California is Burning Up…

It’s early in the morning here in California.  I’ve been here for a couple of days and they have over 700 wild fires burning here in Northern California.  I’ve been living in smoke and a lot of it.  I’ll post a photo or two when I have the chance.

It’s pretty strange to know that the smoke layer extends from the top of California’s border to Bakersfield, from the coast to Reno.  It’s just a huge cloud of smoke.  The good thing is that I’m not living here and I really feel sorry for the residents that are spending a lot of time in doors because of the health risks that this is bringing.

I’m in Sacramento now and will be here until Monday morning.  I’m performing at the Fair Oaks Renaissance Festival.  Just three shows a day and some street stuff.  I’ve been doing this show for about 12 years and I love it.  It gives me the chance to see my daughter and three grand kids that live in the area.  In fact I have the two girls with me in the hotel for the weekend.  We’re having a lot of fun as we always do.

In any case my heart is still on the boat in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.  Captain Ron is holding down the fort as far as the charters go, so I’m open for business.  The weather is going to be great this weekend, so give me a call and I’ll get you booked for a sail.  Ahhhh  yes!  Sailing in Fort Myers Florida, I can’t wait to get back.  But if you’re there just give me a call and enjoy it for me.

Fair Winds…

Capt. Paul


Tying the Knot… Arrrggghhh

It was a great day at sea for Scott, Sarah and family…  Scott and Sarah got married onboard Star of Orion on June 21st, 2008.  It was wet and sloppy getting there and real wet and sloppy getting back to port, but that was just for the captains to deal with.  As for the day it was beautiful…  Sunshine, puffy clouds and no rain all day long for the boat rides and wedding.  The temp was just right and winds were at 10 to 12 mph.  A really great day for a wedding.

I think a good time was had by all.  It was a special wedding, I mean they all are, but this one was pretty cool.

We anchored off the coast of Sanibel Island and had another boat bring people out from the beach to Star of Orion to go for one hour sails into the Gulf of Mexico.

Then later in the afternoon, Scott and Sarah brought their family out and we had a nice wedding on the boat.  Right after that we blew the conch shell to make it official, hoisted the sails and sailed out to sea.  We returned, dropped the wedding party off, weighed anchor and headed back for the 3 hour sail to port.

Captain Glenn and I arrived at about 8:30 after weathering a nice little storm had a blackened cheese burger with blue cheese butter for dinner.  It was my first and it was great.  By that time, our clothes were almost dry.

So keep in mind I and the crew of Star of Orion can make dreams come true for you too.  Call me and let me know what you want to do at sea.  Sailing in Fort Myers is alive and well.

See you on the Dock…

Capt. Paul

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Spot Test…

Here's a little addition to the blog that may be fun.  For the last few months I've been testing a new little unit that is a personal satellite tracking system.  It lets people know that I'm ok, or if I need help, or if there is an emergency where I may need basically a mayday sent to an agency.  I took it to the caribbean a month or so ago and it works great.  So I'm going to incorporate it into my blog for tracking me down on my travels.

It will be pretty simple.  All you will have to do is click on the little "SPOT" logo and it will bring up a new page where a map will be displayed.  You can zoom in on the map to see the detail of the area.  You can choose the satellite mode to see the area in photo form.  This is cool because you can see the area up close and personal.  Man what a gizmo…

So check it out.  Let me know what you think.

Capt. Paul

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Wind, Rain, Thunder, Spouts, Sun…

What a day…  Saturday the 21st was a wonderful day.  I was hired to do a wedding off the shore of Sanibel Island, about 3 hours from port on the outside.  Sounded good, but it was going to take all day and the weather here is pretty iffy when it comes to this time of year.  Usually it clouds up and rains and thunderstorms roll in in the afternoon.

Well the weather pattern was also getting screwy.  A few days prior, it chanced to a.m. thunderstorms and then to a.m. and p.m.  Thunderstorms, so it was just a crap shoot if the day was going to be great or not.

Well on the way out at about 9:00 a.m.  We hit our first two storms.  Here's a photo of the first one.  It blew by in front of us and another one was right on it's heels.

It had this spout that lasted about 20 minutes.  Wow that was a long time.  It just kept spinnin'.  Then when it started to wind down, another one took its place.

