Altair's Cruz Nuz

cruising, vb, kroozing, working on your boat in exotic locations around the Caribbean....Dudley and Becca

25 October 2012 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club
25 September 2012 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club
28 July 2011 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club!
27 July 2011 | Key Biscayne, Florida
27 July 2011 | Stiltsville and Miami just across the Bay.
27 July 2011 | Gulf Stream...
27 July 2011 | Gulf Stream, Here we come!
26 July 2011 | Sweet and Very Special Bahamas...Goodbye...for now!
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor
26 July 2011 | Gun Cay's floral gifts!
26 July 2011 | The surf at Honeymoon Harbor!
26 July 2011 | Our last island wonderland...before the Concrete Jungle....
26 July 2011 | Gun Cay...Practicing walking on land...
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor...very cool!
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor...We like it!
25 July 2011 | A very Busy Honeymoon Harbor!
25 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor, Lee side of Gun Cay
25 July 2011 | Bimini, Our Beloved Bahamas!
24 July 2011 | Bimini, Big Game Club Marina!

Three years in the making...

31 January 2008 | CGSC, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boat Yards
Becca B, first mate, only mate
This is where Altair sat for almost three years while preparing for this trip. The Coconut Grove Sailing Club is Dudley's other love next to me and this boat. Not necessary in that order! This is where he poured himself into the virtual rebuilding of our precious Tartan. It's been a labor of love for my retired fireman, a reawakening for me.

I've been waffling...and Dudley knew it...should I stay or should I go? It was a very sticky topic ever since our 5 month mini cruise in '04. He's retired and I'm not. Might as well be though, 'cause I'm not blazing trails to stardom, YET, nor on any who's who list anywhere. Everytime I've had indications that my biz (Murals by Becca) was growing with referrals he'd want to take off again! That damned sea is always calling him! Ok, Altair and his mistresses, i.e., the CGSC, sailing and that big blue sea. What's a woman to do? Follow my man, that's what. I can paint anywhere and I really love him, love sailing and love traveling too! I'll find a way to secure my old age...some how...it's never too late and I'm sticking to that dream too.

So let's take a look at what He DID!!! Just so there's no misunderstanding, I'm only going by the list on board of what we've done to refit this little sloop of ours. We had so many 'master' lists, we had to restock our legal pad supply!

"Some" of Dudley's 'done' list:

Remove old autopilot, install new linear drive Simrad system. He claimed to love drilling thru the 'quadrant' shaft...not! He replaced the old helm pedestal and installed a new narrow and taller one. Of course that included running cables thru it for our new chartplotter and Simrad control panel, drilling thru the cockpit floor to secure it and attach it to the binacle. No small job either. He then moved the circuit board to the other side of the bulkhead so he could finally get to everything. This was something that's always bugged him and it was a small nightmare to reroute all that. While he was in the wiring mode, he rewired most everything that was old, worn out or rusty...it's a 1976 boat for crying out loud, what do you think?

He purchased a SSB on e-bay, then had it checked by someone who came highly respected and that learning curve took a while. He got his tech license; installed a ground plate during the haulout in 2005 and installed the insulated back stay, tuner and cooper ground strip thingy!

