The Lost Blogs… Saved.

The following Blog posts were taken from the web site hosted blog page. I am eliminating that page and wanted to keep them in the archives, so out of place they are, but saved. Capt. Paul

Back at Home, Back on the Water

Operating a successful sailing charter business in Fort Myers Beach is a dream come true. Sailing in Fort Myers Beach is one of the most relaxing events you can add to your vacation plans. Even if you are a full time resident of Florida, sailing on the Gulf of Mexico is a way to de-stress your life and enjoy some time together. I really do love what I do. I’m proud of my vessel Panacea and keep her ready to go to the many exotic destinations we have here in Southwest Florida.


My wife Pat and I take the time to have business meetings several times a week. We try to involve Maggie our “sea dog” and pick special places where we can talk, plan and be grateful for the amazing customers, clients, friends and family that we surround ourselves with. It’s just the way we do business.

As you can see in this photo, we are discussing the budget plans for the next quarter, marketing materials, Internet specials, how to handle the drop in the US dollar and our 401k… Well maybe we are just having a glass of wine and feeling the sun on our faces as it drops into the sea. Yea, that’s probably it. We’re tired of discussing all the weird stuff in the world and are pointing our energies and thoughts to the positive.

Gratitude and Thankfulness is what we are focusing on. We appreciate what we have and no matter what level that is on, at any given time, we are grateful for it all, embrace it and share it in anyway we can.

I just lost a friend last week and was just notified that another one may not make it very much longer. I’m not dwelling on the loss’s, but celebrating what they were in my life for and being thankful for what I have in my life “now” as well as reflecting on what this journey is all about. Thanks my friends for nudging me and waking me up now and then.

I have some great friends that are now official “Snowbirds.” They have escaped the snow and ice of Minnesota and are spending 6 months in sunny Florida this year. The term Snowbird is hard for them to swallow, so the term is “Extended Vacation” for the time being. It’s wonderful to have them here and we sure enjoy sharing time with them.


On that same note, they picked up a place on the beach and shot a picture of Panacea sailing by the other day. It’s a GREAT shot of Panacea sailing north along the coast of Estero Island, through the trees in their sandy front yard. I love their place andPanacea looks great sailing by. Thanks Guys.

I also want you to know that for all those texting addicts out there, I have a system now that you can receive information and discounts, that vary off and on, right on your phone. Just text the word, SAIL to 77948. Bring the text to the boat and receive your discount when you pay for your sail. It’s also a great way for me to shoot you specials and updated information that you may need. I don’t send things to your phone, you have to send the text to receive the information, so do it now and then to see what’s up.

I also have, in place, a way for you to buy your tickets directly online, print them at home and bring them to the boat for your sail. It’s through Brown Paper Tickets and you will see the link on the website when you click on the “Daily Schedule” link.

ALSO you can check out our new “Reservation Availability Calendar.” It has, pretty close to, real time updates of what tickets are available for the day of your sail, black out times, special events, etc. So it can be as easy as this:

1. Pick a day you want to sail.
2. Check the Reservation Availability Calendar for the number of tickets available. (We are proud to sail with only 6 persons.)
3. Go to the Daily Schedule page. Look for your desired package, click, buy and print your tickets.

NOTE: You may also call the number, 888-582-9046 and talk with me directly to make reservations and check for up to the minute availability. I always take reservations over the phone.

Well I’m going to go clean some metal this afternoon. It’s a beautiful day here in Fort Myers Beach and I’m going to take advantage of it.

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Custom Overnight Charters, Dolphin Experience and The Short Sail are all considered custom and you have to call on the phone, 888-582-9046, to make those reservations. Reservations for ALL sails can be taken over the phone, anytime you want to call.

I’ll see you on the dock…

Capt. Paul West
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It’s SO Good to Be Home & At Sea


It’s so good to be home. The road trip was uneventful which is a real success when you think about it. Not that we didn’t have events, but everything worked on the car, no problems with people, traffic, cops, etc…

We traveled from MN to KS to visit Pat’s Brothers and family. It was a great night dinner, and breakfast the next morning we get up then off again. This time to Myrtle Beach to visit Brad, Stacie and the kids. We stayed 4 days and enjoyed our time together.

Then off to Florida. A nice 11 hour trip where we changed the


world and fixed it all up. We’re so smart when it comes to creating a world for the two of us. It’s perfect. Now the hard part… Getting the rest of the World to go along with us. I’ll work on that next.


