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Hi all yes i left 29th no wind untill 100pm new years eve then 50 kts Big seas 40' waves 18hrs later after being driven south bare poles 80 miles
we had to turn back. so in Cove harbour till 7th May for another go
I can recommend Key Alegro for a nice marina and can give some good references for boat repairs/etc in that area
Hooking Bull has 25tonne haul out and is a nice quiet yard where you can work on your boat Hope this helps
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Glad you made it. Did you break some stuff?

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Hi Ralph
We broke 4 sail slides on the mizzen, not bad for a force 10.
We had fuel contamination from the start, with no wind we motor sailed for 2 days and went through 6 primary & 2 engine filters
So after the storm with the wind on the nose we had no choice but to turn back. Good sail though average 7kts SOG, not bad with just headsail and mizzen.
When we docked at Hooking Bull, we pumped all the tanks through a scrubber, added a larger Racor filter, new valves, hoses, so i am confident there won't be a fuel problem next time.
I have written an article of the trip for the Cruising Assciation Quarterly Mag
If you send your email i will forward a copy

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Hey Paul, I PM'ed you my emai. Thanks in advance, and glad to hear you didn't get beat up too bad!

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Paul,
Good to hear you and crew are safe. What was the source/cause of your fuel contamination?
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Hi all yes i left 29th no wind untill 100pm new years eve then 50 kts Big seas 40' waves 18hrs later after being driven south bare poles 80 miles
we had to turn back. so in Cove harbour till 7th May for another go
I can recommend Key Alegro for a nice marina and can give some good references for boat repairs/etc in that area
Hooking Bull has 25tonne haul out and is a nice quiet yard where you can work on your boat Hope this helps
Hope this question isn't far off topic, but what does one do for 2 mos. while waiting for better weather? Are you actually staying in that area? During these instances, does one concern themselves about a livelihood/income, or are the vast majority retired/well to do, so not an issue? I would think a delay such as this would really affect any budget established for the trip. Maybe this is subject matter for another thread.
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Paul,
Glad you made it be in safe and without much damage. I too would like a copy of your article. If Gypsy Soul is still at Hook and Bull he has my email address.

Elkscout,
You don't have to be well to do to stay put for a couple of months but you do need some sort of income. Beings you are in Iraq I assume you are in the service. You could save a pile of money while over there. Then sail for awhile find a place you like and work for awhile to rebuild the kitty.

We have friends cruising on his SS and we are planning on leaving here soon and cruise on my SS. Another friend is taking a year leave of absent to go cruising.

Cruising kitty all depends on what type of life style you want to live and how much that life style will cost you.
Thank you for your service.
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I am working in the UK so I fly over to do the trips
Hope this clarifies things
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Wookie,

There is a boat here at Clarks in Port O'Connor that fits the description of your boat black hull and all. Is this your ketch?

I stopped to visit with the crew for a few minutes. Seems that they are having engine problems and were stuck out in the bay last night. Got a tow into Clark's and had some help coming.

Nice bunch of young people on board. I couldn't stay to long and visit as the wife had just got off work and wanted to head home.

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No Shes in Hooking Bull, Rockport on the hard we are putting her back in when im next over early may, then of to the Bahamas
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