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May 2012 Blog Posts (25)

Fantasy comes alive.

Truth be told back I in February I designed the perfect way. To spend the night before I set sail. Well lo and behold my simple little fantasy became real. Actu ally it was the night before the night before. Because I do not kiss and tell these are the only details you get. What a send off.



My special friend surprised me by initiating a proper christening of SPRAY. I cannot help but wish Danny was here t be a part of this adventure. Then again another fantasia is sure to… Continue

Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on May 30, 2012 at 5:10pm — 1 Comment

At last!!!!! my boat is back on the water. I have made a lot of work on it sanding and varnished all wood pieces, changed all glass etc......hope to have a good season with lots of sunny days. I will…

At last!!!!! my boat is back on the water. I have made a lot of work on it sanding and varnished all wood pieces, changed all glass etc......hope to have a good season with lots of sunny days. I will look on next winter to change it for a bigger one, just around 26 to 28 footer.  I wish sunny days and a good wind to all of you. ;-)

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Added by Gilles Picard on May 29, 2012 at 9:59pm — No Comments

Beryl, beryl oh beryl

Thankfully Beryl gave me an extra day. The best part was spending a couple of hours with Joan, Pat, and Amy.

Returning to Spray I proceeded to spend about five hours organizing the tool bins. There is still a lot to do.



Taping all the ring dings, buying batteries, flares and fresh produce along with packing my clothes are the main tasks. Whoops, my 0300 alarm just went off. This is when I miss Danny because the romantic side of my brain lhoped the soothing ringtone was a call… Continue

Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on May 29, 2012 at 3:24am — No Comments

96 bottles of scotch on the wall...

Uh oh, my mind might be taking me where my heart wants to go. So, it must be that a little fun is on the horizon. But with 96 hours until I am on the water I better focus on getting the to do list in order. Let me see What needs doing:

A. Register sat phone

B). Paperwork to be organized, documents, and manuals to file

C). Contacts to put on computer and in hard copy format

D). Banking, bills, and mail

E). Arranging a ride to boat so my red ragtop PT Cruiser can be… Continue

Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on May 25, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

EGADS, We are on the Sixth Day B4 Sailing North...

Where oh where does the time go. Like my budget I seem to have this propensity for taking longer than I plan to get things done and spend more than I budget to buy some of life's little pleasures.

Take today for example. I took a mental health day from my school counseling job to tidy up the house. It took me six hours just to wipe down the baseboards and vacuum between the carpet and the wall. You know the edges where it would seem impossible for even the smallest speck of dust to…

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Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on May 23, 2012 at 7:44pm — No Comments

It's National Safe Boating Week!

Everyone heard it here first!!!  OH YEAH!!!  I know we are all maintaining safe boating environments. 

 

Next week is Hurricane Preparedness Week.  Please see link:  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ 

 

There is even a Hurricane Preparedness Seminar in Orlando.  It's June 1, 2012. …

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Added by Charlotte Radford on May 23, 2012 at 7:32pm — No Comments

S/V Morning Star

I really have been remiss in keeping up with this blog, but as usual life has gotten in the grand plan a few weeks back we sailed to the Farralone Islands for a good shake down cruise, sucking up a crab pot and sheering off the bolts between the transmission yoke and the flex coupler.   These bolts don’t appear all that difficult but a machinist is required to produce them.  With a little redesign to make them removeable and replaceable in the future we are …

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Added by Dan Dow on May 23, 2012 at 11:17am — 3 Comments

Manatees in the Marina

Sunday morning I saw some manatees in the marina!  The marina has a lot of vegetation on the bottom, so often there are manatees around.  These were the first ones I had seen for several months.  Sometimes they nudge the Owl's bottom as they pass in the night.  A most cool feeling.

A couple of years ago I saw a mama manatee and her baby.  It was awesome!  I love seeing them in their native environment, although I did enjoy seeing them at Sea World here in Otown. …

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Added by Charlotte Radford on May 21, 2012 at 7:04pm — No Comments

On the 8th Day

Eighth Day??? What happened to Day 9? OMG as they say in text land. The last two days made for perfect sailing. With a northeasterly 12 knot breeze we cruised along at an average of 7.6 knots on a close reach using the stay sail as our jib. Then on Sunday we had no main sail (that's another story) and used the big jenny. Cruising along at an average of 5.5 knots we were happy sailors. Thanks to my blue eyed crew on Saturday and  my green eyed crew on Sunday SPRAY never kissed a piling at the…

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Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on May 21, 2012 at 5:50pm — No Comments

On the 10th Day ...

On the 10th day B4 setting a course for Sandy Hook, New Jersey I was let down this afternoon by 3 out of 4 guys. Thankfully my brother unconditionally loves me, is reliable and eager to share his knowledge. Whereas the sail maker again put the needs of his other customers before me, an acquaintance was predictably unreliable (shoulda' bet $50 on that one). Then there is pretty blue eyes who knows sailing tomorrow is contingent on getting the new hoses on but has made no offer to help (maybe he… Continue

Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on May 18, 2012 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Ono the 11th day...