We're just beginning! We hauled the boat in 2007 to really inspect the rudder, install the depth sounder sensor, painted her bottom with some kill the nature stufff and checked all the thru hulls. He removed the compressor for the old fridge and made room for a new flexible water bladder! 30 more gallons, very important. The trials of working in a small boat where all spaces are extremely tight! He installed that bladder, under the cockpit (pain in the... everything) and my quiet, calm, patient man was cussing, groaning and banging or scraping every spot on his bod. He revised the old deep fridge space, put shelves in and new lid and made me a huge pantry. As if that wasn't enough, he replaced old lazy jacks, rebuilt the whisker pole, mount and related blocks on front of mast! The rigging was worked on and checked, a new mainsail installed and tested. Righto, we got a chance to sail! New reading lights, new stereo and speaker system for cds and ipod connections, to appease your's truly, and a new ipod to tame the beast. He invented and made a model for the rain dodger, which is the tops. We had that made before I started sewing. He replaced the steps on the swim ladder with starboard; redid all the varnish down below with captain's varnish, to replace the water based varnish he tried and hated years ago. That was a major project that took months, taking it all home, you know the drill, but it was a break from mechanical stuff and he could get something done without interuptions from anyone, but me, of course! He purchased a new portable fridge from Engel, which we love, then he had to install a home for it while in use next to the galley, and a home while underway...that meant two more 12v plugs and more wiring. He moved our ridiculous chart table at the end of our quarter berth, now our 'garage', and extended my galley with it...very cool! That move is only 2' away on a 34' sloop, but the return is huge. Purchased and installed a new and deeper sink, built a box shelf for soaps, etc. and put in a new shelf under the galley stove for more organized galley storage. Really great!

My guy did so much to make our trip comfortable and I betcha to entice me along!

Just months before we left, he decided to add solar and wind...These were our last minute 'big' installations! Smart move though!!!! My major contribution to those jobs was following him around with a bucket to catch the wd40 and stainless drilling debris from falling into the water. He loved that!

Oh, yeah, he bought two new AGM 4d, or something like that, batteries, a new laptop, Skype-in subscription and headset. Whew!

I can't even begin to remember everything else, but he was a busy man! He loved every minute of it though. One of the main reasons it took three years was everybody came to the dock to help. They were wishing they could go cruising too and just plain coming around to find out what the new project was. I betcha he could've bought a bigger and more cruising ready boat for all the money he spent refit Altair. hmmmmmm.

When I wasn't painting for Murals by Becca, I was his helper:

I got the best help I could ever dream of when my friend Pat Zumpfe loaned me her NEW Sailrite walking foot sewing machine. Amazing that she brought it to our house, set it up, trained me and let me use it, and it is fantastic, what a dream. I had finally killed my Singer after making everything from tank covers, bags, wheel and binacle cover, bimini, port curtains. etc., and spent a lot in repair bills at my favorite 'SW Sewing Center' in the Gables. Then I made the dodger and connector (bimini to dodger awning) and phifertex curtains to completely enclose the cockpit, way cool. Her generosity also extended into her mentoring me, how blessed am I?

I also painted everything I had time to paint. He's said that he is afraid to stand still for fear I'll paint him too. The toe rail, coamings, traveler bed and hand rails on deck are all teak! The big hurricane of '92, Andrew, took out a lot of this teak! He patched, marine texed, (is that a word?) and painted the bandaged wood with Awl Grip. When I arrived in his life, I faux'd painted everything to look like teak! I would love to do the faux treatment in awl grip instead of easy poxy...I can find awl grip anywhere it seems, not easy poxy! Some other time maybe.

There is so much more to tell and to do yet, but the biggest news of all is we stopped working on Altair at the dock and decided it was actually time to work along the way. There will always be some-thing to do on a boat that goes cruising, hence the description of the blog, hehe.

