Land Ho! Bermuda… – Day 0.1

docking (jpeg)(Time to catch up this blog. Sorry for the delay.)

No need to wake up early, but it seems that that’s not really an option. There is just something about laying in bed and feeling the vibration of the thrusters blasting out sea water and sand as you pull into dock.

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Sure, I lay there for a bit saying, “Go back to sleep Pablo. We are spending the night here in Bermuda so there’s no hurry to get up and get rolling. Just roll over and go back to sleep.” But in a very dark room I can’t wait to peek out of the curtains and see what there is to see. It’s kind of like unwrapping a gift. You just can’t wait to see it. No matter what it is.

Once I peek outside, that’s it. I’m up. The light smacks me up the side of the head the colors of the light blue sea and the of the low island ready to explore. Time to call room service for coffee, cream and honey, slip on my robe and wait. The morning has begun and I’m in Bermuda for a bit over 24 hours I’m ready for it.

Pat and I have never been to Bermuda. We have plans. Get off the ship, explore the island a bit, find a beach, go to Hamilton, check out the Gosling Rum Distillery, find a place for dinner and then just go with the flow for the rest of our time here…

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Aggressive agenda you say? Yep. You’re right. We got off the ship. We found Horseshoe Beach… Well, that’s about it. We found paradise, poked our toes in the sand and jumped in the crystal clear sea and that was it. Was it enough? For that day, that moment in history, that precious, intoxicating, blink of a life… Yes it was.

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We are always flexible when we travel, which we do all the time for fun and business. It’s the only way for us to keep sane while we gather experiences. It’s fun. It’s also moments of frustration, and it’s feelings of victory over our feelings and limitations of our self inflicted schedule, it’s experiencing Peace in the moment and then enjoying the reflection of, “If we had not done that then we would not have gotten this.” We love that kind of stuff. So it was in Bermuda. More lessons and a major GREAT time with Pete and Iva.

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So truly, it was a simple day in Bermuda. Once off the ship, we stopped by a store on the dock and saw a bottle of Hennessy White which is very hard to find. It’s not for us, but a special gift for a friend we know in Myrtle. Pat made a note of it and then we headed out to the transportation area to see if we could catch a cab to somewhere. Yep, it was easy.

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We found a driver to take us the 45 minutes to Horseshoe Beach. A great place to start our day and adventure in Bermuda. It was a 10 passenger van and we waited until it was full. Once full, the driver headed out of the port area and we started our day.

It was a beautiful drive. We drove by old buildings, and some beautiful bays and anchorages as well as a mooring field that had my name all over it. Tucked away, comfy and peaceful. I was ready to move Panacea there in a flash. The driver helped with information along the way and soon we were pulling into the drop off area for the beach. After four days at sea, and many, many days in Europe, a white sandy beach was just the ticket for the four of us…

Horseshoe Beach is a very welcoming place to stop. It has everything, rental umbrellas and chairs, a snack bar, a bar and a guy named Paul that could play the heck out of the steel drums. It was just him with some tracks behind him, but we were in paradise.

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There were so many great views that I had a very hard time figuring out what pics to take. CellGrasp came in VERY handy in all the shots. No sand, no water, no dropping, it was a secure day that’s for sure. Not to say, as always, that I didn’t see so many people being very careful not to drop their phones. Sometimes I wish I traveled with a bull horn and wore a vest with small ones on the right and large ones on the left and I’d yell out, “Start the line to the right.”

museum (jpeg)Sure, I want to sell my little CellGrasps, but my main goal is to solve the problem that cellphone users don’t even know they have until they drop their phone. Yep. It happens all the time. So it’s trying to sell seat belts before they made it a law to have them. Now there’s an idea, maybe I can make it a law that you have to have a CellGrasp to save your digital lifestyle, your camera, your contacts, your emails, your data… Yea, a law. This day and age, ANYTHING is possible.

So kicking back on the beach was great. We talked about leaving and going to Hamilton, the Gosling Factory, yada, yada, yada… Nope. It just didn’t happen. Sun, water, sand… It got the best of us, again. We stayed and stayed.

