The Sailboat Pomaika'i

Fort Myers Beach… Again

Another trip to Fort Myers Beach last week to move the sailboat to Olsens yard to have repairs done. BoatTowUS was great with a short trip across the channel to the yard. At first we were hoping that we would only need to replace the transmission...

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...

Living Aboard A Boat

So I’ve been living on the land for the last 6 weeks at an extended stay hotel while I’m waiting for the transmission repairs to be completed on the Pomaika’i. After a year living aboard a boat, it’s really given me a break...

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...

Travelers Curse

This is a story I ran across years ago that I connected very strongly with. “I see. But have you ever heard of the Curse of the Traveler?” “No, what’s that?” “It involves experiences and their value. The more places you see, the more things you find...

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...

New Boat, New Plans

I’ve been running hot all April (a poker term, meaning gettings cards and breaks going your way). Everything seemed to just line up for the purchase of my new boat. The boat was actually in better condition than I expected from the pictures...

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...

Plugging Holes

I’ve been taking care of a bunch of small projects around the boat. I’m still waiting on the insurance company to submit an offer to settle for the damage done 2 months ago. It’s been a long and frustrating process as patience...

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...

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