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Blowinganddrifting with Admiral Chrissy and Capt. Dean
We are Mariners, heart and soul, but there is much more to us than that :)
And a New Adventure Starts
Capt. Dean cold in petoskey

This one I just bought on E-bay, you won't believe the price!! She is a 1963 Owens Tahitian 40' double cabin cruizer.
It is still sinking in that she is ours, more to follow,
Capt. Dean

I put some more pics in the photo gallery,

I have a new video on you tube with the interior, you can just google blowing anddrifting or just go to my you tube channel.


12/30/2011 | Randy & Dawn Ortiz
Boat looks solid. Good Builder. I'm sure you will do a great job of making it sea worthy soon. Randy
12/30/2011 | Randy & Dawn Ortiz
I'm sure you will have it seaworth as Rubaiyat soon
I guess we are calling the adventure over :)
Capt. Dean sunny and nice

Our homeport of Petoskey

Wow !! What a summer so far !! I will start out by apologising for not blogging for a few weeks, I kind of got burned out on it I guess.
We have had a great time aboard since I got the repairs made. I took a mid week trip to Lake Charlevoix with a couple friends, while Chris was gone to Florida for a week to be with her sister during surgery. The surgery went well, and she had a good time with her sisters. On our little trip we spent a night in Boyne City and then went to East Jordan for a night.

We did get over to Beaver Island last weekend, it was a nice trip too, we motored most of the way over and back, but I will take that over 5-8 footers and spray :)
You can go to my You Tube channel to see a short video of the Bay on our way over.

The trip to Beaver gave us time to talk about the rest of the summer. We are hauling Rubaiyat out this week, and getting her back home for her winter rest. We are going to get the Boarding and Grooming business back up and running. The garden is putting out some fresh veggies, the sweet corn is in the freezer along with an entire beef, the freezer is looking good :)

So all is well here in P town, I will be getting back into the swing of video and stuff soon. I also plan to put together a movie from all the videos and the blog. It will take awhile though, so don't get your hopes up too soon.

Later Capt.Dean

08/20/2011 | Charlotte Crissey
We don't believe it; Rubaiyat home for the winter? That's worse than the stock market going to poop!
How can we possibly continue without our trusted comrads???????
Call us!
Rubaiyat is back together again :)
Capt. Dean sunny and hot in P town
07/22/2011, Petoskey

I got Her fixed :)

Part of cutting the lines and heading out on a trip like this one is knowing your ship. I have never worked on a diesel engine, but, I have worked on alot of gas engines. I was able to install the new alternator bracket with the help of my friend Lew. Rubaiyat is back to her old self after about a 200 dollar ordeal.......the difference between adventure and ordeal is ATTITUDE !!!

Whe was down for about a week in all really.. a few days when I didn't go work on her, but wow, a week seemed like a month with all the other stuff that had to be done around the "house" really? I hate my mow, I hate my weedy, I hate my everything about putting gas in it to make the place look nice. I am anxious to get back down to the boat for a few days.....can you tell?

Going to the boat for the weekend, Capt. Dean

07/22/2011 | Charlotte Crissey
Good going! So nice to have smart friends :-).
Ahh, a weekend on the boat...we're jealous. Way too hot in Baltimore to go to the boat. It's in the 90's here! Have to admit, we're not so fond of yard work either. Found a guy who does a nice job wioth his own equipment. That makes me smile.
Have been working on the camper. Recaulking, yuk! Almost done. She's starting to show her age...a little rot needed to be taken care of. Sooo looking forward to our cruise to Alaska next month.
Stay cool.
still brokendown
Capt. Dean sunny and summer in Michigan

July in Petoskey, Paradise :)

Well, I had to tear it down farther before I can start putting her back together.

I got the new alternator bracket, it mounts completely different and independantly from the old one. The only thing is, I had to remove 4 exhaust manifold studs and install longer ones for the new bracket. Thanks to my friend Lew for the help. As you can guess, it got kinda messy. Drain the antifreeze, that will be another project to fill and burp the system, not to worried about it though. Pulling off the manifold ment tearing the old gaskets, luckily Irish Boat Shop had them in stock.