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Until the time that we had to move on. Sure, we could have pushed it and headed to other places on the island, but we just weren’t into pushing it anywhere. We had officially slipped into “Island Time.” No complaints. It’s a great place to be and it seems to come so naturally for this hedonistic body of mine.

You know, I have to tell you the truth. After all the sea days and all the other days and all the days in general, we were ready to chill on a beach. It happens and when it does, nothing else matters. When conditions are this perfect with the perfect temperature and the perfect place and the perfect people to be with… All the elements were working. It wasn’t even an option to move on. You can see it on Patty’s face.

Well the day came to an end. It was time to head to the ship and move into the night festivities. We grabbed a cab and off we went for the 45 minute trip back to the port.

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Once back, we stopped at a small shop to pick up a couple of things and then boarded the ship.

Not much else to report. It was a great evening. Once back in our cabin, hot showers, short naps and then out and about for the evening. Dinner at the steak house tonight. GREAT. It was one of Pat’s perks for becoming a Diamond sailor. Yep, she’s had 25 Carnival cruises and she gets a free dinner. Now that’s a perk huh! It was Amazing.

The steak house aboard was perfect. The food was impeccable. (I love spell check for that one.) Everything was done perfectly and the staff was top notch to say the least. Our dinner was on the house, but even if it wasn’t, the flat rate for dinner there is $35.00 a person. After experiencing it, that’s a steal.

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Yes, yesterday, it was a freaky spooky night on the ship. Halloween, well it was actually October 30th but this was the official “ship” night to celebrate it. I was really shocked and amazed at how many people packed pretty elaborate costumes to wallow in the Spirit. It was very cool and crazy. I loved it.

As all the creepy freaks walked the hallways, restaurants and bars, there were a group of people that gave away tickets to the top 10 best costumes and at the end of the night, in the theater, there was a costume contest. Anything for a party on a ship.

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The winner, you guessed it, was a family that dressed up as Carnival cruise ships. It was well deserved. They were a very cool family from kids, parents and grand parents. Wise choice audience…

After a great day with walking, beach, sightseeing, great dinner, ship wondering, it was time for kicking back in the cabin. I do like my cabin. It’s a place that has a great view, no matter where we are and a place to contemplate, meditate, and create. Home away from home. Zzzzzz.

It was nice sleeping at the dock. Pat didn’t sleep as well, she loves the feel of the ship rocking her to sleep. Me too, but I got a real nice sleep. We woke up a little later than normal and took our time getting coffee and breakfast. We left port about noon and we are off for a couple day cruise to New York, our final destination. So a sea day today and a sea day tomorrow and then we dock in New York about 4:30 a.m. Eastern.

Tomorrow will be a full sea day…

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Capt. Paul

The Partly Calendar – Explaination

So there was a time in my life where I was part of an entertainment duo. What? You’ve never heard of the Partly Brothers? That’s unbelievable. Partly Music. Partly Magic, but all FUN. So since you may not have been enlightened, I want to take you on a little journey because I’ll be using the Partly Calendar, with all it’s simple but important itracasies.

Brother Dan created this little way of keeping time on the road so that we could smile, laugh and discuss time. We tweaked it so that it is usable, for the most part, to anyone that wants to use it. I’m not sure if it’s ever been in print before, but here we go.

When you start your trip, you jump in the car, that is considered Day 0. That’s because it’s a travel day. Simple huh? Then if you continue your journey it’s, you guessed it, Day 0 again. So basically travel days are Day 0’s.

If you travel and have a Day 0 and you stay at that destination overnight and also the next day, that’s a Day 1. So if you stay a another day, that’s Day 2 and so on. So, for example if you travel the first day, you have a Day 0 and if you stay a week, you’ll get up to maybe Day 7. Then hit the road again for lets say three days, you will have Day 0, Day 0 and Day 0. Then gig for two day’s you then have Day 1 and Day 2 and so on. Simplicity at is finest.

