First Night By Myself on the ChesapeakeKeith - late September, 2007
10/07/2007, Spa Creek, Annapolis
I decided to sail the boat around instead of shipping it across the country. Saved me about $7,500 bucks. I'm so glad I made that choice even though I had no idea what was in store for me. As I write this I've been sailing and motor sailing down the Chesapeake for about a week and I can see why it is considered some of the best cruising grounds in the USA. I never would have thought to experience this area but it has been simply beautiful and relaxing. The weather has been perfect for getting to know the workings of this machine. The picture shows what the sunset looks like this time of year in the dozens and dozens and dozens of rivers and creeks that flow into the Chesapeake and which are deep enough to anchor in. This place is like the United States Sea of Cortez.
Tropical Dreamer and Her Caretakers, Ken and CarolKeith - late September, 2007
10/07/2007, Spa Creek, Annapolis
This is the 1995 Catalina 36 mkII tall rig and Ken and Carol, who took such good care of her from the time she was commissioned until late September, 2007. What great adventures await in this comfortable, rugged, and well equipped magic carpet.
View From the Window, First MorningKeith - late September, 2007
10/07/2007, Spa Creek, Annapolis
Ken had me sleep in the front cabin that first night and I was quite comfortable, however, as I fell asleep, I was freaking out thinking that I was in way over my head. When I awoke to that simple view, I knew all was well.
Flying Across the Country for a SailboatKeith - late September, 2007
10/07/2007, Tucson, Arizona
This is me as I take off from Tucson to Baltimore Washington International to inspect and possibly buy Tropical Dreamer. Notice the apprehensive look on my face. A fitting expression for what I am about to do.
Sydney and Brett SailingKeith - 2004
09/25/2007, Coronado Island
Niece Sydney and Nephew Brett sailing what I understand is a Sabot in Coronado bay near the yacht club. This is a priceless image.
View from the Motorhome Window at SunsetKeith - July, 2007
09/25/2007, RV Park San Carlos, Mexico
One of the best things about traveling in general and sailing in particular is that I get to really enjoy the sunrises and the sunsets. The light during these times... sublime.
After a hard day of sailing (or whatever else I was doing that particular day) in hot, humid San Carlos a cold beer in an air conditioned motor home is heaven on earth. Replace that glass of beer with a mug of coffee and you have the early morning routine as well.
Inteior of Singmeaway with GPS Chart Plotter/Depth Finder installedKeith - July 2007
09/25/2007, Marina Seca (Dry Marina) in San Carlos
This photo shows the interior of my Catalina 25 after my July summer sail (as it were). I sailed the boat across the baja and back on a previous voyage in May with wires dangling from this machine. It was a pain to move and stow them repeatedly. I finally had the "professionals" do the install. I'm not sure how much the electrician they put on this job knew about sailboats, but he did the install better than I could at that time. Plus, the incredible heat and humidity, I would have been in trouble for sure. I remember he had a huge fan hooked up by an extension cord inside the v-berth while he worked below. Smart. The screen has a white cover on it and is installed on a swivel mount so that I can see it from inside and out. I like to keep it on at night at questionable anchorages and otherwise when I'm cruising. It has a dim setting that hardly uses any battery and will show me our exact position and changes from anchor set position in numerous ways anytime I want to look up from sleep. You can also see on the floor the zodiac deflated with its oars sitting on top. Singmeaway sits in exactly this state (I hope) as I write this months later. She patiently awaits her next sailing adventure.
Closeup of the GPS Chartplotter Depthfinder During a PassageKeith - May 2007
09/25/2007, Sea of Cortez
On the right you can see the red line indicating the ideal straight line course to the GPS position I previously entered into the system. The arrow represents my current position and the line behind it is where I've been. I should be following the straight red line but the wind this day is only good if I sail to the west of my destination. As I turn towards my destination, I'm sailing more into the wind and probably required engine power. I think the top number is the time of day, 248 is the direction the computer has calculated I need to be traveling in order to reach my destination (bearing), 3.56 is my speed in knots (about 4 mph - fairly reasonable cruising speed for Singmeaway), 7.48 is the distance in knots to my destination (bit over 8 miles), 247 is the direction I am traveling. It is telling me I need to go just a wee bit more left to optimize track but one degree from optimum bearing with 7.5 knots to go is essentially right on track and when those two numbers are very close, I am on course. This incredible machine does a lot more than this, but you can see how this technology has absolutely revolutionized ocean cruising. There isn't a sextant on my boat and I wouldn't know how to use one anyway. Just a back-up GPS. Getting lost is pretty much impossible with a functioning GPS and a map.
Depth Finder Tranducer Install09/25/2007
Scott would not be pleased at all about this install. When I came back to check on the guy, he had drilled holes in the hull and had installed screws into the hull. He secured the transducer to the hull below the waterline with screws. He secured the wire along the stern with screws and through the top of the rear birth with a hole in the hull and along the starboard side with the other wires to the main unit. I'm torn because its secured much better and cleaner than I probably would have done it, but when I went to pay Jesus, the head guy, he kind of looked at me funny and reminded me that they hadn't tested it and I should come back if there were any problems. That's not particularly comforting. The original depth finder died soon after I got the boat and had its transducer mounted inside the hull. At the sailboat shop they do a full-on below the waterline through-hull fitting to install the transducer. They say the picture of the bottom is not as good with an in-hull transducer. Mine is in the water and hopefully it will work just fine. What's somewhat concerning is that I have an above the waterline through-cabin hole in the hull protected by a u-shaped fitting and plenty of marine white goop (hopefully hardened by now). That's comforting... I think.
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