It Was a Good Sail – Great Way to Meet Panacea

PanOnHard Well here's how the story goes and I'm stickin' to it. 

We pulled into Boot Key Harbor and Panacea was up on the hard.  She just got a rebuild on her bow thruster and while she was out, I put on a new coat of bottom paint.  She was looking great and ready to be splashed.

My crew was ready too. I had Alex and Freddie ready to grab lines and help put her on the dock for a couple of nights.  This was on a Tuesday afternoon and we plan on taking Wednesday to go over the boat with John the ex-owner and then on Thursday morning head out to bring her home.

We looked her over good and John was great in helping me understand the changes he made on her, here and there. There's plenty of notes and stuff that I need to review so I can understand her the way John does. It may take years. I mean, he was with Panacea for 17 years and he made those changes. 

MoserChannel So on after John headed north, in his car, we explored the vessel and got our gear settled in. Panacea is a very comfy boat and I'm looking forward to our energies blending and becoming very familiar with each other. It's going to be a treat.

We pulled out at about 9:50 a.m. and we headed out of Boot Key and headed to the Seven Mile Bridge and getting ready to shoot north through Moser Channel. It was a nice morning and we were ready.

Freddie is a great guy and John's American Flag was tattered and torn, so in his nautical family they give the new owner a new flag to fly. As you can see, my new flag is flying and off we go through the bridge saying good-buy to the Florida Keys. We have about 23 hours ahead at about 325 degrees.

After a couple of hours, I checked the engine room and engine bilge. There was oil there… About a 1/4 to a 1/2 quart. That was it, I put a bilge buddy in and decided to run for the next few hours and then turn off the engine and check the oil. I waited and watched the oil pressure and all was well. So we continued. After a few more hours, I decided to stop the engine and check the oil. It was fine. So we went to start it and the starter didn't respond… 

I remembered that John put a switch on the engine to turn it over while down below, so I tried the switch and we were off again.

The trip continued through a cloudy sunset and into the night. The swells went from 2-4's to 3-5's with a few 6 footers in the mix. Panacea was doing great. We were high and dry even with the 15 to 19 knot wind from the north (on our nose) and the seas from the NNW.

TheCrew As the a.m. hours started, we were in 5 to 7's and everything right on our nose so I decided that since the wind was going to go north then north east and then back to north west I would head a bit out to sea and make a more comfy ride and then set the sails and shoot north east right to Naples.

We Plan… God Laughs!

So the wind didn't really shift. It moved to the north and then north north east and then stayed there. So when the engine died in the morning, we needed to sail.

With the wind NNE we had a choice… Sail out to sea or sail 10 miles south of Marco Island. I needed some cell service to talk to John about the engine. I hadn't changed that type of Racor and didn't want to make any mistakes.

Crashing So we headed on a port tack and it was stinky. We were going more to the south, but needed to get closer to land. We were about 35 miles off shore and that's just what we had to do.

By the time we got a dot… And by the way, I was on Verizon, Freddie was on Nextel and Alex was on ATT, ATT wins.

I talked to John and he told me the deal on the filter and also said you'll be fine as long as you didn't try to re-start the engine. Well we did try and at that point he told us where the book was to bleed the engine and said "Good Luck."

Alex is now my hero and he did a great job of working out the information in the book and within the next hour or so, we were heading north, under power and STILL TRYING TO GET PAST MARCO ISLAND. We watched another sunset and settled in for the 7 hour run to Fort Myers Beach.

2ndSunset We made it in at 12:10. A nice time to get there just before the Big Game Bar & Grill closed for that cold beer.

It was a wonderful experience. Sailing is always an experience. Panacea is a wonderful boat and she will make a wonderful home. I'm proud to be her next owner.

I am now checking the list and working the priorities out so she will be a place that we will be excited to offer for you to spend a few days with us.

Although she is seaworthy and ready to play, I want to make some special changes to her to make her mine. A little varnish, a little paint, a little wax and she'll be ready to go again.

This is a great time to plan on spending some time with us. Sailing in Fort Myers Beach is a very special experience for you and your guest(s). But book early. Call or write now and we will give you the information you need to start your planing.

Thanks to everyone for their support. It's a journey that's just beginning. Sailing charters in Fort Myers Beach… We're here for you.

I'll see you on the dock…

Capt. Paul
 
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Panacea is Home at Salty Sam’s Marina

This is just a quick note to let you know that I brought the sailing vessel Panacea home from her visiting port in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon to Fort Myers Beach.

It was an adventure sail for sure. As we left Boot Key, it was a nice COOL day and we knew it would be a chilly ride, but you can do anything for 24 hours.  The sail turned out to be 38 hours and we got to know the boat pretty well.

She was putting us through the transition tests for sure. But we made it all sound and happy.

I'll let you know the details within the next couple of days… I've been pretty busy since our return at 12:10 am this morning. She's washed down and sitting in a slip and we are getting ready to do her wood and touch up the glass as we prime her for painting her top decks. She will have her rigging checked and the engine gone over as well as the generator.

She's a great boat and really sails well.  In 15 knots of wind, she showed us 6.5 to 7.1 mph. For a 33,000 pound vessel, I was impressed. A very comfy "high & dry" ride in the 5 to 7 footers we experienced.

So keep checking back and I'll get the pictures together and take you for that ride.

Sailing in Fort Myers Beach will never be better.

I'll see you on the dock…

Capt. Paul
 
FantaSea Sailing
"Sailing the Sun Coast of Florida to the Keys"

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Too Much Fun…

Well here we go again…  Sailing this morning to Fort Myers Beach From Marathon FL…  Playing the guitar, telling story with Alex and Fredie.  Thinking of the morning to come.

We've checked out the systems and all is as good as it gets.

I love my life.

