Friday, January 30, 2015

XO wants you to watch 'Kitten Bowl"

Kitten Bowl!

Fair winds and following seas :)

Google Earth and Notice to Mariners

I love finding new and neat technology. Most of you are familiar with the Local Notice to Mariners. You may not be aware that there is also a "International" Notice to Mariners - it is actually called the "Notice to Mariners." This covers areas not covered by the USCG local notices. You can find it on the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency web site. Now here is the cool part. If rather than clicking on the "Notice to Mariners" link you click on the "Broadcast Warnings" link you can download a Google Earth .kmz file of the warnings.

The actual link (good when I wrote this) to the download is: http://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=msi_portal_page_63

Fair winds and following seas

Atlantic Crossing Memory 11/17/2012

A memory of Reboot's Atlantic Crossing November 17, 2012 to December 13, 2012.



Fair winds and following seas :)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Reunion - Door into Summer

Last evening I was watching Fury (which, by the way, I did not particularly like) when the phone rang. We all have caller ID  so even before opening the clamshell I knew it was Ed from Door into Summer. The last time I saw Claudia and Ed was when they waved goodbye from the dock in Lake Worth as I departed for Bermuda on my first trans-Atlantic. That was on May 30, 2012. It turns out that they were in Sadler Point Marine Center. This is where Ed (the other Ed) has Hooligan on the hard to replace the fuel tank and bowsprit. It is also about a 2 minute walk from Reboot. They invited me over for a drink and of course I went. (It should be pointed out that I, with Ed's help, made a significant dent in a bottle of Johnny Walker Black - thank you Ed.)

One of the things that I enjoyed about the Navy was that you could meet someone you had not seen for years and pick up as if they had just walked out the door the night before. The same is true in the cruising community. Of course the first questions were "where have you been cruising since I saw you last?" This resulted in the apparently inevitable decline into the "so, what medical problems have you had since I last saw you?" Ed and I shared war stories - my kidney stone, his pacemaker, and so forth until we starting laughing. Then I turned to Claudia and said, "Well, you are a young chicken - I bet you don't have anything to contribute." That got us laughing again. We are, sadly, all getting older. But as the man says: "Any day I am vertical is a good day."

Matanzas Inlet (ICW to upper left)
Ed and Claudia are headed back down to NAS Key West. But first they need new batteries and far more important to watch the Superbowl. We discussed the Jacksonville to St. Augustine leg of the ICW (I have done it a couple of times, Ed and Claudia never - even though they have made far more transits on the ICW than me. We also agreed that bypassing Matanzas Inlet was a great idea. We were not actually talking about the Inlet - one of the worst for sailboats on the East Coast, but rather the section of the ICW that connects to the Inlet. According to the TowBoat US Captains it is the most frequent place on the ICW for sailboats to run aground. I know this because I have run aground almost every time including a couple of weeks ago. The problem is frequent and unpredictable shoaling. Apparently there have been a number of studies on how to prevent the shoaling - none have ever come up with a workable solution. The alternative is to go outside - either from the St. Johns (Jacksonville) or St. Augustine (with its shoals and breakers on either side of the inlet) and thread you way between the Gulf Stream and the shore down to Daytona (another terrible inlet) or Cape Canaveral (a very nice all weather inlet.) With Stormy back on Door Into Summer Claudia and Ed try to avoid long offshore passages. We will see if they roll the dice on Matanzas...

Fair winds and following seas :)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Aaron Sorkin and the PetSmart Irony

I have never been a particular fan of Aaron Sorkin's political view. On the other hand I have loved his work: The Newsroom, Moneyball, The West Wing, The American President. I think he may be the best living writer of ensemble drama/comedy at the moment.

I stopped at PetSmart to purchase a new harness for XO. His old one was about three years old and getting very seedy. (His new one, by the way, is royal purple. He looks quite smart.) I had chosen to go to PetSmart rather than the Naval Air Station Jacksonville commissary because US Airways is running a special deal on their credit card - extra frequent flyer miles for purchases in certain types of stores - one of them being pet stores. I selected the harness and then purchased food and litter. While searching for other potential items I happened across the anti-flea and tick area. I was stunned by the prices - $125 for a 6 month supply of anti-flea & tick medicine? And no FDA approval to jack up the cost of the research? As XO is almost never off the boat I took a pass.

