Welcome to the end of summer. Yep, still hot, muggy and buggy, but we’re on the last dog legs of the summer season. September is here and fall is coming.
November is one of the best sailing months of the year. I like it. Waters are still warm, the winds are comfy and the Gulf of Mexico is always calling. We will be up and running around the first week of November this year. Panacea is getting some major upgrades. If you’ve sailed with me before, you’ll notice the changes.
This year, we’ve taken the plunge for all new standing rigging. This includes a two new masts. The main will have in-mast roller furling and a new boom. The mizzen mast will still be a hank on because it is small and easy to handle. New boom there also. We are in hopes to put the stay sail on roller furling this year too. All new wire and replacing some chainplates. This is HUGE project, but she’s worth it.
Our decks were freshly painted last winter with new non-skid too. We are replacing our bimini with FRP paneling which is an experiment as well as a work in progress. The jury is out on that one and we’ll see if we go back to canvas or continue to fabricate the FRP to our liking. Time will tell.
We rebuilt our windless and are getting ready to upgrade our anchor, rode and chain. All is good. She’s going to get all waxed up and pretty too. Summers are tough on boats in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Hot, wet, sunny, and rippin humid.
So check back in now and then. We’re in MN right now selling a ton of garlic and marketing CellGrasp as much as the budget allows. I’ll keep you updated on that project as it goes. Yes. The patent was approved. Whew!
Until later. Watch some magic on the streets and drop a load of money in their hats. It just may be me out there. lol
Good luck and continued success…
See you on the dock…
Well on this last 2 week sail to the Florida Keys, Pat decided to whip up a cocktail and get refreshed.
Into the galley she went and came up with a nice looking concoction in her glass. She kicked back and had a smile on her face and said, “Wow! This is great.” Well that caught my attention so I took a sip. Yep, she was right.
Let me take a moment and explain that Pat has a savory pallet. She’s not a “sweet” drink kind of person at all and so it was no surprise that her new boat drink was refreshing, but not sweet. It was, well… A really nice drink. So Patty’s Punch was born. Here it is for you to enjoy this summer. (Don’t worry, no garlic in this one.)
She never measures a thing when she puts anything together, so this is the best that I can do for you and you can make adjustments where needed for your taste.
2 ounces of Hornitos Tequila.
3 ounces of Natural lemonade. (It was easy on the sugar with minimal ingredients, like lemon, water and sugar. How nice is that.)
2 ounces of sparkling pomegranate juice.
Just pour the ingredients over ice, add a wedge of lime (squeezed) and stir lightly. Enjoy.
Of course it helps to put your feet up enjoy the sea breeze and watch the dolphins swim beside the boat as the wind moves you along and pushes clear blue water under you keel.
It was so good I had to share it.
So when you decide you want to kick back and enjoy a moment, maybe when your toes are in the sand somewhere or when you are traveling by boat to a special island or anchorage or if you are just sitting in the back yard, kick on some island music, take a sip and know that in your heart and mind, you are right where you want to be at that moment.
P.S. Try this recipe out. Leave your comments and suggestions below. I know you’ve got some ideas. What do you think?
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Man 0 man… Our sailing season is rocking here in Florida. I’m sorry it’s so cold up north, but it’s like shaking the dust out of a dirty carpet. All that dust is settling here. Snowbirds are flying south. Spring break is in full swing and any one that has enough money for a ticket is calling and looking for a place to stay. It also seems like there are a bunch of sailors that need a fix and are now here.
A good friend of mine John Coriell is aboard pulling the ropes and making sure you are all comfy and safe aboard Panacea. For those of you who have met John, you know he’s a nice guy and is very attentive to our guests.
He has replaced Alex on deck as first mate. No one can really replace Alex, he is defiantly a one of a kind, but he is Capt. Alex now and doing runs on a Jet Boat. I taught him all the best lines to use and he keeps ’em entertained. He still puts in some hours now and then with varnish and such, but he’s a pretty busy guy now and moving fast. It’s hard to tie him down to Panacea much.
So call early. I’d love to get you out on the water. 888-582-9046. Sailing in Fort Myers Beach is what you want to do when you get here.
In any case, I’m out the door. Time to swab the decks and get back on the sea…
Well my new resolution is to get my fingers flying across this keyboard and keep you up on what is really going on down here in Fort Myers Beach, the best lil’ town in the World.
Sailing in Fort Myers Beach is getting crazy. You will have lots of options for your boating fixes down here. Catamarans, fast sailing boats, slow sailing boats, jet boats, jet packs, jet boots, motor boat tours, back bay tours, pontoon rentals, kayak rentals , jet ski rentals and a couple of tall ships in port too. So no matter what your taste in sailing, boating or any other kind of water sport, it is going to be here.