Now Bro. Dan likes to keep it simple. This is a very good idea. When I started cruising with my wife Pat and even when sailing on Panacea for several days at a time, it got me thinking… When that happens, strange things happen

So here’s what I came up with. If we get on a ship and leave port, as you’ve guessed, that’s a Day 0. And let’s say, it takes 3 days to sail to where we are going. That means that we are still in the same room we started in, also in the same environment, especially if we are on a cruise ship.

My thought is that we would have of course, the first day out is a travel day, so that would be, Day 0. The second day of travel is a continuation of travel days, but we are in the same comfy environment, with clothes in the closet and toothbrush on the sink, so that would be a Day 1. So in reality, we are looking at a Day 0.1. Right? Then it makes sense that the next two days would be a Day 0.2 and Day 0.3.

Bro. Dan wholeheartedly disagrees in this continued warped way of thinking. He thinks that they should all be day 0’s to keep the integrity of the basic system intact.

So as this blog continues for the next month, I’ll be checking it out for viability and  accuracy. There will be some land based travel and then 23 days of cruise travel. I’ll report as we go as to how this works, or not and embellish the findings. Maybe embellish is not the right word to use, but that’s what I’ll be doing anyway.

It’s a great life. Now time to relax and enjoy our milestone adventure. Total decidance, relaxation, and rejuvenation.

Capt. Paul West

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Setting Up For the 2006/07 Season

Welcome to the end of summer. Yep, still hot, muggy and buggy, but we’re on the last dog legs of the summer season. September is here and fall is coming.


November is one of the best sailing months of the year. I like it. Waters are still warm, the winds are comfy and the Gulf of Mexico is always calling. We will be up and running around the first week of November this year. Panacea is getting some major upgrades. If you’ve sailed with me before, you’ll notice the changes.

This year, we’ve taken the plunge for all new standing rigging. This includes a two new masts. The main will have in-mast roller furling and a new boom. The mizzen mast will still be a hank on because it is small and easy to handle. New boom there also.  We are in hopes to put the stay sail on roller furling this year too. All new wire and replacing some chainplates. This is HUGE project, but she’s worth it.

Our decks were freshly painted last winter with new non-skid too. We are replacing our bimini with FRP paneling which is an experiment as well as a work in progress. The jury is out on that one and we’ll see if we go back to canvas or continue to fabricate the FRP to our liking. Time will tell.

Sailing the Gulf of Mexico
Another beautiful day on the water

We rebuilt our windless and are getting ready to upgrade our anchor, rode and chain. All is good. She’s going to get all waxed up and pretty too. Summers are tough on boats in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Hot, wet, sunny, and rippin humid.

So check back in now and then. We’re in MN right now selling a ton of garlic and marketing CellGrasp as much as the budget allows. I’ll keep you updated on that project as it goes. Yes. The patent was approved. Whew!

Until later. Watch some magic on the streets and drop a load of money in their hats. It just may be me out there. lol

Good luck and continued success…
See you on the dock…

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Resting on the hook
She’s a great Island for us.

Just Sippin’ Into Summer…

Well on this last 2 week sail to the Florida Keys, Pat decided to whip up a cocktail and get refreshed.

Into the galley she went and came up with a nice looking concoction in her glass. She kicked back and had a smile on her face and said, “Wow! This is great.” Well that caught my attention so I took a sip. Yep, she was right.

Let me take a moment and explain that Pat has a savory pallet. She’s not a “sweet” drink kind of person at all and so it was no surprise that her new boat drink was refreshing, but not sweet. It was, well… A really nice drink. So Patty’s Punch was born.  Here it is for you to enjoy this summer. (Don’t worry, no garlic in this one.)

She never measures a thing when she puts anything together, so this is the best that I can do for you and you can make adjustments where needed for your taste.

2 ounces of Hornitos Tequila.
3 ounces of Natural lemonade. (It was easy on the sugar with minimal ingredients, like lemon, water and sugar. How nice is that.)
2 ounces of sparkling pomegranate juice.

Pat relaxing on Panacea on the way to the Keys.