When I got home I decided to watch an episode of The West Wing. The irony was that I watched Season 2 Episode 4 In This White House. One of the story lines is about the cost of providing AIDS medicine to African nations. Irony of Ironies.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

XO on Cats 101


For those of you who have never seen the XO (The Wonder Cat) video on Cats 101 here it is.



Fair winds and following seas :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Legendary Hooligan Tow

Ed (Hooligan) has been having trouble with his fuel filters clogging. Not only does this cause great problems when the engine stops but it can lead to unfortunate circumstances - like when he dropped anchor waiting for a tide change and drifted onto a shoal. The good news is that Hooligan wasn't damaged (we discovered this when he was hauled out yesterday.) Ed went through a fortune in fuel filters and decided to change out the fuel tank. He discovered, after disassembling the current fuel system that the new tank would not fit. He ordered another tank. The result of all of this was that he needed to rig up a temporary fuel system to run the engine to get to the yard to be hauled out.

With gas engines it's pretty easy, you just stick the fuel line in a jug and away you go. With diesel engines it is a bit more tricky. They have fuel return lines that have to also be routed back to the jug. But really, no big deal. Until you have it all good to go and discover that your battery charger is dead and you can't crank the engine. Which is exactly what happened. We considered jump starting the engine. I have an emergency starter pack. As it turned out we decided to tow Hooligan with Reboot's dinghy instead. This worked for me as I wanted to get the dingy in the water to exercise the outboard engine before it clogged up on the ethanol (a.k.a. crap) gas again. Since this is a sailboat story the next line should be that the dingy engine would not start or the dingy sank. But miracle of miracles neither happened!

I proceeded over to Hooligan with the dingy. Fortunately there was almost no wind and very little current. We hooked up the dingy and pulled Hooligan out of the slip. Remember I said there was only a little current. The "little current" was enough to make things a bit dicey. Finally, after about 10 minutes of things not going well (and my Wisconsin hat going overboard) someone on the dock suggested that I run the dingy in reverse and tow that way. It was the suggestion that turned the tide. I was finally able to get Hooligan going fast enough that Ed could steer. That got us away from all the things that Hooligan was trying to hit! The rest of the trip was uneventful. Of course, even before we had made it into Salder Point everyone on the dock was talking about our effort.

The good news is that once we could see the keel there was no damage, just a little scraped paint. There was also a small piece of dock line wrapped around the propeller. Neither of us could figure out when that little gem had attached itself to the prop. At least it was free wheeling with the prop so it was reducing efficiency but not adding any load to the engine. As Shakespeare says: "All's well that ends well."

Fair winds and following seas :)

I hate birds

This morning I turned on the multi-function display (chart plotter) to determine the current water temperature. It's cold, by the way. I noticed that I was not getting any wind speed or direction indication. I walked out onto the deck only to discover that the birds had once again trashed my sensor. That will be another $99 plus shipping and at least two more trips up the mast.

Great

Fair winds and following seas :)

Movie Night

I watched Guardians of the Galaxy last night. What prompted my post was not the movie - it was OK, but not great, but rather the credits at the end. There must have been 1,000 people credited for working on the movie - almost the entire credit list was for CGI people. What a change from when I was growing up.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Small Vessel Reporting System

After my last return to the United States I decided to look into the US Customs and Border Protection "Small Vessel Reporting System." The program lets you register as a Master and register your boat. It is also possible to register as a passenger.

Under certain conditions when you return to the United States you can simply call into CBP and report your arrival. This avoids having to report in person. Part of the system is that you need to file a float plan that at a minimum logs your last foreign port and your arrival port in the United States.

What I found interesting about this system is that it is not restricted to US Citizens. In addition to permanent residents, Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents the program is also open to members of Visa Waver countries who are Canadian permanent residents - see Click Here for list of Visa Waver countries

Under current regulations in order to bring a foreign national into the United States on a private boat they need a B1/B2 visa. It would appear that if they are members of this program one can bypass this requirement.

The link to information is here:

Small Vessel Reporting System (click)

It takes about 30 minutes to sign up: 15 on the Internet and 15 for the personal interview (OK, plus the time to drive there and get home.

Anyway, interesting....

