14 April 2014


 A Tartan 34C, Red Bird, getting ready to go.
Redwing is ready to go, too: prop is clean, new speedo and knot meter sensors are in and the refurbished meters are hooked up, the hull is waxed, and we are stowed for sea. Just need some bottom paint and we're all set.

15 September 2013

10, 12, 13, and 14.

I have no idea when these went down since we didn't take any pics and I didn't blog them right away:

10. Must have been just Al and I. Date and destination uncertain.

12. That time I went with Alli and we had a nice sail, investigated Brightwaters Canal, and didn't run aground.

13. That time we took our next door neighbors out - avid power boaters - and they had a great time on their first sail.

14. That time Alli's brother and new GF came out, but not before I rebuilt the carburetor and gave that blasted engine half a tuneup because it would start but not stay running. WHILE THEY WAITED in the cockpit sharing lunch, beers, and good conversation.

I hate the Atomic Four and can't wait to be a diesel man.

26 August 2013

Leni needs your help!

Please go check out LoveforLeni.com. My buddies Jerry & Amanda's three month old little girl Leni has been diagnosed with a supersuper-rare form of leukemia. She just started her first round of chemo, but she and her parents need a lot of support. You can help! Check out the website LoveforLeni.com for more details!

And you can help everyone affected by leukemia by registering to be a bone marrow donor here.

If you have already done either of those things let me say thank you on their behalf!

Feel free to repost/copy/reblog/tweet/retweet/Share this post to get the word out.

06 August 2013

project day

Completed some projects today that had been lingering since the beginning of the season.

12v charging: I bought a 12v/cigarette lighter charging unit from West Marine that had a pair of sockets in it. Then I bought a pair of chargers that each had two usb ports, so now we can charge 4 iDevices at a time, or charge anything that has a 12v adapter, like my portable marine radio. The boat has one 12v socket in it, near the quarter berth, but it hasn't worked since I've owned the boat. I installed this charging station in the foot well of the dining area, out of sight.

New faucet in the sink.

Mast gate - still working on it.

01 August 2013

9. Racing

It was like old times on Thursday when I got to crew on Jack's boat for a Thursday night race.

31 July 2013

8. Ever sail a boat up a hill? I have!

I wrote a long post about going aground in one of the creeks nearby, but then I swiped my new mouse ever so slightly in the wrong direction and it took me back a page. So no long post about running aground in a nearby creek.

We ran aground.

We tried everything but getting out of the boat and pushing it off the sandbar. We: tried to heel the boat over by getting all of our weight to one side; tired revving the engine and turning the tiller hard over; and we tried sculling the boat around in a circle to get us pointed in a different direction so any of the above might work. I was just about to jump overboard when another boat came up and towed us off - not without a bit of difficulty and the "let's just try it just one more time" before we got the Redwing off the sandbar and into deep enough water. Man was I annoyed!

03 July 2013

5. a date w little Alli

First, we went sailing...
...then we went to the beach with
little Jack.

22 June 2013

4. Priscilla, or, every man has his mistress...

One of this summer's projects is to work on the Long Island Maritime Museum's oyster sloop Priscilla. It's 60' long (40' on deck), 14' across, and a little more than 4' deep. You can learn all about the boat here. It's a beautiful, salty old craft that sails so sweetly. It was built in 1888, and I feel lucky to be able to get to know such a classic. I hope my schedule allows for me to work on it during the winter layup, too! One of the things I like about sailing on Priscilla is the fact that there are no winches - we use belaying pins - and also no locking turns when we tie off a line. That's salty.
Here's H. showing us how to use a sextant. We got a quick demo on how to take a sighting, so we're far from being proficient navigators, but that's the first step. It's also sort of fitting that we navigate with such an old device on such an old boat.
One of the other things the LIMM does is build boats. They have a boat shop on the premises, and they built this gorgeous little catboat there. You know I love me some varnish, so to see something like this, it just warms my salty heart. Hopefully this little craft will live as long and happy a life as the Priscilla.

16 June 2013

3. Father's Day w/ Alli

Nana and Pop-Pop came over a little earlier than scheduled and watched Jack for us so we could pop out for a quick sail. In a steady southerly we sailed out past 6, tacked, sailed close-hauled and tried to make 9, couldn't so turned North for home, jagged Southish again to take down the mainsail, then sailed home with just the jib.

It was great! We figured out that we hadn't sailed alone together since before Jack was born! Almost two years! No good. Must amend!

Alli came up with the great idea of a "flash sail." Apparently there is a thing called "flash sale" when something goes on sail for a limited time at the last minute. We are going to do that this year when the prevailing weather conditions and prevailing babysitting conditions allow it. We are going to construct a text recipient list of Redwing vets and people we want to go sailing with and just blast them with a quick opportunity for a sail. Who can make it, can make it. You're on the bus, or you're off the bus. I love the idea and can't wait to see it executed, to see what mix of friends show up for each sail.