The Sailboat Pomaika'i

A Week In Fort Myers Beach

Spent a week in Fort Myers Beach on the new boat. Mostly it was just some time to unwind from work but I did get a few tasks done. Figured out the old autopilot system. I’ll probably replace this with a more modern (energy efficient) autopilot...

Port Charlotte to Fort Myers

Sitting here at the Fort Myers airport waiting for the flight back to Jacksonville (but via North Carolina for some absurd reason, Jacksonville is the redheaded step child of travel destinations) going over my simple “one day move” of...

Boat Shopping In Punta Gorda

After getting the settlement check for the boat accident I took a look through the websites that list boats for sales. A quick search found a 1979 Morgan Outisland 415 (41′ foot) for sale in Punta Gorda in SW Florida for just about the same...

Maiden Voyage

Had a productive Saturday. Practiced docking stern first which is harder to do with a sailboat. Since there is only a single propeller sailboats tend to walk (move sideways, in the case of Palani to the port side) in reverse. So you have to...

Trip Down The St Johns

After everything that had happened the day before Friday started out with a wonderful sunrise on the St Johns. Standing on the deck of my new boat watching the sun come up over a river that’s smooth as glass was energizing and filled me with a sense...

And it’s gone…

I finally sold the Palani last night. Paying two slip fees was really a pain every month and just made it feel like I was stuck in limbo. Was a slow process grinding to get the funds to fix the Pomaika’i while having the huge overhead...

Christmas In May

In preparation for moving the new sailboat on May 20th, I purchased some handheld electronics to help with the navigation and passing the time. Before departing Jacksonville for the final time I’ll have installed a full boat-wired electronics...

Tasks and Chores

Finally, old man Winter is dead. It was great to get some warm days and plug away at my lists of things to get done on the boat. Life Lines I decided to remove the life lines from the boat. These are the wires that run about waist high around the...

Crabs!

Finally, Florida started holding up its end of the bargain for 2017. Gorgeous blue sky and mid 70 temps for the weekend. This motivated me to get out and do some boat chores. The first was figuring out why the knotmeter wasn’t registering. I...

Crash!

Well, Life thought I was bored so it sent a phone call from the marina. I became un bored. I got back to the marina as quickly as possible with a ton of worst case scenarios racing through my head (and the accompanying solutions) because they...

2017 Plans and Ideas

As is the tradition on a New Year I took a look at what had been done in the last 6 months and started to plan for 2017. As with most things in life, a lot of the projects are limited to timing due to budget but there are a lot of projects that...

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