Month: January 2012

Jan 29

“Wow! I’ve never seen so many wires on a sailboat.” Thus spoke Alan, the guy who is helping us install all our new gadgets. “Where does this one go, and this one”? Of course, I don’t know. We open panels,…

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Jan 21

Spent the day taking old parts off the boat and shopping for replacement parts and more boat stuff. We drive back through Palm Beach County, where I grew up. I have to drive up A-1-A by my favorite spot —…

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Jan 20

We decide to haul out at nearby Cracker Boy’s instead of motoring up to Port Salerno. Our haul-out is scheduled for 2pm. This gives us time to macerate. Yep. Maceration is some pretty dirty stuff. It’s so dirty there are…

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Jan 19

Another day northbound on the ICW. Another ten bridges. Royal Palm bridge was broken. We danced there for an hour and 15 minutes before getting through. A sailboat don’t sit still in the water. If the current and wind are…

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Jan 18

We originally wanted to sail from Ft Lauderdale to Palm Beach, but the wind direction changed while we were delayed one day. Now we had 15-20 knots on our nose. We decided to motor up the ICW instead of sailing….

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Jan 17

No one made us leave the private dock. We had been assured by everyone that the left side of the channel was deep. So we left early in high spirits holding close to the left side. Well, there was this…

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Jan 16

Our trip south to Ft. Lauderdale using public transportation went as planned. There were a few snags in the trip to bring the boat north, though. First, the boat was grounded at the slip when we arrived. I had printed…

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Jan 14

Today was a big day. We rose before the crack of dawn and drove down to Fort Lauderdale. We had to accomplish three big things: 1. Pick up our new life lines and install them on the boat (Had a…

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Jan 13

Here’s a tip for new owners of old Catalinas with diesel engines. Engage that glow plug a long time before trying to crank the engine. Hold that button until your finger hurts. Then until it grows numb. Then until your…

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Jan 10th

We’ve made a little progress since arriving in Stuart, Fl Sunday night. Monday we did some research. We also found a friendly boat yard in nearby Port Salerno. Tuesday we did the 90 minute drive to Ft. Lauderdale to work…

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