Liberty Schooner Rounding Cape HatterasSmall Craft Warning
05/18/2008, Cape Hatteras
Despite a very favorable forecast yesterday when the Liberty Schooner left Charleston, SC for Cape May, NJ, the weather has deteriorated and they are in for some nasty weather. The graphic is the actual weather data from the sea buoy on Diamond Shoals, Cape Hatteras.
Mending the Main SailPhilip
05/16/2008, Charleston, SC
Monday May 12, 2008, dawned bright, and I was outside the UK Sails office as it opened at 09h00. After a brief conversation with Tripp, he indicated that he couldn't help us. Too much sail had to be put under the arm of the sewing machine for a repair to be practical. The loft in Annapolis could do the work, but that wouldn't help us. Next we called North Sails, and had a great conversation with Josh, who kindly offered to come right over and take a look at the sail. Within 30 minutes Josh was dockside with some colleagues, and after a brief tour of the Liberty Schooner, had the sail in a dock cart bound for his shop.
Limping into CharlestonPhilip
05/10/2008, Charleston, SC
05/07/2008, Miami, FL
We arrived Miami Beach Marina and were tied up by noon on May 7th, 2008, and Bill and Ekkehart immediately climbed into 110F engine room and started trying to diagnose the problem. Eventually it was Captain Cheyenne, who hit on an idea, and Bill found the problem. The Perkins engine has a rubber cap on both sides of the heat exchanger. The aft side were we had replaced the rubber boot was fine, but the whole element had not properly been seated on the forward end, allowing, sea and fresh water to mix. By the time the mechanics arrived, the engine problem was fixed, which is just as well, because they really were marine electrical experts and not diesel engine experts. Perfect people to look at the alternator.
Leaving Key WestPhilip
05/06/2008, Key West, to Miami
We departed from the Schooner Wharf in Key West on May 6th, 2008, for the fuel dock on the other side of the island around 08h00, and enjoyed our first sail aboard the Liberty Schooner. Greg, the previous owner had kindly supplied a bottle of wine to toast Neptune with, and so Luke and I had the honors of thanking the crew for being a part of this special occasion, and to say a small prayer for our up coming voyage to New York City.
Brightwork!Philip for Capt Bill
05/03/2008, Key West, FL
Bill had the crew working hard today on varnish!
Leadership Development &Team Building aboard the schooner Liberty
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