It was very cool to see.  Then the second storm hit.  I decided to turn back east for a few minutes to catch the outside of it, but it turned too and, well we just turned around again and shot through the middle of it.

Now soaked to the bone, but with a really clean boat and clean sails, (on both sides), we headed to the wedding spot.

Once there the weather was great.  10 mph wind and scattered clouds.  We sailed a couple of groups from the beach and then the wedding party came on board and we had us a great little boat wedding.  Tears and all.  It was great.

Right after the ceremony, we took a 45 minute sail and noticed the sky getting black to the north.  Well we headed to the anchorage, signed the paperwork and Capt. Glen and I hoisted anchor and headed south as fast as we could, well 6 knots.  But the storm was heading our way at about 12 knots.

Well that was it, we battened down the hatches put up some canvas and reefed the jib and then before we could make the call to reef the main the wind hit us at 35 mph and we took her into the wind and got her reefed.  Well I should say with a full main, she took us up into the wind so we could reef the main.  That Hunter is a soft boat when it comes to that kind of wind.  Should have reefed early.  Wow, where have I heard that before.

In any case, we got back to port at about 8:30 p.m., soaked, tired and hungry.  I was a GREAT day of sailing.

I'll put up some wedding photo's on the next entry.

Off to California, Reno, Kansas City, Manhattan, and then home to Fort Myers Beach.  We fly out in the morning and then will be back on the 7th of July.

In the mean time the sailing doesn't stop.  Make that call and Captain Ron will take you out to sail on the Gulf of Mexico.  Florida is an all year destination, so get down here and let's go sailing in Fort Myers Beach.

Remember:  Special 4th of July sailing date:  7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with Captain Ron.  He will leave port and head out for one of the great sunsets on the Gulf and then anchor just off the Fort Myers Beach Pier where the will put on the 4th of July fireworks display.  Have a beverage or two, eat some shrimp and appetizers, listen to some music and after the fireworks head back to port.

Fireworks over the water is a special treat.  He's taking 6 people only.  At this time there is room for 4 more to go.  Call now for information and reservations.

Sailing Free…

Capt. Paul

Video Link From Capt. Paul

I thought I'd start putting some videos up on YouTube.  Nothing special, just a place to put up some videos that help people understand who I am. Nothing earthshattering, but fun films that I want to save somewhere and show to friends like you.

Thanks for being a part of this great thing we have in cyber space.

Enjoy your visit…

Capt. Paul

Too Much Fun…

I was going through some photo's to put up on the blog and I popped them all into a folder to use as the days went on.  The following shows four lovely ladies that I had the pleasure of sailing with. TheGirlsweb
 We headed out to sea and enjoyed a nice 4 hours together.  When we got to the dock, I wanted to shoot this photo so that everyone could see their smilin' faces.

Did I tell you it's the rainy season.  Thunder is rolling as I write this and the rain is pouring down.  I have a wedding to do on Saturday of this week and I'm watching three weather models to see which one I want to go with.  I figure that's the best way to do the weather, just find a guy that tells you what you want to hear and then go with that guy.  It takes all the worry out of checking the weather.

It will be a beautiful day no matter what the weather brings.  Be sure and check back about our wedding packages.  They are not on the site at this time, but if you check back, it should be up there soon.

Weddings at sea.  Aaarrrrrggggghhhhhhhh…  What fun.  Call me if I can put something together for you.

Well to bed I say…  Get some rest and if nothing else, go wax the boat tomorrow.

The Next Generation

The next generation of sailors are upon us…  It's a great feeling to be able to share the magic of handling a vessel on the sea and know that someday, maybe some day, this little sailor will have a boat of his own and be sailing the world because of what an ol' salt told him.  He took the wheel with confidence and let us down Estero Island.  I could have taken a nap…  I enjoyed just ridding and talking.  As you can see his brother was the leader in that department.

