Log of Calypso

01 January 2017
31 October 2016 | MCAS Cherry Point by way of Oriental, NC
20 May 2016 | MCAS Cherry Point
09 May 2016
20 March 2016 | MCAS Cherry Point (Slip A-1)
01 March 2016 | Hancock Marina
29 February 2016 | Spooners Creek (ICW Mile 211)
26 February 2016 | South Harbor Village Marina (ICW Mile 311)
24 February 2016 | Waccamaw Oxbow
21 February 2016 | Waccamaw Oxbow (ICW Mile 375)
04 February 2016 | Lady's Island Marina (ICW Mile 535)
01 February 2016 | Bull Creek (ICW Mile 565)
31 January 2016
28 January 2016
20 January 2016 | Brunswick Landing Marina
19 January 2016 | Brickhill River (Cumberland Is.)

Happy New Year

01 January 2017
Here is hoping that a grand Holiday Season was had by all!
Jeff & Wendy


31 October 2016 | MCAS Cherry Point by way of Oriental, NC
No we haven't fallen off the face of the earth...;)
Update on the way,
Jeff & Wendy


20 May 2016 | MCAS Cherry Point
As we have said before, you never know what you will see living aboard a military installation.

We are not sure what caused this to happen, and probably never will, but we started our day with the view of this. It came along with a lot of shouting and a flurry of activity to rig oil booms.

This retired 110’ USCG Cutter has been tied up at the Navy Docks were Hancock Creek meets the Neuse River. For the past several years it, along with it’s sister ship, have been undergoing extensive work to allow it to complete some unknown future mission.

Weather it was destined to be a bombing target or some other training aid, it is now resting with it’s keel in 15-20’ of water. Bet someone is in trouble!

Fair Winds & Quiet Anchorages,
Jeff & Wendy

The Project Continues

09 May 2016

We are still at Cherry Point and we've been working hard to fix our bowsprit leak. Well, we did take off to enjoy the Air Show with friends Dick & Libby off Calypso's sister ship, Tarwathie.

Instead of driving we broke out our Strida bikes and rode the 3 miles to the flight-line. What a great plan, not only did we get a bit of exercise but it saved us a ton of time by not getting caught up in traffic.

Today, it's back to work. The source of the bowsprit leak was water working its way between the stainless steel bowsprit and 20 year old powder coating that was breaking down. The water travelled down the mounting bolts and between the teak & fiberglass deck layers.

The other culprit was bolt holes from the previous bowsprit that were not correctly sealed.

With the teak deck removed we are now working to reinforce the deck, in the area of the bolt holes, with G-10. It's a high density fiberglass material used for backing plates and even engine mounts.

These small sheets will be epoxied to the chain locker overhead so we can fiberglass over the multiple existing holes. Once the bowsprit is reinstalled we will re-drill new bolt holes.

Based on what we have seen already we plan to laminate several quarter inch, 3"x6" pieces together to help correct the mast compression post issue. But that will be Phase II.

With all this going on we had to make a decision. We can either not work at camp and get everything completed or we could work & not go south. Easy decision, we have decided not to work at the camp this summer!

Speaking of which, it's time to get back to work!

Fair Winds & Quiet Anchorages,
Jeff & Wendy

The Bowsprit Project

20 March 2016 | MCAS Cherry Point (Slip A-1)
We arrived at our summer home at the Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point almost three weeks ago. Since then we have been busy, but not too busy to enjoy the Hancock Yacht Clubs annual Oyster Roast with over 40 people joining in.

Meanwhile the spring pollen from Elm, Oak, & Juniper Trees is keeping our allergies going and the larger Pine pollen, falls leaving a yellow covering on everything, inside and out. The water around us maintains a yellow flowing film.

We are in the opening round of our project to stop the leak coming from underneath the bowsprit. As you read on you will see why CALYPSO has much more waterline showing than when we first pulled in at the beginning of March.
But, before we could start on this project we first needed to recover our Jeep. Next, we needed to find secure storage for the many items we would remove in order to get the access we need.

After those two steps were accomplished without too much difficulty our first road block happened. Our Jeep had a broken Leaf Spring. How long could that be to repair, you ask. Well like most things in dealing with a boat project, longer than we thought!

It seems that the quickest way to fix the problem was to have the repair shop, Wayne’s in Morehead City, order and install an after-market lift kit. To do this however, the 20+ year old rusted bolts would need to be cut out and the new springs installed lifting the Jeep a modest 1 ½”. Our final word to Sean, the shop owner, was that we didn’t want to use a step ladder to climb in :)

With the help of a barrowed pick-up truck from Pete, on Esprit, we started the offload. This included both of our hanked-on forward sails, as well as, the storm sails & drifter stowed below. We emptied the forward storage bin of fenders, spare anchor rode, and extra teak. OK nobody has extra teak… it’s all just waiting for another project!

To help with balance we removed our SCUBA Tank & 100’ of 3/8” BBB Chain from the lazarette. Then we removed our forward anchors, a 20kg Bruce& 60lb CQR, along with another 300’ 3/8” BBB Chain. We now have 5” of hull showing that normally is underwater.

We stopped just short of removing the bowsprit as we travelled back to Raleigh. We are dog sitting for our daughter and son-in-law while they are away in Ireland, on business. We did ask if they needed someone to carry their bags but settled for 10 days with our Grand-Puppies.

Fair Winds and Quiet Anchorages,
Jeff & Wendy

Our Summer Home

01 March 2016 | Hancock Marina
As the sun started sinking over the horizon Monday evening the powerful west winds also started to settle. We had looked at the forecast and spoke with Chris Parker, who confirmed, these calming conditions would not last long.

The alarm went off at 0430 but we were already awake, listening. What we heard was nothing, not a single breath of wind. Coffee was made & the engine was checked and started at 0530.

We started to haul in the anchor and looking into the black water of the creek, it soon  became obvious that the 30 minutes we estimated to clean the anchor chain may not be enough. It was half tide and CALYPSO must have been sitting just above the muddy bottom. Not just the chain but the nylon snubber lines were covered in thick, gooey mud!

Crank in a little chain then scrub, scrub, scrub, was how it went for 50' of chain until the anchor was on deck. Underway at 0609, Wendy then maneuvered us to within a boat length of the condominium docks at Spooner's Creek Marina and could not find deeper water. We later thought how unfortunate it is, because if the shoaling, to leave this favorite anchorage for the last time. What would have been worse is to have bought one of the $100k boat slips only to have it silted in.

At sunrise, 0635, the tide pulled us down the windless ICW towards The Port of Morehead City at 5.2 knots with minimum RPM's. This great boost wouldn't last long and as we passed under the High Rise Bridge we we fighting a current which would not let up until we entered the Neuse River, 20 miles ahead. Even as Yoda droned on it was one of those rare calm, quiet trips absent of both boats & birds.

We had asked dock master, Owen, for a slip were we could work on CALYPSO's bowsprit leak safely and at 1310 pulled into slip A-1. We will spend the rest of this week settling in, adjusting lines as the 20-30 knot winds return, renewing friendships, telling our story to the Hancock Yacht Club membership, and retrieving our land dinghy, a 1995 Jeep.

This upcoming Monday, the project starts!

Fair Winds & Quiet Anchorages,
Jeff & Wendy
Vessel Name: Calypso
Vessel Make/Model: Westsail 32
Hailing Port: Clearwater, Fla
Calypso's Photos - Main
Repair to Calypso's foredeck, mast step, rudder, & Seacock replacement
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