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.

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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…

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 5.56.18 AMCapt. Paul
239-770-2726 for Reservations.
CaptPaul@FantaSeaSailing.com
http://www.FantaSeaSailing.com

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.

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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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Sponsor: CellGrasp.com

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, http://www.CellRap.com, 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
CellRap.com

“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
FantaSea Sailing

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
CaptPaul@FantaSeaSailing.com

http://www.FantaSeaSailing.com

The Lost Blogs… Saved.

The following Blog posts were taken from the web site hosted blog page. I am eliminating that page and wanted to keep them in the archives, so out of place they are, but saved. Capt. Paul

Back at Home, Back on the Water

Operating a successful sailing charter business in Fort Myers Beach is a dream come true. Sailing in Fort Myers Beach is one of the most relaxing events you can add to your vacation plans. Even if you are a full time resident of Florida, sailing on the Gulf of Mexico is a way to de-stress your life and enjoy some time together. I really do love what I do. I’m proud of my vessel Panacea and keep her ready to go to the many exotic destinations we have here in Southwest Florida.

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My wife Pat and I take the time to have business meetings several times a week. We try to involve Maggie our “sea dog” and pick special places where we can talk, plan and be grateful for the amazing customers, clients, friends and family that we surround ourselves with. It’s just the way we do business.

As you can see in this photo, we are discussing the budget plans for the next quarter, marketing materials, Internet specials, how to handle the drop in the US dollar and our 401k… Well maybe we are just having a glass of wine and feeling the sun on our faces as it drops into the sea. Yea, that’s probably it. We’re tired of discussing all the weird stuff in the world and are pointing our energies and thoughts to the positive.

Gratitude and Thankfulness is what we are focusing on. We appreciate what we have and no matter what level that is on, at any given time, we are grateful for it all, embrace it and share it in anyway we can.

I just lost a friend last week and was just notified that another one may not make it very much longer. I’m not dwelling on the loss’s, but celebrating what they were in my life for and being thankful for what I have in my life “now” as well as reflecting on what this journey is all about. Thanks my friends for nudging me and waking me up now and then.

I have some great friends that are now official “Snowbirds.” They have escaped the snow and ice of Minnesota and are spending 6 months in sunny Florida this year. The term Snowbird is hard for them to swallow, so the term is “Extended Vacation” for the time being. It’s wonderful to have them here and we sure enjoy sharing time with them.

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On that same note, they picked up a place on the beach and shot a picture of Panacea sailing by the other day. It’s a GREAT shot of Panacea sailing north along the coast of Estero Island, through the trees in their sandy front yard. I love their place andPanacea looks great sailing by. Thanks Guys.

I also want you to know that for all those texting addicts out there, I have a system now that you can receive information and discounts, that vary off and on, right on your phone. Just text the word, SAIL to 77948. Bring the text to the boat and receive your discount when you pay for your sail. It’s also a great way for me to shoot you specials and updated information that you may need. I don’t send things to your phone, you have to send the text to receive the information, so do it now and then to see what’s up.

I also have, in place, a way for you to buy your tickets directly online, print them at home and bring them to the boat for your sail. It’s through Brown Paper Tickets and you will see the link on the website when you click on the “Daily Schedule” link.

ALSO you can check out our new “Reservation Availability Calendar.” It has, pretty close to, real time updates of what tickets are available for the day of your sail, black out times, special events, etc. So it can be as easy as this:

1. Pick a day you want to sail.
2. Check the Reservation Availability Calendar for the number of tickets available. (We are proud to sail with only 6 persons.)
3. Go to the Daily Schedule page. Look for your desired package, click, buy and print your tickets.

NOTE: You may also call the number, 888-582-9046 and talk with me directly to make reservations and check for up to the minute availability. I always take reservations over the phone.

Well I’m going to go clean some metal this afternoon. It’s a beautiful day here in Fort Myers Beach and I’m going to take advantage of it.

Remember: Half Day AdventuresSunset Celebration Sails, Dolphin Watch Experience & Full Moon Voyages. Call now for information.

Custom Overnight Charters, Dolphin Experience and The Short Sail are all considered custom and you have to call on the phone, 888-582-9046, to make those reservations. Reservations for ALL sails can be taken over the phone, anytime you want to call.

