Good Afternoon – April 27th – 2:13 p.m. ET
Well I have to say, every time I need to take a break from reality, Carnival Cruise Lines has a way of doing that. No worries. All I have to do is keep myself clean and make sure I haven’t lost my sun glasses and the rest is being taken care of.
My wife Pat loves to cruise. Sure she loves Star of Orion, but today she is laying by the pool and dropping some quarters in the video poker machines enjoying life at a slow cruise ship pace. You can stay as busy as you want, but you can also just sit and watch the sea, which is what I’m doing right now.
We left Tampa Bay last night and a this time we are just about to the western tip of Cuba. 22 28.64 N – 085 00.73 W. We’ll make the turn and head east to Grand Cayman. We’ll be there the day after tomorrow.
I’m glad we have a big motor because the wind has dropped today to 9 mph and the seas are smooth. It would be slow going in my little boat. But that would be ok with me. It would be a good day for fishing and cleaning the metal. According to the stats on the TV, we are heading 199 degrees at 17.2 kts.
It has been a great couple of weeks. Vacations really are fun once I get a few days under my belt and relax a bit. It was a very busy season and it looks like it is not going to slow down much. So book early if you want to to sailing in Fort Myers Beach.
After Grand Cayman we’ll go to Cozumel MX. A full day there and then back to Tampa. Then the grind starts if you can call it that. Ron has been busy this week taking out charters while I’ve been playing, but he also is looking into the maintenance issues with Star of Orion.
She’s doing well, just normal maintenance. She’s a boat of God’s sake. Her refrigerator is on the blink with sea water leak. She holds good ice, but it would be nice to get her back and running. Also she is getting a new main sail cover. A big expense, but it will protect that wonderful main I have hanging. It was just left over canvas from the last owner that didn’t do much maintenance at all.
I’ve got a screw in the captains seat that needs to be drilled and re tapped. And who lost the fuel cap… I’m going to take it on the cheek for that one. It happened while Ron was in Columbia, so it’s my responsibility. Which means pumping out the fuel tank… Again… and changing filters… Again… I don’t know what it is about that fuel tank that I have a lot of issues with. Even when there not issues, I do my best to make them issues…
Oh yea I may as well make it public that I had a bad docking and put a skid mark, (rubber bumper), on the starboard side as well as a couple of dents in the hull. Ron’s on my ass about that, but I can’t blame him. I haven’t see the dents, but if he is laughing hard about them, then I know they are there.
Patching up some gel coat, but that seems to be a continuing thing.
In any case, Ron is putt-zing around the boat and keeping her healthy and happy. I’m a pretty thankful guy to have him around. He’s thinking of moving back to South Dakota… That will truly suck. The only way I can keep him around here is to find him a wonderful lady that loves to sail and has a good sense of humor. Drop me a line if you want to meet him. He’s one of the best sailors I know and owns a house and a 45 foot Hunter… A good catch. So help me keep him in Florida… Call me!
Well I’m going to try to connect to the internet and shoot this off for an update.
I’ll check in when I get back to the states in a few days.
s/v Star of Orion