I hope to get back to the boat on sunday to get after the install process. Saturday (today) is the Bachelor Family Reunion over on Crooked Lake and the wheather is perfect.

I almost had the boat pulled out of the water for the summer, I thought I might have to pull the motor but now I think I can make the repair in the water and get to sail some more this summer.

Short blog this time, but as useual, more to follow :) The adventure is not over yet !!!!!

Capt. Dean

Strike one, Strike two ...........$$$$$
Capt. Dean sunny and July in Michigan

Rubaiyat had a real breakdown yesterday (fri.7th,), it went something like this:

We planned to leave the dock at 11 am and head for Beaver Isl. or Charlevoix. We shoved off at 1. Like always the wind was on our nose heading out of the bay. Charlevoix became the destination due to the time and wind direction. We got about 2 miles out, motoring, when the alarm went off and low oil light came on, SHIT!! I noticed a few days ago there was more oil in the bilge than normal, but I guessed it had dripped some over the last month of non use and just seemed like alot. Well, I shut it down and checked the oil, NOT even on the didpstick, SHIT!!! I got out the 3/4's of a quart I had left and dumped it in, still not on the dipstick. We altered course and sailed downwind on the headsail back to the marina and dropped the anchor just outside the entrance. I put the motor on the dingy, headed in and took the van up to the auto parts store, bought a case of oil and a roll of oil soaker cloth. 2 1/2 qts. later it was full.

I started her up, looked all over with the flashlight couldn't see anything leaking. Up came the anchor and we were off again, 3:30pm. Motoring straight into the wind this time to make some time on the 3 hour motor trip. It wasn't long (about 2 miles out again) and all of a sudden, a squeak squeak, squeak started. I jump down there, pull the cushion and cover off the motor compartment, grab the flashlight and start looking........
SHUT IT DOWN!!!! I spotted a stream of oil running out from someplace by the oil filter. Blew a gasket? or what? With it shut down I started to go for the filter, rubbed on the belt, real loose?????? I pushed on the belt and FLOP goes the alaternator into my hand. SHIT, SHIT, SHIT !!!

A broken alternator bracket AND bolt. both the upper and lower mounts were broken. The lower mount is part of the timing gear cover, the gear is showing and the upper bolt has about a 1/2" still in the enging block sticking out luckily.

I left it at that, put out the headsail and headed down wind again, sailed back to the entrance and dropped the hook again, devastated, after traveling 2200 miles, we breakdown at home. That is the real happy salvation though, it could have been much worse a situation for sure !!!

The beer slowly started soothing the agony of it all and lighting the spirit of the crew and I, as we ran through all the worse case senarios we could think of, how it could have been :)......mmmmmmmmmmmm beeeer :)

Our friends Ken and Jen (who we met here years ago through thier breakdown) came out and gave us tow back into the slip, we tied side by side and it went flawlessly.

As I write this the next morning (sat.) with a cup of coffee, trying to get in the right frame of mind to dive into the oily mess later today, it just amazes me how these things happen, fall into place, whatever.

Photos, video and all that will be comming soon.

Capt. Dean (feet arent so dirty today)

ps. Please keep your prayers with our friends Terry and Charlotte as Terrys Brother holds on to life a little longer. Damn tears are streaming again, sometimes they are happy tears and sometimes they are sad.
Another Angel will be traveling with them soon.

07/09/2011 | s/v Zephyr
It is so good to see your smiling faces again. We miss you! Terry's brother passed away peacefully yesterday. Family is doing okay. Note to the wise, don't put off going to the doctors. Jim unfortunately waited too long. By the time he was diagnosed, the cancer had spread and weakened him too much to tolerate treatment. He was just 71 and a good guy. He will be missed. Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers.
07/09/2011 | s/v Zephyr
Yikes!!! So sorry to hear about your engine! We had a broken alternator brace when we first bought Zephyr, caused lots of problems. Finally had a new one fabricated out of stainless steel and haven't had any problems since...knock on wood. Good luck with the repairs. Glad you got back into your slip safely.
A great Fourth of July weekend
Capt. Dean
07/07/2011, Little Traverse Bay, Lk. Mi.