So there you have it. The first thing you need to do is get down here. It’s a wonderful place to consider when the thermometer starts to drop and you are itchin’ to get your toes in the sand for a spell. I can’t blame you for that. I just put some shoes on a week or so ago and that was an awkward feeling stuffing my chubby little feet into a closed toes situation. It wasn’t bad after a while, but was just kind of odd.
Alex is still with me in the maintenance department. He just stripped off all the varnish on the toe rail and around the hatches. Acid washed and neutralized the wood and put on three coats of sealer. I’m trying out a sealer for the next couple of seasons instead of varnish. It gives that nice “raw” wood look, but is sealed from the elements. Also the continuing maintenance will be easier to keep up on. It’s water based and goes on clean and fast.
So far so good on that project. Time will tell. It’s kind of like putting 6 or 8 coats of good varnish on a piece of furniture and then putting it out in the sun and elements and maintaining it or sealing a deck that is in the elements and keeping it up. HUGE difference.
I had my Myrtle beach side of the family down for a nice vacation. Our granddaughter Riana came down for a couple of weeks and then the rest of the crew showed up to finish it off and they all flew home together. It was a good time and it was the first time they found a couple days off in a few years to take a break. The are buys supplying the world with Longboards. Be sure and visit them on the internet and get yourself a board and knee pads and elbow pads as well as a helmet. Happy skating.
I’m working on a few new Fort Myers Beach sailing packages for you this year to make it affordable to take you out on a private charter and give you some beach time as well as some sailing time and make it just for your group. It will be 1 to 6 persons, one price, with a nice agenda and a continental breakfast, beach stop, snacks and sailing. It will also be one nice price. Keep checking out the site for details as they are created.
Are you a bit south and want to go sailing in Naples? We are not that far away. Salty Sam’s Marina is located a the north end of Estero Island (Fort Myers Beach). Check the “Directions” link at the site and you’ll see that we are just up the coast and it’s one of the most beautiful rides from Naples. You drive right by Lovers Key State Park which if you blur your eyes just a bit you could be in any Caribbean Island you choose. It’s beautiful.
I also have to announce that I have had to raise my price of the “Sunset Sail Celebration” for this coming season. Dang it. I hate doing that but as we all can see it takes just a few more dollars each month to keep all of us afloat. Pun intended. I can pretty much put my finger on it as the cost of fuel and electricity. So I’ve decided to toss in a couple of things to say, “Thanks for your understanding…”
Since Panacea is the most comfortable sailing vessel on the seas and you have so many options of lounging on the foredeck or aft deck or our extra large covered center cockpit, I want to give you that memory to take home. Each person, couple or group will have there photo taken, processed, framed and given to you at the end of the sail. Our complements. It’s something we have done in the past and sold for $5.00 per photo. Now on the “Sunset Sail Celebration Sail” the photos are free.
ALSO I have a, what I call, a “Rum Something” concoction that has become a hit on a lot of our overnight charters. I want you to have a taste of it. So… On the “Sunset Sail Celebration” we will toast to the Daily Transition of Life just before Sunset.
And if that’s not enough we will continue enjoy a 9 year tradition aboard Capt. Paul’s vessels with the “Original Conch Off“. That’s right I started that on our original charter vessel Magic Wind here in Fort Myers Beach and it has been happening nightly for the past 9 years ever sense. One luck and blessed person aboard Panacea becomes the “Conch Master” of the evening and there photo is added to the “Conch Blowers Hall of Fame” at our website. Whew! and to top it off, they receive a “Certificate of Achievement” to hang on whatever it is they hang things on.
I may even break out my guitar or ukulele and play a tune or two or bust out some magic. I’ve been a professional magician for the past 45 years. This is going to be too much fun… Oh wait, there’s no such thing as too much fun.
So we are proud to say our “Sunset Sail Celebration” is the best, most comfortable and fun way to enjoy a Sunset here while sailing in Fort Myers Beach Florida.
Alright, enough news for the moment. Give me your comments below. I can use your thoughts. Without your feedback, I’ll just keep doing what I like best, throw a good party and hope you come along for the ride.
Check the website often. Watch the videos. Visit the new “Live Photo Feed.” Watch the “Conch Hall of Fame” page grow. But I can only say in closing, CALL EARLY. I book up fast and I really want to take you for a ride on the most amazing cruising vessel Panacea. You will fall in love as many have with her 6′ 7″ headroom, 2 restrooms and spacious deck space. We have cool water, mixed nuts and fresh fruit available while you are on board.
