were two (jibs, that is!)

Reboot and Door into Summer made it into New Bern, NC yesterday afternoon.  It was not, however, without its final piece of drama.

New Bern is my summer repair and refit marina.  I estimate that Reboot has sailed about 10,000 NM since I left Milwaukee about two years ago.  That was the last time that she was actually on the hard except for a quick pull and scrape of the bottom at Green Cove Springs.  Add another 5,000 NM sailing and racing in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron before I moved aboard and its time to go over her from stem to stern before heading for the Eastern Caribbean and South America in the Fall.  I also have friends with boats here that can watch over her and give me some time to do a couple of land visits.  For example I am going up to Madison, Chicago and Milwaukee to attend Spencer's graduation and visit Trevor in a couple of weeks.  (Joy of joys, not only will Spencer graduate but he also has a job offer!)

After a long and tiring sail from Charleston to Morehead …

A "Fresh" Gale

The Beaufort wind scale runs from 0 to 12.  Each number has a corresponding range of wind speeds, a description (e.g. "moderately large waves will blow foam") and a (cute) name.  I am sitting on Reboot on a mooring ball in Fernandina Beach, Florida.  My Garmin GPSMap 5212 has a system for drawing graphs of various items, boat speed, wind speed, depth, etc.  So just for yucks I decided to see what the maximum wind speed has been in the last three hours.  The answer is 39 knots or a "fresh gale."  If the wind goes up another two knots we get to a "strong gale."

It starts to get uncomfortable at about Beaufort 7 or 28 to 33 knots.  That is when you start to bounce around.  Being on a mooring ball Reboot also veers around as the wind hits the hull at slightly different angles.  Door into Summer is still on the dock.  They left the mooring field yesterday to have a technician check out the problems with their charging system.  They found out that a fuse had bl…

Fernandina Beach FL

We made it into Fernandina Beach last night just as the tide changed.  Both Door Into Summer and I picked up a mooring ball for the night.  I of course dropped my $110 special mooring ball picker upper hook in the water.  It was the end of that kind of day.
We started out from St. Augustine early in the AM.  I tried to free Reboot from the mooring ball only to find that the lines were wrapped several times around the ball.  It took Ed and I about 20 minutes to get them unwrapped.  Then, over to the fuel dock  By now the current was ripping and after a whole bunch of warping Reboot around I finally got clear of the dock missing the cruise ship American Glory by about 10 feet. I had chosen to make a quick trip to the bathroom since I didn't think that Door into Summer would make the 7:30 Bridge of Lyons opening.  Of course they did.  I didn't.  Then I found out that the next opening was at 8:30 vice 8:00 so I had 55 minutes to putz around waiting for the bridge. At this point Ed…

In St. Augustine

Had a very interesting transit from Miami to St. Augustine.  The first part of the trip was so benign that I had to run the engine at idle to keep Reboot pointed in the right direction.  Then, just about 5 miles from St. Augustine  I got one of those Florida/Georgia thunderboomers.  Of course the jib jammed and the main sail didn't come down right so it was one of those days.  Then the thunderstorm passed and I got into St. Augusitine.  I am now sitting on a mooring ball.  I am going down to see Bill (KI4MMZ) and then out to dinner with Ed and Claudia.

Free Single Handed Sailing Tips Book

Andrew Evans (nice name, works in my family, in fact it is Spencer's middle name) of the San Fransisco Single Handed Sailing Society has put together a very nice tips book for single handed sailors.  You can download it from

XO The Wonder Cat

I just got an email from Linda, XO's breeder that the XO episode on Cats 101 is airing on the Animal Planet cable channel as we speak.  It will be on several times in the next week, so give it a view.  I have seen the final video, and XO goes first, so make sure you tune in at the beginning of the episode.  His "15 minutes of fame" actually only lasts about 5 minutes.

I hope that they will post the episode on their web site for the future.  I don't know their criterion but not all episodes are posted.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my little star!

Another beautiful day

We left Garden Key this morning on the way to Miami.  It was just another beautiful day.  We had about one point free all the way up the Hawk Channel and arrived in Miami in early afternoon.  We are now anchored on the bay side of South Beach with the barbaque cooking Pork Chops while we sip good rum.  Another day in paradise.

Sail, repair, dinghy, drink, swim, play dominoes

We left this morning heading up the Hawk Channel.  I repaired the main slides and we pulled into Garden Key to walk Stormy, the Door into Summer mascot.  So we drank a couple of pitchers of Harp, ate pulled pork sandwitches, when back out to the boats, snorkeled, swam, napped, and now we are playing dominoes.  Life is tough.

How embarrassing

For the second night in a row I was invited to dinner on Door Into Summer.  They are in the slip next to mine.  I should also point out that I have been invited to breakfast both days too!  I have been bringing XO over with me and he and Stormy (Ed and Claudia's Westie) seem to be doing OK with each other.

We were sitting in the cockpit after dinner and the conversation came around to boat canvas, in particular dodgers and cockpit enclosures.  Claudia mentioned that they needed to replace their dodger as it would not take waterproofing and it had been patched several times.  XO at this point has decided to hang out in his favorite place on deck - the top of the dodger.  We see the impact of his paws on the underside of the dodger and every once in a while he walks across the window.  (Dodgers have windows in the roof so you can see the sail trim.)

Sure enough - rrrriiiiiiippppppppp and down comes XO into the cockpit.  Claudia and Ed have assured me that it is OK and not to be conc…

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Google has added a new way of looking at blogs.  Try to get into view mode.  There are several different views to select.  Give it a shot and let me know if you like it.