Just a quick note to let you , Ya'll know we had a great 7 nights on the boat in Petoskey after 2 at the house. We are back at the house now for 3 nights, doing more projects, and finishing up others.

Heading back to the boat for a few days on friday. Heading for East Jordan probably.

I will post some more pics and stuff soon, the garden is just about worthy of some footage :)

Later, Capt. Dirty Feet Dean

Who da thunk it ?..... adjust "back" to a house?
Capt. Dirty Feet Dean variable (normal for up here)
06/29/2011, Petoskey Municipal Marina, Little Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan

Rubaiyat in the comfort of my friend Rick at the Boat Exchange...At Irish Boat Shop, ready to launch back into the sweetwater of Little Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan.

On Saturday, Chrissy and I motored her back over to Petoskey, put the sails back on, and then Sunday...................................................................................................this:

(written tuesday morning june 28th.)

We slept in our house last night :) for the first time in 350 days. What a feeling, pretty hard to describe that is for sure.

We are so thankfull that we have Mom living just another couple miles from us, and having a spare room, king size bed, overlooking the lake, and dinner at our finger tips, as well as a well stocked fridge :) get it? ;)
THANK YOU MOM!!!! it aint over yet !!

It is mostly all painted on the inside and put back together. It will take some living in, to get it all back in shape. Right now there is no TV or iinternet, the phone is working, the old land line number 231-347-4802 number is still ours.

We had a great sail on Sunday, no motor and full sails, it was awesome. David (nephew) and his girlfriend Jesse went with us, we sailed around the bay awhile and then went up into Harbor Springs and DROPPED THE ANCHOR for the first time (other than an emergency in the St. Clair River) and grilled some burgers.
We spent 2 nights aboard in Petoskey, it felt good to be back aboard Ruby. It was nice stayiing at Mom's condo on Crooked Lake for a couple weeks, but we did miss the boat alot.

So we will be staying home a couple nights getting ready to stay aboard for a few night over the 4th. of July weekend.

I have quite abit of the garden in, and plan to put in a few more things this week. I bought some fruit trees and grape vines to put in this year.

(written wed. night 7pm.)

What a nice way to spend the day yesterday, sitting in my recliner and watching some DVD'S, I went down and checked on the boat, adjusted the lines cuz it was blowing, raining, foggy, raining, nasty, and I was in long pants, my winter parka and the hood up running out the pier!!

When I got back home, I had 5 movies, a 30 pack and a wet ass!! I went to the wood pile, got a nice fire going, then the chair ......:) Movies on the flat screen are / were a thing of the past, strange huh? Drizzle and fog made it easy to just do NOTHING (around the house, that is).

Today I got back in the garden and got it up to speed. More to follow.

Now we are back on the boat, feeling like this is still our home, a wierd adjustment that I didn't expect.

ok.....typing drunk again, will get this posted and follow up .....................................................the adventure is not over :)

Capt. Dirty Feet Dean

Fix this and paint that, gimme my boat !!
Capt. Dirty Dean
06/20/2011, above the 45th. paralell

Back in P town :)

The haul out of the boat went very smooth, it is on the ground waiting for the semi.
It is in the same yard as the the big 48' sportfisher that went aground in the inlet awhile back.
They cut 4" holes in the bottom to flush out all the sand and water, what a sight. The props are curled right over, the shafts are bent and the struts are bent. You can see where they hit the bottom of the boat a few times. The sliding door and windows are all broken out of it.
I have some video I will get posted as soon as I get a chance.

We are back in Petoskey, been here a week now. We are staying at the condo on Crooked Lake with Mom, and it has been very nice, what a great view of the lake.
We have been working on and around the house everyday:
tilled the garden,
fixed broken fill valve in toilet,
found the broken fill valve in the dishwasher and got the part ordered,
replaced the kitchen fawcet,it was an old cheap one and the sprayer nozzle froze and broke,
got the car started after charging the battery,
the van started right up, the plow truck battery won't take a charge so it won't start,
the mower started after charging the battery, then chased around and got new blades for it, the grass was a mile high,
the weedey started and the leaf blower started,
the hot water heater won't light, ended up changing it completely, it was 17 years old,
the furnace worked fine. ugh.

