Please Do What You Can to Help…

Well what a mess we've gotten ourselves in this time. BP, shame on you for letting this happen.  Human life was lost, and my prayers go out to the families and friends of the workers that were injured and killed. It just shouldn't have happened.

Now we can't stop the rage of death and destruction. I keep hearing about the steering winds and currents that may keep the slick away from the coast and land fall.  BULL SHIT!  It's all ready hit. Wildlife and sea creatures, birds and mammals are suffering by the millions. It's coating the ocean floor and rising to the top.

The slick is, at this moment 100 miles long and 45 miles wide.
1882_cumulative2  

Now they are talking about containing it and then setting it on fire. Now there's a brilliant thought. Sure it will burn off, they say, 50% to 90% of the oil.

I'm not sure of the science behind all this, but it will burn at 1800 degrees and put a huge cloud of black sooty smoke in the atmosphere. With particulates. I guess breathing that and letting it settle over the Earth is ok…  NOT!

Like I said, I'm not a scientist. There are much smarter people out there that are working on this problem. I know that there are even ones in the mix that are thinking about the the long term effects of producing one of the largest oil spills in the history of the planet. I know that there are even a ton of caring people around the Globe that are crunching numbers and getting ready to do what they can to help. I'm thankful for them.

But it just goes to show that this is going to happen. This hole we dug is 5,000 feet below the surface of the sea. The exit plans aren't working. The trickle down effect of this is going to be huge.

Being in Florida, we have had people in the Tampa area wondering what that weird smell was. It's reported that it's from the spill.

Energy-oil-rig-spill-continues-burn_19587_600x450 As you can see in the photo on the left, the silver area is the oil slick. It's huge now and is getting bigger every moment.

Their saying that they want to make a dome above the hole and funnel the oil to the surface and put it on tankers. In the same breath, they say that it would take months to complete that project.

Do you see what 6 days have done?

Hey, I don't have any answers, this is just my little mind shooting out the information that I have and  wishing it could be different. I'm venting, bummed and it hurts inside to see my friends in the sea hurting and not understanding what's going on.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe all the fish, plants, birds and mammals knew that this area was to be avoided and maybe nothing is there. But it's spreading. Imagine being a dolphin or whale and coming up to take a breath in the middle of an oil slick and sucking it down into your lungs as well as coating your body with crude oil. That's just got to suck.

Anyway, I think this is the first time I've ranted here on this blog, but I'm going to give you a couple of links so you can watch the progression of this.

I also want to apologize If I've offended anyone reading this. But it's my take on it and our collective awareness of the situation will help. Watch it closely. Do what you can to help the organizations that will be doing what they can to clean up the mess we've made and protect the wildlife that will be affected.

I send my sincere regrets and apology to Mother Earth and her watery friends for the mess that this has been made and the loss of habitat and life that is occurring and will continue to occur on the sea floor and beach's of the surrounding states. If they burn, I'm sorry for the damage to the atmosphere that will also occur.

Remember though, we can do everything in our power to help. It's NOW. The damage is done, so let's get together and re-build, clean and protect the sea.

Many businesses will be hurt along the coast and shores, such as sport fishing, charter business's and tourism. So support your local establishments and help them survive this crisis too.

Thanks for reading and thanks for letting me rant and rave for a few. Here's the links to check on a daily basis…

For those of you interested, here is an updated daily link of the oil spill…

http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/topic_subtopic_entry.php?RECORD_KEY%28entry_subtopic_topic%29=entry_id,subtopic_id,topic_id&entry_id(entry_subtopic_topic)=809&subtopic_id(entry_subtopic_topic)=2&topic_id(entry_subtopic_topic)=1

This link is a map of the "trajectory" of the oil spill…..

http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/book_shelf/1882_cumulative2.pdf


I'll see you on the dock…

Capt. Paul

 
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It’s Getting Pretty Exciting Around Here!

The weather is truly breaking. It's getting warmer and sunnier and a bit more, well I'd say humid, but it's really more TROPICAL. It really feels good to the body and soul. BackYard  

Pat and I are working hard to get our apartment put together for a visit from Pat and Katie from MN.  They are coming down for the month of May for a wedding in Naples and are taking over the apartment as we move onto Panacea.

Panacea is going to be our new home. We are "minimizing" after all these years on land. We are completely blown away as to the "junk" we have. After 3.5 years in an apartment, we have put off the usual spring cleaning and being road dogs, we always say, "We'll get to that when we get back to town…"  Yea right. So the "stuff" has accumulated. Bags of Goodwill, eBay is happening, the recycle people love us, trash is trash, and we found a lady with 4 children that is from Hati that lost her parents during the quake, so she needs everything. Well lucky for her, we have everything. So she's hit the jackpot. We are giving her furniture, electronics, and anything else she needs to put together a home for her family.

So everything is looking good on that front. On the home front in California, I'm happy to say that "Pop" my Dad, in CA is doing well. He sold his trailer in Desert Hot Springs, reluctantly but successfully. Family   He bought another one in Rancho Cucamonga in the same park as my sister. It will be the best for everyone involved.

He's getting ramps, and such put in next week and will get settled in soon. Right now he's staying with my sister as a "guest" and all is well.