I can’t believe that I can start a project list, then put it in a general priority, then by the time the next day rolls around, I’ve added new stuff and the priorities have changed. I know, I’m whining, but sometimes I wish projects would just be nice, clean and tidy as well as have 3 steps that just fall into place. But it is not the way with boats.
So the fridge is running a bit more that normal. After looking everyplace else, I go to slide the drip pan out from under the freezer. It’s always in the last place you look. Here is a photo of the ice burg that collected there. The problem was the ice wrapped around the thermostat sensor the brain of the fridge was saying, “This place is cold enough, I think I’ll shut down.” Then 30 seconds later, it was saying, “Nope, I need to keep running.” On and off. On and off… Take out the ice burg and problem solved.
Now Panacea has been very forgiving lately. I’ve concentrated on maintaining and not fixing anything. I don’t want to fix a thing, I want to just take care of it before it happens being in the bilge with 6 foot seas telling me what a wimp I am. Maintain, not fix! Let me say that again… “Maintain, not fix.”
For example, I’m putting in new port lights. You know, those little port holes around the cabin of a boat. I have 21 of them on Panacea. Three different sizes. So I’m working on the first 10. I have 5 in stock and as of this point I have 3 in place. The first one took me 5 days as I had to keep running up to the hardware store to buy stuff to fix the mistakes that I was making. The second one took me 5 hours. Now that’s a vast improvement. The third one took me 5 hours too. I made all new mistakes and had to fix them and also deal with some wood rot in the forward cabin.
I’m going in for number four in the next day or two. I have a new plan. It should only take about 2.5 hours. Keep you fingers crossed.
60 feet of new AC hose went into the bilge to run the two AC units aboard. As you can see, they were really needed.
I’m so glad I love working on boats. If I didn’t, I’d run for the boarder and get out of Dodge. This weeks projects are to fix a bad hose in the back storage locker as well as install the old stern ladder. I’ve also got just some general stuff like an oil change, check clamps throughout and then clean strainers as well as stop a leak in the aft cabin on the starboard side. I’ve been chasing this one for a while. I think it’s coming from the toe rail and around a port light, so re-beding may be the answer. More goop.
A continuation of this blog…
Now it’s May 27th 2013. Alex and I fixed the bad drain hose to the aft locker. Done. Wow, was that hose bad or what. this is what a 33 year old hose that has been put behind a wall with all the cabinetry in place looks like. It was installed and then the interior was placed and installed. I think they said, “oh what the heck, that hose will never have to be changed in the life of this boat…” Wrong. So how it’s changed and a nice clear running hose is in place. Alex had to put in an 8 inch inspection plate to get to it, but we didn’t have to tear out a wall.
At the same time, Alex installed the old swim ladder. Cal my welder had to make new plates and weld them up with new backing plates. All is in place and everything is great. A permanent swim ladder again.
The oil has been changed. New hose clamps on the PSS shaft seal. The bilge has been cleaned. A few new wire connections have been improved. I even had a new depth gauge put in. It’s a Raymarine ST-40. Numbers that can actually be read from the helm. What a concept. Oh yea and a new propane regulator. The old one was getting a bit crusty so remember, “Maintain, don’t fix.”
I had Chris of Ocean Rigging come over and climb both masts and inspect the rigging. She has a good clean bill of health. He did point out a couple things for me to save up for in the future, but all is well.
Hey, I’ve got to get this published and then catch you up about our May sailing trip with some other boats from C dock. So I’m out a here.
If you haven’t noticed, I have not posted in a while. Seems like all the info ends up on FaceBook, Twitter and in personal emails, Skype and Facetime. But I still have this place to rant and ramble. So I’m back again. Jotting down my thoughts and enjoying life as a sailor.
I have a friend on the list to get a liver transplant. Brother Dan is his name and he is now living in Florida. I’m a very lucky guy to have him in my life. His caregiver and significant other continues to help keep him alive and pretty darn healthy for a guy in end stage liver disease.
He’s a singer / song writer and continues to perform, write and record. If that’s not enough, he’s a videographer too. So he’s taking on projects and enhancing peoples life through his art of video. You can check him out at: http://www.BrotherDanPalmer.com. You can also join his “Tribe” at http://HumanTribeProject.com and search for Brother Dan Palmer. Click on the link and then click “sign in”. At that point register to become a member. You will be able to interact and get to know a pretty amazing person.