Had Chrissy put together a work bee, pulled up carpet, cleaned living room, and bathroom so far, thanks Mark Lewils, Aunt Barb and Keeley.

Gottta get the hot water heater wired today if possible.

Hope to plant the garden tommarow (sun) then the boat should be here next week.

Gotta go, it's 7:30 am sat. and I'm burning daylight.

Capt. Dirty Dean :)

The last Blog from Florida
Still sunny and Still HOT, and hurricane season too !!
06/08/2011, St. Augustine Municipal Marina

Rubaiyat in the St. Augustine marina

I know some of you know the new plan, Rubaiyat is getting a ride back up north. I have been busy the last little while making the arraingments to get her and the Crew back up to Lake Michigan. She is getting lifted out of the water tommarow, thurs.9th. at the St. Augustine Marine Center where she will wait for her ride, Rick from The Boat Exchange is going to haul her home about a week later. I have her sails off now, the dingy is all scrubbed and ready to go back on the bow for the short motor over to the haul out, just down around the corner on the San Sabastian River, maybe 3-4 miles away. The gear will be stowed later today and we will be up in the morning ready or not for TRAVEL once again. The rental car is reserved and the Sisters have been notified and prepped for the goodbyes.

To Terry and Charlotte, we are sorry we will not be stopping buy on the way but you know how it is when you are headed home. Chrissy says maybe we could just drive down sometime? Our prayers have been for you and Terrys Brothers family, as you know we went through the same things before our adventure. Tears are streaming down as I type, they have done it many times along the way, when I needed strength or when I was just so damn happy to be alive, like right this minute !!

We feel like we have had a truley awesome adventure in the 2200 miles and 11 months we have been traveling. The people we have met have been the key to the whole trip. Daytona turned out to be the big goal, little did I know when we left home, but after visiting Mom and Dad there all those years it just became the destination I guess, sure the Bahamas would be nice to visit, but really to do all that will take another set of plans and desires. South Florida does not tend to draw me closer, We have been there by car many times.

Hurricane season does have much to do with our decision. I am following my gut, as I do most times. You know what they say. I just don't want to try to outrun a hurricane at 5 knots, it can't be done. If we go inland for a couple months (the St.Johns River) there is still no guarantee not to get cought up in some kind of mess. Behing the last transient around, most all the locals will get first pick and preference when a storm is on the way. If a hurricane hits Petoskey I will eat my words :)

This is NOT THE END OF THE ADVENTURE by any means, I plan to continue to live aboard for a couple more months so I can complete a one year liveaboard !! Not sure if Chrissy will do the same though. I am so looking forward to just plain sailing again. Sure it can be done here, but it is like going up and down the Cheboygan river, really ! I have no real desire to do it. Going out an inlet to sail around in the ocean has its drawbacks too, proper tide for in and out, wind, shallow water and all that. Sailors paradise is the big lakes, just round the breakwall, hoist the sails and kill the motor in 150 feet of water.......PARADISE.

It is real nice here in the fact that I have been fishing everyday, yes everyday for most of the day for 5, yes 5 months. Catching all kinds of fish and crabs. That will be the hardest for me, to go back to the limited species of the Great Lakes. I am sooooooooo spoiled !!!!!

Get ready to jump aboard and go for a sail with me this summer, I will be the one out there at 8 am everyday till dark :) I have spoken with Chris at the Petoskey Marina and he will a space for me. I am anxious to see the new dock there and the new facilities.

Keep an eye on the spot page for the next week or so.

It aint over till Rubaiyat is in the barn for the winter.