Just makes you want to go cruising, huh?
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Vessel Name: Altair
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan 34'
Hailing Port: Coconut Grove Sailing Club
Crew: Dudley Clark and Becky Butler
About: Dudley has owned this Tartan sloop and has been cruising on her since 1986. Becky joined the good sloop back in 2000 when we first started cruising together and he has been 'training' me ever since! I couldn't be happier! I've been sailing all my life, but cruising is a whole different fish!
Extra: This is the most extended cruise we've braved on this wonderful, old boat of ours which is planned to be about 2 years! We left Miami in late February of 2008 and want to get below the hurricane belt by the end of July! Ok, so it's July, 2011...we're close, but not home yet!
Altair's Photos - Main
Shots from the windward mark aboard Kuhala!
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Created 13 May 2011
Spectacular Flora and Villa!
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Created 13 May 2011
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Created 9 January 2011
Flora, fauna and friends!
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Created 3 January 2011
Can come home without visiting this Clan!
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Created 4 May 2010
Kayaking in West Palm Beach!
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Created 4 May 2010
They are so proud of the independence and their Flag! Hopefully the USA will be too!
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Created 10 February 2010
Gorgeous, first class location in the middle the south coast of Shangrila, Grenada!
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Created 10 February 2010
An international celebration and gathering to educate!
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Created 10 February 2010
Our 10th Anniversary and Blue Moon New Year's Eve Party!
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Created 10 February 2010
Nellie and Phil hosting a thoroughly English feast with a British Christmas pudding to boot!
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Created 10 February 2010
Fish Friday tour with Cutty on the northwest coast of Grenada!
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Created 9 February 2010
Grenada's Spectacular Waterfalls and hiking
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Created 9 February 2010
Lots of work to be done...6 days of non stop big stuff!
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Created 9 February 2010
What a great night of Jazz with good friends, Olga, Don, Neal, Donna and Barry!
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Created 9 February 2010
National Colors Day, Don, Olga, Inga and Hal, Steve, Angel and Steve the chef!
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Created 9 February 2010
Grenada's Independence...Spectacular Day!
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Created 9 February 2010
Amazing Hike with Cliffon as Guide, Karine, Pierre, Marilyn and Me!
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Created 18 January 2010
We love Calle Ocho! We are back in Miami! Buenos Noches!
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Created 18 January 2010
Dudley's best friend with his beautiful, brilliant new love, Loni!
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Created 18 January 2010
Our Private Sailing Club and some of our long lost buddies!
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Created 18 January 2010
Love the New Green Canopy!
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Created 18 January 2010
West Palm Beach Clan
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Created 18 January 2010
Heading to Windward Coast and Grenville's Carnival!
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Created 24 September 2009
Gearing up for Carnival, Grenadian Stlye!
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Created 15 September 2009
Nice Party, Great Man, Cool location!
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Created 13 September 2009
WOW!!!
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Created 13 September 2009
First Peek @ The Lagoon, The Carenage and the Locals
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Created 13 September 2009
Very nice for a marina! Wow.
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Created 13 September 2009
What a great Festival of the Arts.
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Created 5 July 2009
Our new past time...hiking to new heights!
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Created 5 July 2009
Whit/Sun/Tide Regatta
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Created 4 July 2009
"The beginning of the Grenedines for us...we want more".
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Created 29 June 2009
"On the Road Again", Day 2. Martinique
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Created 29 June 2009
"On the road Again!" Expolored Martinique by car with Lynn and Lew on Sea Wings
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Created 29 June 2009
Catching up with Old Friends
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Created 28 June 2009
Domineeka, Part 2
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Created 10 April 2009
Dominica, West Indies
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Created 10 April 2009
A ONE NIGHT STAND...
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Created 30 March 2009
Virgin Islands over to the Leewards at last...
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Created 29 March 2009
Je Suis alle enTerre d'en Bas par Ferry!
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Created 29 March 2009
Christmas Cove, St. James Isl., St. Thomas and St. John...
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Created 28 March 2009
We loved them...sailing, diving and parties were GREAT.
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Created 27 March 2009
Two weeks of waiting for wind to die down! Too much fun!
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Created 27 March 2009
Super! Parfait! St. Barts! Very FRENCH!!!!
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Created 26 March 2009
Spectacular Vistas!
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Created 26 March 2009
This is an historically packed delight!
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Created 26 March 2009
NY Eve Party with Jane and Andy on the lawn at Nelson's Dockyard!!!!
11 Photos
Created 25 March 2009
Maltese Falcon Fundraiser
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Created 25 March 2009
We're in fairyland...how quaint!
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Created 24 March 2009
Our pheromones are connected somehow!!!!
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Created 11 March 2009
EAG hike to top of Boggy Peak, with nature lovers, botanists, board members
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Created 4 March 2009

S/V ALTAIR

Who: Dudley Clark and Becky Butler
Port: Coconut Grove Sailing Club