Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Ready to bolt at any moment should cracking sounds occur!
Ah, almost there!
Finally, safe at last. Time to fix the inside. Take of the masts and remove the mast track. Then paint and reapply. Trust me. It's a long summer's work!!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
We enjoyed the short walk which ended in the salt marsh.
As we look back on the last two weeks our minds are flooded with memories filled with friends, happy sails, hard work and hilarious moments of forgetfulness. Take the day we looked all day for the dry bag containing the Garmin 78 ($400) and the marine hand-held radio.(another $150) Having found a large tear in the side of our gear bag we naturally leaped to the conclusion we had somehow carelessly lost both out the side of the bag. The rest of the day was spent tearing everything apart looking fruitlessly for the lost equipment. We went through the famed five stages of loss lamenting the huge hit on equipment recently purchased. That night I chanced upon the bag protruding from under the cushions in the settee. Whew, what a load off he mind. Karen said it was like making $550 for our efforts. I, (the guilty party) call it "compost mentis."
We also remember the times spent learning the new boat, and repairing the failing seat boards that nearly put me in the drink several times. A new platform will be built this summer to remedy that. Then there is the time we had to take the mast down and put up back up three times because of jamming in the broken sail track. New sail track is in the offing you can be assured.
But outweighing all that, the memories of screaming along at 11 1/2 knots, sitting quietly together on North Key, along with fond memories of fellowship with friends predominate. The Saturday stroll on the beach at Atsena Otie with literally over 100 unique and exotic boats beached was worth the price of admission. We saw more creativity, met more friendly people and saw more eye candy than we can describe.
The time at Cedar Key was rich happy times, sometimes stressful times, but times we wouldn't trade for anything. Most of all it was way too short. I think I'll take next year off: heck I think I will retire in December. Wish us luck!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Karen sports her new fly swatter. The biting flies are a painful nuisance.
Now that's a lot of shells!
We can't believe it's already time to take out and leave. Here I am towing Karen in the Porta-bote in Tridarka with her masts down and ama's retracted.
Has it really been almost two weeks?
Friday, May 11, 2012
Here's a sample of some great pictures on the West Coast Trailer Sailing Squadron web site. Click here for a great show!
Today we had a leisurely start. We decided to visit the Cedar Key Museum. Lunch was at the Pickled Pelican .
The wind wasn't much today. We sailed to North Key at a moderate 6 knots. It was slow going after we turned down wind to cross the back of the island. It was around 5:30 PM when we got Tridarka anchored and motored across to the Island Place where we leave our Porta Bote for the night on the beach.
We had planned to grill chicken which had been marinating all day. But a check of the cell phone showed a message from Jeff and Dianna inviting us to dinner at Steamers. Great idea! We each enjoyed the Cedar Key Grill, which is: Grouper, Scallops, and Shrimp pan seared and topped with a lemon butter drizzle served with Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables. Now doesn't that sound good. Yes, it is very good!!
Tomorrow, another day of sailing. What a great beach life!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Cedar Key Scrub Preserve. You can check it out here
Here we are enjoying the scenery.
Our truck in the background
We got to peek out at the tidal flat.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
happaquiddick 12 and 1/2, Freddie the Cat.
Here's a little sample of the view from our RV Park.
Dock Street, Cedar Key
Salt flats behind the food market
Yesterday I took our friend Jeff out for a long sail. We enjoyed an invigorating sail at speeds approaching 12 knots! Today, it's Bernard's turn. Tides up around 2 PM.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The rest of the day we spent with Dan McCluskey an old friend of mine and Jim and Jan Leet proprietors of Marine Concepts and also dear friends. We finally made it back at 11 PM.
For better or for worse, a kind of relaxation has come upon me that seems to sap all my creative energies with regard to blogging. Hence the paucity of prose. Shall I say, more when I feel like it...
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Here is a Puddle Duck made completely from foam, encapsulated by epoxy. She ways 35 pounds.
A beautiful sailing kayak from CLC Boats. This builder did a fine job!
A lug rigged SeaPearl
All controls for this trimaran run to the cockpit, including swinging out amas and raising the mast. Check it out on You Tube here
More tonight when I have some more time.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Late lunch was at The Big Deck. We were surprised and elated to be joined by Alan and Anne Hall. Later in the RV park Tom (not sure of last name wander into our camp. We shared a beer and had a nice conversation about sailing and RV issues. Tom informed me that Mark Stewart is camping in his RV here at Sunset Isle RV Park. We wandered over to Marks RV and had a fun visit with Mark. Next to our campsite are two West Coast Trailer Sailor members. It is clear we are among friends and will have a super weekend with the Cedar Key Small Boat Meet attendees.