I’ll see you on the dock…

Capt. Paul West
FantaSea Sailing “Sailing the Sun Coast of Florida to the Keys

623-203-2698 Nationwide Direct
888-582-9046 Toll Free 
CaptPaul@FantaSeaSailing.com
http://www.FantaSeaSailing.com

Member:
Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce N.A.C.O. National Association of Charterboat Operators
Sailing in Fort Myers Beach • Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico • Sailing in Florida

It’s SO Good to Be Home & At Sea

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It’s so good to be home. The road trip was uneventful which is a real success when you think about it. Not that we didn’t have events, but everything worked on the car, no problems with people, traffic, cops, etc…

We traveled from MN to KS to visit Pat’s Brothers and family. It was a great night dinner, and breakfast the next morning we get up then off again. This time to Myrtle Beach to visit Brad, Stacie and the kids. We stayed 4 days and enjoyed our time together.

Then off to Florida. A nice 11 hour trip where we changed the

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world and fixed it all up. We’re so smart when it comes to creating a world for the two of us. It’s perfect. Now the hard part… Getting the rest of the World to go along with us. I’ll work on that next.

 

As soon as we got to town, I had a couple of charters that needed some time on the water. Good for me too, I was really ready to get Panacea out of the slip and run some water under her keel. The first charter was a couple from Germany with their three kids. It was a nice 4 hour sail on the Gulf of Mexico with good wind and a puffy cloud day. What more could we ask for.

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It was a good day to blow out the cobwebs from this ‘ol brain of mine. Forgetting to flip switches and learning how to run the auto pilot again were just a couple of the things. I thought the CD player was on the fritz, but my mate Alex went and fixed it… I asked him what was wrong and he said I didn’t have the “Stereo” switch turned on, on the panel… He’s such a master of things.

I run an ad on Alex Dorsey’s website,http://www.ProjectBlueSphere.com. He’s a good friend and we enjoy the same love for sailing. He’s sailing the world and it’s a great blog that if you are interested in what it’s like out there, alone, on a boat, you should read it. In fact read it from the beginning. You’ll get caught up on the project and be amazed a the wealth of information you’ll pick up. But be prepared for a long read. He’s been out there for years, and blogging since the beginning.

Also pick up his CD’s. Great stuff there and you are supporting a sailor that just wants to share his life and be free. Once you read the blogs, you’ll understand.

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So I get a call from Luso and Claudia. Friends of Alex’s and have been in Florida building a boat for 10 years and needed a shot in the arm to help them realize what they were doing.

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They’ve been building a 47′ Schooner. It was an empty shell when they bought her and they are trying to get her finished before they leave to travel to South America. He’s from Brazil and she’s from Columbia. They are an amazing couple.

Now that they got out on the water again, they realize that a boat is never finished and they need to just get out there and sail. So December, they move her to a new anchorage and run her up for sea trials and off they go. Best of luck my friends. Stay in touch and thanks for coming into our lives.

We have a few days of weather coming up at the moment, so I’m going to take care of some projects that need to be done and continue to move into our little place here on the beach. Time to relax a bit, shake off the road dust and get that long awaited sand between our toes.

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2012 is going to be a bumper season down here, so get those reservations in soon. People are fed up with all the politics, and other crap being heaped onto us and are just saying ____ __ and getting out to have some fun. So plan early.

We are expecting to get busy and want to show you the best that Fort Myers Beach has to offer. Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico is one of the best deals you can do down here for that “Special” entertainment you are looking for. Let us be your guides.

As we’ve always said, “You call as a client, board as a friend and leave as family.” We stick to that statement and show you the best time you’ll have here on the beach. That’s what’s kept me charter sailing here for the past 6 years.

Pick up the phone and let me tell you how we can enhance your vacation at an affordable price. Be sure and check out the “Text” offer on the “Home Page.” It may save you a couple of bucks.

We look forward to your visit. Be safe on your travels…

Remember: Half Day AdventuresSunset Celebration SailsDolphin Watch Experience & Full Moon Voyages. Call now for information.

I’ll see you on the dock…
Capt. Paul West
FantaSea Sailing “Sailing the Sun Coast of Florida to the Keys

623-203-2698 Nationwide Direct
888-582-9046 Toll Free 
CaptPaul@FantaSeaSailing.com
http://www.FantaSeaSailing.com

Member:
Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce N.A.C.O. National Association of Charterboat Operators
Sailing in Fort Myers Beach • Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico • Sailing in Florida

The Last Leg on Tuesday

Every time Pat and I travel, by car, around this wonderful country of ours, we enjoy the diverse beautiful land, people, towns and nature that we see. It puts things in perspective for us and gets our juices flowing on different projects in our lives. We become more thankful and grateful for the people in our lives and we embrace the energy and the power that makes it all happen. It’s a pretty cool thing.

