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.

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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…

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 5.56.18 AMCapt. Paul
239-770-2726 for Reservations.
CaptPaul@FantaSeaSailing.com
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Resting on the hook
She’s a great Island for us.

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
239-770-2726 Direct Nationwide
888-582-9046 Toll Free

Email: CaptPaul@FantaSeaSailing.com
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Naples Sailing
Just Something to Think About…

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: 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.

Capt. Paul
s/v Panacea

http://www.FantaSeaSailing.com

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Ft. Myers Beach Sailing
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: 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.

Fort Myers Sailing
Panacea

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.

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. 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.

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 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.

Things to do in Fort Myers Beach
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

CaptPaul@FantaSeaSailing.com
http://www.FantaSeaSailing.com

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