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12-09-2012 02:17 AM
Re: 2012 Sailing Season

Haleakula is all covered with her winter canvas as of today. Systems all winterized. Oil changed, Cushions all home for Donna to work on the new material over the winter.

2012 was a good year for us as we had our first sail early around March 30. Replaced the prop shaft and put a new dripless shaft on this year. Got struck by lightning to the tune of $12,000 (insurance paid for it all) and have all new electronics because of it.

We sailed 35 weekends with 4 four day trips and took our longest vacation ever to the LI Sound and New England for 25 days. We covered approx 3500 miles this year, one of our all time highs. Drank 7 cases of Pinot Noir. Changed the oil 6 times. Went through five
10 lb propane tanks ( we love to grill) and met up with many old friends and made some new ones.

Haleakula is our life for 9 months out of the year in a way, but the three months coming up is a good time to reflect, plan for next year, get house projects completed ( that stops in sailing season unless there is an emergency) and visit our land only friends.

Was a great year and hoping 2013 is equally as good and we meet more people and see our old friends.
12-02-2012 08:49 PM
Re: 2012 Sailing Season

Today was our last sail. Started out in some fog using ourRadar and Raymarine AIS and a new IPAD realtime AIS ap I am trying called Boat Beacon. Ran them both concurrently to test the beacon which worked well.

Winds were light at 5-8 and we managed 4 knots on jib alone for the day as it was to be the endo of the season realazing sail. Sun came out at 12...was just a gorgeous day out.

Managed to encounter a 20 ft boat with two fishing lines who wouldnt move and he got indignant when he forced me to cut behind him.

The whole boats...and one idiot... Told me I ran him down.....I said at 4 knots I could basically only sneak up on him if he wasnt paying attention, which he wasnt.

Anyone season is over for us. Winterization next Saturday. Sails come home for Donna to inspect and restitch degraded threads over the winter on the sailrite machine.

Last day of the season is always sad. Found myself thanking Haleakula for the great year...the trip to New England and Long Island and keeping us safe.
11-30-2012 05:46 PM
Re: 2012 Sailing Season

Great pictures Dave! The sunsets this time of year are amazing.

We'd definitely be interested in buddy boating with you and Donna up to NE this summer. Sharon's summer should be a lot less hectic. Let's talk more about it at the brunch next week.

I'm still trying to get hauled out. My marina has so many boats coming out this year they ran out of stands! Don't know if that's a sign of the economy, if we have people coming down from NY/NJ who lost their marinas, or some combination.
11-30-2012 02:30 PM
Re: 2012 Sailing Season

Ha..I will let my wife know as she takes care of that.

Its a 2 year old Quantum Main and its still finding its memeory creases. The EZ Jacks we have are so much better than the old lazy jacks and it helps, but Donna is meticulous

The sunset was unreal. Evemn the next fay the mist on the water and the autmn leaves were surreal.


11-30-2012 12:20 PM
Re: 2012 Sailing Season

I don’t know what’s more impressive… The sunset or how well that sail is flaked.
11-30-2012 10:41 AM
Re: 2012 Sailing Season

Here are some pictures from our last anchor out of the season at Cacaway Island on Lanford Creek, Chester River

( we still will day sail this weekend hopefully and then winterize).

We have made this a tradition in late October to come here and anchor for the annual geese circus. Thousands of geese from Canada use this creek and ajoining farm fields to
winter and hang out in ice free water. The circus usually begins 1/2 hopur before sunset when the geese swoop in in waves of 15 or so and land in unison......not. They sually are landing right next to the boat and you can see their struggles. Some bounce off the boat...some wipe out the whole line landing. Last year one hit the mast and landed with a thud on the deck dazed. he/ she eventually fell overboard, but the squaking was unreal. The waves of geese continue till an hour after sunset, when its very quiet.

11-27-2012 03:18 AM
Re: 2012 Sailing Season

Check out mid-August. We will be heading to the LI Sound for 2+ weeks this year and end on Labor Day. OUur plans are to do the Sound, Shelter Island raea ( Greenport, Montauk, Sag Harbor) Stonington and Mystic areas. Coastal hopping and Port Jefferson or Port Washington ( never been) this year

Wed love your company some or all of this.

11-26-2012 06:20 PM
Re: 2012 Sailing Season

Our season is officially over. I went for a daysail on Thanksgiving morning and winterized the fresh water system. Sharon and I went down yesterday to strip and fold the sails. The boat comes out of the water sometime this week.

My thoughts are already turning to winter projects and next season.

Winter/spring projects for me are making a new bimini on a borrowed Sailrite machine, refinishing the cockpit and interior dining tables, bottom painting/hull waxing, and deciding to repair or replace the dinghy motor that broke down again. I'm also going to help build a wooden boat on Saturday weekends at CBMM since boatbuilding is something I've always wanted to learn more about.

Next season we're really committed to doing a cruise of 10 days to two weeks on our boat.
11-25-2012 12:50 PM
Re: 2012 Sailing Season

Sound great wily. Next weekend looks like it may be our last chance before we take the sails and canvas off and start taking the cushions home. The following weekend would be the winterizing as well as canvas cover. She will be satying in the water again this year.

11-25-2012 08:08 AM
Re: 2012 Sailing Season

Got out on Friday for a few hours of sailing on the Severn - the wind, when it filled in, was around 10 knots, I guess. It felt a bit chilly when the clouds moved across the sun, but I'm sure come March this same temperature (50s) will feel quite warm.
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