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But as we get closer to our home, it’s like leading a horse to the barn. We get excited and trot a bit faster and just can’t wait to get our toes in the sand and a rum something in our hands. Panacea is sitting and waiting for us to take the lines off the dock and get some water passing under her keel and we are ready to let her take us to the best cruising waters in SW Florida.

It’s good to see the kids here in Myrtle beach too. Brad and Stacie are doing fine and the grandkids are getting bigger. Riana is just hitting 13 and Mallory is at 8 now. Where does the time go. That’s why we enjoy every precious moment of our lives. We just don’t want anything to slip away.

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My daughter, Nadine just had a birthday today too. She’s a special lady and way too many miles are between us right now. I talked to her and all is well.

So all in all things are going just fine. Life is treating us well and we are very happy. Lot’s of changes coming up soon, so I’ll keep you posted.

I want to remind all of you to look at the “Internet Only Specials” every once and a while. There may be a sailing deal that you may want to take advantage of. Be sure and jump on it if you see it, because the plan is to change, add and subtract them off and on so you can have the sailing experience you are planning on.

I just want to thank everyone for sailing with us at FantaSea Sailing. We truly do love what we do. Let us share it with you like we have for the past 6 years here in Fort Myers Beach. If you’ve sailed with me in the past, you know what I’m talking about.

Remember: Half Day AdventuresSunset Celebration Sails & Full Moon Voyages. Call now for information.

I’ll see you on the dock…

FantaSea Sailing “Sailing the Sun Coast of Florida to the Keys

623-203-2698 Nationwide Direct
888-582-9046 Toll Free 
CaptPaul@FantaSeaSailing.com
http://www.FantaSeaSailing.com

Member:
Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce N.A.C.O. National Association of Charterboat Operators
Sailing in Fort Myers Beach • Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico • Sailing in Florida

Feeling Grateful & Thankful

Remember: You can click on a photo to enlarge it…

You know, when you board Panacea to take a sail with us, we are all dedicated to making your stay aboard the best experience it can be. We strive to make you feel comfortable and at ease about what we are about to experience together. When you leave us, we are in hopes that you have gotten a glimpse into the World of Sailing. Well at least the best 20% of boat ownership. That’s what sailing in Fort Myers Beach is all about.

Boat ownership is wonderful. It’s amazing. It is the best thing in the World as far as I’m concerned. Sure it’s like varnishing a nice piece of furniture and putting it in your front yard and let the rain, wind and sun eat away at it, but that’s where the challenge comes in. I’d like to say it’s a piece of cake, but it’s a lot of hard work and I don’t do it alone.

No one sees the side of making sure all the lines are in the right place at the right time, cleaning the heads, wiping down the inside with oil, washing the laundry, dishes and bilges. Replacing lines, going up the mast. Tweaking the electronics, making detailed chart plans and destinations, making reservations,  polishing metal, patching glass, cooking, cleaning, grill repairs, oil changes, filter changes, line inspections, hose inspections, hardware inspections, replacing clamps, checking through hulls and just touching her in all the places that she likes to be touched. It really is a labor of Love.

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Brad Rush

We do it all, all of the time so that when you step aboard, you can have the feeling of confidence and comfort, pop a beer and put your feet up so you leave your cares behind and just enjoy the magic of the sea and sailing on the amazing cruising vessel Panacea.

I want to take a moment here and thank all of the wonderful friends, family and workers that help keep Panacea running and in tip top shape. I mean she was born 34 years ago, so she does require a bit of hands on maintenance.

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Alex Frankian – Sea Horse

First there’s Alex Frankian. The Sea Horse. Now he’ll tell you that he got that name by working like a horse, but if you ask me sometime, I’ll tell you the story behind that. Alex has been there since the beginning. He and Fredie were my crew when I brought Panacea home from the Florida Keys. That was in 2010. So she’s been with me for 4.5 years now.

Alex, Fredie and Tom started immediately with scraping and sanding all the wood. Painting the decks, clearing out all of the last owners stuff and moving on my junk. It was a 2 week project that should have taken a month. I was proud of them all.

