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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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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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mast on just in time to be race CB!

mast on just in time to be race CB!

Well we finally have the mast up and just in time to be committee boat for the last “great race”we had a great weekend and were finally able to show everybody that we are no longer a glorified powerboat! on the boat were myself (joel) Graham Walker who works as a custom engineer for HARKEN, Erik that i race with and his new wife Nikki, and also the one and only J-man. Emily unfortunately had to work the whole weekend…

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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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varnish and wood work

varnish and wood work

Emily and I have been hard at work lately to do as much work indoors as possible. AKA varnishing and wood work in the warmth of my Garage and workplace. here are a few pics of how it turned out. Not to bad for sitting on the hard for 10 years! not to mention years of racing in the salt/brackish water of texas. Check it out!

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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