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Miles, Storms, and Stories

Miles, Storms, and Stories

While planning our moves in Sarasota, Em and I decided we should take the boat up the river system to Kentucky Lake/Lake Barkley for the remainder of hurricane season.  During that time, I’ll pick up some work to replenish the cruising kitty and we can make future plans. After 2 months of amazing adventures with my best friend/wife, Emily departed last week to visit her sister in Annapolis.  Though, I wish I could have gone, it was up to me…

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Chart a Course to the Conch Republic

Chart a Course to the Conch Republic

I awoke at 0600, prepped the boat, and was on my way to the Ft.Myers mooring field.  I was planning on provisioning there with fuel, water and food.  I was also taking on crew.  Ray has been at Boulder as long as I can remember.  He has helped us with many projects over the years and is a close friend.  We dined at Doc Ford’s which is right next to the mooring field and is a staple for author Randy…

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Lemon Bay to Pelican Bay

Lemon Bay to Pelican Bay

  I spent a wonderful night at anchor in Lemon Bay before picking up the hook and heading toward Charlotte Harbor.  As I was raising the anchor, dolphins began circling the chain as the windlass pulled it in.  The ICW through this stretch was much more interesting than the previous day’s journey.  There were dolphins, manatees, and an assortment of birds perched above channel markers.  I also had to travel through a large swing bridge followed by an abandoned railroad…

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Heading south

Heading south

After departing Snead Island Boatworks last Tuesday, I first made my way to Marina Jack in Sarasota.  Marina Jack holds a special place in my heart.  As a kid, I spent a few summers in the Sarasota region with my grandparents, and more than a few of those summer days were spent looking at all the boats in that Marina.  So,  I spent a few days there on a mooring ball.  I had a chance to visit with my parents and…

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We Made It!

We Made It!

And the boat still Floats!  The past 3 weeks have been an absolute blur.  I had two weeks to finish as many projects on the boat as possible before the boat was scheduled to be picked up.  Some of the required projects included wiring the solar and new alternator charging systems, mosquito nets for the main salon hatch, bottom paint, work in the anchor locker, boat name sticker on the hull side, and the list goes on and on.  Along…

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I’ve had choices

I’ve had choices

“I’ve had choices Since the day that I was born There were voices That told me right from wrong If I had listened No I wouldn’t be here today Living and dying With the choices I made.”-George Jones All my life I’ve had choices to make. A handful of those being more memorable than others. Some most definitely life-changing. During my high school years, before I could even drive, my parents would drive me to the lake, I would help…

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Cruising by BIG BOAT

Cruising by BIG BOAT

“I could get used to this!” I told Emily as we made our way through the inside passage towards Alaska.  We weren’t crewing on a steel sloop, or flying by float plane. Instead we were going by a different form of transportation.  One I never imagined taking.  This time last year if you told me I was taking a cruise ship somewhere I would have told you I thought that maybe you had a few too many at the rum…

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Day off number 1!

Day off number 1!

I am starting to like this 4 10 schedule. Today i was able to finish up the cockpit seats and take them up to the boat for a test run. they look pretty good and with a little sanding, fiberglass, paint, and varnish they should turn out pretty good. now if only the rest of my order from Jamestown Distributors would get here, and the weather would warm up, then we would be in business! unfortunately the weather seems to…

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woodwork

woodwork

The wood work is starting to come along. The Nav station piece is cut and ready for staining once i cutout the instrument panel and storage holes. I have everything i need except for the VHF and A/C panel. I will hopefully have enough cash by this thursday to order both and finish this project ASAP. In the meantime i have been going back and forth on different ways to create the cockpit seats. Originally the cockpit seats consisted of…

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About Me and the Pascagoula Run

About Me and the Pascagoula Run

I have been sailing nearly since I was born.And if I wasn’t sailing, I was swimming competitively.Towards the end of my high school years, I began racing sailboats with a friend of mine from Carlyle Lake.My passion for sailing, as well as the urge to be near the water, grew stronger.After completing two years of college in St.Louis, I transferred to SIU Carbondale where I lived on a houseboat instead of a dormitory. This gave me a chance to really…

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