As soon as we got to town, I had a couple of charters that needed some time on the water. Good for me too, I was really ready to get Panacea out of the slip and run some water under her keel. The first charter was a couple from Germany with their three kids. It was a nice 4 hour sail on the Gulf of Mexico with good wind and a puffy cloud day. What more could we ask for.


It was a good day to blow out the cobwebs from this ‘ol brain of mine. Forgetting to flip switches and learning how to run the auto pilot again were just a couple of the things. I thought the CD player was on the fritz, but my mate Alex went and fixed it… I asked him what was wrong and he said I didn’t have the “Stereo” switch turned on, on the panel… He’s such a master of things.

I run an ad on Alex Dorsey’s website, He’s a good friend and we enjoy the same love for sailing. He’s sailing the world and it’s a great blog that if you are interested in what it’s like out there, alone, on a boat, you should read it. In fact read it from the beginning. You’ll get caught up on the project and be amazed a the wealth of information you’ll pick up. But be prepared for a long read. He’s been out there for years, and blogging since the beginning.

Also pick up his CD’s. Great stuff there and you are supporting a sailor that just wants to share his life and be free. Once you read the blogs, you’ll understand.


So I get a call from Luso and Claudia. Friends of Alex’s and have been in Florida building a boat for 10 years and needed a shot in the arm to help them realize what they were doing.


They’ve been building a 47′ Schooner. It was an empty shell when they bought her and they are trying to get her finished before they leave to travel to South America. He’s from Brazil and she’s from Columbia. They are an amazing couple.

Now that they got out on the water again, they realize that a boat is never finished and they need to just get out there and sail. So December, they move her to a new anchorage and run her up for sea trials and off they go. Best of luck my friends. Stay in touch and thanks for coming into our lives.

We have a few days of weather coming up at the moment, so I’m going to take care of some projects that need to be done and continue to move into our little place here on the beach. Time to relax a bit, shake off the road dust and get that long awaited sand between our toes.


2012 is going to be a bumper season down here, so get those reservations in soon. People are fed up with all the politics, and other crap being heaped onto us and are just saying ____ __ and getting out to have some fun. So plan early.

We are expecting to get busy and want to show you the best that Fort Myers Beach has to offer. Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico is one of the best deals you can do down here for that “Special” entertainment you are looking for. Let us be your guides.

As we’ve always said, “You call as a client, board as a friend and leave as family.” We stick to that statement and show you the best time you’ll have here on the beach. That’s what’s kept me charter sailing here for the past 6 years.

Pick up the phone and let me tell you how we can enhance your vacation at an affordable price. Be sure and check out the “Text” offer on the “Home Page.” It may save you a couple of bucks.

We look forward to your visit. Be safe on your travels…

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I’ll see you on the dock…
Capt. Paul West
FantaSea Sailing “Sailing the Sun Coast of Florida to the Keys

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The Last Leg on Tuesday

Every time Pat and I travel, by car, around this wonderful country of ours, we enjoy the diverse beautiful land, people, towns and nature that we see. It puts things in perspective for us and gets our juices flowing on different projects in our lives. We become more thankful and grateful for the people in our lives and we embrace the energy and the power that makes it all happen. It’s a pretty cool thing.


But as we get closer to our home, it’s like leading a horse to the barn. We get excited and trot a bit faster and just can’t wait to get our toes in the sand and a rum something in our hands. Panacea is sitting and waiting for us to take the lines off the dock and get some water passing under her keel and we are ready to let her take us to the best cruising waters in SW Florida.

It’s good to see the kids here in Myrtle beach too. Brad and Stacie are doing fine and the grandkids are getting bigger. Riana is just hitting 13 and Mallory is at 8 now. Where does the time go. That’s why we enjoy every precious moment of our lives. We just don’t want anything to slip away.


My daughter, Nadine just had a birthday today too. She’s a special lady and way too many miles are between us right now. I talked to her and all is well.

So all in all things are going just fine. Life is treating us well and we are very happy. Lot’s of changes coming up soon, so I’ll keep you posted.

I want to remind all of you to look at the “Internet Only Specials” every once and a while. There may be a sailing deal that you may want to take advantage of. Be sure and jump on it if you see it, because the plan is to change, add and subtract them off and on so you can have the sailing experience you are planning on.

I just want to thank everyone for sailing with us at FantaSea Sailing. We truly do love what we do. Let us share it with you like we have for the past 6 years here in Fort Myers Beach. If you’ve sailed with me in the past, you know what I’m talking about.

