Star of Orion on the Hard

Well I got a call from Ron yesterday morning and he caught me just waking up. Asked me if I was sitting down and proceeded to tell me about the broken keel, cracked hull and the split rudder. After about 20 seconds of silence on my part, he started laughing at me… Again. Seems to like catching me off guard. I’ll get him back someday.

He did pick up a log on the way in and wrapped it around the keel. When they pulled her out, she had a log 4 to 6 inches in diameter and about 8 feet long hanging there. He is doing his part to keep the waterways clean. Good job Capt. Ron.

The good news is that the hull is in pretty good shape considering… It has blisters, but I knew that and Ron is getting geared up to do some work. He plans to clean up the funky hull and then grind down the blisters, patch ’em up and make everything smooth. Change a couple of through hulls and do some gel coat work on the port side from a past hurricane. Then touch things up, put on a couple of coats of super dooper bottom paint.

There is a bearing that he will replace and what the heck since the shaft is pulled, may as well put on a new PSS shaft seal and dry out the bilge a bit.

Don’t know what I’d do without this guy.

He’s shooting photo’s, but his computer took a dump and is going to be replaced soon. As soon as I get the pictures, I’ll start posting them up here.

Please keep the phone ringing. Reservations are being taken for dates after October 15, 2007. CLICK HERE to go to the contact page and give me a call. You can go to the Pricing/Reservation page to check out packages and prices.

I’m 4300 miles into my land based adventure at the moment, but that’s a whole other story. All is well today.

Star of Orion at the Dock

I called Ron today and he had a great sail with Star of Orion today. He single handed out of Burnt Store Marina and headed up to the locks at Cattlemen’s and worked her through. Doing those locks by yourself is a chore. Tie up, open the lock, move the boat, tie up, close the lock, fill the lock, untie, move the boat, tie up, close the lock. All on a hot and humid day.

After heading through the maze of canals, Ron docked her at Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage. She will be pulled out at 1100 tomorrow and put up on stands for her new bottom job as well as other assorted things under the waterline.

Ron did say that he had a good sail. 14 to 18 knot wind pushed her at 7.1 knots. Not bad for a boat that still has enough crustaceans on her to feed a family of 5 for a week or so. He kicked “George” on and walked the decks and shot photo’s. I’ll try to get him to send me one or two to put up here. Sounds to me like he had a great ride.

I’ll be hearing from him tomorrow about the work that needs to be done and I’ll post it here for you to read.

She’s a great vessel and is going to love her new bottom.

Heading North to Charlotte Harbor

Well as I sit here in California, performing at the Fair Oaks Renaissance Festival, Star of Orion is being moved to Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage to be put up and have a new bottom job and whatever else needs to be done under the waterline.

She is being captained by Captain Ron. Now here’s a story just waiting to be told. Ron is a very good friend of mine from Florida. He had a marina in Iowa and after he sold it he moved to Florida and I met him through some other friends. He climbed my mast and helped me fix some stuff on Magic Wind. As the relationship progressed, I learned a ton of information from him and he took me under his wing.

Basically, Ron headed from Fort Myers Beach Florida up to the Boca Grand. He reported that the wind was about 3 knots on his nose all the way. When he headed east, the wind kicked up to about 6, but it was on his stern, so not much to push him across the harbor. When he headed north again, he got to do some sailing. This is the norm when I sail her on passages. Seems like that little arrow on the top of the mast just points to where I really want to go… Go figure.

So I get this progress call and he headed into the channel in North Charlotte Harbor he explained how he went aground. Not bad. Just for a couple of hours. He had a buddy with him that jumped over the side and hauled an anchor or anchor rope to a pole and they used the wench to pull themselves off the sandbar. At the time of the call, he was heading back South to take Star of Orion to Burnt Store Marina and check tide tables and weather so he can give it another shot tomorrow.

He is the best there is. I couldn’t be doing what I do without him. I am blessed to have a real Captain Ron in my life. He keeps me laughing and I do the same for him. He loves to knock holes in the hull and patch them up and when he’s working on something he loves to tell me that the boat will never work again. After I react, he laughs. I feel like a dink and we go on. It’s a good friendship and a productive one at that. I’m looking forward to a long passage with Captain Ron one of these days. Not sure why, but I am.

Ron told me he was going to send me photo’s of the progress of Star of Orion as the work is being done. I look forward to sharing them with you and seeing for myself as the job is started, worked on and finished. Should be a good read.

Well I’m heading to Paskenta, CA in the morning, then Gilroy, CA for Tuesday and Wednesday. As the voyage continues, I’ll let you know how it is going. I’m on land, Star of Orion is sailing. It’s a disconnected feeling, but my thoughts and heart is with her as she sails.

I’m just working as I go to build the kitty to keep her sailing and me on the water. It is the right thing to do and I look forward to sailing with all of you in the fall of 2007.

More to come…

Just a Land Based Pirate

Well the trip is underway. I have two wonderful Grand Daughters that I have in tow. They are Kayla and Angel from California. This June Pat and I decided that we would get them out here to the east coast and show them around Florida and get them up to South Carolina to meet there cousins. So as I write this, that’s where I’m at.

We are having a wonderful time and the kids are enjoying a visit here in SC that will not be soon forgotten. We stopped by Orlando on the way up from Fort Myers Beach and hit Universal Studios. Now that’s quite a place to see and experience.

