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Back in Beaufort NC
03/19/2012, view from our stern

Well, we were here two weeks ago to splash cimaise, she floated..but the engine did not start. It was late on a Friday and the mechanics had - had a enough and after checking the systems did not find the problem. She turned over, but....

We needed to return to Virginia and so put off the yard for a couple of weeks to solve the problem.

So now we are back, hopefully for months...The new shed has been built, there is room to bring additional stuff home as we sort off the weight. We took almost everything off her for the winter on the hard, renting a local storage locker (heated).

Today, we get to clean and start reloading the boat. Tomorrow the mechanic team arrives to start her up. Tomorrow we will have good news I am sure, VAROOM..putt putt putt.

The plans for spring and early summer are to go SAILING, as much and as often as we can. Out to the ocean as the weather permits. March in the Atlantic requires a good weather window so we will be planning accordingly.
Then as hurricane season arrives we will store cimaise on the hard in a well protected yard up the Intracoastal waterway - - and then plan to drive out to the Pacific Ocean and back visiting family and friends ( warning warning!! we are coming your way!!)
Then back here in late September to renew the bottom paint and then splash in prep for TAKE TWO!~!!!!~~~~~

cimaise and crew
03/19/2012 | John
Got my fingers crossed. Hope all goes well with the engine. You both know you're always welcome here. Had a great time catching up and visiting. Don't forget to take your dead, gay robot for company. Love~John
Right Whales
Speed reduced to 10 knots

Right whales spotted off Beaufort-Morehead City!!
Right whales are active off SC. Speed restrictions of 10 knots apply to vessels 65 feet or greater in specific areas and times along the U.S. East Coast. It is illegal to approach right whales within 500 yards. To learn more about right whales and rules protecting them, go to:

· Right whales are the rarest of all large whale species and among the rarest of all marine mammal species.

· There are only about 300-400 right whales in the North Atlantic.

· Adult right whales are about 50 feet (15 m) long, and can weigh up to 70 tons (140,000 lbs; 63,500 kg).

· Right whales were severely depleted by commercial whaling; they have a thick layer of blubber, so they float when dead, making them an easy--and profitable--species for early whalers.

cimaise and crew
02/20/2012 | Barbara Heckman
I'd love to see them some time. How far off shore? When do they migrate through this area?
Next time you come through, give us a hail.
NightVision at the Nav Station

The Bike lights work...a lot of photos in gallery..we can still remove them and use them on the bikes too!

cimaise and crew
new exhaust
65 degrees and sunny
01/06/2012, on the hard it spring??? 62 degrees, blue skies, light warm breeze. Nope ! It is January.
Today we are back outside working on the exhaust reinstall. Three inch holes are made, fiberglass tubes are built (a 45 degree angle attached to the straight pipe). Steve is attaching the tube to the hull with epoxy and fiberglass tape, making it waterproof. It will be hidden under the teak riser, we will paint it when I paint the cockpit later this spring. Steve has to cut the hole thru the transom (back of the boat) to install the flapper valve hose exit. We are waiting on a special order 3 inch hose (extra flexible), should be here tomorrow. The final step is to attach the hoses with huge t-clamps and voila' an exhaust system -at least from the water lift to the stern.
We are still waiting news on Ms. Yanmar, JJ is still working on her.
Tonight is beer night, so we are heading over to the Royal James for dinner and maybe a game of pool.

cimaise and crew
Leaving Friends/Family
a week or less...

Just think, weather permitting, we will be at sea this time next week. WOW!! After 15+ years of dreaming and work...I will only believe it when I can see only sea.

When Bob and Susan left for their cruising adventure (years ago), I remember them being very disappointed with the reaction of their friends and relatives. It seemed that everyone was angry with them for leaving, leaving their regular work a day world to go on this adventure. Maybe it was a touch of jealousy. I do not know.

However, I must say that we have had the exact opposite experience. People we have known for years, people we have known for a few, all our combined family have been absolutely positively supportive. People have driven 4- 6 hours each way just to spend a day or so with us. Folks have invited us to dinners, given us going away parties, taken us out to eat. Our dearest friend has provided a guest room, storage space and a sewing room for the last five years whenever we needed it. Other friends have given Steve access to a fully equipped professional woodshop. Family has taken us in for the last few years to winter with them when 'cimaise' would get too uncomfortable onboard. Our nephews gave up their wonderful room for us. Everyone has most importantly been encouraging, no matter what decisions we have made. Last year when we decided to wait, not being ready, people just said "great decision, the right one..come visit!" This year when we decided to hire on a professional captain, again everyone said we did it right again. No one has ever said we were failing if we did not meet our goals now or later. What a wonderful life we have, and especially with all the love we get from everyone. If you are reading this ( I hope you are!! ) Thanks and we love you immensely!!

cimaise and crew
10/25/2011 | Johnny Rotten
Bon Voyage!

Remember rum and sailing decisions rarely mix well...
10/25/2011 | T Pet
So proud of you two, and excited for you!!!
10/26/2011 | John
Your goal should be not to have any more goals. Go! Sail away! Have a great retirement. Noone deserves it more than you guys.

Much Love (and BTW thanks for making sure you have plenty of ways to contacct you so some of us (me) won't be nervous wrecks.)

Bon voage~~John&Mary
10/26/2011 | Nikolai
Love you guys! Be safe and don't forget to relax and HAVE FUN!
10/26/2011 | Dan and Gretchen
Bon Voyage! Our best wishes go with you. Looking forward to hearing about all of your adventures. And remember ..... "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." -Mae West
10/26/2011 | Elizabeth
Bon Voyage! We look forward to seeing you soon!
Sept 11
09/11/2011, Dock Eye Eye (II)

"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails." --Bertha Calloway
A quiet peaceful morning, with our friend the 2011 offspring of Mr. + Mrs Ollie Osprey - Junior. Junior is the survivor, we think after the nest got whacked by a huge barge while he was still an egg, notice the lean. The osprey family usually has 2-3 chicks that survive fledging. Junior spends his morning chirping ( a loud chirp) hoping his ma will bring him a nice fresh fishy for breakfast...not!! Junior gives up by lunch and goes off to catch his own. The empty nest syndrome in reverse. Tough love works!!

If you get a chance catch Steven Spielberg's TV special on the 9/11 memorial. Another remarkable piece of work by a film-making genius.

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