Lady Orca
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Lady Orca, aka/ First Mate, S/V Neptunestoy

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Cape Canaveral, Florida
About Me:
First Mate to Capt. John, my adventurous Husband with dreams of sailing the world in our 28' Westsail!

We will share our adventures as well as our ideas with you.
In addition to being as much of a "First Mate" as I possibly can~
I am, what is referred to as a "Lightworker", and "Crystal Child" of the First Generation so you will find that my post will include the reflection of my Spirit as well as my own take on the sailing adventures Captain John and I have experience. There will be funny stories, pictures and tells of all the hard work we had to do to get "Neptune's Toy" in the water sailing. Her story is a great one.
Current location:
Merritt Island, Florida

A Westsail 28 Hull #55 1978 Restoration Project

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WESTSAIL 28 Back in the water after THREE YEARS!

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 9:30am 1 Comment

The weekend finally came. The appointed time that all powers would converge to put "Neptune's Toy" in the water for the first time in over three years had arrived. It was early morning when they got started and we had Family and Friends there with us to watch the spectacle and celebrate the "Re Naming" ceremony and festivities. What a great day! Poor Brother Wayne though......he had no idea when he drove over from Tampa with the Captain's Sister, Sharon and Mom Brissont that he was going to do… Continue


Posted on September 8, 2010 at 10:38am 0 Comments

This was a cruise that we have been looking forward to for months! John,II has leave from the Army for 30 days home and the plan was to get to Little Bahama Island for his first Ocean trip and our first real journey in "S/V Neptune's Toy".

So, we planned everything, charted our course, had Port fees ready, documents retrieved and the Sailboat was ready with a brand new jib furler we were really looking forward to using since the bow of that 28 footer tends to bounce around really bad… Continue

The hull, OMG! THE HULL!

Posted on August 19, 2010 at 8:45pm 0 Comments

The day came when the Marina staff strapped her in and up she went, gracefully emerging from the water for the first time in at least 10 years.

We expected the 3 inches of sea life on the hull, so as they scraped the hull free of most of that we felt pretty good.about what we were seeing at that moment. Once the Sailboat was in the yard and began to dry a bit we were able to see more and more little blisters showing up, but they looked small so after a few weeks of drying out Captain John… Continue


Posted on August 18, 2010 at 8:17am 0 Comments

Entering the Westsail to evaluate the complete extent of her neglect and injuries was quite a frightening experience. I felt as if what I was surveying would never be able to be resurrected. But the optimistic "Captain John" was not deterred for long. After we found a place among the mess to sit down, he began thinking about what to do first.

The floors came out, doors off the cabinets, cushions out to clean, the ceiling cover ripped out, old stove gone, old sink gone,…

searching for a motor and found .........something amazing!

Posted on August 13, 2010 at 9:00am 0 Comments

The "Watkins 27" really needed a replacement inboard so as all good Sailors do, we search, talked to all our friends, all the Marina suppliers in the State of Florida it seemed and then a strange thing happened.

I was minding my own business coming home from a doctor appointment and some "smuck" rammed me in the back of my SUV sending me off the road and lucky I did not roll. I climbed out of the vehicle, checked the damage and realized the guy that hit me was in big big trouble with… Continue

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At 11:12pm on May 16, 2011, Barry said…

amazing work, love to see an old boat come to life again again in caring hands, its a truely amazing process to take part and to also that transformation.  Congrats to you both, enjoy the many years joy you will have.


At 10:10pm on December 23, 2010, Sherry gave Lady Orca a gift
To Lady Orca...wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!
At 8:08am on August 18, 2010, ahmet haluk onal said…
woow its supper sweet !!!i like restorations projects ...
At 12:58pm on August 16, 2010, Barbara said…
Yes the Satori was the one written about in the book The Perfect Storm.....I am very good friends of the Capt. Of course it is a book and was not as true as one would think...... we all have to make money one way or another.

At 12:29pm on August 14, 2010, Barbara said…
It is nice to meet you.....I have just arrived in the area and stopped here in Stuart, so we are almost neighbors. So far I like the area. Now the is hot....any advice for a northern??? I just finished making my awning larger for the midship area and now need to work on one for the bow area. My plan was to go to the Tampa/Ft Myers area but the oil spill changed that so I think I will hang here for awhile. I am very impressed with what you folks are doing to the Westsail you have. I was on a 32 ft Westsail called Satori years ago and fell in love with her. I knew she would take care of me in most any weather.And that she did I was in her with about 65 kt winds out in the bermuda triangle. She handled it like it was nothing. Amazed me...I would go back out in her in a minute.

At 5:40am on August 14, 2010, Larry Wilson said…
Great job on the Westsail. I'm starting on a Columbia 8.3 next week. Hope mine goes as well as yours has.
At 10:22am on August 12, 2010, seafarer 26 said…
great job on your cruiser. she is beautiful. My name is chris ahola. i live in cocoa beach. I work at the port as a marine electrician. I Have been working on sailboats all my life and have done many refit jobs. if you need any advice or help please dont hesitate to send me a line. my e mail adress is have a great day blow east every morning to keep the hurricanes away. chris ahola
At 10:22am on August 12, 2010, Barbara said…
Hello orca....I received your request...I see your near your refit job. West Sails are great boats. What made you find me?

At 9:06am on August 12, 2010, Peggy Georgene Snead said…
Good morning Lady O, if you plan on coming south for this coming weekend or any time, give me a call & I'll be happy to meet you at the club to introduce you to my sailing family.
At 5:28am on August 12, 2010, keylimejay said…
I just watched the slideshow of your refurbishing saga. We should compare notes. I didn't think there were many folks as crazy as I! LOL! Take a look.....

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