Well after Pat and I went out for our 5 day trip in March, things got busy. Pat left town for some shows in AZ and Dan was here, so we did some day sails and sunset sails. All short and sweet, but you have to get out there a few times a week… It’s the rules.
So March 20th came along… I started an intensive sea school with Capt. Casey in Cape Coral. It was a 7 day course and they gave me more information than I ever thought was possible about the sea, rules, navigation, charting, plotting, etc., etc. I didn’t think I could do it after the 2nd day and then it all started to click on the 4th day.
When the testing day came along, I guess they asked me the questions that I knew, because I got 100 on two of the tests and a 95 and a 97 on the other two. So it’s now Capt. Paul.
Interesting after 30 years of recreational boating I’m now a captain. So next season in Florida, Magic Wind will be for hire. Sunset sails, 1/2 and full day charters and things like that. It should keep me busy during the season and we can write off all the expenses. So come sailing with us. Then you can buy the t-shirt and the beer cozy.
While I was going to school the engine ball cock began to leak as well as the strainer, (that was the original 86 Perco), fell apart in my hands. The fresh water pump decided not to pump and I put up Lazy Jacks. So I’ve been busy with the repairs. They have to get done because Pat and I are heading out for the Keys in May for a month.
Bro. Dan did the work up the mast for me… I had a good view, but his was better.
I had Magic Wind hauled out at Olsen Marine and they replaced the valve for me and patched up some hurricane damage below the waterline. It was a needed but expensive haul. But she’s back in the water and will not come out until next fall when I do the bottom.
Here’s a clip of her getting put back in the water at the docks.
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Just before we headed up to South Carolina to see the kids we took a sail with Bro. Dan and I popped off this shot. We woke him up for the sail, but he enjoyed the day as the winds were a nice 18 knts and the seas were only 1-3. It was a great day to, well just sail.
We will be back next week and taking Pat and Katie, Pete and Iva out for a few sails and then jump on a cruise ship to play in the Bahamas for 5 days. After that we head out for the Keys and where the wind pushes us.
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