Sunday, March 2, 2014
Monday, July 15, 2013
Most of you we talk to all the time, and have become good friends, so you are aware of the major changes we made since September. On April 1, 2013 we sold our beautiful Claret/ Red Mainship 34... Yes, I won the battle, or he got his way, but we both wanted something bigger. We purchased a Dark Blue hull 2008 Mainship 45. We have been commissioning her since April, and took her out for a brief 3 days in May in the Chesapeake Bay, but had to get her back to the shop for some additional work. But the 3 days were nice, and we stayed in Annapolis 1 night, and had a chance to sleep on her at anchor also. Everything worked well, except for a few bugs that the Dealer is taking care of. We now have 2 staterooms, and 2 full heads. Good Fortune has been on the hard since, but we are hoping to put her in the water this week. This was a new Mainship that never sold, and so she has some wear and tear just from sitting, so we have updated a few things while they are working on her. We had to replace the canvas that was tearing and leaking due to age, and I chose a nice dark blue, and it is all being installed this week. I am hoping that Rick will again want to write the blog, if its possible, while we are out, so you need to encourage him!
The boat does have a washer/dryer and you guessed it, I am very happy. The bed is a Queen size and so everything on my wish list is on this boat. We met so many wonderful boaters last year, and we are anxious to meet up with many of you again.
Bumper and Bouy will be joining us again on our journey and we are ready to go and enjoy the water, and all our new friends from last year, as well as the new ones!
I will post pictures next week once the canvas is finished and the boat has been waxed. See you all on the water!
Monday, September 3, 2012
The blog is officially over! We will put the Good Fortune up for sale and try and con some other rube into trying the cruising live . Actually, we hope to sell her and buy a bigger vessel but who knows.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
In 1968 I worked at Fawcett Boat Supply in Annapolis Md. I have already told you about that job. The assistant store manager was Dean Benham. One of his best friends Jump also worked there. Both of them had served for four years in the Coast Guard and were accomplished sailors. Dean still is. I heard from the grapevine that he is a full time sailor who winters in the islands and summers in the Chesapeake on his sailboat. I'd sure like to run into him again even if he is a sailor. Anyway, we were all three friends and I went sailing with them whenever we could all get off together. We even raced in the winter frost bite sailing series off Annapolis . Dean had been given use of a 25 foot Gladiator sailboat for a season. It was owned by a doctor friend of Deans who was overseas for a year. The boat was a pig of a sailor ( according to Dean and he should know) but it was free and big time to us. Anyway one great sunny summer day we left Annapolis Harbor and headed out onto the bay. We each had a few beers and the day was looking pretty good. It actually started looking even better when we saw a 60 foot motor sailor hard aground near a place I think was called Annapolis Roads. On board there were five (countem) girls in bikinis and one lone kid about 18-20 . He was obviously using Daddy's yacht and probably without permission cause he was very upset. The vessel was stuck on a sand bar. The vessel was gorgeous. All teak and mahogany . Hanging over the transom (back of the boat guys) on davits was a pretty little 12 foot sailing dinghy. With tax she cost a little over $1300 dollars. I know we sold them in our store.
As we sailed past he shouted to us and asked if we could help. Remember this was long before tow services like Seatow and TowBoat US. Our day was starting to look a lot better. Both Dean and Jump figured that with a suave handsome guy like me using his glib tongue on these helpless women we were a shoe in for a day of fun and sun once we effected or affected I don't know which, a rescue.
We had light winds of 5-7 mph and sailed confidently toward their starboard side with all of us smiling and looking good in our sunglasses. As we approached the stern out of nowhere we got caught in a luff. That means the wind died and the boat continued forward but fell off to the port side enough so that we were propelled directly into the transom of the yacht. Actually our bow never touched their transom and instead cut their hanging dinghy in half. One half of the dinghy was left hanging on either side of the rear of the boat. Looked really cool but looks aren't everything. The kid went berserk. The girls stopped smiling. The three of us were pretty much in shock. After all we were the pros from Dover. Ex-Coast Guard and valued staff members of the most well known boat store on the East Coast at the time. The kid recovered first and called the Coast Guard. No worries! There's that expression again. Both Jump and Dean served in Annapolis and were well known to the local boys. Thank goodness there were not many, if any water cops in those days. Anyway they calmed Daddy's boy down after we agreed to replace the dink. We did using our store discount and split it three ways.
Speaking of publishing comments . No I will not publish the ones questioning my writing about the Marine Corps the other day while passing Paris Island. Yes previously I have mentioned that I was in the National Guard. But I watched a Discovery Channel special titled The Making of a Marine and I feel like I was in basic training on the island . As we passed it was a vivid recollection to me. So what?
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Speaking of Beaufort, they have one of the longest no wake idle speed zones we have come across for no evident reason. Miles and miles of idle speed at the end of the day last night. In most places the river was a mile wide, so there seemed to be no reason for it. Boy are they serious about it. The fine is $1,000 or 30 days in jail. Give me a reason that I can understand and I have no problem, but just to establish one with no stated reason ticks me off. I want a reason for every bit of government ill logic. Can't be naked on my fly bridge, just tell me why? Life would be better with clear explanations of everything.
Okay, so today did not go so well... My fault on alot of things... but in my defense, I have been starting up 2 new clients this week with the help of my office staff. We had 3 staff members pregnant at the same time, and the 3rd one had her baby this week, so we are short staffed... Toni is buying a house, I'm trying to finish my taxes, we have people looking to buy our house, and Christian has his first day of school for kindergarten on Monday, and I want to be there...Rick said fly home...but
Those of you who know our cats, you are aware that Bumper eats primarily snacks that we pretty much hand feed him, such a brat. Anyway, we are down to 1 pack left, and to conserve I mixed in some Purina Kitten Chow so I would have enough until we hit the grocery store. So I put them in the container without him seeing me, (yes, I waited until he was on the upper deck) and then when he made his little cry for food, I shook out 6-7 of the mixed morsels, and he proceeded to eat only the 4 snack pieces and left the other. Bouy came behind him and ate those 3. How can he be so smart? How is that possible? Did I mention we give him his water from fresh water bottles, in the caps... Yes he drinks out of the cap 12-18 capfuls about 3 or 4 times a day... Why we thought this was cute when he was a kitten I don't know, but on a boat, cramped in our little minus double bed, with 2 cats and I'm giving water to one, I really want to kick myself...
I will do better tomorrow on navigation, and truthfully, I never noticed the difference between nautical and miles... and yes, I am wearing deck shoes like I should finally... But I will not accept the AC being higher than 72 when I sleep... It's just not going to happen....
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Comments from Others: Our friend Erin sent to me saying that BOAT (Bring Out Another Thousand) like the other boater commented is true, but she said look on the bright side, think what you are saving on dry cleaning!
Keith, a fellow boater responded to Rick, in response to the Manatee Video, "Wow, Amazing, the most interaction that we have had with aquatic life here in the Severn is sucking a jellyfish through the raw water intake?"