Friday, May 25, 2012

Waiting for the weather

As I psych myself up to head for Ireland we get the first potential named storm in the Atlantic.  To make matters worse it may turn around and head back Southwest.  Great!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Reboot is back in the water.  I am broke.  Now fuel, water, food, weather window.

Fair winds and following seas.

Monday, May 21, 2012


I am still in Key West and Reboot is still on the hard.  As we were getting ready to install the new rudder it became obvious that the bottom paint which was put on last October was flaking off.  The end result is that we have stripped all the paint back off down to the base.  Now I am adding Interprotect 2000 as a barrier coat and then Micron 66 as the bottom paint.  Since it has been raining on and off we have had to stop working and make sure that the bottom is bone dry before proceeding.  So now I am two weeks overdue for my planned departure.

I did take advantage of the time to compound and wax Reboot, something that has not been done for quite a bit of time.  She is looking quite pretty again which is very nice.

I hope to be back in the water in a day or two and then will be heading up the Keys and the Florida coast.

Fair winds and following seas.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mifflin Street Party

I have just returned from a visit to Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison.  I saw my doctors and was told that I was doing well post my heart surgery.  I then went over to Madison to visit my younger son Spencer.  While there he discovered that I had unfortunately arrived on the weekend of the annual Mifflin Street Party.  How can a dad deny his 23 year old son a day of partying with 10,000 or so of his closest friends?  I left Madison early and headed to Chicago to visit my other son Trevor.  On the way I dropped Spencer off at Mifflin Street.  5,000 beautiful young women... I feel so old.


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Scanmar Monitor Install

Monitor Swing Gate
Monitor ready for install on swing gate
In preparation for my planned trans-Atlantic voyage I purchased a Scanmar Monitor wind steering device.  I was told by some friends that it was a simple install.  Reading the instructions for a standard install I would agree.  On the other hand adding the swing gate has substantially increased the install time.  There are a lot more parts and brackets to be installed.

Monitor's are expensive even in the used market.  I was delighted at the quality and of Scanmar's installation support.  I am grumbling less about the price.

I will let you know how it works out once Reboot is back in the water (with the new rudder) and I have a chance to try out the Monitor.