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11-01-2010 01:43 PM
Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
This sounds like an awful trip. I am motivated by this story, never to treat my crew this way, and to make sure my boat is in good shape before asking people to sail with me for any kind of distance.
Hahah.... I tried to look at a brighter side. If someone gives me a lemon, I will just add some sugar and water, turn it into lemonade.

I, too, have made a commitment to treat my crews with respect and don't be cheap. The crews deserve getting a slip so they can have a hot shower and have a chance to dry up their sleeping bag and clothes.
11-01-2010 10:58 AM
Ajax_MD This sounds like an awful trip. I am motivated by this story, never to treat my crew this way, and to make sure my boat is in good shape before asking people to sail with me for any kind of distance.
11-01-2010 10:02 AM
rockDAWG Yes, we were over-canvassed despite we were on our 2nd reef for the main. We reduced the head sail twice. Also we were 8 to 10 nm off shore with too much wind. Captain sailed back to the coast (2 to 4 nm) with the water depth of 40 ft. That was a sweet spot.

you fed him!!
Yes, They all like my food. They told me it was the best food they have ever had. They must be hungry and cold. Let's see what I made for us:
We had:
1. Hot spicy turkey sandwiches
2. Al dente noodle soup with shrimp wanton or roast pork
3. Crab imperial over roasted garlic pasta with grilled vegetables
4. Italian hot sausage in spaghetti sauce over pasta
5. Spared ribs in worcestershire sauce over white rice
6. Sausage/shrimp fried rice
7. BBQ pork chop with rice
8. Linguine with white clam and fresh shrimp sauce
9. Brownie for desert.

From this voyager, I think I have perfected my cooking skills in high seas. The boat has an alcohol stove, which is a pain to use. I think I have mastered the beast.

How did you like the ride through the east river btw! That's a trip you can chalk up to a good experience!
Actually it is not bad at all. The only thing worried us was the engine problem we have since it was just got repaired. Its reliability is unknown to us. Therefore, we tried to cross Hell Gate at the earliest time so the current was not at its peak. Our SOG is just about 9 knots. We mentally prepared to deploy out head sail in case the engine failed. We also let all the commercial traffic go first and entered the Hell Gate when no traffic behind us. It was a majesty sight to sail thru East River - seeing Cornell Medical School, Rockefeller University, NYU Medical school on 26th street (Where my daughter works), and the Status of Liberty (more later on the thought of our Lady) and Verozano bridge.

All in all, it was a good adventure. I appreciate the Captain gave me the opportunity. He told me I was his first choice among 30 sailors who wrote to him. He was impressed by my formal email as if I was applying for a job.

I have learned a lot during my short time on Sailnet. I can’t thank enough for all your comments and helpful info. It all makes me a better sailor and a kinder person. Thank you for reading my less than perfect English. Life is short, play hard and make someone happy.

Fair winds and calm seas.
10-31-2010 03:49 PM
tempest Hey Dawg,

I hear ya, I always feel a let down, when I get home from a trip. I'd just as soon have kept sailing! Maybe some day..I've still got some land based responsibilities.

I thought you sounded a little over-canvassed that 1st day out of Sandy Hook, with a fully genny, especially since it had let go once already. Good that you were able to find the sweet spot. You made great time to Cape May.

This skipper was lucky to have you aboard and remain aboard through all the issues, and on top of fed him!!

How did you like the ride through the east river btw! That's a trip you can chalk up to a good experience!

Thanks for sharing your trip with us!
10-31-2010 02:09 PM
rockDAWG The refection and random thoughts on the day after:

Despite the less ideal situation, I am ready for another voyage. The pounding of the sea and blow of the wind have not hampered my desire to sail alone - I belong to the sea, I love the science and the art of sailing.

For all the problems of we encountered were preventable. Tartan 37 is a good boat. Unfortunately, she was not properly care for over the last 20 years. Cosmetically, she is dirty. The deck leaks, my sleeping bag is all wet. Manual bilge pump and the head are not working properly. Her equipment are old and not up to date. May be I am spoiled by the 2006 Jeanneau I often sail on. Tartan has no self tailing winches, no rope clutches. To make the matter worse, her jib furling and jib sheet share the same winch and cleat. The electronic on the boat is bare. No wind indicator and no wind speed display. It has a tiny B/W Garmin GPS without any marine navigation feature. The lap top served as a chartplotter kept on crashing; it requires to reboot. Fortunately I used my iPhone GPS as a back up. It was less ideal, but it give me some confirmation.

One thing I did learn from the Captain was how to find a kinder water to sail. When we passed Sandy Hook, we were sailing too fast and too uncomfortable in a speed over 7 knot. He managed to trim and get back near the shore. We gave up 0.5 kn speed, but the sea motion was greatly improved. Thereafter I just maintained the same course through the nite with 30 to 40 ft of water depth.

More Later
10-31-2010 02:15 AM
mccary Yep, sounds like you have your priorities in order... first a big sigh of relief and then a hot shower and then real sleep.
10-30-2010 03:01 PM
rockDAWG Yippee......rockdawg has landed. Wawa coffee in my hand. Life is good and precious.
I got dropped in an unknown dock. Captain sailed away immediately while I waited for my ride.

Many thanks for the kind words and helpful info. It helped me to remain focused. Heading home now for a hot shower. Have been away from home for ten days, just wonder if the honey do list is getting longer.
10-30-2010 02:09 PM
chef2sail Dawg,,,,sounds like you had quite an experience. I have found you learmn from everything....sometimes what to do...sometimes what not to do. I have crewed on boats with a Captain like the one you seemed to have this time.

Makes me appreciate when I am with someone who really KNOWS what they are doing, plans their voyage, and of course takes care of the safety of the crew and his vessel foremost. Sounds like this guy was poorly prepared and was lucky to have you aboard. Get off why you can.

10-30-2010 10:29 AM
rockDAWG Utschs marina has a tournament today. No slip until 4 pm today. I will pay for the slip and have my wife to pick me up there.
10-30-2010 10:17 AM
rockDAWG It is not my style to talk behind others. But I did put a lot into this trip. My wife and I paid and prepared all seven days gourmet meals for three of us. I prepared all lunches and dinner onboard except one. I clean and tidy up the boat constantly. The other crew is very nice he has been with this Cap before. The Cap treats him like a servant. It is very strange makes me feel unease. Respecting to the Cap is one thing being obedient is another.
Having said that , I am still appreciate the opportunity. Didn't learn much about sailing but did experience what could happen if someone fails to maintain the bost and how to correct the bad situation.
I could not believe I went to bow to retrieve the 150 ft rope and pull the anchor up in a 6 ft sea. I am glad I lied on my stomach flat and held on the toerail. Looking straight down on the water from the top of the wave and free fall to the bottom of the wave. The bow and my head were submerge in the water. I hope I will not need to do this again.
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