Remember: Half Day AdventuresSunset Celebration Sails & Full Moon Voyages. Call now for information.

I’ll see you on the dock…

FantaSea Sailing “Sailing the Sun Coast of Florida to the Keys

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888-582-9046 Toll Free

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Feeling Grateful & Thankful

Remember: You can click on a photo to enlarge it…

You know, when you board Panacea to take a sail with us, we are all dedicated to making your stay aboard the best experience it can be. We strive to make you feel comfortable and at ease about what we are about to experience together. When you leave us, we are in hopes that you have gotten a glimpse into the World of Sailing. Well at least the best 20% of boat ownership. That’s what sailing in Fort Myers Beach is all about.

Boat ownership is wonderful. It’s amazing. It is the best thing in the World as far as I’m concerned. Sure it’s like varnishing a nice piece of furniture and putting it in your front yard and let the rain, wind and sun eat away at it, but that’s where the challenge comes in. I’d like to say it’s a piece of cake, but it’s a lot of hard work and I don’t do it alone.

No one sees the side of making sure all the lines are in the right place at the right time, cleaning the heads, wiping down the inside with oil, washing the laundry, dishes and bilges. Replacing lines, going up the mast. Tweaking the electronics, making detailed chart plans and destinations, making reservations,  polishing metal, patching glass, cooking, cleaning, grill repairs, oil changes, filter changes, line inspections, hose inspections, hardware inspections, replacing clamps, checking through hulls and just touching her in all the places that she likes to be touched. It really is a labor of Love.

Brad Rush
Brad Rush

We do it all, all of the time so that when you step aboard, you can have the feeling of confidence and comfort, pop a beer and put your feet up so you leave your cares behind and just enjoy the magic of the sea and sailing on the amazing cruising vessel Panacea.

I want to take a moment here and thank all of the wonderful friends, family and workers that help keep Panacea running and in tip top shape. I mean she was born 34 years ago, so she does require a bit of hands on maintenance.

Alex Frankian - Sea Horse
Alex Frankian – Sea Horse

First there’s Alex Frankian. The Sea Horse. Now he’ll tell you that he got that name by working like a horse, but if you ask me sometime, I’ll tell you the story behind that. Alex has been there since the beginning. He and Fredie were my crew when I brought Panacea home from the Florida Keys. That was in 2010. So she’s been with me for 4.5 years now.

Alex, Fredie and Tom started immediately with scraping and sanding all the wood. Painting the decks, clearing out all of the last owners stuff and moving on my junk. It was a 2 week project that should have taken a month. I was proud of them all.

Alex stuck it out and became my 1st mate. We sailed a lot. We mostly sailed on many types of overnight charters to Key West, Marathon, Bahia Honda, the Dry Tortugas, Cabbage Key, Burnt Store Marina, Naples, Marco Island and points between. Day sails, night sails, it was a great partnership, but in 2013 Alex picked up his captains license and off he went to other adventures. He still gets his hands dirty now and then and I’m thankful for that. He’s a good friend and always will be.

John Coriell
John Coriell

When Alex moved on, I did a lot of the day sails myself. Panacea and I love working together. She is set up so that it is easy to run everything single handed. As I was sailing, I started using John Coriell as my 1st mate. It was a good mix. We call it, “Two old guys and a boat.” We have a ball and John is easy to be around.

He came into my life in 2009. In 2010, he was looking for a boat to live on for a while, so since Pat and I were heading up to Minnesota for August and September, we put John on Panacea for 4 or 5 months. He took good care of her and then I couldn’t seem to shake him loose. It was easier to just put him to work. John has had some boat experience and seemed to know his way around, so he became my mate. It’s been good so far, so we continue to play. (It’s hard to call it work.)


Phil Compart
Phil Compart

This past April, one of Pat’s road managers, Phil, decided he needed to get out of the frozen north (MN) and thaw out down here in Florida. The room was being used here at our place, so I put him up in the forward cabin on Panacea. He packs light and he loves boats. It was another good mix. Now he’s also a woodworker and has the best work ethics I have ever seen. He loves his coffee and works from morning into the night to get a project done and out of the way. Something really unique to SW Florida.

Pat/Trish/"The Boss"
Pat/Trish/”The Boss”

So I needed to get some varnish on and between Phil, John, my son-in-law Brad and myself, we all knocked it out. First the toe rail then the hatches, eyebrows and other trim. At the time of this writing, there are 4 coats on everything, I’m continuing on to get it up to 8 to 10 coats so the maintenance will be easier.