Alex stuck it out and became my 1st mate. We sailed a lot. We mostly sailed on many types of overnight charters to Key West, Marathon, Bahia Honda, the Dry Tortugas, Cabbage Key, Burnt Store Marina, Naples, Marco Island and points between. Day sails, night sails, it was a great partnership, but in 2013 Alex picked up his captains license and off he went to other adventures. He still gets his hands dirty now and then and I’m thankful for that. He’s a good friend and always will be.

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John Coriell

When Alex moved on, I did a lot of the day sails myself. Panacea and I love working together. She is set up so that it is easy to run everything single handed. As I was sailing, I started using John Coriell as my 1st mate. It was a good mix. We call it, “Two old guys and a boat.” We have a ball and John is easy to be around.

He came into my life in 2009. In 2010, he was looking for a boat to live on for a while, so since Pat and I were heading up to Minnesota for August and September, we put John on Panacea for 4 or 5 months. He took good care of her and then I couldn’t seem to shake him loose. It was easier to just put him to work. John has had some boat experience and seemed to know his way around, so he became my mate. It’s been good so far, so we continue to play. (It’s hard to call it work.)

 

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Phil Compart

This past April, one of Pat’s road managers, Phil, decided he needed to get out of the frozen north (MN) and thaw out down here in Florida. The room was being used here at our place, so I put him up in the forward cabin on Panacea. He packs light and he loves boats. It was another good mix. Now he’s also a woodworker and has the best work ethics I have ever seen. He loves his coffee and works from morning into the night to get a project done and out of the way. Something really unique to SW Florida.

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Pat/Trish/”The Boss”

So I needed to get some varnish on and between Phil, John, my son-in-law Brad and myself, we all knocked it out. First the toe rail then the hatches, eyebrows and other trim. At the time of this writing, there are 4 coats on everything, I’m continuing on to get it up to 8 to 10 coats so the maintenance will be easier.

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“Fredie”

These are the people that you see on the scene most of the time. I also have a diver that goes down every month to keep her bottom clean. Alan and Cynthia with Cheyenne Diving have been doing one of the best jobs that I have had down here. Thanks guys for the before and after photos. You’re great.

Then there are the places that help me out with parts, canvas and sails as well as everything in between. People like Kirk Martin (Sails), West Marine, Dexter’s Canvas, and the pump guys, filter guys, Ace Hardware, all the people that call and say, “I’m at (fill in the blank), do you need anything and the Cruzan Rum Company. It requires a lot of dedicated people that do what they do best to keep us sailing in Fort Myers Beach.

I also have to mention that Bonita Bill’s Bar/Restaurant & Marina host a “Marine Swap Meet” every 3rd Sunday each year. I can’t thank you enough for helping me find those hard to find things and letting me set up a table to get rid of all the “boat junk” that has and always will end up in my bilge, garage and storage shed.

Capt. Paul
Capt. Paul

So I want to wrap this up. THANK YOU TO ALL THAT MAKE MY LIFE EASY TO SHARE THE BEST 20% OF BOAT OWNERSHIP TO EVERYONE!

I have lots of changes coming up in my life and business, so keep an eye on the website for updates. I will continue sailing in Fort Myers Beach and Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico. It is exactly where I want to be. Call when you can. Drop me an email form the site. I’m here for you as well as the bunch of people that you don’t see around, but they are there… Lurking like Pirates in the night… (That phrase reminds me of a funny story I’ll tell some day soon. Thanks Fredie)

I’ll see you on the Dock…
Capt. Paul
s/v Panacea

Summertime, Sailing & Lovin’ Life

Panacea taking a break on the hook
Panacea taking a break on the hook.

You can click on the following photos to enlarge them.

Yep. That’s right, I be bloggin’… It’s something that takes me a bit to get started, but once I put the fingers to the keys, It just pours out and I get my butt in a sling for saying stuff that I shouldn’t or maybe I’ll just leave it alone this time and keep the emails under control. Yea right.

Pat in her amazing office.
Pat in her amazing office.

So what’s going on you ask? I’m glad you asked that question. I’m sitting here about 3 minutes from the marina where Panacea sits quietly in her slip waiting to go sailing tomorrow. The air is not working here, so it’s just over 80 degrees inside and climbing. I think someone will be out in a bit, but it is SW Florida. I forgot to ask which Wednesday evening they would come by. The fans are doing great and the sun is a couple of hours from setting, so all is well.