Fair winds and following seas 

Getting that first sailing opportunity

In response to the question "How do I get that first opportunity to crew on a sailboat?" I posted in one of the forums where I participate:

Aim high, start low...

Consider six absolute facts:

1. A Captain is much more likely to give you an opportunity that is low risk for the Captain/boat then high risk. Getting your first opportunities in "beer can*" racing is going to be very easy compared to even a single overnight voyage.
2. There are Captains who love to win, there are Captains who love to teach. Find out who the second group is by asking around.
3. There are "horses for courses" and there are "courses for horses." In Milwaukee, WI where I last raced there were three race clubs. Races were held on Wednesday night, Friday night, and Saturday. Wednesday night was "beer can", Saturday was super serious, and Friday night was "training wheels." On Friday nights lodging a protest resulted in automatic disqualification. There was an "open boat" tradition. If someone showed up and wanted to crew a boat would extend an invitation. It was considered in the worst of taste to leave anyone on the dock. Find that club.
4. If you are like me with great respect for rules and authority you might find (as I did) private yacht clubs imposing with their "members only" signs. I was concerned that if I walked through the gate they would call the police and throw me out. It was only after a  friend told me that "riffraff" and "crew" were very different things (although most of the time I look like riffraff!) that I got the courage to walk into private yacht clubs and tell the reception people I was looking to crew. There is usually a bulletin board where you can post your availability. In addition, get the phone number of the race committee chairperson. Call them and tell them you are looking to crew.
5. Nothing, and I mean nothing is out of bounds when "dock walking**" before a race. I have seen sandwich boards; costumes; people carrying a case of beer all accompanied with a sign "I want a ride" or "I want to crew." Be creative, get noticed, get talked about. Carry a life jacket and sailing gloves. Be ready to jump on the boat - don't say "I have to go back to my car for my equipment."
6. DO NOT BE INVISIBLE! Participate socially. If the boat goes out for drinks after the race go with them. If they adjourn to the club bar you will be invited to go - make sure you do. The Captain usually pays for his/her crews' drinks - offer to pay for you own. Walk around to the tables with the other boats' Captains and crews. Introduce yourself as the "new guy/girl looking to crew." Ask the Captain who took you out if you can come back the following week.  Print up some business size cards with you name, phone number, email, and "Looking to Crew" or "Rail Meat.***" Pass them out ruthlessly.

You will get that first ride - and the second, and so on. Your experience and reputation is much more important at this stage than any courses or certifications you may have earned.

Fair winds and following seas :)

* [B]"Beer Can Racing"[/B] A term of art for low key having fun rather than winner take all sailboat racing. So named  because after the race it is traditional to all adjourn to the local pub for beer and lies. Its about the camaraderie, not the competition.

** [B]Dock Walking[/B] The process of walking up and down the docks a couple of hours before a race asking "do you need crew?" If at first you don't succeed keep going back week after week. Sooner or later someone will say yes.

*** [B]Rail Meat[/B] Inexperienced crew whose primary contribution is to sit on the windward rail to keep the boat from heeling.

In Harm's Way

Copyright 1965 Signa Productions
I watched In Harm's Way (IMDB) last night. It is about the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Famous at the time for the rape scene between Kirk Douglas and Jill Hayworth it was also the last black and while movie made staring John Wayne. It is also long by the standard of today's movies - some 2 hours and 40 minutes.

What struck me was the prewar social scene in the Navy. The movie opens with a dance at the Officers' Club attended by a large group of people. They are all smoking and drinking and dancing to big band music. By the time I became an officer these gatherings were long gone (if they ever existed outside the movies.) The Officers' Clubs had become quite seedy and sparely attended. Events, if any were rare. The "dirty shirt bar" (the Officers' Club where one could arrive in working uniform direct from your ship or the docks) were the on base hangout for the junior officers. Most, however, preferred to go off base to drink.

The situation is today's military is quite different. Pretty much all of the Officers' Clubs, the Chiefs' Clubs, the Acey Deucey Clubs (for first and second class petty officers) have been shut down. We now have "all rank/rate" clubs (Seaman Recruit through Admiral) that are ghost towns. One can no longer smoke and drinking is not only frowned upon but is a good way to end one's career. With somewhere between 80% an 90% of members of the military married the last place you want to be at the end of the day is the gate where the traffic jams from everyone leaving base and going home are horrendous.

