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06/14/2012, Beaufort NC

"Not all who wander are lost." JRR Tolkien

Our sweet lady will be going on the hard next week to spend the summer high and dry, hopefully safe from nasty storms during hurricane season. Her crew will spend the summer months cruising the US and Canada in cimaise' sister ship - Miss Toyota Prius lovingly known as Ms P.

Sailing posts will be 'on vacation' until late September when we expect to arrive back in Beaufort to prep for "TAKE TWO". Hope to have you visit the blog then and that you have a wonderful summer. Be sure to take some time to hug the ones you love and enjoy this beautiful planet. FAIR WINDS

cimaise and crew
Beaufort 38th annual Wooden Boat Show
What fun on cinco de mayo!!
Visit the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort for a taste of coastal cultures and maritime history. Exhibits feature the state's rich seafood industry, life-saving stations and lighthouses, and sailboats and motorboats. The Museum is the official repository for artifacts from Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge, which ran aground near Beaufort in 1718.
38th annual Wooden Boat Show
The 38th annual Wooden Boat Show will take place on Saturday, May 5, in downtown Beaufort. Enjoy activities and exhibits on display at the Museum and the Museum's Watercraft Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

A variety of small wooden boats will be on display on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy traditional skills demonstrations and displays, educational activities, historic vessels, boat models, sailboat races at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and sailboat rides from 1-3 p.m.

Free boat rides will also be offered on Thursday, May 3, and Friday, May 4, from 1-4 p.m. at the Watercraft Center docks (a $5 per person donation is suggested, which will go to the sailing program.)

Next sailing window is Tuesday morning. weather, tides and bridge opening all align in time and space!! Wonderful spring here, 75-80, no humidity and constant breeze.

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New Slip, poor weather

The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.
- Dom Degnon
Here we are nearly into May and experiencing March winds and chilly temps. It blew 35 all last week. The fellow painting the Town Creek Office building had his ladder blow over. Not really sailing weather. Last night we had thunderstorms and rain similar to the type one might experience coming from a fire hose. Today it is cloudy, threatening and no wind. We are planning to go out tomorrow, the first forecast was sunny and moderate winds...and now it seems to be changing... hoping for decent sailing weather.
We are now in the new slip, next to the one we were in back in November - on the more protected side of the marina, with a view of the anchorage and tiki bar palm trees.
We have enjoyed having the engine start on first turn every time....what a joy. Steve has been fiddling with all the maintenance requirements - and making improvements on already completed projects.
We have scheduled our haul out for the end of May. Jarrett Bay has a boatload of customers who pay an annual fee to be hauled for hurricanes. They do not haul anyone else until the fee payers are hauled. So we are trying to beat the rush. You actually have to get appointments 30 days ahead to fit in. This is an enormous yard with dozens of businesses. All sorts of huge commercial ships are on the hard there. We will be placed over in the corner for sailboats at the Core Creek Marina. So we have only a few weeks left to sail, and then we need to strip the boat of sails and canvas in prep for being on the hard in summer storms or worse. We got a little locker to place stuff in, including all portable electronics. They air condition lockers down here to keep out the humidity, pretty cool..actually,,,,hmmm.
Once on the hard will plan to strip the bottom paint and ready the boat for new bottom paint in the fall.
The sad bottom paint saga....we applied Micron 66 - following the directions for sanding and etc. However, it appears we screwed up by forgetting that we painted the bottom with cheap bottom paint (not our regular Trinidad) when we hauled in the fall 2010. We knew we were going to work on the keel in the spring and just wanted protection for a few months....duh..... Micron has a list of substrate paints that are ok, Trinidad is on the list and the no name paint is not. During the keel work, we heavy sanded - we thought- years of black paint off, nearly down to the 1st coat (which is red). I guess either the red paint applied 15 years ago is not Trinidad (?) -old age memory???&^%#^%*&#- or the cheap paint contaminated the layers under ???? In any case, when we hauled for the engine we noted that our nice new paint was flaking off. Sh*t! So we have reread the instructions and have decided to remove all the old paint down to the epoxy barrier coating. . The paint remover that everyone likes is a SOY-based product. Franmar Soy-Gel Paint remover. No nasty chemicals. Just oily stuff. You apply it, wrap the boat in plastic wrap until it bubbles up and then scrape. Evidently this stuff will even remove urethane varnish from hardwood floors. The lady at the distributer said all the local boat workers use it on teak.
Late summer -early fall when we get back we will prime and apply 3 coats of Micron 66. This should last for 2 years, and then be easy recoats after that. So when we leave for our car summer cruising, cimaise should be paint ready and ever closer to heading to BVI this fall.
Trying to make a chocolate cheesecake today in the pressure cooker...yum..I hope! INDEED!!! Froze 3/4..too rich..just a little goes a long way!! Yummy!