I stole a Red Stripe from someone that put ’em in the fridge and a little rum too was knocked down and I’m settling in for a good evening.

By the way, we did take a personal trip to Key West on Panacea a couple of weeks ago. We had a ball and sometimes I look at the weather too closely. I looked for a few days before we left for the perfect weather window and I found it. We were going to leave on Sunday, but the best travel day was on Monday the 5th. It was a good window for

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Dante’s Tiki Bar & Pool

the 24 hour sail down. Clear skies a half moon, 10 to 15 mph of wind from the east and 2 to 4 foot seas. Nice. Nothing on the nose.

My only concern was, as I was looking at the “future” cast, I didn’t see a good window to head east from Key west to Bahia Honda or Marathon. I looked and looked at different sites just trying to find one I liked. Nope. I didn’t see one. But everyone wanted to go and get into some clean water and good sailing, so I reluctantly said, “Let’s just go and we’ll figure it out later.” Not my best move.

It was a GREAT sail down. Pulled into the Galleon Marina on Tuesday around 2:00 p.m. and took a quick nap and off to town. We were settling in for the next 3 days to do what we do in Key West. Then it came time to pull out and head east, on the Atlantic side in Hawk Channel. Nope. 25+ knots of wind and 5 to 7 foot seas on our nose. So

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Phil Fixing Stuff – Alternator

off to the dock master to grab another day in the marina. This pattern happened for the next 5 days.

We knew we were going to have to get jobs or move to the anchorage that was rocking the boats 45 degrees to 45 degrees, 24/7. I found a window to head north instead. 32 hours of 9 to 12 knots of wind with 1.6 to 2 food seas. Yea right.

Now I have to say we were traveling with another boat named Satori which had Nick and Megan aboard. This was they’re madden voyage. 3 footers in the channel not so bad. 15 miles north, we settled into 3 to 5’s and 4 to 6’s from the east as well as a SE breeze of 15ish knots. All was well for our waypoint at the SC marker just outside of Matanzas Pass in Fort Myers Beach.

Left to Right: Pat, John & Phil - The Crew!
Left to Right: Pat, John & Phil – The Crew!

Then around 12:30 we were in 7 to 10’s and being battered. Time to change the waypoint to Marco Island just a mere 20 miles to our east. After being tossed around for 3 to 4 hours, we pulled into a semi dark channel with 3 storms coming in from different directions. Southwest, east and north west.

We pulled into the Compass Rose Marina a bit after 4:00 a.m. and I went to bed as the rest of the crew had a beer and decompressed.

We got up 5 hours later and headed north and arrived at Salty Sam’s Marina in Fort Myers Beach around 6:00 p.m. It was a beautiful day of sailing from Marco Island except for the squall 4 miles out. It was a good fresh water wash and all was well.

Nick and Megan are now sailors. They did great and Satori took very good care of them too. She’s a 44 foot Morgan/Catalina. A fast well appointed vessel. I’m glad to have them a friends/family. I love ’em both.

Smallest Bar in the World - Key West
Smallest Bar in the World – Key West

That’s the crib notes on the Key West trip. As always there is so much more to tell, but I’m not going to share everything. It’s Key West you know and we always come away with magic and secrets. As those Pirates say, “Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies…”

That’s right, Panacea is in GREAT shape. She can take more than I can and she proved it again. I believe in her and I don’t think I need to go through those tests anymore. She’s the safest boat I’ve ever sailed. She’s 17 tons of boat. Cuts through the best seas and I just have this feeling that the tests will continue to be tossed at us now and then. It’s the way of the sea and of boats.

It was a good vacation. We loved, learned and enjoyed. We all will never forget the power of the sea and we will always appreciate Panacea as she lives up to her name. “The Elixir that fixes

Poor Megan. It's Irish Kevin's
Poor Megan. It’s Irish Kevin’s

everything. The cure for all ills.”

So we are still sailing in Fort Myers Beach. You can book a charter aboard Panacea and see for yourself just what a comfortable vessel she is. Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico is always a treat. Don’t pass up coming aboard and sharing a sail with your friends and/or family.

Next time you visit here, I’ll be talking about the care and feeding of the vessel Panacea and those that keep her in the amazing shape she’s in. Join me here in the near future. Check back often and REMEMBER, this is an interactive blog. Make comments. Ask questions. I’m here for you.

Sail on sailors, sail on…

See you on the dock…

Capt. Paul
s/v Panacea

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