These are the people that you see on the scene most of the time. I also have a diver that goes down every month to keep her bottom clean. Alan and Cynthia with Cheyenne Diving have been doing one of the best jobs that I have had down here. Thanks guys for the before and after photos. You’re great.

Then there are the places that help me out with parts, canvas and sails as well as everything in between. People like Kirk Martin (Sails), West Marine, Dexter’s Canvas, and the pump guys, filter guys, Ace Hardware, all the people that call and say, “I’m at (fill in the blank), do you need anything and the Cruzan Rum Company. It requires a lot of dedicated people that do what they do best to keep us sailing in Fort Myers Beach.

I also have to mention that Bonita Bill’s Bar/Restaurant & Marina host a “Marine Swap Meet” every 3rd Sunday each year. I can’t thank you enough for helping me find those hard to find things and letting me set up a table to get rid of all the “boat junk” that has and always will end up in my bilge, garage and storage shed.

Capt. Paul
Capt. Paul


I have lots of changes coming up in my life and business, so keep an eye on the website for updates. I will continue sailing in Fort Myers Beach and Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico. It is exactly where I want to be. Call when you can. Drop me an email form the site. I’m here for you as well as the bunch of people that you don’t see around, but they are there… Lurking like Pirates in the night… (That phrase reminds me of a funny story I’ll tell some day soon. Thanks Fredie)

I’ll see you on the Dock…
Capt. Paul
s/v Panacea

Summertime, Sailing & Lovin’ Life

Panacea taking a break on the hook
Panacea taking a break on the hook.

You can click on the following photos to enlarge them.

Yep. That’s right, I be bloggin’… It’s something that takes me a bit to get started, but once I put the fingers to the keys, It just pours out and I get my butt in a sling for saying stuff that I shouldn’t or maybe I’ll just leave it alone this time and keep the emails under control. Yea right.

Pat in her amazing office.
Pat in her amazing office.

So what’s going on you ask? I’m glad you asked that question. I’m sitting here about 3 minutes from the marina where Panacea sits quietly in her slip waiting to go sailing tomorrow. The air is not working here, so it’s just over 80 degrees inside and climbing. I think someone will be out in a bit, but it is SW Florida. I forgot to ask which Wednesday evening they would come by. The fans are doing great and the sun is a couple of hours from setting, so all is well.

I stole a Red Stripe from someone that put ’em in the fridge and a little rum too was knocked down and I’m settling in for a good evening.

By the way, we did take a personal trip to Key West on Panacea a couple of weeks ago. We had a ball and sometimes I look at the weather too closely. I looked for a few days before we left for the perfect weather window and I found it. We were going to leave on Sunday, but the best travel day was on Monday the 5th. It was a good window for

Dante's Tiki Bar & Pool
Dante’s Tiki Bar & Pool

the 24 hour sail down. Clear skies a half moon, 10 to 15 mph of wind from the east and 2 to 4 foot seas. Nice. Nothing on the nose.

My only concern was, as I was looking at the “future” cast, I didn’t see a good window to head east from Key west to Bahia Honda or Marathon. I looked and looked at different sites just trying to find one I liked. Nope. I didn’t see one. But everyone wanted to go and get into some clean water and good sailing, so I reluctantly said, “Let’s just go and we’ll figure it out later.” Not my best move.

It was a GREAT sail down. Pulled into the Galleon Marina on Tuesday around 2:00 p.m. and took a quick nap and off to town. We were settling in for the next 3 days to do what we do in Key West. Then it came time to pull out and head east, on the Atlantic side in Hawk Channel. Nope. 25+ knots of wind and 5 to 7 foot seas on our nose. So

Phil Fixing Stuff - Alternator
Phil Fixing Stuff – Alternator

off to the dock master to grab another day in the marina. This pattern happened for the next 5 days.

We knew we were going to have to get jobs or move to the anchorage that was rocking the boats 45 degrees to 45 degrees, 24/7. I found a window to head north instead. 32 hours of 9 to 12 knots of wind with 1.6 to 2 food seas. Yea right.

Now I have to say we were traveling with another boat named Satori which had Nick and Megan aboard. This was they’re madden voyage. 3 footers in the channel not so bad. 15 miles north, we settled into 3 to 5’s and 4 to 6’s from the east as well as a SE breeze of 15ish knots. All was well for our waypoint at the SC marker just outside of Matanzas Pass in Fort Myers Beach.

