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Back to Work.
11/04/2010

Well the cast is off the wrist and it is time to get back to working on the boat. We decided that we would not set off this year as I am looking at surgery on my left wrist too. So after replacing all of our leaking ports with new ones from New Found Metals it was time to replace that rotted out bulkhead. With help from Dave at Calico Jack's the new bulkhead went in in about four hours. I will finish up in the next few days. After that I will be Honey Teaking the outside cabin sides. Then re-caulking the teak decks and building cabinets where I removed one of the pilot berths.

Why?
10/31/2010

Almost all of us who decide to move off of land onto a boat get asked the following question - WHY? There is no one answer. In our case we had no children who held us to land, our surviving parents where in good health and we did not owe anyone. We had both worked our whole life and now decided that we owed ourselves. We wanted a new freedom. One where we made all of the decisions about our life. Is this for everyone -NO! But it is for us. When I come up to the cockpit in the evening after cooking supper and see a sunset like this I know we made the right decision.

11/07/2010 | Raymond Tougas
Spoken like a true Sailor!!!
11/11/2010 | Raymond Tougas
Without a doubt, this is the pay-off. In the place of flashy cars, Mc-Mansions and the finery from Home Shopping Club, you can instead have the timless beauty of a mariner's world, in a million variations.

>Ray
A Small World!
10/29/2010

The other day a new tenant sailed into the marina. As I was helping him tie up I noticed that his mizzen sail cover was my old main sail cover from Rapport. I gave this cover to Dave at Calico Jack's Consignment Shop several years ago. After talking with Steve (new tenant) I learned that he also was the proud owner of my old Yankee sail. Sailors are such good recyclers.

Good news! My right wrist is out of the cast and I am able to use it some, still weak though. Bad news is that I just meet with my doctor about getting the left wrist done. Hoping to get back to finishing the projects on Rapport.

A new post
10/29/2010

I have been trying to update my blog but the wireless internet here at Carter's Cove Marina is the absolute pits and I have not been able to post my update.

A Little History
10/21/2010

I got into boating because of my dad. Now he never owned a boat in his life but he always wanted to go sailing away. I am glad he decided to stay around and take care of his family. I learned to sail in college and bought my first boat, a Jet-14. This little 14' boat carried a main, jib and spinnaker and was a blast to sail until I turtled it in the Rappahannock River and broke the mast in half after stuffing it into the bottom. My next boat was a 30' wooden sailboat that was 65 years old, built by the Cape Cod Shipbuilding Co., Falmouth, MA. After this boat sank twice I decided to get out of boating for awhile. This only lasted for a few years until I got a call from a old boat partner offering a half interest in a 1973 Catalina 27. I bought into this boat to help him out and forgot about it until my wife, Gwyn, said if we are going to own half a boat we should go see it. After that we ended up totally re-building her and buying my partner out. We had alot of fun with this boat, but soon decided it was a little to small for us. We then purchased a derelict 1977 Cheoy Lee Clipper 36. We re-built this boat from the keel up. In the meantime I got a little crazy about boats and ended up owning 7 of them. The list included a 1955 Chris Craft 25' Two-Sleeper Express Cruiser, a bass boat, Sunfish, Jon boat for duck hunting, a sailing dingy, and a rib inflatable. We are down to two boats now.

My sailing experiences are as follows: racing Sunfish's, racing J-29's and J-24's, ocean racing on a Blackwatch 37 and delivering boats up the Chesapeake Bay and from Florida. The Florida trip is the one that got me into major trouble. We sailed a Tayana 42 into Hurricane Alex and got our asses kicked. So now my wife and I are working to get our boat ready to head south. Will keep you inform as to our progress.

10/24/2010 | Raymond Tougas
Your Cheoy Lee is gorgeous! the work which you've done shows in many ways. I still ahve serious electronics envy, but the real draw is the natural linse, wood and sheerline of your traditional yacht.

R&K
s/v Providence
Turkey Shoot Regatta
10/12/2010, Rappahannock River, VA

Well, Gwy n and I are back from working at the Turkey Shoot Regatta that raises money for the local Hospice's. We helped cook breakfast for 361 hungrey sailors on Saturday and Sunday. The Godspeed was there and as you can see in this picture I thought I had a lot of rigging. It takes thirteen sailors just to tack this boat. We are back at Carter's Cove Marina at present trying to get the rest of the work done on Rapport. I am now in a hard cast on my right arm that will be there for the next month and I have an appointment with the doctor on the 28th of October about my left wrist. I hope it goes better than my right. To answer John about where to find the best sailing supplies, the answer is where you find them. I know this seems a simple answer but it is the only one. If you need something in a hurry to get you going and are near a West Marine then this is the best place. If you have time to shop around then go on the internet for the best price. If you need something installed then purchase the item from your local trusted marina.

10/14/2010 | Raymond Tougas
Great pic of the Godspeed! I'm glad that you told me about the crew requirements. I might have bought it as a single hander... The sterncastle would be a natural place to mount a windvane steering unit, but the crew requirements would be too much for my cruising budget!

R&K
s/v Providence

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