As for Magic Wind Adventure Sailing and Star of Orion, I’m handling everything from cell phone and computer. The plans are still the same. She will be hauled out and a brand new bottom will be put on as well as all of the thru hulls checked and replaced if necessary. Some gel coat work and some touch up work as well as a couple of coats of polish and wax and she’ll be ready for the beginning of next season. I’m still shooting for October 15, 2007.

The work that needs to be done will only take about a month and then she will be repositioned back to her home port at Salty Sam’s Marina in Fort Myers Beach Florida.

It is pretty hard for me to be doing all this land based stuff after sailing all winter long 4 to 6 times a week. But my land legs are getting there and I try to stop by a truck stop every once and a while to get a whiff of diesel fuel. I’m sure looking forward to getting back and getting some water time.

I do have the second annual Guys Trip to Catalina Island coming up in July. It will be a pleasure to sail with this crew again. I’ll talk more on that later.

I’m joining the National Association of Charterboat Operators. That’s just another shingle for me to hang up, but it give me a lot of benefits that helps the business.

Well that’s about it. I’m going to talk to my friend Ron and see if he can send me photo’s of the work he is doing, as he is doing it. I’ll post what I can and answer any questions that you may have about the processes that he is going through in case you need to have this type of work done on your boat.

I’ve got to get to a Wallmart to pick up the charts, or I mean the maps I need to get across the this country.

On The Road Again…

This is always a tough time form me.

I want to be on the Star of Orion, but it is time to take care of her maintenance and all the safety checks that are needed to maintain a vessel that is seaworthy and comfortable for everyone that comes aboard.

She will be out of the water on or about June 15th and it will take as long as it takes. So I will be anticipating the opening of the season to be October 15, 2007. At that time, I will be taking reservations for all of you to sail with me and Star of Orion.

There will be more information listed on the site and here on the blog. Thank you for your paticiantce and consideration.

Please drop me a line or give me a call on the “Contacts” page to discuss you sailing needs.

Also watch this blog for further information that about repairs, and discussions about the minor refit of Star of Orion.

Thanks again…

Capt. Paul

Magic Wind’s New Owner

Well now… For those of you that have sailed with me this season out of Salty Sam’s Marina on Magic Wind, I want to let you know that the deal is closed as of May 31, 2007. Magic Wind has a new owner and I visited her at Burnt Store Marina where the broker kept her during the sale.

She looks good. Mike the new owner is a nice enough guy and I feel that he is going to give a good new home in Sarasota, Florida. In fact Magic Wind is going to give him a nice new home too. Mike is going to live aboard her and treat her with the love and respect that she deserves. He has moved some of his nautical antiques onboard and is moving in and making her a comfy little home. Mike was burnt out of his place a few months ago and being an avid sailor made the choice to find a vessel that would fit his needs as a good home.

I know he has done well.

As for brokers… After being on both ends of sailing deals, I’m just not sure who they really represent. In my buying experience with Star of Orion, the broker was well just a paper shuffler. And on the other hand on my selling experience the broker was made mistakes that cost me without taking responsibility. So if you have to deal with these guys, look them over good. Dot your “I’s” and cross your “T’s”… Twice. Because in my opinion, they just work for themselves and really don’t care about the buyer or seller. It’s just a payday for them and that’s it. Be careful of Marina Yacht Brokers at Burnt Store Marina for one. I guess to be successful in that business you have to have a little used car salesmen in you. Enough said. I’m done ranting about that and today is a new day.

The good side is that Magic Wind sold fast and she got a good home. The rest is just the… Once again, enough said…

I’m going to turn you on to a good cruising site. There is this guy named Alex and he is going around the world on a 28 footer. You really need to go up and read his blogs at: http://www.ProjectBlueSphere.com. You will learn what it’s like to be out there, by yourself in a little boat. It’s a great site and he can use your support. So if you get involved in his adventure, drop him a donation, or buy one of his DVD’s. My hat goes off to him and his efforts. It’s the love and passion of sailing that keeps us all on the sea.

I’m not the kind of captain that wants to buzz around the world, but I’m on the water three to five times a week and when I have time off from taking passengers I schedule a week or two sailing with my wife Pat. We enjoy the Gulf Coast of Florida and there are so many places to visit and gunk hole that it’s going to take years to see them all.

Star of Orion is working hard and is looking forward to her new bottom job. Me too for that matter. June and July are the months for that project. It will be exciting.

She did have a starting problem. I’d turn the key and it would take several turns to get her to kick over. Now she always did, but I didn’t like the problem. I researched it on the Internet and found a form that discussed the problem. For you sailors out there that may have the same problem here’s what I found was a fix.

Ron my engine Guru put a relay on the starter solenoid. That’s it. No more problem. Thanks t the Internet for all the sailors that discussed this issue and pointed me in the right direction. The Internet is an amazing place for this type of stuff.

We’ve got a big soaker coming in this weekend, so I’m heading down to batten down the hatches and check the lines. We can sure use the rain here and I’m glad to be in port while this one blows through.

Be sure and keep an eye on the site this summer as new projects and packages pop up and information will change as time passed.

Thanks again for sailing with me and Magic Wind Adventure Sailing. Give me a call anytime to discuss your sailing adventures. I’ll be here for you.