On the 11th day b4 setting sail I found my head in the engine room. The intent was to change the 4 hoses that are probably as old as the boat. Challenges started immediately. One hose is obviously too big. Even the best clamp will not properly secure the ends. It would help if I could identify the parts of the engine. For today I agreed to call the end facing the forward cabin the front of the engine. That leaves the side of the engine where I check the engine and transmission oilnthe rear… Continue

Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on May 17, 2012 at 11:43pm — No Comments

12 Days of Departing

On the twelfth day b4 departing I resumed my fitness routine. So at 04:37 I am leaving SPRAY to go home and do a P90x work out. Gotta be in top shape for the voyage.

Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on May 17, 2012 at 4:40am — 1 Comment

Ker-SPLASH

"What the heck?" I muttered while the toothpaste oozed out of the sides of my mouth. Slowly, I eased out of my bathroom wearing a t-shirt that barely covered my butt. Curiously, I peeked into the master bedroom where a guest had been sleeping. Noticing the covers on the floor and no visible signs of a body in the bed, I tip toed toward the sliding glass door. "Oh gees" I thought in surprise. My 82 year old special visitor was briskly swimming in my pool. How invigorating is that?  What a…

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Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on May 15, 2012 at 12:38am — No Comments

Overcast in Otown

It was overcast today in Orlando...YAY!  Weather is now taking a turn to rain most afternoons right around rush hour.  It's not QUITE to that point, but rain will be coming soon at that time.

 

Hurricane season starts in 2 weeks...WOW!!!  I was reading the wikipedia article about the history of Orlando.  The article states that Orlando as the location of WDW was chosen by Mr. Walt Disney because it was inland more than Tampa (one possible choice) so hurricanes would probably…

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Added by Charlotte Radford on May 14, 2012 at 7:45pm — No Comments

Beverages on a Boat..

In continuation of my alliterative titles....OH YEAH!!!

 

So, what's your favorite beverage (other than water) to take on cruise?  Obviously, one has to take water. Beer takes up a lot of room, and to keep it cold, one has to take a lot of ice.  Even with the good maxi coolers and using blocks of ice to cool down the cooler, 3 to 4 days is about the limit.  Of course, drinking should only be done when anchored and by responsible adults.  ***painfully obvious…

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Added by Charlotte Radford on May 12, 2012 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Bugs on a Boat

Here I am...congratulating myself about my very "clever" alliterative blog titles lately...YAY ME!!

Out to the Owl this weekend.  Will be preparing for a short cruise in two weeks.  Excited about that...BUT...

 

I have roaches!  And I don't leave any food onboard most weeks.  However, the owner before me lived on her too, and I would guess they are into their 200th generation or something. 

 

Yes, I know this is Florida....but I am going to be living out…

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Added by Charlotte Radford on May 10, 2012 at 7:19pm — 7 Comments

REFITS AND BREAKAGE....AND CRUISING!!!!!

not mine, as i do my own work ....someone else does your refitting--you go to sea. it breaks..WHAT YE GONNA DO-- call someone while out there or do it yourself--or will ye make  the trip  return to where it was done and gripe about it not working??   seems to me many do the  latter bit--go back into the original port many miles backsliding from their destination to have original  do-er   redo the work. is ridiculous....why not do it yourself so it is done to your own…

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Added by zeehag on May 8, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

WANTED: Window Installer

I have four elongated oval shaped plastic windows that I want to replace. Having taken off a similar window from my Corsair I do not want to attempt this on my own. Finding an installer is akin to getting free quality work on any boat project. Realistically, I expect to pay a fair price. I just can't seem to find someone who will take on the job. As I will be venturing north from Cape Canaveral in 21 days I'm wondering if anyone exists up the coast. Maybe I'll come into a marina knowing a…

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Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on May 7, 2012 at 9:39pm — No Comments

WANTED: Window Installer

I have four elongated oval shaped plastic windows that I want to replace. Having taken off a similar window from my Corsair I do not want to attempt this on my own. Finding an installer is akin to getting free quality work on any boat project. Realistically, I expect to pay a fair price. I just can't seem to find someone who will take on the job. As I will be venturing north from Cape Canaveral in 21 days I'm wondering if anyone exists up the coast. Maybe I'll come into a marina knowing a…

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Added by Marlene Anne Sassaman on May 7, 2012 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Bird on a Boat

I decided to finally take my African Grey parrot, Bogie, out to the Owl this past weekend.  I had been wanting to take him out there to acclimate him to the sailboat and the general atmosphere of the marina.  When I say atmosphere, I mean the openness of physical area and the friendly chats that often go on between neighbors.

I had not been able to handle him for a while as I needed to get his claws and wings clipped.  I have been a very bad parrot mommy because I kept…

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Added by Charlotte Radford on May 7, 2012 at 7:38pm — No Comments

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