Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ok, I fixed it

I finally got around to fixing the throttle handle that came loose earlier when we were docking and had wind on our behind. Docking it was a bit tricky as I tried to keep the handle engaged. Looks like the screw in the handle on the backside came loose. A 5 minute repair (quite shorter for a competent person).

The rube rats a few boats down thought it was pretty funny that we had trouble getting into our slip while slamming down their Miller Lites (I suppose to keep under that 300 lb mark). The admiral was on the bow and made a comment as we were going in, "well at least we aren't afraid to go out when the wind gets above   5 knots."

I think Lee and I are going to have to double team and remove those huge nail that are sticking out of the bollards. What a stupid place for them! I need to do some line maintenance and fenderboarding to make tying up 3SUM easier.

Finished up and went to Publix to get some food and water and when I came back, 7 of St. Pete's finest squad cars were there. Some type of domestic on one of the boats as I came up. Thank God we didn'thave to put up with Disco Stu and his all night jam session from the apartment building 5 blocks away! "Woop woop. Give it up for duh Man! Who wants to PAHHH-TAAYY!!!! Give it up foe mah Man -
FLO - RI-DA!"

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Day Sail


View 01/01/2013 11:47am in a larger map All went smooth until we tried docking with the wind on our back end, and then the throttle arm came off in my hand. We had a heck of a time getting into the slip without bumping into anything. It was later discovered that the centerboard got kicked up so our steering was a bit iffy.

Docking Issues














The throttle came off in my hands and we think the centerboard was kicked up when trying to dock. The 12 knot blow on our starboard stern didn't help make it any easier.
Cartoon Lisa
Cartoon St. Pete Pier

Coast Guard









These guys were quite close to us and were doing maneuvers at Albert Whitted  Airport. They cleared our mast by only several feet. 

Lisa sleeping

New Year's Day

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV6KSl7Hxu4

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: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=206895319684651496642.0004cfe1a5054e1dfe9c1 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