My attention dirfts to a conversation some months back. “Have you scared yourself yet?” our boat broker Tom Harney from Jordan Yachts asked me. We crossed paths in Florida months after buying Wild Hair.
“No, not really,” I remarked. Dave concurred. “We’ve gotten into some pickles, but we’ve gotten ourselves out of them,” I boast.
I guess tonight — more than a year into our planned five-year voyage aboard Wild Hair — is my first real sail. I laugh. Sailing is horrible.
Tom Harney of Jordan Yachts scored a small but nice cameo in Heather Mann’s spiritual journey on her Hylas 45.5. The trip is full of hilarious sea stories with a few pretty scary situations. The scariest is probably when pirates follow Heather and husband Dave. Luckily they escape, but all cruisers should buy a copy of the book for good tips on what to do and not to do.
Heather, a struggling Buddhist, is able to get into adventure after adventure under the watchful eye of what she calls “the Great Atlantic Teacher.” Even on her final trip coming back as she muses on how much better they have gotten at cruising, she manages to once again humble herself. Heather and her patient and resourceful husband, Dave make a great team. She may not always be the one to get them into a bad situation, but Dave always is clever enought to get them out. If you want to go sailing with your wife or husband, this book will convince you to go together and renew your romance.
And then there is Dinghy the cat. We had a the pleasure of meeting Dinghy at Jordan Yachts. This is no ordinary cat. What cat have you seen walk on not just a leash but full-on harness? And what happens when they visit a island full of cats? Once again you will have to read the book to find out.
A personal inspection of this novel is highly recommended.
A search of my Gmail shows that I activated my SPOT Messenger 2 on June 13, 2011. Since then, I have used my SPOT to sail throughout the Caribbean, eastern Atlantic, and as far south as Colombia. On deliveries it has become a critical means of communication to the owner as to the whereabouts of his sailing yacht – a big value add. What delight the owner had as we crossed some rough seas in the wide expanse of the Caribbean Sea enroute from Miami to Colombia. The owner tracked our slow progress and then when the winds and seas turned he excitedly watched us make 200 nm days! He told us afterwards how much he enjoyed following us, glowing with joy.
This review discusses the strengths and flaws of the SPOT Messenger 2nd generation device that I have discovered during my journeys. Continue reading “Spot Messenger 2 Review” »
“Find that noise.” – Captain
“Which noise?” – Crew
“That one. Find that noise!” – Captain
We left Fort Lauderdale early February 22, 2015. Our weather window, created between the passing of one cold front and the arrival of another, had arrived. We planned to quickly head due East to avoid high winds and rough seas from the second cold front chasing us towards our destination – Tortola.
Continue reading “Fountaine-Pajot Saba 50” »
The first 3 days went by in a haze, I was seasick and tried to move as little as possible, only got up when I was on watch or needed to go to the bathroom. No food for me. The weather was really tough, the wind came right into our faces, with around 25 knots and we had to take a lot of beating, while moving rather slow due to heavy waves and wind. Luckily, Kevin and Marco were fine and could take care of all the problems that Felix was presenting us (basically the bad fuel the consequences).
Meanwhile Marco tried to pursue his long wanted goal to fish a tuna, to eat fresh sashimi right on the spot (we bought wasabi and soy sauce in advance). He threw out some fishing lines, all with differently colored bait, to increase our chances. The first day no tuna was in sight, instead we caught a king mackerel. We decided to keep it and Marco cut off some nice filets. Just afterwards we realized that with this heavy motion no one is too fond of cooking, so off it went to the freezer. Kevin’s wife had prepared some very nice dishes that we could just thaw and eat, so at least the boys stayed well nourished. The following days went by without fishing, because the weather was just too wild (I was constantly fearing someone would be thrown overboard). Confused seas!
Sitting up in the helm (pretty high above the boats “ground level”), being moved around with this funny catamaran motion I couldn’t help it, but imagine we would be riding an elephant. Climbing up and down the waves, its taking us step by step closer to our destination. Good boy ;-)!
After only one day the starboard engine starved again for the first time. Searching for quite a while Kevin and Marco found a huge bugger inside of the housing of the primary filter. Of course troubles like that always have to come up in the middle of the night (quite likely, since night time starts at 5 pm and lasts until 6.30 am). Sick as I was I was very helpless, but could at least try to look at the radar, while Kevin and Marco had a very tough time, getting into the engine room in these stormy times, being tossed around, washed with saltwater all over and making the engine work again. My heroes!
Although these days were very choppy, we found nice moments to relax. A lot of harmony within the crew.
Continue reading “Felix Report – Riding the elephant” »
Tuesday – 02.12.14
Yesterday we decided to spend the day at our anchorage and wait for better weather. With up to 30 knots wind, we are well shaken up, although we have anchored pretty close to the island. The guys got a thousand things fixed, we got our water tank full, and everything is ready.
This morning the captain hammered at the door, and we jumped off the bed. Did something happen? No, just time to get up :). We left a mildly rough Tarpum Bay after around 1.5 days for about 3 hours ’til Davis Harbour. The weather was still rather stormy, so we decided to spend one night in Davis Harbour, a little closer to our goal, and sheltered from the weather. The sail was pretty relaxed because we had some tailwind and did not have to fight against the waves all day.
With a little time and a calm sea we start to throw out fishing lines and hope for a nice catch to complete our dinner.
Continue reading “Felix Last Day on Land!” »
S/V Felix update, at Davis Harbor Marina, Eleuthera 24°44’16” N 76°14’3″ W
We’re leaving tomorrow for the big stretch all the way to USVI. So I’ll condense Nov 30 – Dec 2 as best I can!
With both fixed engines, we were finally able to leave Spanish Wells. Early morning and we said goodbye to great memories, newfound friends, and the best stolen Internet service I’ve ever gotten on a boat.
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S/V Felix @ Tarpum Settlement Bay (24º58’4 N, 76º11’3 W) December 1, 2014 2300 Hrs
These past days have been a bit rough and busy so couldn’t take the time to write. A lot has been done but one thing is for sure: Felix will be delivered better than it was before. Here’s a report on November 29, which was WAY LESS fun n’ games than November 28. Well, at least for Capt. Kevin and Gesa.
Mission: Saildrive Seal Replacement!!!!!!!
Continue reading “Felix at Spanish Wells – Day 4” »
The day started off slow for me.
Gesa and Capt. Kevin went to land to get chores done and I stayed on board, still recovering from the happy hour last night… According to their reports, it was a very fun and productive time – they met numerous kind people while visiting different mechanics shops, etc. Kevin happened to come across a fuel filtering system inside a house’s garage, which we were hoping to use on Felix to avoid any future fuel line buggers. When they approached the door, the couple inside simply said “come in!” , with no information on who they were and what they wanted.
Continue reading “Felix at Spanish Wells – Day 3” »
An overview of the main steps to take when preparing your sailboat for sale. The video features interviews of marine surveyors: Jon Howe and Paul Anstey.
Recommendations include: removing personal items from your boat, tie wrapping loose wiring, eliminating odors of diesel and the holding tank, and having a diver clean the bottom before the survey.
Fairline is a British manufacturer of motoryachts. In 1963 Jack Newington started Oundle Marina and formed Fairline. The company is famous for their Squadron series; they kicked off this series in 1991 with the Squadron 62. Prior to 1991, they built numerous other models including the subject of this review, the Fairline 50 Flybridge. In this yacht, one finds the family focus and high quality contruction that are hallmarks of Fairline. Today, RBC and Better Capital own Fairline.