Update On Star of Orion (Catching Up)

Well last Saturday, Capt. Ron headed from Charlotte Harbor out into the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico and headed south for the nine hour sail from Burnt Store Marina to Salty Sam’s Marina in Fort Myers Beach.

He had a pretty interesting sail, from what I understand. First he had no wind then it picked up to about 6 knots and then to nothing again. It seemed to jump between nothing to 40+ when each of the three squalls smacked him. So he held on and doused the jib and ran with the main and had to motor sail about 3/4’s of the way down. Not his happiest day of sailing.

BUT, Star of Orion is now in her new slip at Salty Sam’s Marina. In fact Ron took out her first half day charter since she has been back and is heading out with another crew of 4 tomorrow for another half day.

Todays sail, August 21st, sounded great to me. headed out with about 10 knots of wind from the east. It picked up to between 12 and 18 and he headed south to the northern tip of Naples and then turned around for the trip back. The seas picked up a bit and as he put it, he got pooped on a few times with some 5 footers. Found out I need some clasps for the aft lockers in a following sea. That will be taken care of fast.

Here’s the skinny on the charter that went out on the 22nd from Capt. Ron’s email:

Winds, mostly easterly, 15-18, gusts to 20. partly cloudy,,, beautiful! coming in.. major squal hit. winds 45 with gusts to 60 right when I hit the bridge going under it! Looked like it was going to last, so I decided to take the boat in anyhow… major winds right out of the east, 40 with gusts now hitting 50. Put the boat into the slip… didn’t even play bumper pool! Squall passed and sunshine 40 minutes later! and calm or almost calm!

Stayed out a little longer, the sail was just so beautiful!

They found you from your web site.

later
Rj

oh yea,,, top speed of the day…….7.7 on the GPS…… Average speed today on GPS….6.6

later
ron

Here’s some great shots of sailing on the Gulf of Mexico

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So there you have it. When you are ready to sail out on the Gulf of Mexico on Star of Orion, just give me a call or drop me a line. You can go to the contact page and all the information is there.

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Home Sweet Home

Well last Saturday, Capt. Ron headed from Charlotte Harbor out into the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico and headed south for the nine hour sail from Burnt Store Marina to Salty Sam’s Marina in Fort Myers Beach.

He had a pretty interesting sail, from what I understand. First he had no wind then it picked up to about 6 knots and then to nothing again. It seemed to jump between nothing to 40+ when each of the three squalls smacked him. So he held on and doused the jib and ran with the main and had to motor sail about 3/4’s of the way down. Not his happiest day of sailing.

BUT, Star of Orion is now in her new slip at Salty Sam’s Marina. In fact Ron took out her first half day charter since she has been back and is heading out with another crew of 4 tomorrow for another half day.

Todays sail sounded great to me. headed out with about 10 knots of wind from the east. It picked up to between 12 and 18 and he headed south to the northern tip of Naples and then turned around for the trip back. The seas picked up a bit and as he put it, he got pooped on a few times with some 5 footers. Found out I need some clasps for the aft lockers in a following sea. That will be taken care of fast.

So there you have it. When you are ready to sail out on the Gulf of Mexico on Star of Orion, just give me a call or drop me a line. You can go to the contact page and all the information is there.

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On Her Way Back Home…

Well the bottom work is done. She has five coats of new barrier coat and three coats of new bottom paint. A complete under the waterline check up and some gel coat work. Ron also compounded the hull for three days and put on a thick coat of Fleet Wax. She’s shinny and smooth.

Today Ron took her off the dock at the yard and headed down the 8 miles of channels to the lock. He hit the lock at high tide. Well as high as it was going to get during the new moon. He said .6 was the top. He got through the lock and through the channel to open water without a bump. (Better luck than I have had in that area.) I like to go up there to mud blast my keel every once and a while.

Once on the open waters of Charlotte Harbor, Ron was hoping for a nice breeze in the hot muggy weather. Well 7.8 is all he got… BUT even at 7.8, once he hauled up the laundry, he got her up to 5.8 knots! He was pissed, I was ecstatic! Not bad and better than she has done since I picked her up last March.

Ron took Star of Orion south on Charlotte Harbor to Burnt Store Marina. In the morning the plan is to head west to the Boca Grande and once he is outside, he will round marker #2 and head south for the very nice run to Fort Myers Beach. About six to seven hours of some the greatest sailing around. I love that run.