So don't forget, when you are onboard, let me give you the 30 second demo and I'll have you sailing in 5 minutes.  Sailing really is 10% theory and 90% sailing.
I promote chucking your life and buying a boat and floating away somewhere in the world.  If not now when.
Now maybe this kid should finish school first, but that's up to his folks.
As far as I'm concerned, I could have him on night watches in a month.
By the way, summer is here.  It's "Tropical" down here and you should book a flight and play in the 85 degree water.  The turtles are showing up a lot out there and the dolphins are playing.  So don' just think about it… Do it.  Pick your days, book that flight and take some time off and play with us down here. Sailing in Fort Myers Beach is easy in the summer.  We pick a good weather window and away we go.
I'll be waiting on the dock.  And don't forget if you need to stay longer down here, let me know, I'll write you a note…
Capt. Paul

Maggie’s Always Making New Friends

Well having such a great boat dog does have it's advantages.  Once she barks you onboard, she settles in to doing her job and that's to make people onboard Star of Orion comfy and happy.  Puppy therapy, what a job.  I wish I could snuggle up and have everyone scratch me behind the ears, but people would talk…

So there she goes…

Here was this nice lady, taking a nap and Maggie pushed her way in and took her seat cushion.  Then using her shoulder as a pillow, just laid her head down and proceeded to take a little boat nap.

What a dog.


Once again she made herself comfy.

Now she did work her way into this little boys heart and they became pretty good friends on the cruise.  It was a pretty warm day, in the 90's and feeling tropical but he just couldn't help putting his arm around her and they just sat there watching the pelicans on the way back to Salty Sam's Marina.

So don't be surprised when you get to the boat and there is a little Schnauzer barking in her high, and I mean to say "HIGH" pitched voice.  All she is doing is saying, "Welcome Aboard!!"

So give me a call.  I have sailing dates open for June and July.  I'm going out, 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., that's 1000 hours till 1400 hours in sailor talk.  The sailing in Fort Myers Beach is wonderful.  I'm having a ball and you should really be there.

Also give me a call and ask about our 4th of July Fireworks Cruise.  4 hours, good anchorage to watch the fireworks that are shot off the pier, soft drinks, (BYOB), and appetizers.  It will be leaving the port at about 7:00 p.m. and returning after the fireworks show.  (So you get a great sunset too.)

See You on the Dock…

Capt. Paul

Maybe I’m Not Supposed to Have Refrigeration

Well it's Saturday morning here in Southwest Florida…

A couple of weeks ago Capt. Ron epoxied some new tubes onto my compressor for the fridge.  The old ones were shot and leaking like mad.  Fired her up and she worked well for a couple of days and the other day I was on the boat and the beer was warm.  This is really not acceptable.

I checked the pump.  It's pumping.  I checked for leaks.  All is dry.  Hmmmmmmm…  Maybe some freon may be in order.  I'll check and see.

So it's back to packing in the ice and keeping things cold.  It will be fixed.  It will be healed.  I'll take it either way.

I've got a sunset sail going out tonight…  Maybe…  Seems like it's pouring rain every afternoon now that we are in that summer pattern.  I think I'm going to sell the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. voyages and that will be that, unless there's a great window for sunsets.  We'll see.

The 4 hour sails will be booking fast.  It's a great time to get out on the water.  It's still comfortable, temperature wise, and we get in before the thunderstorms roll in.

So call, 800-975-5824 to make a reservation.  Sailing in Fort Myers Beach is good 12 months a year, so I'll see you on the dock.

But for now, I'm off for an ice run, because if it rains again tonight, I may as well sit and have a cold beer and enjoy the fresh water wash down.

Fair Winds…

Capt. Paul

Ahhh… Like Nothin’ Happened

You know, when you don't see anything wrong then it must be ok…

At least that's what this photo seems to say.  As you can see a few posts ago, I poked a hole in the fiberglass and Capt. Ron came to the rescue.

He patched her up good and I put a couple of coats of wax on the spots he fixed today and now all looks well again.

I'm pretty thankful for having him around to clean up my messes.

Well got to get an early start tomorrow.  Clean up the boat a bit and take out a nice 4 hour charter from 10 till 2.

I know it's early, but it's a good time to beat those pesky afternoon thunderstorms.

We'll have a good sail and the weather is looking pretty good for the early part of the day.

Here's an interesting shot…  You just don't see Ron and Paul on the dock at the same time very often.

Ron was sanding out the gel coat and I was put-zing around cleaning and tracing down a leak. Still can't find it, but it gives me something to do.

In any case, Star of Orion is looking good.  I'm laying some new wax down and looking forward to doing some sailing this week.

It's been a bit slow around here, but the phone is starting to ring again.

Summer in Southwestern Florida…  Gota love it.