Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New St. Pete tower could change flight paths

New St. Pete tower could change flight paths

It a new story. With grammer issues. It a building. It tall. Story written by a 3rd grader

Monday, December 22, 2014

Will Wag for Food

Finally! We are getting our boat from Sailor's Wharf. Hopefully everything will be operational and we can take her out for a quick sail. We will probably bring home the sails and give them a thorough cleaning.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Facebook Post

I had some guy post on facebook calling the Telstar and Gemini the MacGregor of multihulls. Here was my response:

Would-be and pretend sailors are unaware that weight is a major factor in a sailboat’s performance especially in multihulls. Wafer Thin Construction (WTC) boats are intended to make a boat more responsive and faster especially in adverse conditions and requires advanced sailing skills. WTC sailors sail rather than remaining in their slip terrified of smashing their boat into the dock yet again.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sailing with Don and Jodi

Wait! What?!? We "sailed" (more like motored) with the fenders out all day.

View from inside the saiing crib.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

3SUM on the Hard and getting her bottom scraped and painted.

3SUMs bigger sister - a Gemini Legacy. 

The seas were angry that day my friends!

Crew member

Coppers nabbed a boat. 

I got Tony, the guy a couple boats down from me, his son and his son's friend to sail over to Sailor's Wharf. It could not have been a much crappier and colder day. Gusty winds and a washing machine like bay. We dropped sails and fired up the motor to get into Sailor's Wharf, only to have the engine constantly overheat right in front of the coast guard. Great. And me with the old numbers on from a few years ago since I was able to only peel down a couple of the tags. Anyway, got it there and they need extra $$$$ because of all the barnacles. I wish there was a better way of not having such a buildup of barnacles.

So, 3SUM is getting her bottom done, going to polish her up really nice, clean the sails and get the motor running. She sailed ok when we were out in the bay, but really needed to have her sails better trimmed, but I was working with a crew that had never sailed a multihull like 3SUM.

Radio Protocol and Etiquette

Radio Protocol and Etiquette

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Testing out a new way to post photos through Flickr

Blogger is a google product which hosts this blog. Flickr is owned by Yahoo - Google's competitor. Let's see if this will work:

Flickr pix of St. Pete

Five Must Have Cruising Items That Actually Sucked Sailing Chance | Sailing through the Caribbean | Sailing Chance | Sailing through the Caribbean

Capm Fixit needs to weigh in here.

Five Must Have Cruising Items That Actually Sucked Sailing Chance | Sailing through the Caribbean | Sailing Chance | Sailing through the Caribbean

3SUM Makes Yet another appearance on International TV

It is very evident that 3SUM is the featured item taken during the St. Pete Indy car racing series. The picture below shows 3SUM gently rocking back and forth in her slip. Notice the finger pointing in the bottom right hand of the picture showing  the f marina.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Using Butyl tape


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

St. Pete's Island Nautical is the go-to place for sails big and small | Tampa Bay Times

St. Pete's Island Nautical is the go-to place for sails big and small | Tampa Bay Times
The Royal Clipper harkens back to an era when an aristocratic elite traveled the Caribbean in style. With a waterline of 439 feet and an average speed of 10 knots, the Monaco-based Clipper line is for cruisers interested in an Old World experience.
But the Royal Clipper, the first five-mast, fully rigged sailing ship to be built since 1902, has 42 sails that require constant care and maintenance, and when one rips or needs to be replaced, the Clipper line turns to a New World sail loft, St. Petersburg's Island Nautical.
Located in an industrial park on the fringe of the city's burgeoning arts district, Island Nautical has a large and dedicated following, including everybody from high school dinghy sailors to blue water racers.
"We definitely fill a niche," said owner Robert Ingwall. "We are the place to come when you need something that is hard to make or difficult to find."
The shop, which recently moved to its current location at 2233 Third Ave. S, made all of the sails for the luxury flagship of the Clipper line when it first set sail in 2000. The Royal Clipper, and its smaller cousins the Star Clipper and Star Flyer, are owned by Swedish entrepreneur Mikael Krafft.
"We sail the Caribbean in the winter and Europe in the summer," said Bill Dwyer, director of sales and marketing. "We are constantly working with sails. We like (Island Nautical) services, so that is why we stayed with them."
The sail loft is currently working on a "spanker" for the Star Flyer, a 360-foot, four-masted ship that entered service in 1991. "It's a triangular sail, the most aft sail on the ship," said sail designer Bill Durant. "It basically helps the boat go straight … sort of acts like a rudder."
The sail, which measures 114 feet long and 51 feet wide, is made out of woven 17-ounce Dacron, and has to be built in stages. "We probably do 10 to 15 sails for them a year," Durant said. "It seems like we are always working on something."
But Island Nautical provides services to more than multimillion-dollar tall ships. "They are our go-to shop," said Olympic gold medalist Allison Jolly, coach of the University of South Florida's top-rated sailing team. "When something breaks, they can fix it or make a new one."
Jolly said her sailors are particularly hard on pintles and gudgeons, the hardware that attaches a rudder onto a boat. "They are always rusting out," Jolly said. "But they can fix them. It's not easy to find a place that can do stainless steel manufacturing."
And that is the key to Island Nautical's success, Ingwall said. "Manufacturing in the U.S. has been dropping off for years," he said. "But here we are in the center of St. Pete making sails, seat cushions, everything the boater needs."
Ingwall is new to the bay area — he bought the company that currently employs 42 people a year ago because, he said, "I wasn't looking for a job … I was looking for a way of life."
He grew up in North Carolina, where he was an avid sailor, but added, "Up north you have a racing season. The great thing about Florida is people race year-round."
Island Nautical is a little hard to find. "We've got a retail shop in a commercial space," Ingwall, 42, said. The company recently commissioned a colorful mural painted by the legendary Vitale Brothers, who started their downtown St. Petersburg art company in 1992.
Fred Bickley, an open ocean racer who recently completed several of the WaterTribe's small boat challenges (including last month's 300-miler along the coast of North Carolina), said he doesn't know what he would do without the shop.
"Big sails, little sails … they do it all," said Bickley, who's gearing up for a trans-Atlantic voyage in the summer. "They are the best shop around for the serious sailor."
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