Left to Right: Pat, John & Phil - The Crew!
Left to Right: Pat, John & Phil – The Crew!

Then around 12:30 we were in 7 to 10’s and being battered. Time to change the waypoint to Marco Island just a mere 20 miles to our east. After being tossed around for 3 to 4 hours, we pulled into a semi dark channel with 3 storms coming in from different directions. Southwest, east and north west.

We pulled into the Compass Rose Marina a bit after 4:00 a.m. and I went to bed as the rest of the crew had a beer and decompressed.

We got up 5 hours later and headed north and arrived at Salty Sam’s Marina in Fort Myers Beach around 6:00 p.m. It was a beautiful day of sailing from Marco Island except for the squall 4 miles out. It was a good fresh water wash and all was well.

Nick and Megan are now sailors. They did great and Satori took very good care of them too. She’s a 44 foot Morgan/Catalina. A fast well appointed vessel. I’m glad to have them a friends/family. I love ’em both.

Smallest Bar in the World - Key West
Smallest Bar in the World – Key West

That’s the crib notes on the Key West trip. As always there is so much more to tell, but I’m not going to share everything. It’s Key West you know and we always come away with magic and secrets. As those Pirates say, “Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies…”

That’s right, Panacea is in GREAT shape. She can take more than I can and she proved it again. I believe in her and I don’t think I need to go through those tests anymore. She’s the safest boat I’ve ever sailed. She’s 17 tons of boat. Cuts through the best seas and I just have this feeling that the tests will continue to be tossed at us now and then. It’s the way of the sea and of boats.

It was a good vacation. We loved, learned and enjoyed. We all will never forget the power of the sea and we will always appreciate Panacea as she lives up to her name. “The Elixir that fixes

Poor Megan. It's Irish Kevin's
Poor Megan. It’s Irish Kevin’s

everything. The cure for all ills.”

So we are still sailing in Fort Myers Beach. You can book a charter aboard Panacea and see for yourself just what a comfortable vessel she is. Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico is always a treat. Don’t pass up coming aboard and sharing a sail with your friends and/or family.

Next time you visit here, I’ll be talking about the care and feeding of the vessel Panacea and those that keep her in the amazing shape she’s in. Join me here in the near future. Check back often and REMEMBER, this is an interactive blog. Make comments. Ask questions. I’m here for you.

Sail on sailors, sail on…

See you on the dock…

Capt. Paul
s/v Panacea
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"Sunshine" We Hadn't Seen Her in 16 Years. Jackpot!
“Sunshine” We Hadn’t Seen Her in 16 Years. Jackpot!

Panacea and Satori
Panacea and Satori

A Key West Sunset
A Key West Sunset
Espresso Martini's - The White Pelican
Espresso Martini’s – The White Pelican

Our Sailing Season in 2014 is Amazing!

Panacea taking a break on the hook
Panacea taking a break on the hook

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.

1st Mate John Coriell
1st Mate John Coriell

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…

See you on the dock…

Capt. Paul
s/v Panacea

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Sailin' & Hangin'
Sailin’ & Hangin’

It’s Time to Sail

Summer here in Fort Myers Beach is winding down. October is gone.  Twenty-seven more days of hurricane season and the north and east winds are starting to prevail. We’ve had a few fronts move through already and the mucky water that has slowed down from the lake…

Gorden Pass Naples, FL
Gorden Pass Naples, FL

Time to sail here in SW Florida. Our Sunset Sail Celebration are happening again. We’ve added some nice changes and tweaks to our Sunset Sail Celebration. You now have photos available on line to save and print and we toast the Sunset with our “Panacea Punch Rum Something.”

You can check out the photos of our guests and other adventures at and click on the “Live Photo Feed” link on the right of the home page.

Hey! Do you want to save some money? Me too. I have our new “Poopon Time Deal” happening right now. Go to the main page and click on the link on the right hand side of the page.

This Poopon Deal will save you 35% on an amazing sailing package. Go check it out. It’s on a timer and you have to pay attention. It has rules. I hate RULES! But I have to have a few for this one. I know you’re going to like it. Be prepared to bookmark the page… Enough said, just go check it out.

Ft. Myers Sailing
Capt. Paul
s/v Panacea

Panacea is doing just fine. She is slowly getting new port lights installed. It’s a process, but if I can get one or two done each month then in a year or two, I’ll have ’em all done. If I could get to the point of getting the install done with out spending all the time of fixing my mistakes I’m sure it would expedite the process…

So go check out the new additions to the site. Check out the new deal and watch the weather. Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico is amazing this time of year.

