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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 :)

from above

Boat Parts

This is the bow hatch that is broken, if you look at the left side and see the hold down screw, the right side is broken off. I have a line on another one that is in fine shap.

Another trip to the Big Boat
Dean turning to spring
04/16/2012, above the 45th. paralel

The Bow of the big boat, with the windshield being stored there while under shrinkwrap.

Another successfull trip to the big boat !

I did a pretty good "clean and straighten up" day. I took off everything that wasn't fastend down:
at least 20 life jackets
3 throw cushions
2 float pads
2 bags of garbage(junk laying around from repairs)
6 mixed pillows
several pieces of carpet

I sorted 3 different drawers of screws, nuts, bolts, brackets and bits and pieces all into a couple little plastic baskets. They all will have to go someplace, but alot of them look like collected stuff from the years, so no throwing it out till much later.

I cleaned out everything from under both bathroom cupboards and the under the galley sink.

The next trip will include the shop vac and some soapy water and a rag. It has been out of the water and under restoration for several years, lots of dust, dirt, leaves and saw dust.

While I was there I started talking to a guy (big suprise, thats what I do when I am around boats) that was moving some motorcycles around and when I mentioned that was my boat, he said "you bought that boat", I said yes and he went on to tell me how he had a slip next to this one for may years and had alot of great history aboard her. We got on to the fact that he had attempted to buy it from the guy 3 time over the past 12 years, but it just didn't work out.

When he found out the price I paid, he quickly stated "you got the deal of the century" I quickly agreed. He said especially since most of the pain in the ass nasy repairs have already been done, that was music to my ears.

I also took some measurements of the space it will need when it gets here.

More to come, Dean

I have posted 2 new you tubes, one of the interior and the other of the power plant.

little sappy close up

A good look at little sappy just a cookin away !!!

little sappy

makin the syrup :)

Early Smmer :)
Dean 83 ! a record breaker
03/21/2012, Petoskey Mi.

Meet Mr. Pitman, Chrissy's new puppy.

We got a new boat dog, and so far he is a big hit !! Let the fun work begin :)

I have got the syrup all made and the equip. is put away and ready for next season.

I can start to concentrate on getting the Big Boat home. I have made a few calls to the local marinas but most won't do a long haul (90 miles), so I am digging a little deeper. I still need to talk to the seller and see if he will haul it for me,, he has the truck and trailer that can do it.

This early hot wheather has the garden moving up the list too. Raking and mowing and weeding and all that crap is climbing the list too.

I would much rather be worried about getting some fresh bait and riding my bike to the beer store, but those days are on hold for a few years :)

Later, gotta rake :( Capt. Dean like a LION
Dean 23 degrees and a fresh 10"
03/03/2012, snowed in

Well this pretty much says it all for now. Stay tuned though.

Capt. Dean

February Blaahhss
Dean 25 at night 45 in the day

Hey Ya'll, yeah I am still here.

Not much going on with the big wood boat, other than some research and logistics of having it hauled home. The other things I've been thinking about are, really what to do with it. I don't really plan on putting a bunch of money into it right away, getting it home will be several hundred at least, plus I need to buy some stands too. I am hoping I can get it in the yard for about 500 but I haven't made any calls yet. Then working on it, as much for free that needs to be done (put back together) and chip away at it for a few years, If it really warrants a " restoration" or if I should just "remodel" it to our liking, $$$$$

Option 2, put a couple hundred into bottom paint and caulk, have it hauled and launched right in Traverse City and bringing it up by water, obviously costing several hundred there too, then mostly anchoring, docking sometimes and then a haul out in the fall. I think that would be about $5,000. for the summer. Then what, haul out, to where, home? pay for storage in a yard? shrink wrap etc.

I am thinking the 5-6 year plan at home and spending that much on the boat itself, instead of all overhead and costs. That would make me 59, and by then we would be ready to FINISH THE GREAT LOOP!! Going down the Mississippi to the Gulf and on to the Okachobee (sp) waterway across to the Atlantic side and up to Daytona. Completing the other 2300 miles of the Great Loop.

BUT, hey, this is all pure speculation :) Maybe we will go this year ? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA but what about the garden, and I will need another 80 bottles of wine first, working on that too :)

All in All, we are just anxious to get it uncovered and home, so the fun can start. Oh yeah, we still need to finish emptying out the Rubaiyat of the household goods that were loaded aboard, I want to get her back to the status of a vacation vessel.

Option 3, fix er up, sell the Rubaiyat and the big wood boat and buy the perfect boat with trailer.............................

Check in once in awhile, Capt. Dean

call with any ideas or brainstorms, I welcome them :)

02/21/2012 | Charlotte Crissey
Ah-ha! Now you've got her, what to do with her?
I'm sure whatever you decide to do it will be fun! Hugs to you all. We're still wasting away here in KY.
Chrissy and Mom got to see it !!
Capt. Dean 50 on Jan. 10th.

I took Chrissy and Mom to see the boat a couple days ago and they loved it !!! We loaded up the van, Chrissy, Mom, Mark, Vi, and Christopher, oh yeah and the extension ladder :) and we were off. It was a beautiful 50 degree day, Jan. 10th. if you could believe it. Mom had no trouble getting up the ladder and into the boat, I think she was kind of determined !! :) Chrissy was sooo happy, I haven't seen her like that in awhile, she said it didn't look like the cruiz ship that it did in the video.

We all went up and in, mingled around and looked a little closer at everything. I pulled up floor and wall panels where I could and looked at the hull with a flashlight, gladly nothing jumped out at me, no rot or mold or nasty looking areas. I spritzed up the place some just by putting stuff in drawers and closets that were laying around, cushions, canvas and such. I laid down in the V birth and found alot of room in those bunks.

We came to the conclusion that a bucket of soapy water and some Fantastic will have her looking her old self again in no time. We have no intentions of dumping alot of money into her in a hurry, we will concentrate on what is there, do some research on her, then decide if we want to "remodel" or "restore" her. You all know how I or free..and we have the time and the people in the right places to search and find boat surplus stuff or new if warranted.

I have been on the web looking for Owens Yachts history, I have found some info, but at this point I don't think there are many 63's out there, or at least not on the internet. I think I will join the Owens owners club, for 35 bucks I will see what happens.

More to follow, so just keep checking in.

Capt. Dean

ps. oh yeah, I had this idea to stir up the community this spring.......the big wood boat will be parked on one side of the house, with a sign that says "hers" on it...... on the other side of the house will be Rubaiyat parked with a sign that says "his".......then a sign on the house.." For Sale" ....................:) :) that should get em talking :)

01/31/2012 | Charlotte
Just found your updated blog. So glad you are finding everything looking good on the new yacht! What are you going to call her besides "Hers?"
We're in Key West for a couple of weeks. Can't believe the warm winter up north. Next year we'll stay home and it will probably be the coldest ever.
Stay warm and enjoy your new project.
Hugs to all,
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.

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