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11-15-2009 05:44 AM
kjango Hi Joe ,
How's that foot ??? I did reward myself with a day sailing the Sunday before the big storm . Flat water & light winds , but I managed to make 5-5 & a half knots all day . A little hard getting the sails up by myself with no one on the helm but after I got them up I spent almost no time with my hand on the wheel all day . She pretty much sailed herself all day . Way nice day by myself out on the water . Made it through the storm ok . If a guy wants to feel really manly all he has to do is rear up on his hind legs & prevail in the face of adversity & do it on a sailboat in a Best regards ......hope this finds you & yours doing well & prospering .
11-08-2009 07:47 AM
mccary Kjango, it sounds like you have your course set for a good winter. I hope you have some new books to read. Any new plans for spring and beyond? All the best Turkey Day to you and Skipjack!
10-10-2009 10:08 AM
kjango Hi Brad ,
I do have internet aboard & well fixed for heat . Sometimes the signal is a bit spotty but other then that ............. The first year went quick . The honeymoon is over , but I still fall in love with the boat a couple times a week . The last 3 weeks or so I've given up sailing & been all paint & varnish . I completely re-did the aft bulkhead . I took everthing off it sanded it & then 3 coats of fresh paint . I took the wood cleat that had been painted for years down to bare wood & gave it 6 coats of varnish . After that was done I sanded the cockpit deck & gave it 3 coats of fresh paint as well . The helm & the wheel also got 6 coats of varnish . I'm presently in the process of replacing the entire panel in the front of the cockpit with a piece of 100 year old plus oak I was gifted . I have the panel cut out & put the 4th coat of varnish on it last night . With everything I've varnished I've left the weathering or patina if you will intact . I made no attempts at bleaching or staining . To me it looks more interesting . The oak panel I'm working on now has some very interesting little dings in it that turned black with the varnish creating a nice effect . When she's done she'll look like she came original with the boat . When I finish this latest project I'm going to reward myself with a day of sailing . Maybe two . After a year aboard I'm not exactly as far a long as I envisioned owing to the failing economy . The little company I still own out West is not doing well at all , but this is as good a situation as I could have imagined for weathering the storm . It's a peaceful & simple life . I'm happy to awake every morning to a world of prospects instead of a myriad of " issues ". How was your season ??? Were you able to get out much ??? I got out as much as I could & benefited from the experience . Even with little money we ( the Skipjack & I ) have done so well that I can only imagine how good it will be when the economy begins to rebound . Hope this finds you & yours doing well & prospering .
10-10-2009 01:07 AM
Bene505 Happy anniversary, Captain K!!!

Do you have internet on board? How are you for heat for the winter?

10-09-2009 11:06 PM
kjango I have no notion what equivocating is but , I made it & Oct. 4th was my one year anniversary aboard the Skipjack . Thanks
10-08-2009 10:21 PM
mgiguere Is this for real???

Thought I heard a very similar story last year...or have you been equivocating all that time.

Anyway....make sure you have an autopilot and take the inside passage down the east river and go door-to-door. The onlys longish part is down the NJ coast, and there are still many places to pull into. From Cape May, go out the back way and up the Delaware to the C&D and you're home. (Take someone with you)

10-04-2009 06:22 PM
mccary Foot is fine, except before storm passes over... I have been sailing less than I would like, but we have had plenty of family events to take me away form sailing. Right now my mother & father in law are here. They are moving here so my wife has been plenty busy. I have been busy with work and with my brother being unemployed for a while I have been having him work with me. The Annapolis Boat Show is coming this week and I may make my way there for an afternoon.
09-27-2009 09:17 AM
kjango You know , I hadn't Joe . But I have to tell you & I couldn't be more sincere when I say it , I celebrate that every day on the Skipjack . It makes me feel powerful that even the government of the United States was unable to break my will & I was able to pull this off & set myself free . I advocate that we are all ultimately responsible for our own freedom & happiness & sense of well being . Having said that , if I was to celebrate that day I'd have to find a dirt cheap way to do it......hahaha Thanks for checking in Joe . How's that foot ??? Have you been getting out much this season ???
09-27-2009 01:14 AM
mccary Have you decided how to celebrate your liberty anniversary? Sure seems like some way to mark the event is needed...
09-24-2009 10:04 PM
kjango Looks like I cured my engine overheating about the same time as your post Joe . After going through the entire system it turned out to be nothing more the a little elbow fitting that was clogged . The up side of that ordeal is I pretty much know everything there is to know about my cooling system now . I've been getting in some great sailing as I approach the one year anniversery aboard the Skipjack . Week before last I completely re-did the companionway bulkhead . I even re-did the wood cleats . ( sanded to bare wood & then 6 coats of varnish ) Last week I re-did Skipjack's wheel . ( again 6 coats of varnish ) I have to say & some may disagree , but I made no effort to stain away any discoloration . I'm going for the patina look . I actually think the discoloration makes it look more interesting & the wheel feels like glass in my hand . Next week I'm re-doing the cockpit deck . At some point I'll be able to get out of here & Skipjack will leave here looking pretty . Hope all is well with you .
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