Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve Pictures

Skating in St. Pete

I think this is one of those container sailboats that have a really narrow beam and can be put into a container ship.

Check out there youtube video:

New Year's Eve Tree Display

Monday, December 3, 2012

Boat show was sweet.

We had a great time this year as usual. Lisa was asked by Bob Bichin to help chuck a bunch of kookiness into the crowd as I sat in the lone chair we both shared. The party see,Ed a bit more under control this year compared to last year,

We blew off the Sat sail and headed out for an early Sunday sail. The night previous, I had to make a night run to a 24 hour Walgreens to pick up ear plugs for theAmiral and SnoreEez so she could sleep.

We started releasing the binding lines and I fired up the iron genny. Got an overheat shriek alarm, shut down, waited a few minutes and realized we should go. We decided to do some scrubbing to remove bird droppings and that is when we did a MOB Drill for the brush Lisa lost. It is still lost.

A good time was had by all.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Boat show sail

I think you might be interested in this track: Created by My Tracks on Android. Name: 524-548 1st Ave SE Activity type: sAILING Description: Total distance: 8.71 km (5.4 mi) Total time: 1:56:48 Moving time: 1:32:59 Average speed: 4.47 km/h (2.8 mi/h) Average moving speed: 5.62 km/h (3.5 mi/h) Max speed: 9.90 km/h (6.2 mi/h) Average pace: 13.41 min/km (21.6 min/mi) Average moving pace: 10.68 min/km (17.2 min/mi) Fastest pace: 6.06 min/km (9.8 min/mi) Max elevation: -23 m (-76 ft) Min elevation: -34 m (-110 ft) Elevation gain: 65 m (213 ft) Max grade: 0 % Min grade: 0 % Recorded: 12/02/2012 10:06am

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Circles Restaurant

These two little girls in their birthday party dresses were standing by our table and sipping on slushies. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Tx cat race

Texas Beach Cat Race from Galveston to South Padre

It would have been quite an experience to take our old Getaway and made this race, but feel we would have had our butts kicked. I think these guys are pretty serious.

Boat sharing

Sailing a shoal draft in the keys

Bridge tender tips

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Rich sailors

Rich Sailors

Great point made about people out there sailing on a shoestring budget. I like the idea about the main character of this story, a professor, biching about lowlifes getting in his way. Kismet will dictate his fate when he is out on the water and he runs into trouble and some lowlife has to save his sorry behind.

Monday, September 24, 2012

How to Write a Cruising Blog | Sail Feed

How to Write a Cruising Blog | Sail Feed

To all my fans who follow my blog list, this is good information as it has a whole host of great recipes and top 10 lists and some really sweet deals from major manufacturers with discounts up to 5% with any purchase of over $500 (not including anything not on sale).

View my blog at:

Rather than pictures about my thoughts of life, I'll write a blog about it in a few weeks. Thanks again to the millions that follow my insipid website!~

Bob Bichin's New Magazine

Cruising Outpost

Looks like Bob was shafted by the owners he sold his magazine Lats and Ats to and has to start all over again. How do people sleep when they screw people out of their life and dreams?

I know the feeling Bob.

St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show 2012

St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show 2012

The St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show, the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast, is set to sail into the Progress Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, Fla., from Thursday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. 

The show will feature an impressive selection of power boats and sailboats in water and on land, including a 40,000-square-foot clearspan tent housing all types of marine gear. Show-goers will find hundreds of power boats and sailboats including family cruisers, runabouts, fishing boats, magnificent sailing yachts, personal watercraft and much more.  

In addition to the large selection of exhibits at this year's show, there will be an array of special events and fun and educational activities, including MARINE SEMINARS and the youth fishing clinics presented by the non-profit Hook The Future. Military personnel get free admission with an ID, and Kids 15 and under are Free! NO PETS ALLOWED

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Flying the Jolly Roger

3SUM with Lisa and Lisa

Lisa, that be my wifey, facebooked our old Nowthen neighbor who now lives in Largo, FL to see if she wanted to take a shot at sailing. She said yes and showed up as we pulled up to the pier. We loaded everything up and headed out without nary a problem. We had about 12 knots top wind, otherwise, we just did slightly more than bobbed and caught up with all the social activities back in Nowthen.