Sailing the Gulf of Mexico is what Star of Orion was made for. Once she gets to Fort Myers Beach Ron will take her through Matanzas Pass and under the 65 foot bridge, past the shrimp boats to Salty Sam’s Marina. There she will be slipped at C-18 her new slip with two finger piers. She’ll be very happy there and when the current is up, and the wind is blowing from the west, I’ll be happy too.

SPLASH – Monday!

Sailing the Gulf of Mexico is a wonderful experience. Magic Wind Adventure Sailing is here to take you there. If you have ever had the urge to sail in tropical waters and enjoy the special gifts that the sea can bring, this is your time to do it.

Call me! Star of Orion is now in tip top shape and ready for the 2007 – 2008 sailing season. Book your special voyage now. I’ll be there for you to help you plan your next, or first, sailing adventure.

As you can see from the photo’s in this post, Star of Orion, was re-launched yesterday and is spending a few days at the dock getting her final touch ups and adjustments.

She will then be sailed down to her home port at Fort Myers Beach. She will be in her new slip C-18 at Salty Sam’s Marina and will be ready for sailing.

Captain Ron will be taking some of you out for your sails and voyages while I’m taking care of business here in Minnesota. I’m a magician too, and I have a contract with the Minnesota Renaissance Festival this year. This is my 18th year with them and although it takes me away from the sea, I will be making people smile and laugh for the next 7 weekends here in Shakopee, MN.

Captain Ron is a well qualified captain and you will have a ball with him. So call and get your reservations now.

Ron just replaced the impeller in the refridgeration pump. Now I don’t have to back wash the system to have it primed. Good fix Ron.

She also had 3 days of compound buffing and a thick coat of Fleet Wax on the hull. She is pretty shinny and looking real good.

I am watching Tropical Storm Dean at the moment. (Refresh this link when you get there for updated information.) If he developes and moves our way we’ll keep her in the channels until the blow is over. More on that later.

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Well Tomorrow is the Day…

Just talked to Ron a while ago. He’s sounding pretty excited that this job is about done and another one is about to begin.

He will be having Star of Orion lifted up around 10 or 11 o’clock in the morning and finishing the painting on the bottom of the keel. Once that is done everyone will go to lunch while Star of Orion is hanging in the sling while the paint dries.

Once the paint dries, she will be splashed into the water and led over to the dock where she will sit for a few days while Ron lives aboard and makes sure things are ready to go. He will also be doing another bottom job at the same place, so it will save him the long drive to his house in Punta Gorda. It really is a long drive and he will save 3 hours a day just staying on Star of Orion.

The plan is, at this point to move Star of Orion back down to Satly Sam’s Marina next Saturday or Sunday.

This is the las chance for any of you ladies out there to drop me a line or give me a call. I will hook you up with Capt. Ron and you two can sail down to Fort Myers Beach and enjoy a great sail on Star of Orion. I’m not trying to “sell” you a trip, just introduce you to a guy that loves to sail and I trust with my boat and business.

He is a jackpot and will show you a fun sail.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Also I understand that the raw water pump that I have is a bitch to check the impeller. Ron says I have to pull the pump to get at it. I’ll do it when I get back to FMB. So far so good and I have to gamble at this point.

We are ready to take your charters now. So give me a call and you can be sailing in a week or two right here on Star of Orion. Check out the Main Site and check the packages. Book your sails early before they sell out like last year. Break out your calendar, there is a bunch of people before you and I want to make sure you get your dates.

I’ll wait for you on the dock.

Check It Out!

Well… I have to tell you when I opened these pictures from Ron, a tear formed in my eye…

If you could have seen Star of Orion when I picked her up in March, she was a boat that was neglected. She needed TLC and I knew if she had the right touch and the love that makes a great vessel, she would make a wonderful home and a very nice boat to take people out and give them the taste of what cruising was all about.

Her bottom side was a great concern of mine. She had been sitting on a dock for a couple of years, just sitting and not taken care of. Ron told me if I didn’t buy her, he would. I know Ron’s expertiese and I knew if I didn’t pick her up he would have, so I dropped the bucks and she is mine.

But he is creative. He knows how to make a boat a vessel, and a vessel into a ship. She is going to be a ship in her own right. You need to experience what Star of Orion has to offer. Sailing in the Fort Myers Beach area will give you a chance to know what sailing is all about. If you opt for an overnight sail you will know why I chose this boat.

Star or Orion is a very amazing boat.

Here is some more photos of her progress… She will have about 3 coats of new bottom paint and 5 coats o barrier paint.

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Here she is with the 3 coats of bottom paint. She is looking so smooth and ready for the water.

