Alex’s Work Continues on the Hatch

Cleangoop If you look a few blog entries down, you will see that Alex has been busy re-bedding a hatch on the port side of Panacea. It's just one of the many projects that are good to get connected with while we are in September here in Fort Myers Beach.

This is the slowest time of the month and projects happen. I've asked Alex to shoot some photos of the stuff he's doing so you can, if you need to, pick up some tips that you may want to log into the brain files for future projects on your own boat.

One of my jobs is to keep the water on the outside of the boat, so this hatch has been leaking and it was time to fix it or get more buckets and towels.

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Prevarnin

The first photo shows the run off that was protected by a piece of tape. We wanted the goop to come out so it made a good seal. Alex let it dry for a couple of days and then cut and peeled it off to make a good line.

As you can see the leak has probably been going on for years so he cleaned the wood and sanded it out. The wood is good, but will show some signs of water damage from the length of time it has been leaking.

Insideprep I'm sure that I could just paint it white, but I want to get some varnish on it and see what it looks like. I can always paint, but having a few scars isn't going to hurt her much, it just gives her another story to tell. That happens to us all as we age and the stories are what makes us who and what we are. So let's make her healthy and continue sailing her. Panacea is an amazing sailing vessel.

Varnout Meanwhile, the outer teak around the hatch is in great shape and looks beautiful, as always, with her new coat of varnish. Alex is waiting a couple of days to apply another coat. We'll be working it up to 6 to 8 coats.

The same will be done with the inside trim. I think it will be OK. Well see how it all turns out as we go.

Varnin The first coat looks pretty good so Alex will put another one on and we'll take it from there. At least the wood is all protected and the leak has been stopped. That's pretty important to me.

Since Alex has that can of varnish out, may as well do the starboard hatch and the front hatch too. He should have that done in a few days and then it's time to wax the upper decks and make her look even prettier than she is today.

I'm getting pretty excited about getting down home. Pat and I should be pulling into Fort Myers Beach on about the 6th or 7th of October. I'll get down to Panacea and change the oil, clean the strainers do some adjusting of things and if the winds are looking good, take a couple of days to go sailing before I go to Orlando. I've booked a big gig in Orlando that take up the 12th through the 14th. It's a private function, but a big one, so that will take up a little time.

Big wedding on the 16th so it will be nice to have Panacea in shape again.

So give me a call. I'm ready to go sailing in Fort Myers Beach and show you my neck of the sea. It's pretty amazing out there and I really want to sail with you.

It's pretty simple, drop me a line at the address below or give me a call at one of the two numbers listed below and well talk. That's where it starts.

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This One May Be The One To Watch…

Sorry to keep talking about the weather, but it's my life right now. That and keeping Alex working to make Panacea as good as she can be and he's doing a great job. I'll be posting more photo's later on tonight.

Monday_Tropics Remember you can click on any photo that comes up in this blog and it will enlarge in a new window if it's a larger picture.

As you can see we've go the remnants of of Matthew and Lisa dumping a lot of rain and then we have 3 lows that are floating around the Atlantic.

The one that I'm watching is the one that is off the coat of Honduras, just below the Yucatan Peninsula.

Todays reports say that it may build over the next few days as it heads north to northeast. If that follows it will be named Nicole and be heading to the Keys, southwest and central Florida.

But as always, time will tell, it's just a watch and wait situation.

Panacea is in the best place she can be for any situation and is in very good hands.

I'm booking for the season, so give me a call and let's go sailing in Fort Myers Beach. The waters on the Gulf of Mexico are beautiful. Lot's of specials coming up this year, so check the website often and in a month or so, you'll see some great changes.

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Never Like to Jump the Gun, But…

Just checked the weather in the Caribbean and looks like Matthew is going to fade away in the next 4 days or so. Anything can happen, but all indications look like he's on his way out.

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Lisa is going to go away too so all looks good for the next week or so. Let's get this hurricane season behind us. It's time to go sailing.

