boat work

Cleaning the water tanks

The previous owner of Elara had primarily used her for daysailing, not cruising, and as such hadn’t used the onboard tanks very much.  Unfortunately he left them filled as well, resulting in some seriously slimy/grody/smelly crap growing in ’em. Views 975Likes 0

boat work

Rebedding…

One of the issues we noted when getting Elara surveyed was elevated moisture levels in the deck around some of the stanchions and the traveller.  Not surprising, given that they were loose, and the bedding compound had dried and cracked.   Views 32626Likes 0

Sailing

And we have a boat…

It was fall 2014.  Vicky and I had been sailing with the Liberty Sailing Club for 3 years, and “The Itch” had grown almost unbearable.  My dreams of boat ownership and sailing off into the sunset were so close I could taste them. Views 1168Likes 0

Charters, Sailing

Charter #3 – BVIs (again)

We had such a great time on our first BVI charter, that we decided to take the same trip the next year. Hit some different stops this time, and made it up to Anegada.  This time we were the old salts, showing the newbies around – although I learned a valuable lesson as well. ViewsRead more…

Charters, Sailing

Charter #2 – Florida’s gulf coast

Almost immediately upon returning from our awesome-mind-blowing-super-cool-fun charter in the BVIs, we booked the same trip for the next year!  In the meantime we had no intentions of waiting a full year to charter again, so we quickly put together another trip with some folks from the sailing club. Views 938Likes 0

Charters, Sailing

Charter #1 – BVIs

Back in 2007, Vicky and I took a vacation to the USVIs, renting a house on St. John with some friends.  We spent most of the time exploring the beaches on the island – and quickly picked Maho Bay as our favorite!  For whatever reason, we had the entire beach almost to ourselves each day.Read more…

Sailing

The beginnings – Liberty sailing club

Every few years I got get the itch… Even since moving away from home, I had little opportunity to get down to my grandparents in Miami and go out sailing.  Periodically I would get the urge and start looking at boats online, while waxing poetical to Vicky (who had never so much as been on aRead more…