Hey Pete, thanks for the contact...now that your season is coming to an end, why don't you and your wife pick me up on my Vacation to Myrtle Beach offer, as seen in the female Sailors Group? I can put you up in my home.. our Season is all year here. Has been raining a lot lately. You can follow my weather on my page.
Wow, time flies. Sorry I haven't checked in with SeaKnots lately. Been super busy with racing & training. Another big project was the rebuilding of our Farr 30 (Mumm 30) chainplates. Seems Carol Marine, the builder of most of the Farr 30's, read the design drawings wrong and drilled the access hole for the chainplates on the wrong side of the box frame thus weakening the structure. I've modified the chainplate with a 20 hr, $200 material repair that I suspect most Farr 30's will need someday. The new chainplate structure worked perfectly with 25 knots true wind racing this weekend.
The verdict is in, Bismark Dinius found not guilty in the absurd false accusation murder case of the fatal boating crash that caused the death of Lynn Thorton due to neglegent operation of a high speed powerboat by Russel Purdock.
See the news coverage videos here
I'll be offline for about 6 weeks while on cruise with Zaraffa.
Marblehead-Halifax, Nantucket, Martha's Vinyard & NY (ALIR).
Then the Governor's Cup (MD), then a JR Sailing Big Boat Clinic...
Make that 7 weeks...
One of my buddies is doing a Trans Atlantic (TransAt) from New England to Scotland. You can follow the progress of S/V MADAM X on SPOT
I'm doing HF radio comms with him from ZARAFFA for weather routing and locations of bergy-bits & shipping, current.
Congratulations to Franc & Andrea on CAN DRAC for their successfull crossing doing it in style & with their wonderful charity Sail for Water
Your family sounds like ours...teenage guitar playing son, family of skiers (eldest son becoming an instructor) ...no grandchildren yet, thank goodness. We have 4 kids 3 boys and a girl...the youngest is turning into a keen sailor and is keeping us young. We sail at the same club.You sure have plenty of experience...sounds like a great life. My keen fisherman hubby would love that...has to beat plumbing!!
Hey Pete, In the photo is my 15yo son on his Flying 11. Will put a pic up of my old tub...its a timber 125 (121/2 foot dinghy) Just finishing my second season and really getting the hang of it. Finished 1st on a handicap start last weekend, real thrill !! Have a 5 year plan to get a cruising yacht and leave Sydney behind....so I thought I had better learn to sail!!!!
Hi Pete. I graduated from boat school in 1972 and was not on the sailing time. I sailed recreationally at USNA and over the years since. No cruises nearly as long and adventuresome as your sailing resume. I know there is no excuse, sir, but my Navy and AT&T careers kept me moving, too busy and sometimes landlocked. I'm making up time now! All the best, Steve
New to the group, going through the posts, I have come upon this thread. I was considering tinting my windows of my Beneteau 43 with a darker tint, but I really like your idea. So I will copy with…"
"Larry good luck. And remember to use the KISS Method when troubleshooting. Keep It Simple Stupid haha. It’s an old and basic concept that dictates you always do the easiest and obvious stuff first. Then if it doesn’t fix it get more…"
"Sounds like you need to give that windlass some TLC. I used to clean and apply a light coating of grease to all the surfaces in and under the gypsy. It remained smooth over a 10 year period. Five of those years were spent cruising full time on the…"
Doing some maintenance on my B43 Quick Antares windlass this year. After removing the windlass, I knew instantly that I should have been doing this at least ever other year. The windlass was preforming weak and slow with a noise which made me think the motor brushes or a bearing was going out, thus the reason for removing it.What I found upon removal was a tremendous amount of salt and sand on the top part of the gearbox, literally packed in. Upon cleaning everything up, luckily all bearings…See More