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I've got a couple of weekends left up here in MN and Pat and I are excited to be getting back home. We're watching the weather and thinking it would be nice to be in the sunshine and playing with the dolphins again. Won't be long now.

As we think about sailing in Fort Myers Beach, I'm always getting reminders from Capt. Dan that the sailing is good and he and Dianne are having a ball down there. Since I've been up here performing at the MN Renaissance Festival, he's been dropping me emails, texts and photos showing sunsets, clear water and people enjoying sailing on the Gulf of Mexico.

If you want to get out on the water now, give him a call at 800-975-5824 and let him know you got the tip from me. He's sailing on a Hunter 380 named Star of Orion. I know she's a good boat, because she used to be mine. Capt. Dan is taking great care of her and keeping people happy on the water.

So let's talk about sailing on the Gulf of Mexico. Just give me a call and I'll put together a package for you and your guest(s). It's time to go sailing in Fort Myers Beach. I'll talk with you soon.

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Oh Matthew, Go Away!

You know this time of year, it's always a hobby watching the storms shoot across the Atlantic, Pacific and Caribbean Sea. So today I want Matthew. I'm in hopes he just goes away, but as you can see in the spaghetti model that they expect him to move through the Gulf of Mexico.

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I know Capt. Ron is hoping for a direct hit. He needs the boat work, but as for me, just let him go away.

I'll keep you updated here and give you my thoughts. on the matter.

You can also go to http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/. This is the National Hurricane Center.

You will be able to click on the storms and see their tracks etc.

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In any case, as Buffett says, "There Ain't No Reason to Hurricane Season."

It won't last forever and I'll be here sailing in Fort Myers Beach for you. Just give me a call at one of the two numbers below and we can talk about your cruise.

Until we talk, have fun summer is winding down around the country. Go grill something and take care of the Planet.

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Ok… Ok… It Gets Better

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I got a comment or two that says that that wood looks like it is on it's last legs. Nope, it just needs TLC just like everything on a boat. If you touch her in all the right places and nurture her with love, she responds.

Energy is everything. Love creates and cures. So there you have it. Here are some photos of the continuing project. You can click on them to enlarge them in a new window.

Photo So as you can see once Alex pulled off the hatch and began the sanding process and getting all that old gook off of the wood you can see the resilience of teak. It's an oily wood and holds its strength. Remember this is 30 year old wood and I'm happy to say it's in GREAT shape.

Photo 2 Yep. That's a 5 in 1 tool that saves our asses more times than I can count on all our hands and feet. If you don't have one of these around the boat, or house for that matter, you need to go to the hardware store and get one.

You'll be able to cut, scrape, gouge, clean, twist, dig and a ton of other stuff that will keep you from running down to the bildge storage and look for another tool to help. You'll also see and electric sander and a bunch of single sheets of sand paper. Alex has been busy. Panacea loves to be touched. She responds well to love and kindness as we all do.

This project is taking a couple of days and is now in the drying stage.

Photox You'll also notice that Alex took the same tarp that he is using to cover the project at night and tapes it to the headliner inside the boat to keep all the chips sanding dust and tools from falling in while he's working on top. He is smarter than the average 1st mate, I can tell you that as a fact.

HatchCovered Hey took some old anchor chain and just lays it around the hatch to create enough weight to hold it in place while the small storms thunder through the area moving things around. I hope the steps have a line on them. I've already replace them once while a quick micro burst took them to Davy Jones Locker. I'm sure never to be seen again. He'll put 'em to good use though.

So this is a good way to hold things down. I've used this principle before for a lot of other projects and it continues to be the best way to put weight where you want it.

Photo 2x As you look at these photos you'll notice that my hatch has two sections of wood. The one on the outside is where the screw holes are and the hatch itself is place there and screwed down.

The one you see as the inner square is the inside of the boat. When you look up, from the inside, you see this wood as the trim. From the inside it's about 4 inches thick and will be varnished in this process.