Speaking of health issues… Most of us know someone that has HepC or maybe a friend of a friend. Well there is a cure now, but two companies are not playing together and the cure may not be supplied. You need to go to http://www.HepC-Cured.org. Read about it and if you are comfortable, sign the petition. Just follow your heart and at least share this information with your friends. 4 million Americans alone and millions Worldwide are suffering everyday and will die if this is allowed to continue.
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On a brighter note, the World is a much better place with the Global Love Project. http://GlobalLoveProject.com. Founder Aine Belton has given the World a place where positive energy is number one. She has created eBooks for you and gives them away FREE. She has organized “Love In’s” Worldwide and continues to share posts and meditations. Get up there and get a dose of Love. It will make your inner Spirit shine.
There’s a new attraction at Salty Sam’s Marina here in Fort Myers Beach. It’s called Jet Boat Fun. Remember about 3 years back, I sold my sailing charter business to Capt. Dan? Well he has now added a new boat to his fleet. It’s a jet boat named Hot Tuna. http://www.JetBoatFun.com. If you are into going fast and spinning around in a boat on the back bay, getting your heart rate up and peeing your pants, this is the ride for you. Tell him I sent you over there and he’ll buy me a beer. Now that’s a good deal. Good luck Capt. Dan & Dianne. Oh by the way, remember my first mate Alex? He is the Captain of Hot Tuna. Sometimes he sails with me, but most of the time, he’s on call for Jet Boat Fun. We miss you Alex, but congratulations on becoming a captain.
As for sailing in Fort Myers Beach… We are alive and well. Panacea has new bottom paint, varnish, some new hoses, some clamps, some new wiring, cleaner connections and a rebuild thru hull as well as a new fuel filter and an old one taken out of the system and her sails have been re-sewed. She is sailing on the Gulf of Mexico with style. She’s looking good and feeling good and sailing GREAT.
She a project of Love. Piece by piece and thousands of dollars keep her together and ready for you and your family or guests. We are revamping the website soon with very special 2 and 3 day packages. Look for them up at http://www.FantaSeaSailing.com by mid to late December.
So that catches us up for now. The Christmas week is booking up fast, so if you are going to be here and want to get out on the most comfortable sailing vessel at the beach, just give me a call, 888-582-9046 and I’ll get you on the books. Call early to get the days you want.
Fort Myers Beach Sailing is alive. When you board you enjoy tropical music and as always, we have fresh fruit and mixed nuts available for snacking. We do have cool water too, but bring your own adult and soft drinks and any food you want. We have ice and refrigerator space too.
It’s Thanksgiving. I have a life that I’m thankful for. It’s a good life, filled with friends and family from all over the World. Thank you all for being a part of my family and friends. Here’s to a wonderful sailing season for us all…
See you on the Dock…
Well August and September are slipping away. August is already gone and September is about half way there. The sailing comes to a screeching halt in September. Sure a few wonderful people fall into my lap and for that I’m truly thankful, but for the most part, I get a lot of overanalyzing done. I change everything and put it all back together and start fresh.
It’s a time for rebirth and contemplation. A time for research and of course a time for maintenance. Panacea is getting ready for the season. Alex is varnishing. The hull is getting ready to be waxed. My diver Mike is down every 3 weeks trimming the weeds that grow on the bottom. My sails were just redone. I’m trying to sew hatch covers and the cushions are going to be redone too.
Along with that, is all the general checking hoses, clamps, fluid changes, through hull checks, wiring chasing and connection checks. Installing new fans, led lights cleaning and repairing wood and upgrading some appliances.
All this is put on a list and then put in order of importance. And as I go through the list and cross a few things off, I find new things to put on the list. That’s the way it goes…
And then, BANG! Something pops up the goes to the top of the list and everything comes to a halt as we do what needs to be done, then we re-prioritize the list and start the process over.
Every now and then, we go sailing and put our feet up and take a breath. So when you are sailing with me and I look like I’m enjoying this even more than you are, well I guess I am. It’s my vacation too. That’s why I look so happy to be on the water and so excited that everything is running so smooth. I love my life! I love my work! I love my play!
You have probably noticed that the website has been updated lately. It’s under a slow reconstruction. Nothing major, but new and different information. I’ve added some ads from people that have some good stuff out there. Be sure and visit their sites and enjoy their wares. There’s some relevant Google ads on the bottom of the front page. I’ll see how those work out and try to keep them unobtrusive.
Coupons? Yep. I have coupons. I’ve had to raise my prices this year, on the half day sail, but if you check the new “Need a Coupon” link on the front page, you can save some money now and then, so check ’em out and check ’em often to see if there is a coupon you can use on your next sail. I will be rotating a few of them, so snag and print the ones that you can use.
