Thursday, March 13, 2014

Beaufort Sailing March 9th 2014

It was great to get the East Coast lady back in the water. 4 weeks is too long. I actually started to get depressed, but "finally" they set her back in.

A lot of work got done A short list looks like this.
Haulout and pressure wash
2 Coat bottom paint
New Zinc anode
New Garmin Echo 50s GPS
New Standard Horizon GX-2200 AIS,GPS, VHF Radio.
Rebuild 6 thru-hulls and replace the poo out valve 1 1/2"  Bronze seacock

Sunday Sailing 
That’s how I would summarize the day we had ailing this past Sunday. Wow.!
We left the dock at Port Royal around 10:30 or 11:am and headed north toward the City of Beaufort. We only got 1000 yards before I gave the order to raise the mainsail. The winds were off the nose and light. The tide was against us as we motor-sailed.We were still able to get a smooth 5 knots with the new bottom paint.
In the hopes to tack up wind and up current, I gave the order to Hoist the 115% headsail.
It did help some but not enough to shut down the iron jenny."Diesel Engine" We continued to the downtown bridge and turned back south. My good friend said “Never seen Beaufort from the water before” I said “want to buzz the waterfront? He said sure lets do it. So I turn her hard over and headed straight for the dockage at the waterfront. I got around 100 feet or so from the concrete sea wall and cruised the full length of the waterfront area.
We then turned south again and headed back towards the Broad river, but this time the wind had picked up a little. As we made the next 5 miles or so the wind got stronger and stronger. By the time we got back to Port Royal at the harbor in front of the Hilton Head Island Yacht club, the wind had grew to a respectable 11 to 17 knots. We had a great time.We decided to stay in this 7 mile stretch of the bay because the wind was here. My friend Chris was drinking dark and stormy. I had some Heineken, Debbie had her Smirnoff but poor Michelle had no alcohol to drink. In the coming video you will see all of us having a good time.                      This summer will be a great year sailing. I am excited to get the sails in the wind. This being the 3 year of the dream, I have to have some offshore work done and some overnights trips to keep my promise to myself .My promise to myself was that in the summer of 2018, Debbie and I would be skilled, Equipped,Trained and ready for extended cruising the ICW or the "DITCH" as some call it.
     We sailed 66 miles this past Sunday. There were 28 tacks and 5 Jibes.One of the Jibes was unintentional and could have been dangerous. It's these little mishaps on a cruising boat that have to be experienced to be hard wired into memory. All I can say is I was down below relieving myself and had left the helm in capable hands. We had a fantastic experiance. Please make a commitment to get out on the water this summer. Get your family out into nature. If boating aint your thing thats o.k go fishing, Biking, Hiking, Go stargazing.Do somthing to get the kids out from infront of the t.v and other media trash. Make a commitment to "LIVE" this summer like its your last day. Don't just exist. 
Enjoy the video and come sailing with us.
 We would love to have you.

Capt, Debbie, and Curt

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.” ~James Allen!

For my wife and I, It is a passion a "DREAM" and a way to retire and see the eastern seaboard of the United States and beyond. We want to spend 3 to 5 years in the Caribbean Sea. We want to start by sailing south and exploring the BVI. Some of the places we want to see include but are not limited to;

Tortola,St John, Jost van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Normand IslandPeter island.

Then southward to;
 St. Croix
 St. Maarten
 St. Thomas
 Trinidad and Tobago
Some of the other one would include;

Ambergris Caye, Belize, Anguilla, Barbados, Bonaire, Cozumel, Curacao, Dominica, Eleuthera, Great Abaco, Grenada, Jamaica Nevis, Providenciales or "Provo" — the jewel of the Turks & Caicos Puerto Rico, St. John St. Kitts St. Lucia's St. Maarten/St. Martin Tobago, Tortola,

Then once we are confident and have the correct size boat for the trips, my Bucket list would include voyages to;

BALI  (Indonesia)
BORA BORA  (French Polynesia)
MAUI  (Hawaii)
TAHITI  (French Polynesia)

I have a few years of working before we can “cast of the lines” But with all great adventures, someone had a dream and acted on it. for one I know that "Debt Free Equals Freedom"
Some of the points I have to consider will be how much it will cost to un-tie the lines the first year.
  • will we cook, or eat at restaurants ?
  • will we anchor out, or tie to the dock ?
  • will we sail, or run the diesel ?
  • will we entertain yourself, or go ashore for your entertainment ?
  • will we get along without air conditioning, or require it ?
  • will we get along with refrigeration, or require it ?
  • will we get your fresh water from shore, or make it on the boat ?
  • will we cook with free fuel such as wood, or purchase cooking fuel ?
  • will we catch fish and other seafood, or buy all of your food ?
  • will we get along without high speed Internet, or can't live without it ?
  • will we have a small boat, or a big one ?
  • will we live on a boat that requires little maintenance, or a lot ?
  • will we maintain your own boat, or pay someone to do it for you ?
  • will we sail in inexpensive areas, or pricey areas ?
  • Do you store supplies, or buy what is convenient ?
  • will we use blankets as it starts to get cold, or require heating fuel ?
  • will we live with limited solar power, or often run a generator ?
  • Etc ...

“Everyone dreams of escaping to paradise. For some it is sailing off to the South Sea islands with swaying palms and white sand beaches. For others it is bicycling across Europe, or taking a trip around the world. We want our ideal two week vacation to last forever. We wish it could be our basic lifestyle. The fact is, it can be if we really want it. The difference between wishing and living it, is taking action to bust through barriers to make a desired lifestyle happen”.
Robert L. Webb
Goose Creek, South Carolina”

I found Robert Webb’s web site quite by accident. It was while researching freedom and how get there from here. Robert has some great insight and some very impressive adventures that he accomplished back in the 1970’s. Robert is a great inspiration to me and my dreams and I go to his page on the net quite often for a boost of courage every now and again.
I hope the spring of 2014 will allow for a BVI vacation charter for Deb, and our good friends Chris and Michelle.   want to do the BVI 7 day charter. And do some Scuba diving so we can take advantage of our new certifications completed this summer. We think we will rent at SUNSAIL in Tortola, Depart Road Town, Tortola for The Bight, Norman Island, then, we depart the Bight, Norman Island for the Indians. Depart the Indians for Cooper Island, Salt Island, the well-known location of the Wreck of the RMS Rhone for our first dive. Then back over to Trellis Bay on Beef Island to spend the night. Then Depart Trellis Bay for The Baths – 6 nautical miles. Then Depart The Baths for Gorda Sound – 6 to 7  nautical miles.
Sounds like a hoot. We will keep ya posted. If we pull it off it will be great experience and a great adventure. We hope to have pictures in the coming months of the trip. I this will be a great vacation a dream come for me and a major item in my bucket list checked off.

Till next post Cheers.

Jim and Marcia go for a daysail.

As many of you know I share the East Coast Lady with another sailor and his wife.

Jim and Marcia Pickard were a good choice for sailing partners. They are very easy to get along with and like the hobby of sailing. I don’t think they have the same dreams of sailing off into the sunset as we do, or doing extensive travel by small boat. But here is a few shots of them sailing the Beaufort River on this past Sunday “December the 21st” it was a great day for a sail. I just had too much to do. Here is some photos of the east Coast Lady under Capt. Jims command. Looks like they had a blast. Christmas sail.
The trawler in the background belongs to my neighbors Bill and Barb. Looks like Jim has a breeze off the stern and too many turns for him to go wing on wing.
Till next time Cheers,