You can see the space between the two structures of wood. Thinking that that's a good place to seal up, Alex found this great stuff to poke in there and he is going to slather that up with goop too and keep it just that much dryer. It fits perfectly and will take care of the job nicely. By the way the stuff we are using is called: Sikaflex 291 – Fast Cure. Seems to be a well used product and comes with Capt. Ron's endorsement. Can't get much better than that huh?

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Photo 3x So now looking at that space between the two structures it just seems to me that that is going to be a much better seal than we had before. I mean that pretty obvious because the before we started this project it was leaking.

In any case it's looking good.

So let's take a look at the hatch its self. When Alex took it off it came off pretty easily. I've heard horror stories about how much work getting a hatch off can be and this was a point of the project that could have gone several different ways. In this case it went the way we wanted it to. Now that's a change for the better.

Since it came off easy it means it was time to take it off the way I figure it. Time to clean it up.

Photo 3 It's an old piece of equipment BUT it's in GREAT shape. Alex dug around in the ol' tool box and found a wire wheel that attached to the drill and began the process of getting rid of all the old goo and dried on junk. He told me that it was the tuff part of the job, but it came out great.

Now that all the parts are off and cleaned up it's getting time to put it all together. Alex had to order the Sikaflex 291 from West Marine and it took a few days to get it in, but it's the stuff to use. Don't take short cuts here and get plenty of it you can get the cheap stuff but you'll be doing this again next year if not sooner.

Photo 4 When you take a good look at the bottom side of the hatch, you will see there are two channels to put the Sikaflex 291 in. It's just a guide line. I'm sure Alex gooped it up good so there aren't any air pockets. Where there's air pockets then water will find its way there. That's the way it is.

As I talked to him today, he said he got Capt. Dan from Star of Orion to help him put the hatch back on as the normal afternoon storms loomed in behind him. He worked fast and put in the screws and cleaned off the excess goo that was sealing it all up nice and water tight.

In a previous photo you can see where he put tape on the inside structure to keep the goo from damaging the wood inside the boat. Another smart thing that I may have missed if it were me there. But that's why I have Alex. Did I say he was the best. I think so.

So now it's drying and curing. In a day or two he'll be varnishing and in a week we'll put the hose to it and see how it works. I have no doubt it will be just fine.

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So this is the continuing project of Panacea. The list gets checked off and the list grows longer at the same time. She's an amazing vessel, but she is a boat. We place these wonders of the world in a caustic solution and then we spend our lives doing the best we can to keep them floating, looking and feeling good.

This is the kind of professional experience that you will enjoy while you are on Panacea. Attention is put into the safety of the passengers, crew and the vessel herself. That's number one with me.

Call me. I want to take you sailing with us. We will enjoy all the comforts of the sea and the joys, excitement, and relaxation that the best cruising vessel in Fort Myers Beach can offer.

We are ready for you. You will be blown away at the package we can put together for you and you will be able to afford it. We work with everyones budget. Sailing in Fort Myers Beach can be your next adventure. Maybe on to Key West, maybe just sail on the Gulf of Mexico. It's you Dream. Let me make it come true. It's what I do best.

Check the Availability Calendar on the front page of the website. Check your calendar. If we both have some time off at the same time, then it's time to call.

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Hatch Project

Well you just don't know what you have until you unscrew the screws and look under the stuff. That's the case with this hatch. Alex has everything well in hand.
HatchOffFrom what he told me once the screws were taken out, the hatch came off pretty easy.

Most hatches that I've seen pop off, takes some wood off or have to be banged off. This one gave it up pretty easy and everything seems to be in pretty good shape for the cleaning part.

Tomorrow Alex will sand, scrape and clean the wood. He is also going to grind down the hatch itself to make it smooth and get all the old gook off to make the best connection he can make.

HatchCorner As you can see in the photo below, the wood is in good condition. It will sand down well and the screws are not stripped and were bedded in well. We don't anticipate any problem with the re assembly.

You can see, on the corner that there is a space between the frame and the wood interior. Alex has decided to put a gasket material in between so when he puts the caulking on that it will not run down between the two parts of wood and and have to fill up the entire cavity.

