Setting Up For the 2006/07 Season

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.

Sailing the Gulf of Mexico
Another beautiful day on the water

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…

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Resting on the hook
She’s a great Island for us.

Testing… Testing… Is This Thing Still Working?

I just posted a long blog entry and when I went to check it out, it wasn't there. Hmmm… Sometimes I love technology. In any case, I will give you the highlights and move on, like I have a choice at this point.

It's been a busy couple of weeks. I had Panacea towed in a couple of weeks ago. She just wouldn't turn over and try as I could, she was dead in the water. Thanks to TowBoatUS. It's good to have them around.

It ended up to be a starter PLUS a ground cable from the battery to the engine block. Alex and I pulled the starter first and checked it out and it was bad, so ordered one, overnight, whew! I had to because I had a charter coming up on me fast. We got it installed and still no go.

Had another guy come in at that point and he pointed to to a bad ground wire and we replaced that and there you have it. Panacea's lights are brighter than they've ever been AND she starts right up. That's a plus.

So now I'm continuing to rub, scrub and getting ready to touch up the paint and then lay down some new non-skid on the deck. It's needed and after all the polls, it's going to be white. It's clean and cool in the summer. I was shooting for a color of Pelican Poop, but it was to psychedelic.

Just a reminder, you need to book early for New Years Eve here in Fort Myers Beach. There are a lot of boats that go out for that special night and we are proud that we only take a total of 6 passengers. It's a great private sail and with the food, drink, music and fireworks at midnight. It's a very special way to bring in the new year.

Speaking of VERY, VERY SPECIAL Specials. Check out the front page of the website and read about the Voyage For Dreamers. Imagine taking you and someone special or you and up to five other friends or family out for a sail on your own private yacht. The captain and 1st mate will take care of everything for you. It's a full day sail then once back in port, you have two staterooms onboard for the night.

Go to the website at for the price. It's on the front page.

Sailing in Fort Myers Beach is still the best time you can have while you are here and Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico is fantastic.

Also check out the Online Availability Calendar, also on the front page and pick you dates. Call early it's going to be a great season and don't let that special time get away from you. As I've always said, "If not now, when?"

On that note, I'm off and running. Lots to catch up on and I'll be putting up some photos here within the next couple of days, so check back, tell your friends to check in and let's get out there on the water. It's Time to Sail… 

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Testing… Testing… Is This Thing Still Working?

Wow, I haven’t been up here for a while. Seems like FaceBook has spoiled me, but I just realized that I miss my blog page and so now I have to blow the dust off the keyboard and get it working with my iPad. Yep, Pat and I took the plunge and went iPad.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my laptop. But there’s a difference between being a consumer and a producer. My MacBookPro is a producer. That’s where I do my work. My videos, my layout productions for our businesses and photo work. It produces.

Pat wanted an iPad, so I started the research. Yep, that’s all it took. I found it to be an intriguing little tablet. Then I checked out the reviews, videos, anything I could find on it. I became hooked. It all made sense since it had apps for a bunch of stuff for me too. It has a good A-GPS chip, so I could get most of the charts for the east coast and west coast of Florida and northern Bahamas. It works as a great trip planner and keeps me on track with way points and information about the areas I’d be sailing to.

It’s light fast and easy to use. As far as collecting emails, blogging, watching movies, communicating, and such, the consumer stuff, it is easy to carry around and works great. So we are iPadders now. So far, we like ’em.

As for business, it’s slow down here in southwest Florida. Over Thanksgiving weekend, the bridge didn’t even get backed up. We had no problem getting on and off the island. The weather was great, but seems like it was a little slower this year so far. I’m hoping it’s not a trend of things to come. We’ll see as time passes.

Panacea is doing just fine. She’s beautiful and ready to go sailing. Be sure and check the reservation calendar on the front page of the web site. I want you to get the date you want. Just booked a 5 day trip to Key West with a great couple I’ve known for years from Minnesota. I love sailing to Key West. Just a nice hop from here and if the weather is good, it’s great, if not, we adjust the sails.

Panacea just got a new starter and new ground cable. She’s up and running fine. We’re doing some painting touch up and then laying down new non-skid on the decks. After all the polls I took, we’re keeping her deck white. It’s clean and cool in the summer.

As for varnish, it’s like painting the Golden Gate Bridge in SF. Start at one end and when you’re done, go back to the biggining and start again. Actually it’s not the bad. She has just enough wood on deck to keep her looking classic, but not too much to have to dedicate you life to it. I’m so glad I didn’t get that Vagabond 47 I was in love with. She had a ton of wood.

So there you have it. I want you to consider your dates and give me a call so I can get you on the books.

There are several boats going out for New Years Eve this year, so you need to make your reservations early. A nigh sail and anchor off the pier for midnight fireworks along with food, drink and party favors. We are proud to only take 6 persons out, so get those reservations in early.

Sailing in Fort Myers Beach is as wonderful as always and sailing on the Gulf of Mexico is a treat. Be sure and go to and read the Very Special Special on the front page. It’s the best deal in town and you will enjoy your time on Panacea.

Wow, your own private yacht, with crew for you and your friends for only $379.00 including 2 staterooms for the night. I think I want to do this one.

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I’ll see you on the dock…

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

623-203-2698 Nationwide Direct
888-582-9046 Toll Free


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

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