Keep up if you can !!!! Capt. Dean

06/08/2011 | Zephyr
Hi Guys!
We are sorry you must hurry home, but we understand. A car trip later sounds good. You are always welcome! Thanks for the prayers, still needed. We haven't been back to the boat since we left May 6th, fortunately the marina has live-cams and we can keep an eye on her.
You have a safe trip and enjoy your "real" sailing once you get home!
06/12/2011 | Steve Lengnick
Safe travels, I look forward to seeing you guys in Northern Michigan. Steve
Busy, Busy, Busy
Capt. Dean still sunny and HOT
05/28/2011, St. Augustine and surrounding area

You just never know what you may pull up from the depths :)

Yes, I have been busy !!!!

I know, I know, I haven't posted much lately. Like I mentioned before, it is easier to get up and start fishing than it is to sit on the computer and drink coffee.

Anyway, Last thursday Chrissy and I went crabbing with Brandon at the Guana Wildlife Refuge, it is pretty cool, you take a long stake, tie on a piece of string with a chicken neck or leg tied to the end. When a crab finds it, it pulls on the string trying to drag away the prize. When you see it tugging you slowly slide a net underneath and slowly pull in the string, the crab just will not let go till you lift him off the bottom. That is when you scoop him up with the net. Try anyway, we got all of them that day. ck out the video if you haven;t seen it already.

Then on friday, I went to a Jacksonville Suns baseball game with Troy and Tanner's baseball team. It was fun going to a stadium always is. They are a semi pro team and have won their division the last couple years.

Then sunday we went up to Marilyn and Garys and spent 2 nights there. When we got there, we found out the septic tank was full, plugged or something was wrong. No matter what, it wasn't gonna be pretty!! Come to find out, it has happend a couple times. I went ahead and dug up the access hatch to find the tank completely full, but not overflowing. Can you smell it yet :) Gary brought home a sump pump, you guessed it, we pumped 3 big barrols of liquid out so we could use the toilets (this is sunday) till the next morning, monday when they could get there to pump it out.

The 90 gallons we pumped out revealed the outlet elbow and seemed to be fine. Thinking we were good to go after the pump out, in went the laundry and the showers started. STOP STOP STOP. Not getting out of it that easy!! Still plugged and backing up in the tubs again DAMN.
we go get a snake, shit! not long enough. Back to Lowes for another snake, longer and stronger this time, get back run it all the way to the clog, damn thing is really plugged bad, we cant get the snake to ram through it a bit. How did it ever drain at all we have no idea. A quick call to the roto rooter and he was there in a hour or so. Sure enough he bored through some nasy nasy and kerplunk (did I mention I dug up the hatch again) we heard the mess go on through and into the empty tank. So after Gary stuck his head in the tank and noticed there was no elbow on the tank inlet side, I dug up the other end of the tank to reveal the other hatch, popped it off and sure enough the pipe was covered with solids that must have backwashed into the pipe to plug it up originally. so off to Lowes for an elbow, guess it? yup wrong size, the old one is schedule 20 not the schedule 40 that we bought. NOT GOING BACK TO LOWES TODAY Break out the beer, slide the cover back on for the night and call it enough for the day. Gary took care of it the next day. Later we cooked a massive fish dinner from the pinfish and black drum I had cought earlier in the week. TASTY!!

Back to the boat tuesday with a ride from Brandon, and a couple days on the boat to heal up :)

A keeper Black Sea Bass and some more pinfish have been cought, small sea bass and sting rays have been released, working on another dinner, slowly but surely!!

That brings us up to today Friday June 27th. Memorial Day weekend is getting started, Wendy, Troy and Tanner are gonna come down to the boat and have a couple coldies and maybe catch some fish.

BOMBSHELL: Ruby is going on a truck the week of June 20th. and getting a ride back to Lake Michigan, she plans on taking a well deserved vacation in fresh water and clean wind for a couple months or so.
Keep an eye out, you never know where you may spot her !!!