Alex also did some research on the type of caulking that should be used in this application. There are a bunch of them out there and from what we see the best one is ___________. Now I you are looking for a product to fill in that blank, but I can't remember which one he decided to use. I'll fill in that blank on the next blog entry. I'll be talking with him tomorrow. Some of the runner ups were LifeCaulk and 4200, but this one that we are using should give several years of protection and keep us dry inside.

Flexible and being able to make a bond between wood and metal was the deciding factor.

Once things are cleaned up and the gasket is in place, he'll goop her up and put it all back together again.

Before sealing it up, he's going to tape a painters plastic to the headliner, on the inside, and sand down the wood, that's on the inside of the hatch and get it ready for a few coats of varnish to protect the wood.

The plastic will keep all the dust out of the saloon and make clean up pretty easy.

He'll have her buttoned up tomorrow and then move on to the next project. She is a boat you know.

Panacea is sure enjoying all the attention. We are also enjoying the benefits that we get from having a vessel that is strong, healthy and seaworthy.

We look forward to a great sailing season. here in SW Florida.

Sailing in Fort Myers Beach is picking up. People are calling, the emails are coming in and we are pitching some pretty nice packages, so call early to reserve your dates.

That reminds me, there is a Availability Calendar on the front page of the website. Just go to FantaSeaSailing.com and look for the link at the bottom. It will help you see what's going on down here.

So come sail on the Gulf of Mexico. Choose to get out on the water this year. We'll take you up to Cabbage Key, maybe to Naples or Marco Island, Venice or St. Petersburg. Don't forget we really love to sail down to Key West too.

So thanks for your continued support over the years and I'll see you soon. Call now for your sailing dates. 888-582-9046

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Here Comes the Sailing Season…

It's time to wrap up the Renaissance Festival here in Shakopee, MN. Two more weeks left and then I have to high tail it back to Fort Myers Beach to ready Panacea for an all day wedding charter with some good friends from Ohio.

Fred and Erika have been sailing with me for a long time and now they are ready to tie the knot. I'm absolutely honored to take them out and perform their wedding. It's an all day affair and we'll sail, anchor for lunch, sail to a special island, perform a beach wedding and then sail into the sunset with dinner back at Parrot Key Caribbean Grill. What a great day to enjoy.

1st mate Alex is reading Panacea as we speak. The season is coming up and we are varnishing, cleaning, waxing, fixing, oiling, checking, sealing, replacing and the list goes on so Panacea will be ready for your sailing vacation.

New destinations are being designed. Specials are being implemented. Plans are being made and we are very excited about it all. Pat and I are moving onto the beach to be closer to the water and Times Square where I'll be performing my magic for the tourists. Street Magic Shows and me and my little guitar will be hanging out for your entertainment pleasure. Come on down and spend some time with me at Fort Myers Beach Pier at Times Square. You can learn more about it soon at http://www.BrotherPaulMagic.com.

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Since I became a Sailing Captain, my goal was to give everyone that wanted to get out on the water the opportunity to do so. That hasn't changed. Sure I sold my successful sailing charter business and yes I bought another boat. I spent the last 8 months pumping a ton of money and sweat into her. She loved every minute of it and it shows. She loves to sail.

So my commitment to everyone is in-tacked. Call me. If I can't get you out on Panacea, I have other captains that come with my recommendation, that will be able to get you out. One way or another, you will get out on the water and sail away. (888-582-9046)

Sailing in Fort Myers Beach is amazing. You will not be disappointed. Once we point our bow out to sea, set the sails, cut the diesel and cruise out into the Gulf of Mexico, you'll not want to turn around. And that's ok.

So pick up the phone. Let's talk. The season is here and you are going to want to leave that snow behind for a couple of days and warm up in the healing rays of the sunny beaches on Fort Myers Beach. Let the magic of FantaSea Sailing make your sailing arrangements. Welcome home. I'm Capt. Paul and I'll be waiting for you to call.
 

I'll see you on the dock…

Capt. Paul
 
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