Check out the "SPOT" link on the website: http://www.FantaSeaSailing.com.  You can follow our trip north.  We start on Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

Well back to the party…

I'll see you on the dock…

Capt. Paul
 
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"Sailing the Sun Coast of Florida to the Keys"

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Pretty Excited About Panacea

It's time to put this boat shoppin' to bed once and for all.  I have found a boat that I want and now all I have to do is look at her bottom on Tuesday and that will be that.  She'll be mine and I'll sail her home.

I've decided to put up a few shots of her and let you see what I've been looking at with a fine tooth comb. Sure, she's 30 years old.  Sure, she's seen 10's of thousands of sea miles. Sure, she's got a history and needs some loving. It's what we do with boats.

Some paint. Some varnish. Some rigging. She'll be fine.

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SaloonStarboard She is very comfy inside. Feels just like home. A place to relax and tell story, share music, magic and just laugh and play.

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The door leads to the forward stateroom with it's own head and shower.

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I think there will be a TV right where that picture is hanging. I smell movie night. A great place to watch Capt. Ron.

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Just comfort. Warm and cozy. Read a book, listen to some music or enjoy surfing the internet with onboard WiFi. Yes, she has her own WiFi hot spot even at anchor.

Stay in contact or knock off some business. Shoot some photo's to some friends and let 'em know why you are sailing with FantaSea Sailing.

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The forward stateroom has a double berth on the starboard side with hanging locker and 3 drawers. There's also a private head with shower.

The entire vessel has 6' 7" headroom.

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The galley has a full stand up refrigerator with freezer and also a reach in refer and freezer, a 3 burner propane stove and oven, double sinks with fresh and salt water available.

I see a lot of wonderful meals being prepared righ here.

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Well a nice work bench will come in handy and a good place for the SSB ham radio. It's located in the passageway that leads to the aft stateroom.

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May as well have a dedicated navigation station. A place for charts and radios, CD/AM/FM player and all that other junk that keep us where we want to be and going where we want to go.

A good place to update Blogs too.

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The aft stateroom has a large bed and head and shower. Looks like the owner has a bunch of books to read. Another very comfy room.

Look even a dancing pole…  How thoughtful.

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So at sea or at rest, Panacea is going to be a very safe, solid sailing vessel.

She has a 33,000 pound displacement, so she'll be steady cutting through the waves.

At anchor, she'll be very stable.

She's a ketch/cutter rig, so her 4 sails will give enough combinations of sail to make her a smooth ride.

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So there you go…  Just a quick walkthrough. Now you can see why I fell in love. But I'm easy. It's going to be a pleasure to offer her to you and your guests. From a Boat & Breakfast Experience to a multi-day custom sailing charters in Fort Myers Beach you will get the number one service that you've been accustomed to.

I built Magic Wind Adventure Sailing up to what it is today and sold it to Capt. Dan Mendat. He is now keeping that new tradition up. I have full confidence that if you sail with Capt. Dan, you will have a great experience.

Since that sale on December 1, I have been combing through several boats trying to find just the right one that I wanted to start FantaSea Sailing with. The Endeavor 43 is the boat I've decided on. Panacea is one of two that I know will work. She's my first choice.

So when you are getting ready to come to do some sailing in Fort Myers Beach, just give me a call and we will set something up. Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico is a real treat and when it comes to sailing in Fort Myers Beach, we are your number one option.

We look forward to hearing from you and you can become a FAN at our Facebook site.  Just go to CLICK HERE to visit the site and become a FAN now.

I'll see you on the dock…

Capt. Paul
 
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"Sailing the Sun Coast of Florida to the Keys"

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888-582-9046 Toll Free
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Here We Go Again…

Ahhh… Sailing in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. I'm ready to get it up and running again.

I just thought I'd better update this blog for those of you that re reading and wondering what part of the ocean edge I fell off of.

I've been boat shoppin' and have found a nice boat that I can't say too much about, but I know you're going to really like.  I should know within the next couple of days if I'm going to bring her up to Salty Sam's Marina and clean her up a bit.  She's a very nice vessel about 30 years old and has a magical feel about her. She will fit very nicely into my slip and make us a good home.

I'm talking with the owner right now and we're pretty close to a deal. I know. You've heard that before, but as I look at boats, there are a lot of big boats out here that fit the bill.  But if the deal doesn't work out, my Angels lead me on to the next one, and the next one. P1000297  

I know what we need and I'll keep looking until she pops up and the deal is right, smooth and easy. Then I know that it's the right one. Call me crazy… I like that.

As I was pulling away from her yesterday, I shot this photo. It gives you an idea of what she looks like and like I said, she has some pretty lines.

The owner is a great guy and has had her for 17 years. He's made a lot of changes with systems and plumbing.  All for the good.

She has sailed the Caribbean extensively and was just recently in Mexico, Belize and Panama. So she has 10's of thousands of sea miles and needs some TLC to shine her up a bit, but she'll like being touched in all the places that ladies like to be touched in. It will be a pleasure bringing her up to her original beauty.

So consider sailing in Fort Myers Beach and give me a call. We are putting together some pretty nice package locations and will be posting them on the website soon. Since I sold my sailing charter business, it's been exciting putting together another one. The Magic is happening and I'm looking forward to putting together your next sailboat charter in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

I'll let you know more about her after the negotiations finish. That should be in the next couple of days.

So check back soon…


I'll see you on the dock…

Capt. Paul
 
FantaSea Sailing
"Sailing the Sun Coast of Florida to the Keys"

623-203-2698 Nationwide Direct
888-582-9046 Toll Free
CaptPaul@FantaSeaSailing.com

http://www.FantaSeaSailing.com

Member:

Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce
N.A.C.O. National Association of Charterboat Operators

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