We headed back and even with the extra docking help, I managed to pilot into our slip like a drunken elephant. I wish our finger pier was a little longer than 2 feet. Whoever designed these docks definitely never had a boat. These are pretty lame affairs and our light boat is a pain to come into the slip. We need some ideas for coming in better.

Besides the bad docking on my part, I think "a good time was had by all."

Lisa S. on 3SUM

Our BFFFN (Best Friend from Nowthen) Lisa S. showing her thrill on being with us on 3SUM. 

My New Book Cover - Now I just have to think of a story to write

I think this book is probably going to be one of the best books I haven't written just by judging the cover!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hurricane Categories

Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale
CategoryWind speeds
Five≥70 m/s
≥137 kts
≥157 mph
≥252 km/h
Four58-70 m/s
113–136 kts
130–156 mph
209–251 km/h
Three50-58 m/s
96–112 kts
111–129 mph
178–208 km/h
Two43-49 m/s
83–95 kts
96–110 mph
154–177 km/h
One33-42 m/s
64–82 kts
74–95 mph
119–153 km/h
Additional classifications
18-32 m/s
35–63 kts
39–73 mph
63–118 km/h
<17 m/s
<34 kts
<38 mph
<62 km/h

RNC Convention Road Closure

Interactive Map

NOAA Tropical Storm/Hurrican Issac Cone of Danger!

Cone of Danger

Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac

St. Pete Municipal Marina Live Weather

Saturday, August 11, 2012

3SUM with her shiny new bottom painted

3SUM had her bottom painted and is looking pretty good. Lisa was taking the pictures as I motored over to pick her up at the fuel dock. I wish people would just get their gas and go, instead of having a picnic in front of the fuel dock. Lisa had to make quite a jump to get into the boat. We went out and had little to no wind, but 3SUMs new bottom really sped things along.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Saturday, June 30, 2012

morning in st pete

We finlly found time to stay overnight on the boat. Beautiful morning.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Regata del Sol al Sol

Regata del Sol al Sol

Yeah, this is definitely cool. I wish we would have known about this because it would have been great to go out into the bay and watch them take off. Maybe have 3Sum dog them for awhile.

Today's sail

This big old plane buzzed us on the way to MacDill AFB. 

This knucklehead in a big powerboat with his girlfriend he was trying to impress came right at our bow and at the last minute, veered and roared away. Tampa Bay is pretty big so he had plenty of room to avoid us. What a knob. 

Not a good deal of wind. Stayed around 5-8 k. We managed to snag a crabpot and that was the big excitement. We finally added the right shackle to the mainsail and had much better sailshape. Probably are going to need to get the hull cleaned as it was pretty filthy with marine growth.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Regata del Sol al Sol | Cruising World

Sailing to the Sun in the Regata del Sol al Sol

Join CW editor Mark Pillsbury as he sails from St. Pete, Florida, to Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
by Jen Brett
The Regata del Sol al Sol starts today from Florida's Tampa Bay and heads to Isla Mujeres, off of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, 456 miles away. Not one to sit behind his desk for long periods of time, CW editor Mark Pillsbury will be sailing aboard the Beneteau Sense 50Happily Ever After. Follow along at

Regata del Sol al Sol | Cruising World

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bit of a Nasty 3.4 foot short Chop with 16 k gusting to 26 knots

The racers didn't seem to mind, but it seemed their markers kept moving - or we did. We had to sail through their fleet a couple times. 

After sailing, we had Cheese WOW! Not only was it delicious on a triscuit - it was also a Great Value! TheTriscuit B*ch enjoyed this. 
Paleta Payaso gives a Thumbs UP to Cheese Wow!