Just pour the ingredients over ice, add a wedge of lime (squeezed) and stir lightly. Enjoy.

Of course it helps to put your feet up enjoy the sea breeze and watch the dolphins swim beside the boat as the wind moves you along and pushes clear blue water under you keel.

It was so good I had to share it.

So when you decide you want to kick back and enjoy a moment, maybe when your toes are in the sand somewhere or when you are traveling by boat to a special island or anchorage or if you are just sitting in the back yard, kick on some island music, take a sip and know that in your heart and mind, you are right where you want to be at that moment.

Capt. Paul
s/v Panacea
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P.S. Try this recipe out. Leave your comments and suggestions below. I know you’ve got some ideas. What do you think?
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Ahhh… It’s Starting to Happen!

We are so lucky to be settling down and creating a solid product that solving a problem that we all have.  That is that haunting voice in our heads when we are shooting a photo out of the window of a moving car or over a cliff or over the edge of a boat to get that sunset shot…  I hear my brain saying, “Well now… This is a really stupid way to hold my phone. I hope I don’t drop it.”  My fingers grip tighter and most of the time the pic suffers for it. Blurry, crooked or out of frame.

Now that CellRap has been on the market since December 2014, we are starting to get feedback from our loyal customers. They are sharing their stories and showing us a lot of ways to use our own product.

A video on “Grips” is being produced and should be on the site,, in a week or two.  It’s amazing to see all the ways people are protecting their digital lifestyle and having more fun and getting better pics at the same time. How cool is all of this? It is VERY COOL.

Keep an eye on the website as we develop it and make new changes. There will be a new deal or two offered soon too. We will help you make “breaking the glass on your cell phone” a thing of the past.

Also if you sign up for out newsletter at the site, you will be directed to a special store page where you can save 25% on up to three CellRaps. Just a way to say thanks and also a way for us to keep you updated as to our progress on this CellRap project.

Thanks again for keeping an eye on us. We are growing. Painfully sometimes, but we are growing.

Paul & Pat

“Slap a seatbelt on the smart phone”

Just a Quick Note…

It’s time to update this blog. I’ve been sailing in Fort Myers Beach for over a decade now and it seems to be getting better and better. I also know that keeping my blog fresh and interesting is important. Ooops.

So I’m going to sit down in the next couple of days and get you all caught up on just how nice it is to be sailing on the Gulf of Mexico.

Pat and I have had some changes this year and it’s about time for me to put my fingers to the keyboard and let you in on all the changes.

So in the next couple of days, I’ll do just that. I want to thank everyone for their support and when this goes this long without an update, it’s up to you to rattle my cage and drop me a not and ask what the heck is going on. Deal? Deal.

I’ll catch you here in a couple of days. Thanks for your continued support and we will continue to be your #1 sailing experience in Fort Myers Beach aboard the amazing sailing vessel Panacea.

Capt. Paul
s/v Panacea
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What a Beginning to a New Sailing Season

Just a quick note to let you all know that Pat and I are gearing up for a GREAT sailing season here in Fort Myers Beach.  Panacea is getting a new main sail in the next week or so and a new jib will be following. She is running in tip to p condition and with the new set of sails, she will be sailing smooth and easy on the Gulf of Mexico.

We truly love sailing in Fort Myers Beach. Most of our guests, so far, have been regulars. We always welcome our sailing family back on board Panacea. As we’ve always said, “You call as a client, board as a friend and leave as family.” It’s just the way we love to do business.

We are also making some changes in the website within the next few weeks. We’ll be doing some updates and some some nice 2 and 3 day charter packages which my perk your interest in trying out what it’s like to travel by yacht and stay in some fun destinations and living on a boat.

We are also getting ready to paint the decks, put on some new non-skid and the prep will give us a chance to fill in some old hairline cracks from years of flexing around the seas.

So it’s all good. I’m glad I love working on boats.

I’m off and running. Varnishing in the morning. It’s always time to lay some varnish down.

Stay in touch and call early for reservations. 888-582-9046 or call me direct at 239-770-2726.
See you on the dock…

Capt. Paul