Out At Sea Rounding Cuba

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.

Capt. Paul
s/v Star of Orion

Dominican Republic… I’ll be Back!

Well the 19 city tour is over… It was a whirl wind adventure and I entertained thousands of people and hope made a difference in their lives…

But now it’s time for vacation and vacation is a wonderful thing.

I’ve been in the Dominican Republic for the last 7 days and not really catching up on emails and such. Internet is sketchy at best. I wanted to post quickly before it goes away.

We are in Punta Cana. Great beaches, water and I’ve been getting massages and sailing Hobbie Cats. Rippin’ the water and only 2 “almost” dumpings.

I’ve got to run and really need to catch up on this blog. I’ll be flying to Miami tomorrow and then to Tampa. After that Cozumel and then Grand Cayman. Vacation continues.

Capt. Ron is keeping Star of Orion running, so please check out the site and enjoy sailing in Fort Myers Beach or Sailing in Fort Myers.

Check back here in a couple of days. I plan on putting up some photo’s and telling you about this incredible country. The people are what it’s all about.

Capt. Paul

Star of Orion


Flying High

It’s good to be a magician and I’m loving every city I experience on this tour, but my heart and soul are on Star of Orion. All the time. Three more cities. St. Petersburg FL, Nashville TN and I close in Atlanta GA. It’s been an adventure.

I’m on a plane right now at 32 thousand feet, over the Gulf of Mexico. It’s night, but I can feel the wind on my face as I look down and see blips of light from small and large vessels floating… Going somewhere. Maybe nowhere. It doesn’t really matter. All I know is that I’m really looking forward to tomorrows charter and getting the sun, salt and wind on my skin again.

Capt. Ron has been busy this week. Keeping the business going and making sure that everyone that wants to get out on the water is enjoying their time on the sea. He’s one of the good ones.

Speaking of Capt. Ron… He is laying into me for not using a Baja filter when I put in the diesel fuel. I was trusting Moss Marine to get me the freshest fuel on the beach… Well now… I’ve learned another lesson. My tank has the gook! We are changing filters every couple of hours just to keep fresh fuel in the engine. I really screwed up and now I’m paying the price. Friday, we are going to drain the tank again, (we did it last spring), clean it out and put in fresh fuel… Through the Baja filter of course and add the stuff to keep the crud from coming back.

Sorry Ron. My bad.

We are in the middle of boat projects. Some are fun, some are just projects. Cleaning, gluing, gel coating, patching, varnishing, polishing, waxing, shining, replacing… And the list goes on.

Ron just put in a new oil cooler. Now we don’t have any water in the bilge under the engine. That’s nice. Fresh oil. New filters, again and again. That’ll be fixed REAL soon.

What I’m trying to say is that Star of Orion is doing great. She is at the top of her game and is ready to take you out for a day, weekend or week of sailing in Fort Myers. Fort Myers Beach sailing is great this time of year and our calendar is pretty full. Please make your reservations early. It’s important to me as well as it gets you the dates you want. And that’s important to you. So give me a call and let me get you in the books.

Star of Orion is waiting for you on the dock and Capt. Ron and I are more than ready to share the experience of sailing with you and your friends and family.

Well tomorrow is another day. I’ll be home. I’ll be sailing. I can’t wait.

Thanks for letting me ramble… This is the place to catch up on what’s going on with me and the charter business. It’s a great life. All I can ask/hope for is that you are doing what you want to do with your life too. You only regret the things that you don’t do, so get out there and do it. It’s what life is all about.

Capt. Paul West
800-975-5824 – In case you don’t have the number CLICK HERE to go to the contact page.