As the Captain of Panacea and owner of FantaSea Sailing I want you to invite you come and go sailing in Fort Myers Beach. If you are in Cape Coral or Naples and want to go sailing, it’s a short drive, and a beautiful one, to Salty Sam’s Marina to get to the dock.

Just Sailing...So if you are local and friends come to town or you are visiting us from out of town, welcome home. I’m here for you and if you need anything don’t hesitate to give me a call at one of the two numbers below.

I’m in Myrtle Beach right now with the kids, but I’ll be back on Monday.

See you on the dock…

Capt. Paul

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That’s Right, I’m Back… Again.

Capt. Paul
Capt. Paul

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
Sailing Panacea

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.

Sailing Naples
Maggie & Mallory

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.

Sailing Cape Coral
My buddy Brad

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.

Fort Myers Sailing
Sailing Into the Sunset

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…”

Sailing in Fort Myers Beach
A Conch Master in the Conch Blowers Hall of Fame

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.

Fort Myers Beach Sailing
John C. & Pat “Headin’ South”

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.

Call NOW! Call DIRECT. Call TOLL FREE, but call NOW! Operators standing by…

See you on the Dock…

Capt. Paul
s/v Panacea
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Just Something to Think About…

So Much to Do, So Little Time

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.

Ice shot
Ice Burg choking the fridge brain.

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.

Port-light Replacement
Knock out the old, cut to new size, shape and replace.

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.”

New Port-light
Clean it up and there you have it.

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.

Old Hose
Lots of old crispy hose… Gone!

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.

New Hose
Replaced with nice new hose.

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…

Bad Hose
33 year old hose fed behind the aft wall and buried.

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.

New Drain Hose
The old drain hose is now new and clean… Whew!

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.

Remember: Call early if you want to go sailing in Fort Myers Beach. We are still taking out charters and enjoying the sea life. Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico is one of the best sailing grounds in the nation.

See you at the Dock…

Capt. Paul West
s/v Panacea

Capt. Paul & Maggie
Capt. Paul & Maggie…

I Remembered My Password…

I guess that’s not really an excuse, but it’s all I could think of at the moment.

Today is Thursday April 11th. I’m just heading out the door to cut another hole in Panacea and put in another new port light. I’m replacing 10 at the moment and I’m on number 2. The first one took me 5 days. I was busy most of the time fixing the mistakes I was making. The second one should be much faster. I’ll let you know.

As for weather, it’s getting warm fast and storms are coming in early this year. I wasn’t ready for this pattern, but it is what it is.

Hey, I have to get out the door. I’m going to continue this post later with photos.

It’s nice to be back here again.

Capt. Paul West
s/v Panacea

It’s Been a While…

Just noticed that all my efforts have been on all the other social media areas and my poor little blog has been sitting here all alone for a while. That’s not really a good thing. So I’ll put my finger to the keyboard and update it.

The holiday season had me running around and taking care of a lot of projects on Panacea. She’s loving, but demanding at times. I’m putting her through the paces and she’s doing exactly what I love her to do and that’s sail…

Maintenance and preservation seems to be the name of the game. I’m going to catch you up on all of that in the next post. This one is just a short overview.

I do have a link to share with you. I ran across these guys in the WordPress connections. Checked ’em out and love ’em a lot. They are in Nicaragua and making a difference in peoples lives, one child at a time.

They sell stuff and when you pay, they give notebooks to the children in that country. So you give, you receive. They receive and they give. I love the business plan. I’m working on a way to implement it here in the USA. They have lit my candle and I’m getting out my notebook and taking notes.

You can find them on face book by searching: Life Out of the Box. Their website is: Check ’em out and enjoy their blog.

Today is a busy day for me, but I just wanted to take a moment and let you know that I’m still alive and well and moving forward from this thing called “Now.” Pat, Maggie and I are loving life and enjoying the ride we have created.

I’ll be back soon, so check in a little later. I’ll have some great photos for you.

Capt. Paul
s/v Panacea

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Capt. Paul – s/v Panacea

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: You can also join his “Tribe” at 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.

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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 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. 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.

Ft. Myers Beach Sailing
Sea Dawg Maggie

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. 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.

Sailing in Fort Myers Beach
Anchored off of Useppa Island & Cabbage Key

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 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.

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Rippin’ up the Gulf

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…

Capt. Paul
s/v Panacea

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