Central to the story line are three relationships: between (Admiral) John Wayne and (Lieutenant) Patricia Neal; between (Admiral) John Wayne and his son (Ensign) Brandon De Wilde; and the three way relationship between (Captain) Kirk Douglas, (Ensign) Brandon De Wilde, and (Ensign) Jill Hayworth. In today's military this is called "fraternization" and will get you in big trouble. Most military men now avoid relationships with military women as a simple accusation of harassment (without proof) is career ending even though statistically at least 40% of such accusations are false. Now officer - officer relationships are not strictly prohibited - only when they are contrary to "good order and discipline" but I am sure that a relationship between an Admiral and a Lieutenant or a Captain and an Ensign would be seriously frowned upon.

How the military world has changed...

Fair winds and following seas :)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Third Reef

When I was having my emotional experience off Run Cay and Long Island I realized that Reboot was quite overpowered even though the main was double reefed. In talking to the Neil Pryde people we came to the conclusion that it would be prudent to add a third and very deep reef. This morning I took the main down. I had forgotten just how big and heavy it is. After I got it rolled up and in the bag I went back and ran the second reefing line inside the boom (it had been outside before, I am going to use those rigging points for the third reed.) You would think that running four lines through the boom would be easy (bottom reef, now middle reef, topping lift, outhaul.) As it turns out getting them not wrapped around each other is quite a trick. I can't see the entire inside length of the boom in the daylight - I hope that tonight I will be able to see what is going on. The alternative is to take the boom apart at the goose neck for better visibility

Tomorrow I go visit Customs and Border Protection (again) to register Reboot for the "Florida boater option." Hopefully that will prevent a future debacle like the last time I returned to the US.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ortega Yacht Club Marina

Ortega Yacht Club Marina
I am currently at the Ortega Yacht Club Marina. I came up from Hidden Harbor Marina in St. Augustine, FL. via the Intracostal Waterway. The trip up the ICW was without incident but I did manage to arrive in the St. John's River at maximum adverse current - close to 3 knots. I motored up to Jacksonville Landing and tied up at the free dock. Since I had an adverse current I arrived about 3 hours after sunset. It has been a while since I navigated up a river in the dark but it was a lot of fun. I had a nice dinner with Bill (KI4MMZ) and then retired to Reboot for the night.

At about half tide in the morning I headed up (which is South, one of only two rivers that flow to the North in the United States - or so I have been told) to the Ortega River. The trick to getting into the Ortega River is not running aground. I managed to do it with 1/2 foot of water under the keel in the shallow spot. The bridge is also very narrow by ICW standards, more than wide enough for the pleasure craft that use it but it kind of looks like a toy.
Ortega River Bridge
Once in the basin there is lots of water again. Motored over the the dock and was met by Paul the dock master. We got set up and within about 2 hours Ed (Hooligan) stopped by to say hello. He is also sorting things out for a bit.

We drove down to St. Brendan's Isle in Green Cove Springs to pick up our mail and then returned to Ortega. With the weather forecast for a low of 32 F Bill drove up from Flagler Beach and brought XO and me down to his house for the night.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Monday, January 5, 2015

XO on Morning Watch

Checking the Engine Gauges
Single handing is difficult for many reasons. It is quite a relief to have crew on board. Here is the Executive Officer (XO) standing Morning Watch (4 AM to 8 AM) in the cockpit. There is nothing like a wide awake and competent watch stander to help the Captain sleep.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Ponce Inlet to St. Augustine - Hidden Harbor

I left Titusville and headed North. I am currently in the Hidden Harbor Marina in St. Augustine. What a trip. Apparently in this section of the ICW no one slows down. I find it ironic that the people on each powerboat that wakes Reboot wave as we heal and crash through their wake.

It was a long trip, two days behind the wheel. The cross currents and wind are such that one has to be alter the entire time or find oneself in shallow water outside the channel. I was also confronted with 20 to 25 knot winds. There is enough "sail area" in the jiffy furl (the cover for the mainsail) that Reboot actually heals about 5 degrees in a beam wind. She also tries to sail. That means she "heads up" in each gust just enough for the autopilot to have to respond. Since I have it set for moderate course keeping that really means I have to correct each time manually.

