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…
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.
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.
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 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.
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.