More later, stay tuned, Capt. Dean

05/28/2011 | Zephyr
Hi there! Glad to hear that you wild and crazy pair are still having fun! So you're trucking back to Michigan. When you drive back and come through PA we'll be crushed if you don't stop in.
We've been home a couple of weeks trying to catch up on everything. Putting a garden in is a lot harder than cruising (or at least harder on my back, lol). Terry's brother is still very ill and in Hospice care. Please keep him and his wife in your prayers.
Hugs to you both.
computer?-fishing? guess which :)
Capt. Dean

Well as you can tell I haven't been on the computer much. I used to get up in the morning and jump online and get new posts made, surf the web and all that. Now that the weather is so nice, I have been getting up and putting a shrimp on the line, tossing it out and drinking coffee looking at the action about town and watching the rod tips.
I have been catching a few fish, black drum, whiting, pinfish, sting rays, cat fish and some have taken the line and run off never to be seen.

We have been busy with the sisters and some visitors. Larry and his daughter Cary visited us for a day, we had a great time. We went to lunch at the brewery, then went to the beach, then to Pete's house for dinner and drinks. They did not get to see the shuttle launch though.

Nancy and Lexi came for a week, we did about the same things with her.

There was some excitement in the Inlet, ck this out, 3 parts.

We are pretty much just relaxing and enjoying the great weather while it is here.

Sorry for the short post but damn it is nice out again and I gotta get out there.

Later, Capt. Dean

05/13/2011 | maggie&Chris
Poor boat. Reminds me of the day before I quit our trip. Spent 4 hours on a sand bar waiting for the tide to go out and them come back. Bummer! Just spent 2 weeks climbing near Vegas. hot, dry, and the whole desert in bloom. Awesome! Glad you guys are getting your share of beautiful weather. Happy Spring!
05/15/2011 | Bill in Miami
Being a watcher rather than a doer, I may be off base for this suggestion. However, Isn't there something that can be done to reduce the wind noise in your videos? Some suggest a piece of foam or something similar over the cameras microphone to eliminate th noise.
I started following your blog as you left Michigan last year. Didn't know you would end up land locked in the northern reaches of Florida. C'mon down! The weathers fine and the Keys beckon.
05/17/2011 | Zephyr
Glad to hear all is well with you two wild and crazy kids! We are home and "enjoying" cold and rainy weather...not! Otherwise all is well and we're loving being with the kids/grandkids however, not looking forward to all the catching up and putting away :-(
Keep smiling!!
A weekend and both sister-in-laws
Capt. Dean Hot, Hot, Hot and happy
04/27/2011, St. Augustine

What does this tell you?...........Just the way I like it.......HOT

We have made the turn to the North, but in a good way. We are back in St. Augustine for a month or so. It was an awesome trip back up here, hot and sunny both days. The first day we had a 8 hour trip to Palm Coast were we spent the night and I yanked up another sheepshead, but just a small one. The second day up to here was just 5 hours, nice and hot and sunny again, as it has been for a couple weeks now, and we love it!!!!!
We had a great Easter weekend, we spent 4 nights at Wendy, Troy and Tanners house sleeping in a bed !!! Nice for a change, but hard to adjust to airconditioning though. We got to go out on their 22' deck boat, we fished in the morning. I was the only one to catch a fish, a nice keeper sheepshead :) take a Yankee fishing and he will show you how to fish !! :) About noon we picked up Chrissy, Wendy and Tanner. We motored up the ICW abit to a reasturant on the water for lunch. After a burger we went and anchored in 2 feet of water near the beach, it was great.
Then on monday we got toghether with Marilyn and Gary for a few hours. We went to the beach for awhile. To our surprise my Brother Scott took a day off work and drove up to spend the night with us, a nice surprise.
Our next visitor will be our sailing friend Larry Trumble, he is on his way down for the next Shuttle launch, his daughter works for NASA in California, they are sending her here for the launch and to receive some sort of award from NASA, she gets to bring a guest, guess who got chosen :) We are anxious to see him as we have sailed together for years back home.
It is real nice here, very busy, right downtown, kind of like at home, just the way we like it. Oh, did I mention the A1A brewrey is directly across the street :)

This weekend is the Gamble Rogers folk music and food festival here in town, they are setting up a stage just up on shore, looks like we will be getting live music on the boat, much like we had with our month long cruiz a year ago back home. video to follow.

Later, Capt. Dean

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