This winter in the mid-West has been miserable at best. I am lucky enough to have had several opportunities to escape to warmer climates for certification/testing and deliveries. As of yesterday, my home marina was still iced in with several inches of ice to melt yet.
Sub-zero temperatures last month caused a near catastrophe on a Catalina 30 in our fleet. The raw water intake ball valve split and the bilge pump failed due to either freezing or faulty float switch. The owner discovered 6-8″ of water in the cabin that reached half-way up the engine block. We will be changing the oil in the transmission and engine and hoping for the best. The dipstick did not show water in the engine oil, but the transmission was a different story.
There was a cold front that came through Saturday night and we had 45kt gust. The tarp covering the cockpit and companion way of Spirito got stretched and the bungee holding the tarp down whipped into the starboard port light, shattering it and the trim ring. UGH.
I am off to Antigua where I will be getting PADI certified for open water. I have never experienced SCUBA, and I am looking to add this to my knowledge base.
Sunday, July 8, 2018, was an awe inspiring night for me. I was on a delivery as engineer/mechanic from Melbourne, FL to the DR. The previous evening was a crossing of the Gulf Stream after a squall tossed the 29′ Konsort like a rag doll and the GPS recorded our fastest SOG, 12.8kts. Surfing, wind and currents definitely will provide you with an adrenaline infused rush, but typically in the wrong direction.
Sunday night was calm and the skies where clear with a waning moon, so I spent nearly the entirety of my watch standing on the pilot’s seat with my head outside of the hatch watching the bio-luminescent algae reveal our path and watching the Milky Way stretch for horizon to horizon. I have experience “darkness” before, but this is the first time that I had been over 300 miles from shore with clear skies and calm sea, which created the illusion that I could reach out and pull the stars out of the sky and hold them in my hand.
These early hours of the day and the beauty that Mother Nature can reveal are two things that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime, either at sea or in the secluded wilderness. I would suggest the sea.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
I want to thank you for joining me on this journey to fulfill my dream of being on the water and not dying at my desk. For the past 30 years I have enjoyed the relaxation and peace that sailing brings to me. Through friends made while sailing, I have enjoyed many evenings “on the hook” laughing and sharing our joy in sailing.
My goal is to expand my yacht delivery business and make other captains as successful as possible, while providing boat owners the satisfaction of knowing that their yachts are in capable hands.
I look forward to sharing this journey with my family and friends, while giving new sailors the opportunity to travel and gain the experience to become capable mariners.