I was just out there and I got this shot of the remaining family, all together. That's the bunch. My Sis, Pop, my Brother and me. now that's a lot of gray hair. When did that happen…

He's 88 now and doing just fine. I want to grow up to be just like him. A good guy, loves women, a gentle Spirit, giving and has a glass or two of vodka a night. I love you Dad, keep being who you are and being an inspiration to me.

So today I go pick up boxes at u-Haul and start packing up and separating things for the storage place. Maybe I should get a storage place first, but maybe not. I've got time.

PanSailThought I'd better get a photo up of Panacea for you. I don't have a bunch of photo's of her under sail, but Capt. Dan took some shots from Star of Orion while we were coming in from a charter last month. I'll poke one up now and then until I get some shot. It's "on the list."

As I said somewhere else, I'm having a main engine seal replaced next week. She was dripping oil and that's where it's coming from. I really didn't want to do that job, but it is what it is. What's another couple of grand. It's only money right… Thank God it's only money, it's only money, it's only money… That's my new affirmation that I've been telling myself for the past month.

Next is the new Inverter/charger. That will take care of the battery situation. Right now I have to manually flip on the charger and then wait about 45 minutes and then turn it off. That's right, it's not a "smart" charger. I know that I don't have the brain power to keep that schedule. So I have to bite the bullet on that one too and get the job done.

The generator took a dump too… That was a sad morning yesterday. It's old, but I thought she had some years left. I was wrong. So the solar project is being researched. We have plenty of sun and that will keep our battery's charged just fine. Much greener and less hassle. It's not a priority right now, but the research is being done and I'll start collecting parts.

Well as I move on into the day, I want to thank all of you that are supporting this project. I'm sending a hard drive that died over to CA to see if I can get all your email addresses back from past charters and such. I'm in hopes that I can. I've been wanting to send out a "one time" mailing to as many of you as possible to introduce Capt. Dan Mendat the new owner of Star of Orion and to catch you up on the status of my new business so you can update your files. Some of you don't check this blog, so the email thing is the best thing to do. Keep your fingers crossed.

The first photo on this post is a shot of our new back yard. You too can be sitting there enjoying the sunset with the "Boat & Breakfast Package." Call for details. We're running an introductory special on a wonderful night aboard Panacea. PanSlipC30  

As for sailing down here, yes I'm open for business. FantaSea Sailing is alive and well. The phone is starting to ring as the information is getting around. So if you're interested in spending some time sailing the Gulf of Mexico, or sailing in Fort Myers Beach, give me a call.

I'm booking right now for spring and summer sailing packages. I just put a wedding trip on for October, so it's not too early to start thinking about next fall and winter too. As usual, it's a first come first serve on the dates and this "overnight" sailing business is a little different than the day sails. I'm finding that people are looking further into the future to nab their dates. Not a hard sell, just information you may need to get the dates you want.

I'll see you on the dock…

Capt. Paul
 
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623-203-2698 Nationwide Direct
888-582-9046 Toll Free
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Just a Quick Update

Hi Ya'll…

P1000604 Just wanted to give you a quick up date about what's going on down here about sailing in Fort Myers Beach Florida

IT'S GREAT!

I love this time of year. The fronts have slowed down coming from the north and the temperature is holding around 80 degrees. The winds are between 10 and 20 knots and the seas are smooth and clear. It is a wonderful time of year to go sailing on the Gulf of Mexico.

Today, Pat and I are back home after doing whirlwind tours all over the United States. I'm designing some new magic for the shows coming up. Pat's got some time off. We are preparing Panacea so we can move aboard this month. Maggie is… Well Maggie is Maggie the Great Sea Dog.

P1000641 So the stress levels of traveling are down and we can get back to basics.

The marketing of http://www.FantaSeaSailing.com is in place and we are getting calls about people planing on sailing in Fort Myers Beach. It's a different marketing an overnight business so I'll try to keep you up on how each part of it goes for you guys that are thinking of doing the same thing. It will help in the long run.

My trip to CA to visit my Dad was wonderful. He's doing great. Sold his place in Palm Desert and moving into a trailer park in Cucamonga, CA close to my sister. It's a good move for him. Sure he's scuffing his feet, but he's a smart guy and knows that it's the right thing to do at this time of his life. But change sucks. I know it, he knows it too. I still assure him that in a month he'll be settled in and all will be well.

SANY0071  But as for today. We are heading down to the marina to do some final cleaning and unloading and then we are going to start moving aboard. It's a good time for our change too. Clean up our lives of all the junk that we've saved for the past 3.5 years in this apartment. Can't wait to lighten the load and I've got a garage full of stuff from boats that is going to a marine swap meet on the 3rd Sunday of this month at Bonita Bills. (Anybody need a radar that draws 30 amps?)

So there you go. Got to get the day started. I'll be checking in again soon.

Be sure and call the 888 number and lets talk about going sailing here in Fort Myers Beach. I've got some time, a boat, the weather and a guitar that sounds pretty good on the hook somewhere during a "Sunset Celebration." 888-582-9046. I'd love to get you aboard for a day or two. 

Oh yea! Brad is building a new website for me. He's the greatest and is going to make it a beauty. Keep an eye out at: http://www.FantaSeaSailing.com. It should be up by the end of April if I keep sending him content… content… content.

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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