There is a big project coming up that I’m working on. I think all you sailors and sailing enthusiasts will enjoy. It’s in the drawing stages but looks like it will be up and running by the first of the year. I’m excited about it and it’s hard not to say too much, so I’ll just leave it at that.
Also… Dang, can’t say anything about that either.
So keep checking back to keep up on my crazy ideas and projects. Maybe I just have too much time on my hands right now. I may come to my senses and drop everything and get back to the simple life as listed above.
I’ve become an ORGANizer for Life Link of Florida. Something to do in my spare time. Yea. I’m traveling around, doing health fairs, festivals driver training’s and whatever they want me to do to get out there and get the word out that we ALL need to be organ donors.
I have a friend that needs a transplant. I got involved in being one of his support team caregivers. I’ve learned so much, but most of all I learned that there are more people out there needing organs than there are donors. This is just not right. I mean, what are you going to do with those ol’ parts when you don’t need ’em anymore.
This is also compounded with the fact that most organ donors, when they pass, do not qualify to donate their organs for one reason or another. Which widens that gap in the recipient and donors equation.
So are you an organ donor? If not, we need to talk. It’s easy to get the information. It’s a personal decision. All I can suggest is get educated, understand that when you are done with your organs, you can save 8 lives and impact hundreds of people by becoming a donor. Be a hero! You really don’t need to take ’em with you. Give life instead.
Go to http://www.DonateLifeAmerica.com. Read the information. Ask questions. Make an informed decision and then pick your state and register. It’s easy. It’s important. You will save lives and you never know when you or a friend or loved one my need a part to stay alive. Thanks in advance.
If you are a donor, go up and check the registry. I some cases, a few years ago, the DMV didn’t talk well with the registry and some people were not transfered to the new system, so it’s important to check and make sure all you wishes and information is correct. It just takes a few minutes. If yo don’t find your record, just re-register and that’s that. You can then go up at anytime and make changes, change your mind or update your profile.
Everyone should be a donor. You guys are the best!
Well the good news is, at least for us in SW Florida is as of the 11:00 a.m. National Hurricane Centers forecast is that Isaac is moving a little more to the west as time progresses. For us, it means less wind and water. We are still going to get the left side of the storm so late Sunday, Monday and into Tuesday, we are going to have an interesting early week.
At this point, we are taking the storm seriously. We have plenty of water, food, candles, flashlights, emergency radios and two way CB, VHF and SSB communication equipment. We are watching and gathering all the information we can and making decisions hourly as to what precautions to take at what time.
Today, I’m reading the house and boat for a tropical storm. We are putting anything that will turn into a projectile in the garage. We are helping the neighbors do the same. We are tying down anything else that may fly through windows and such.
Tomorrow will be the time I make the decision of wether to take down sails, solar panels and such, but we will have Saturday and Sunday to finish up the prep.
Here’s another good link that is loaded with different models for storms. Mike puts out a good page of info. It is very graphic intensive and loads slow, but the results are worth the wait. Has a lot of stuff from everywhere all in the same place. Helps us to understand where and when things happen.
Just going to bed and wanted to show you the difference in last nights track and tonight’s.
He looks like he is heading more to the west now. That’s good. At this point that’s a good thing for our storm serge here in Fort Myers Beach. We will catch the east side of Ivan which is usually the side that gets a heck of a lot of water and wind, but the serge will be less which translates into less damage from water.
Well, we’re starting to get emails and calls about our safety here in Fort Myers Beach so it’s time to start keeping you updated on the skinny that’s happening down here in paradise.
Tropical Storm Isaac is brewing in the Atlantic Ocean and the track as of 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 22 is that it is heading to Cuba. At that point it may swing west to the Yucatan Peninsula, east to the Atlantic side of Miami, or if it stays on the track it’s on now, he’s coming to Fort Myers, Lee County.
So we are watching closely.
The plan at this point is to watch until Friday and then make the call to strip the boat, add more dock lines and get her ready for a projected category 1 hurricane. Until then, life goes on here.
We have a dinner party tonight with some great friends that are leaving for Ohio on Friday. (Hmmm, did they know something that we didn’t?) And I’m taking a half day sailing charter out tomorrow. Sailing in Fort Myers Beach as normal.
We never take these things lightly though. We are making lists, making sure we have plenty of batteries and radios. Checking the first aid supplies and making plan A, B’s and C’s.
I’ll keep you updated as things progress. Even if it doesn’t give us a direct hit, Isaac is big. Monday will be an interesting day for us here. At the least wind and lots of rain…
Thanks for checking in here and please leave your comments and suggestions below. This is an interactive blog you know. I’ll answer questions and give advice if you have a problem or two.