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BLESSED SPIRIT 2011 - 2012
Heading South from Charleston SC to warmer waters!
BUT NOW WE SIT!
01/28/2012, CHARLESTON SC

Things were going well, the storage unit emptied, the electrical systems checked, the sails bent on with some muscular rental help and the dinghy inflated. We were about to make plans to leave the shipyard when we found two problems which were critical.

The bow thruster only goes to Port. We have ordered new solinoids and hopefully that will fix this issue by Monday night.

But more of a problem, our 1982 anchor windlass has crapped out. It is no longer made and there are no more spare parts. On Monday we will see what our options are: rebuild the motor or perhaps a new windlass, ouch!

So for now we sit and are thankful that these failures occured in the states, and not in the southern Bahamas.

01/29/2012 | gerri dubey
You could be stuck in worse places!!
01/29/2012 | burketts
You are very right--out bow thruster died upon entering Cat Cay last time we were south. Never did get it REALLY fixed till we were stateside again in late April. Weather in Maine is BORING--not enuf snow to have fun, but quite cold.
02/01/2012 | pamen
third option - used parts. there is a store in so cal - http://www.minneysyachtsurplus.com/ - full of used parts in decent shape. check them out.

good luck
AND ROLL WE DID
01/26/2012, Wando creek, Charleston SC

1220 miles and the temp went from 6 to 70 F. The boat survived well on the hard, and there is absolutely zero mildew or mold!

We saw Amy and ken in Anap, and Claude and Wendy in Southport and ate a lot of fast food in the car.

It wil be several days before we are loaded down and shipshape to the point we can head South, but we did want to let you know that we have arrived, are getting ready and shoulod meander toward Florida within the week. We hired two great guys from North Sails for a couple of hours to help me move and set the 150% genny.

Demi is well adjusted to her new home.

01/26/2012 | Gene -S/V Island Rose
She looks good in the water. I know you can feel the excitement. Sure beats that cold snow!
01/27/2012 | Chip
Suddenly thought to check out your blog and here you are. Knew you were somewhere south. Isn't this weather fabulous! Good news about your boat, and I will start checking daily to keep up. Hope you three are all well.
TIME TO ROLL!
01/21/2012, Edgecomb Maine

It's cold enough and my arms are what they will be for the moment. So it is time to pack up and head to Blessed Spirit. We drive tomorrow at 0530 and should get to Annapolis in time to have dinner with Ken and Amy (MARY T). The next morning... off to Southport, NC in time to have dinner with Wendy and Claude (WEND). And finally on Tuesday arrive in Wondo SC to sleep on our boat. From then on, no plans as yet. But we will keep you posted.

01/21/2012 | Jim and Jeannie Lea
Great news, have a wonderful winter cruise.We loved the Florida Keys when we were there 3 years ago.
01/24/2012 | Susan
Have a great winter--Zest is coming along beautifully--let's plan to cruise together next summer. Hugs to Demi

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