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Sound and science of snapping shrimp beneath cimaise


The noise starts around 8PM and then stops abruptly around 11PM. Amazing. Took me a few nights to realize it was not fiberglass termites!!

Ah..nature... like living in a popcorn pot!!..

cimaise and crew
05/06/2012 | Janet
I thought it was a mouse in the galley or something electrical
too cold to sail -so cook!!

"Darwin may have been quite correct in his theory that man descended from the apes of the forest, but surely woman rose from the frothy sea, as resplendent as Aphrodite on her scalloped chariot."
― Margot Datz, A Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids

Working on the ship's cookbook....

So far we have found that we can make wonderful Greek yogurt on board from ship's water, nonfat dry milk and 2 teaspoons of live culture Greek style yogurt. Yumm. Once started you just have to be carefully to save the last spoonfuls for the next batch, Creamy, thick, smooth, luscious., all in a wide mouth thermos in 2 hours of rocking slowly on the counter. Add vanilla and honey for a special treat. Top on fresh strawberries...use in place of sour cream in savory recipes. Next batch I will run thru coffee filter lined strainer to make cream cheese.

Today we are rebedding the lifeline stanchions - every 15 years or so..(to keep water outa the boat! ) AND making homemade bread. Mix up a dough, sat it in the red bowl in the sun under the dodger to rise, kneaded and another hour in the pressure cooker out on the deck in the sun for the second rising. cooks on top of the range not in the oven!... The oven will take short pans, things in a cakepan high roasting pan. Rising bread would end up rising into the broiler unit in the top of the oven. So I thought to try my luck with pressure cooker/dutch oven baking. Bread is hard to come by in the islands. The local bakeries sell out and the factory bread comes old, frozen and expensive.

Ah.. the smell..maybe this will work!! It has been cooking on a very low flame with the pressure cooker lid on but not set up to pressurize. Just a big heavy pot with a tight lid. An hour with closed lid, then flip the loaf over and cook some more to brown the top.

Ready with the butter and jam...

The verdict!!! YIPPY!!!!!

cimaise and crew
04/10/2012 | Sheila & Chris
I have my butter and Jam waiting! Sounds like things are going great. never tried the pressure cooker for bread, must do it. The steps look beautiful, Wow!
Cheers for now

That is it! The very last piece of the original boat to be replaced has left for the trash. The 30 year old companionway steps are no longer delaminating French plywood. They are now the last of Steve's woodworking projects for the boat. Solid mahogany. Beautiful! (there is non-slip tape on them)
The only remaining original parts of our 1977 Jeanneau Melody are the hull, the mast, the keel and some of the original interior cabinets.
WE ARE DONE WITH THE RESTORATION ! started in 1992. Now the regular maintenance takes over on our project lists.
We are waiting on date for the new slip, maybe this week. Once situated we will be ready to head out SAILING!!! The weather, hopefully, will turn again springy..right now it is unsettled with high winds and rain one day and no wind the next. I think will we probably just head out to the Atlantic for a day sail/ motor. We need to get hours on the engine during the warranty period to be sure everything is ok. Several days of motoring - hopefully while sailing. I am so excited. It will be great to be under sail again.
Meanwhile, we will finish up the last of repacking the boat. The life raft, dink and motor are still in the shed along with the other sails. I am nearly done with the stainless polishing, at least we do not have any varnishing to do (exterior).
We bought deck paint from Defender's warehouse sail, and when it comes I will start to repaint the deck. We are changing to white instead of light blue. The blue was our custom color and we decided that fixing dinks will be easier with white. Boring but practical. The Interlux Brightside I used a few years ago did great on the deck but flaked off in the cockpit. The original paint was Alwgrip, sprayed on a very prepared substrate and primer back in the early nineties when we first had the boat at Jabin's on the hard. It lasted 8 years or so. But since the cockpit was in fact our workshop it really got dinked and scratched. We took off the teak rails on the seats and repaired the seating area with epoxy ( the screws holes from the teak fasteners allowed water into the cored deck - goo or no goo - which was a major undertaking to repair- I discovered this when I removed a screw to take off the teak to clean and had a fountain of water gush 18 inches into the air from the hole vacated by the screw!!) We then painted the new work with EasyPoxy to protect the epoxy from UV, knowing that a repaint would come sooner or later. Well, it appears that Brightside does not adhere to well sanded EasyPoxy. It sticks nicely to old Alwgrip and old Alwgrip primer, but not EasyPoxy. Looked beautiful until the first wash when the hose water peeled off the paint in sheets!!! Sh*t!!! live and learn!!
So it is time to repaint, a job I can fiddle with in little batches as weather and boredom allows. I will have to remove all the easypoxy and reprime..but then I can just fuss with the paint as time will allow. Brightside, when thinned, will lie down wonderfully, no brush marks and will blend in with itself from previous coats.
The Laundromat calls. More later

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