It's been a great week sailing in Fort Myers Beach. I've been training my Granddaughter Kayla to pull lines, set up the boat, break it down, wash her down and everything in between. She's sharp. Learns fast. Remembers stuff and keeps me out of trouble. She's pretty good at the helm too.
Here we are just shooting the poop and enjoying a family from Belgium. They were a kick to sail with even though the wind was light and we only had an hour of sailing. But we enjoyed a great boat trip an and saw the dolphins and played with the sea.
Capt. Ron found a couple of sharp pieces of metal on Star of Orion
. He opened up his knee and got the boat all bloody. Tomorrow, I file them down and have to dip the ends in rubber tool dip to keep you guys from finding the same place.
I'm sending Capt. Ron up the mast on Friday to fix a steaming light. I'm just getting ready to cut a hole in the head wall to put in a door to reach the port side of the engine. That will be good. I've always wanted to get to that side of the engine without just feeling around with my hand, a flashlight and a mirror. I'm excited about that.
Since that side will be opened up, it's a good time to change the impeller and touch up the port side of the engine. We'll do that while she is in the water and can have the AC on.
Kayla and I are going to pull out of Fort Myers Beach on the 20th of July and head north. We'll be stopping at Cabbage Key and enjoying that wonderful island.
The next day, we are going to explore the Boca Grande and sail Charlotte Harbor as we head to Burnt Store Marina on the east side of the harbor.
Then on the 22nd, we will take Star of Orion up to the lock at the north end of the harbor and head into Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage to pull
her out of the water for a week as we put on
new bottom paint and a couple of through hulls. It's time to do a bottom survey and make sure she is safe and sound for the next couple of years.
She's a great vessel and we love her a lot around here. Sailing in Fort Myers
will continue after the first of August.
So that catches you up for now and as we dive into the projects, I'll post them here and if I can help the next guy with how this business works, I'm here for you.
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