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CLICK HERE to contact me to sail with Star of Orion and I around Fort Myers Beach and the Gulf of Mexico…

More to come…

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Hot! Hot! Hot!

Well now…

Things are going great and SMOOTH!

If I can keep Ron alive long enough he’ll be sailing by mid week next week. Drink water buddy. Below is a note that I just received from Ron. The way it’s going down there in the “Tropical” weather he has to be one of the crazy ones. I’m just glad he’s on my side. I can tell by the tone of his voice that I’ll be helping move a 70 footer from Columbia to Lauderdale. It’s on me Amigo! Thanks…

Arggg how you doing amigo!

God, was it hot today! and I mean hot hot hot! first it was like 95 degrees,, then it rained for about 20 minutes, and then the sun came out, and turn the boat yard into a sauna. A real sauna! I was soaked when I left the boat yard..

However, I got one good coat of bottom paint on your boat… Tomorrow, I will take another picture for you for the web site…. by the way,, I made a couple of comments on your web site! jajaja

take care

Ron

Well from the ashes rises the Phoenix and by the looks of the photo’s looks like I’ve got a new bottom!

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Now that’s lookin’ good. It’s just starting to look like 8.5 knots to me.

By the way… Ron is still looking for a lady to sail with. Drop me a line or give me a call. Here’s a shot of Capt Ron sailing on Star of Orion. Just CLICK HERE for my contact information.

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So there you go… Lots of fun things happening. The phone is starting to ring and my book and pen are ready to jot down your information and lock up your sailing date. Take your family, friends or guests for a sail on Star of Orion. She is the best sailing deal at Fort Myers Beach.

Remember, I’m a member of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and a member of the National Association of Charterboat Operators. Star of Orion is professionally maintained and ready for your next sailing adventure. Call NOW! Don’t miss out on your dates.

Ahhh… The Blog Is Working As It Should

My marketing guru said that my posts were supposed to come up first,
not a front page. I’ve been working with TypePad and finally someone
had the fix. I was stuck and couldn’t get the page to go away, now
all is well.

You won’t have to go to archived posts to read the recent posts. It
will all happen here like it should be done.

I’ll update you again as soon as I hear from the “Paint Master.” He
is doing what he does best and says Star of Orion’s hull is as smooth
as a baby’s bottom. He’s shooting for 8.5 knots on the say home. If
I know Ron, he’ll get it.

More coming real soon.

Also October and November are getting pre-booked pretty fast. PLEASE
contact me if you are going to be down here at that time and want to
go sailing with me. Those are some pretty good months to sail in
Southwest Florida. Go to the Contact Page for where to email and
call…

August 6, 2007 10:59 p.m. PST

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 Well these just came in from Ron this evening. These are the first
two coats of barrier coat. They went on on the 6th of August. He
will put two more on tomorrow, and then the final one on Wednesday
morning. On Wednesday Ron will also put on the first of two coats of
Sea Hawk Cukote bottom paint. On Thursday, he will put on the last
coat of bottom paint.

Friday is the day for reassembling the drive shaft and putting the
prop back on. On Saturday he will move the stands and then barrier
coat and bottom paint those areas.

She should be ready to splash on Monday and Ron will tie her up at
the dock, check her all out and then decide when she will head down
to Fort Myers Beach to be put in her new slip, C-18.

I’ll try to keep this up so you know, and can see her come together.
Weather happens though and we’ll see how it goes. I have to remember
that it’s summertime in Florida…



 Well here’s a new shot of the bottom of Star of Orion, just sent in
from Ron. Not sure what day this was taken, but as you can see the
progress is coming along nicely.

I’ll post a couple of more photo’s later and keep you a breast of
what is going on. Everything looks to be on schedule. Thanks for
checking in on Star of Orion and I and if you would like to go
sailing, use one of the numbers below and when she splash’s in a week
or so, you can be one of the first to take her on a ride.

By the way, If you would like to take a repositioning sail with Ron,
just drop me an email with your photo and I’ll see what I can do to
set you up with a nice sail with a nice guy on a nice boat for a
couple of nice days. Ron’s lookin’ for a lady that loves to sail and
is into adventure. He does come with my recommendation. You can see
Ron’s photo a couple of posts ago. So let me know and I’ll set you up.

Fair Winds & Safe Travels…

Capt. Paul West (623) 203-2698 Nationwide Direct (800) 975-5824 Toll Free (623) 321-0249 FAX

Member: Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce NACO – National Association of Charterboat Operators

CaptPaul@SailMagicWind.com

http://www.SailMagicWind.com

 “Sailing the Gulf Coast of Florida”