The weather today is for strong North winds. Since the St. Augustine to Jacksonville trip is pretty much due north I am going to hang out here today.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Cat talk

Its 5:30 AM EST and XO started yowling. Not his normal talk, but a voice I have only heard once before, when a dog climbed up on Reboot in Oriental. I hooked up his leash as he was standing at the top of the companionway. I looked through the boards (I am using the ones with the ventilation holes) to see another cat. I let him out on deck and now they are yowling at each other, the other cat on the dock and XO on the deck. This should be interesting......

Fair winds and following seas :)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Old Florida Grill and Oyster House

Back in the day before McMansions and Disney World when NASA was still king of the Space Coast Floridians would throw together some plywood and a couple of coolers, put up a dock, clear some brush to form a sand parking lot and call it a restaurant. The Old Florida Grill is exactly that - a fantastic throwback to the days when Florida still had charisma.

After many years of talking on the radio I finally met KM4MA - Paul - in Titusville. He picked me up at the Titusville Municipal Marina and drove me down to CBP (see "They let me back in.") Then we adjourned to the Old Florida Grill in Coco (not Coco Beach, that is a different Florida town.) I had fresh clams and fries and a couple of beers, walked down on the dock where people were fishing, and just drank in the ambiance. This is also what it is supposed to be like in the Caribbean. But when your cruse ship with 5,999 of your closest friends docks don't expect to see anything like this. But if you are visiting the Kennedy Space Center for the tour this would be a great place to take in too.Actually, now that they charge for everything at the Kennedy Space Center skip the tour and come over and enjoy Old Florida!

Fair winds and following seas :)

Friday, January 2, 2015

They let me back in!

After several days of confusion I went and visited the Customs and Border Protection people at the Canaveral Seaport. They let me back into the US legally. I am overjoyed!

Fair winds and following seas :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Years Eve

December 31, 2014 11:04 UTC 6:04 AM EST
Melbourne, FL “The Space Coast” -  Intracostal Waterway
N 28 07.635 W 080 36.793 - At anchor

With the long nights and the short days I tend to go to bed early and wake up early. Yesterday was a long motor up the Intracostal from Ft. Pierce to Melbourne. About half the trip was twists and turns in a sheltered channel. The rest was across open sounds. With the wind hitting 20 knots in my face in the sounds it wasn’t much fun. At least the channel was blissfully deep and there was only one bridge opening (in Ft Pierce) along the way. There were quite a few dolphins. But none as spectacular as the two who did the “dolphin show jump” 10 feet out of the water on my way into Ft. Pierce. Usually one sees their backs as they sound.

This section of the ICW was new to me. I passed some beautiful homes in the Vero Beach section. I also saw the blight of the land:  a couple of hundred McMansions. The homes are beautiful. If they razed 9 out of 10 of them and restored the land around them they would be impressive. As it is I think they look stupid. Who wants to pay millions for a home and listen to your neighbor flush the toilet?

Along the sounds there are numerous islands. They seemed a great place to explore and so they were. I saw many small powerboats  pulled up along their shorelines and people sunning or having a cookout on the islands. One might expect bugs to be a problem. The vegetation is quite dense. With yesterdays wind and the open beaches I am sure people found places to be without being eaten alive.

I had to deal with lots of boat traffic today. Unlike further up the ICW this was mostly local traffic. There were a lot of sport fishing boats buzzing around. Also groups of people on large pontoon boats. There were a few “gin palaces” and four sailboats passed me heading south - and international community: US,. UK, German and French! What also set this section apart is no one slows down. There is no “can I make a slow pass on your port side?” They just come by at speed and wake the heck out of you. XO was annoyed. So was I.

After I set the anchor (in mud, tomorrow morning is going to be messy) I went down to make dinner. I heard a heavy engine and went up into the cockpit. A tug was pushing a large barge up the ICW. I wondered where he was going and where he came from. More interesting, I wondered if he waited until after dark so that he would not have to contend with all the small boats even though he would have the absolute right of way..

I am back in cell phone range. That is a good thing. I am so close to my land based radio support people that I can’t contact them by radio. I had a long talk with Ed (Hooligan.) We were originally to head for Panama at the same time. It turns out that he had as miserable a month as me. He changed his fuel filters 6 times and still had the engine quit at a vital moment. He spend 2 hours aground with the boat pounding. He will haul in a week or so to find any damage.

