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 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.
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: http://LifeOutOfTheBox.com. 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.
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.
Wow! it’s getting warm here in Fort Myers Beach, but when I look at the rest of the USA, it’s starting to get warm everywhere. It must be summer.
Tomorrow Alex and I do a full day sail with lunch. I’m making my famous Boat Sandwiches called, “Capt. Paul’s Glop Sandwich.” Yummm. Chicken breast, sliced thin, tomato, onion, cheese, mayo, mustard, bread & butter pickles, lettuce and a had full of BBQ potato chips. All between two slices of premium bread. Sprinkle a few baby carrots on the plate and finish it off with fresh cracked coconut and 85 percent dark chocolate pieces. Now that ought to do it!
If you have been onboard and had one of these, comment on it below. I’d like to hear about your experience. Maybe not… Not sure.
I’ve been doing some small projects on Panacea, but the wood is needing some varnish. My back doesn’t take squatting for for hours, so the “Seahorse” the rescue.
Pat and I leave town for about 10 days, heading to the west coast to visit family, friends and go to Brother Dan’s Bon Voyage Party. I’m doing a spot in Reno and then heading home. I will leave behind the sea that I love so much and a can or two of varnish and a few brushes. Go Alex go… Make her look pretty for the rainy season. Thanks.
I’ve also have to replace a plug and cord on the AC side of the 120 circuit. Seems to be burning a bit from the dock side. And “red” stuff dripping from the fill of the heat exchanger? What’s that all about. The 50/50 mix is green, why red coming from the cap? I’m looking into that too.
I’m replacing the 3 blade prop in the bow thruster to a 6 blade. It was due and replacing the control stick assembly. You guys can’t kick it anymore. Okay?
So call me if you need any summertime information about the beach. I’m here for you and I’ll see ya’ll soon.
So kicking back today, catching up on my duties and life in general. I love these kind of days, kind of busy, kind of not, running, but pauses, just a day of doing “stuff.
A great dinner, Pat’s a wiz in the galley. Turkey burgers with turkey bacon. Good food for a good days work. Maggie the sea dog is running in the back yard. I’m sitting at my desk just spewing thoughts out on cyber paper.
Lots of things to do. The metal on the boat needs polishing, wood needs a couple of coats of varnish to keep it in good condition. I’m really not trying to restore her to her 1980 luster, but maintaining her in good solid shape. Hmmm, kind of like what I’m doing with myself.
Pat & I just spent 3 days out on the hook by Useppa and Cabbage Key. A nice anchorage, right off the intracostal and we get to watch dolphins, manatees and boats move up and down the waterway. We read, laughed, planned and played. We really enjoyed the time together and would like you to consider taking that trip with us. We’d love to share that special time of relaxation with our friends and clients. Call for details.
Last Saturday I turned 60 and that was in one way another day, and in another way a beginning of another decade of life. I’m feeling pretty good, the rum was nice and the belly dancer at my surprise party was great. A bunch of friends came and we howled at the moon and brought in another decade of my life in style. I’m really thankful for them all and hope for many, many more parties with these folks.
Panaceais humming right along. She’s pretty forgiving in a way of a boat. She puts up with some bad connections and my way of doing things.
She reminds me of when things need to be done in plenty of time to take care of her. I work hard trying to out guess the priority list and most of the time, I’m right. She’s a lady though and surprises me off and on. That’s what a love affair is all about I guess.
The sailing season is upon us here in Fort Myers Beach. In case you don’t know, I sold my last charter business to a guy from Ohio. It was a great transaction. I got a couple of bucks and he got one hell of a charter business, turn key, ready to go. Part of the contract was a 2 year non-compete for the “short sails,” the half day and sunset charters. It’s been a long 2 years.
Sure, I bought another boat and have been dumping money, time and sweat into Panacea for these 2 years. She’s stronger and healthier than she’s been in a long time. I love the charter business. I do have to say that Capt. Dan, the man that bought Star of Orion and Magic Wind Adventure Sailing has done an amazing job of maintaining, promoting and securing his place here in Fort Myers Beach. I’m pretty proud of him and thankful that I can call him my friend.
Capt. Dan is a wonderful sailor and his wife Dianne is special. We want to publicly thank them for taking great care of Magic Wind Adventure Sailing and I know between the two of us, we will be able to give you the best sailing experiences you can expect here in the Fort Myers Beach area.
Some of you know that I have been laying low, doing just overnight charters and setting up the marketing for FantaSea Sailing during the non-compete time of the contract. It’s been the time that I needed to get to know a great boat and put her in a position that I’m proud to offer SunsetSails Celebration and Half Day Sailing Adventures again.
I have developed a few new packages that I’m offering and would like to have you check out. You can do that at the website: FantaSeaSailing.com. An Online Daily Calendar is available and our Daily Schedule will introduce you to our offerings. Jump up and look around. We look forward to having you back and enjoying our sailing life with us again in the future.
I know I have sailors that keep an eye on these posts, for that I’m thankful. I know that I have new sailors that want to experience the dream. I know that I have casual sailors that want to eat shrimp cocktails and sip wine while floating on the Gulf of Mexico enjoying a sunset. That’s why I wanted to start the interactive Blog spot.
WordPress is going to give me a place that I can start dialogs and get instant feedback… The good and the bad, it needs to be discussed here. So don’t hesitate to drop a line and let me put input into situations and learn from the needs and desires of people that sail with me.
So leave comments and feedback… Click on the “Comments” link below.
Give me a call. I want you to sail with me again. And if it’s your first time sailing in Fort Myers Beach, let me show you what an amazing time you can have on the spacious decks of the cruising vessel Panacea. She’s ready and waiting for you and your friends and family.
When you board, we have tropical music, cool water and fresh fruit and nuts. We welcome you aboard and are looking forward to our time at sea.
Our Motto: You call as a client… You board as friends… and you leave as family. It’s the experience you deserve.
We have made it easy to research your sailing dates and you are able to buy online…
1. Choose the date you want to sail.
2. Look at the Availability Calendar on the website for your date.
3. Choose a Daily Scheduled Charter for you date.
4. Click on the “Brown Paper Tickets” link to buy and print your tickets.
5. Bring your tickets to the boat with you the day of your charter.
You can also make reservations by calling 888-582-9046 and I’ll take them over the phone.
We sail daily from Salty Sam’s Marina – 2500 Main Street – Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 – Slip C-30
Hey there… I’m exploring the options I have for an interactive blog. I want to write more and want to interact with my readers on the same page. The blog set up I have right now doesn’t really have a way to do that, so I’m looking at WordPress.
It seems to have a good place to write and a way to express myself in my own style. So let’s see how it works.
There is a link after each post that will give you the chance to interact with comments that we can all get involved with. So let’s see what we can do and what kind of trouble I can get into here.
So a photo… Not sure how to do that, so give me a minute to see if I can get something up. Well that wasn’t to hard. Now I have to figure out how to do all the magical stuff to make it pretty.
I think it will take some time, but it will get there.
As you can see in this photo, we had a wonderful trip across the Gulf of Mexico and pulled into the Dry Tortugas at the perfect time of mid day.
We could see the reefs and sandbars. All was good and we enjoyed a safe wonderful anchorage for a few days.