Archive for July, 2011

Missing Ellie

I’m lying on the foredeck of my friend’s sailboat, thinking about and missing Ellie. When she was younger, she used to love sleeping on the foredeck of S/V Pretty Gee. She also used to curl up under the dodger, above the S/V Pretty Gee’s companionway.  Right now, she appears to be missing in action and […]

Cruising on s/v Slight Breeze

Tomorrow, I head down to Connecticut for the annual summer cruise on my friend’s boat s/v Slight Breeze for a nine-day cruise. This will be the second year I am participating in his summer cruise. He asked me along last year when one of his normal crew, and the only other sailor in the crew, […]

Virtual Friends

Over the past few weeks, I’ve received a lot of support and love from friends that I met via online sailing forums and through blogging. While many of these friendships started out on the Internet, I have been lucky to meet quite a few of them in real life as well. They range across a […]

For Ellie Enough said.

Sailing Videos

( Sailing andVideo )

I haven’t posted any sailing videos in a while, so I thought I’d post these. They’re from various trips over the past four years or so. Sailing s/v Felix wing-on-wing on the 2010 Bahamas-to-Marion delivery trip The three dolphins that escorted us on the Bahamas-to-Marion Delivery Trip S/V Felix Pre-dawn Sailing on Exuma Sound A […]

Naked Kings Update

I spoke with Antoine, the new captain of s/v Avalon Explorer, and they are planning to leave for France tomorrow. I wish them luck and hope they have a fast, safe passage. I am asking that my weather goddess watch over them, because I think they will need all the help they can get.

Distress Signals

One of the most important pieces of safety gear are distress signals. There are many kinds of distress signals, but they fall into three categories as a general rule. Visual Distress Signals: These include flares, smoke, flags, mirrors, waving your arms, strobe lights, etc. They are designed to attract attention to you or your boat […]

Three French Guys…

Lately, I’ve been helping my friend Glenn out.  He sold his Jeanneau Sun Leisure 34 to three French guys, who are planning to sail it back to France in about a week.  He asked me to keep an eye out for the three French guys that had bought the boat. I decided that helping them […]

Protected: A letter to Ellie

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Bad Boat Equipment Installations

I was working on a boat recently, and I found that someone had installed the anchor windlass control relay inside the anchor locker.  Now, I really have to wonder why anyone would do something this stupid.  It leaves the anchor windlass system completely vulnerable to corrosion, and the chances that the relay will fail is […]