Fair winds and following seas J


THE MAGIC SQUARE (OR DIAMOND, IF YOU PREFER)



When long distance cruising there are four factors one needs to keep in mind:

Fuel
Water
Power
Food

I call this the magic square. Some of these elements can be converted to others. For example by burning fuel one can charge the batteries creating power or run the water maker producing water. Power can also be utilized to make water. On Reboot the solar panels produce power. In the summer they are able to produce excess power, that is more than enough to refresh the batteries running the navigation instruments and lights at night. The excess can be used to produce water or just run the toys (like my computers and keyboard.)

Food of course is obvious. It is possible to fish to gain food but my experiences are that this is a pretty iffy situation.

This suggests that when looking at boats for long distance cruising an important element is the size of the fuel tanks. Large quantities of both water and food can be stacked up inside the boat. With sufficient fuel you can generate power.

One would expect that cruising sailboats, and sailboats in general would therefore have large fuel tanks. In most cases (Reboot being one of them) they don’t. The two dead giveaways of a long distance cruiser are fuel tanks on the deck and solar panels. To a lesser degree a wind generator is also a giveaway.

My friend who worked in marketing for one of the big three (Catalina, Benateau, Hunter) explained this to me. She said “The design of a sailboat is focused on getting the wife to agree with the husband that he can purchase the boat at the boat show. Considerations about sailing are not important to the design.” Big water tanks for daily showers, heat and air conditioning run by an auxiliary generator, a pretty stateroom and nice kitchen take precedence over  everything else. Throw in some fancy electronics for the guy and you are all set.

In the past few years catamarans have completely taken over the sailboat charter industry. One visit demonstrates why. Beautiful and spacious living and entertaining areas, deck space to sun bathe, multiple staterooms each with a private bath. There is no getting past that they are beautiful.

I have never sailed in the ocean on a catamaran. I did sail a Hobe Cat in Long Island Sound in my youth. That was a trip and an half. I have watched them bob up and down and hobby horse in the waves. Friends who own them tell me that they don’t go upwind as well as monohulls. But there is no getting past the fact that they are beautiful boats.

Remember fuel is king!

Fair winds and following seas J

Rope Yarn

Down Days at Anchor

After reviewing the weather forecast for the next few days I decided to take the day off. The forecast for today was winds in my face at 20 knots with intermittent rain. Not the kind of trip I want to take as I am not in a hurry. After not getting the forecast weather all those days in the Bahamas you might think that I would not trust the forecast. But with rain pattering on the deck and the wind gauge showing 20 with gusts to 25 knots I am a believer again.

Days off at anchor are different because there is no shore power. In addition, on a rainy day like today the solar panels are not generating much electricity. The options are: do things that don’t require power (to save the batteries for the anchor light tonight) or run the engine (which is noisy and uses fuel..) Computer games, running the stereo, even running the vacuum cleaner are pretty much out of the question. There is a minimum of necessary power consumption: the anchor drag alarm and the chart plotter. I run the VHF radio in case someone needs to talk to me, but leave the AIS off as I am well out of the channel.

It is unnaturally quiet. Under sail sailboats made a lot of noise: the water rushing past, the waves hitting the hull, the sails stretching and relaxing the sheets and halyards. But with the exception of the occasional shower or the ground tackle (anchor) making noise it is dead quiet. I can hear the airplanes flying over and the sounds of the passing boats long before I see them. An unusual and interesting time. XO senses it too, twice today he has just climbed up on my and curled up in my lap.

In the days of sail time like today was called  “rope yarn.” It was personal time for the crew to make or mend their clothing, sit around and chat, and have down time to themselves. I am taking advantage of the time to do some rearranging of the cabinets and some spray cleaner and paper towel cleanup.

Being alone of course is different. When I was traveling the ICW yesterday I noticed two kinds of boaters. Those that had crew on board were pretty much what I expected. But those that were alone, sail boaters and power boaters alike, were all on their cell phones. So much for quiet introspection and personal growth!

Tomorrow the weather is to improve and I will be off heading North once again.

Fair winds and following seas J


Marine Directory Asia - A useful resource

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