Working at the top of the mast
05/05/2015, Bridgeton Boatworks, NC
I have used the ATN climber to go up to the top of the mast a couple times but I wasn't able to get quite high enough to work on the anchor light so the yard lifted me up with the same crane that pulled Sprout out of the water.
The crane made the trip up very easy and fast. I had already replaced the Raymarine wind transducer and was going to check the wiring to the anchor light that has never worked. I removed the anchor light and checked for 12 volts at the wire ends while my helper turned the light switches on. I was very happy to discover that the anchor and tri-color wiring was good, so I ordered a new LED anchor/Tri-color light that I will install in a few days.
Busy at the boatyard
05/01/2015, Bridgeton Boatworks, NC
I have been working on Sprout most days to get her ready for our cruise to Maine. I brought in some professional fiberglass guys to pretty up all the Gel coat and fix some cracks. I am focusing on the bottom paint, saildrive seals and zinc painting, engine maintenance, bow sprit stays, galley upgrades, electrical work, etc. I am hoping to launch the week of May 11th and we may be able to get underway around May 20th.
Sprout was pulled out of the water by this military crane and custom made catamaran trailer. It was only the 3rd time the yard used this contraption, so it was a tense operation - it went well.
Preparing to cruise again!
04/06/2015, New Bern, NC
We are preparing ourselves and our catamaran - Sprout for a summer cruise to Maine. We hope to leave around early June and head up the ICW to Norfolk and then outside up the NJ coast with stops in Cape May and Atlantic City. We will stop in NYC if we can get a mooring and then continue up the Long Island Sound.
We plan to attend the SSCA Gam in Essex, CT starting on June 19th.
We will be filming for a new video and making daily posts to this blog.
11/18/2013, Tahiti Beach
Kathleen brought the best sun screen!
Not the South Pacific
11/18/2013, Tahiti Beach
We sailed a short way south to Tahiti beach yesterday and have been enjoying the very peaceful conditions.
Not for sale!
11/18/2013, Man o War Cay
This peaceful, little home is sitting at the end of the harbor with crystal clear water, a deep water dock and great storm protection all around. Definetely a fixer-upper, but a perfect spot to swim laps right from your dock year-round and have easy access to fantastic fishing and splendid sailing!
Exploring on foot and in the dinghy
11/18/2013, Man o War Cay
We have taken a few different self guided tours of Man O War and it is another Abacos Gem. We had to anchor outside of the very protected harbor because this big cat will not fit, so we have had a few fun dinghy trips into this amazing spot that looks a lot like Maine!
11/14/2013, Hope Town
The Hope Town light house.
Windy NE 20-30 kts
11/14/2013, Marsh Harbor
Kathleen, Tia and I have parked our catamaran Mozzie in St Augustine for a few weeks and jumped aboard Galene - a new Prout 63 catamaran for a Bahamas trip with the president of Prout, America and his wife Sandy. We had another couple join us for the crossing - Stu and Doree - which was a big help with the night watches.
The catamaran has to be out of the US for a couple of weeks and we are happy to help out.
The crossing was rough, but this big cat handled it well. We are currently waiting for a NE blow to move out, so that we can explore more of the Abacos. The issue at the moment is that our draft of 5'6" is limiting the anchorages that we can get into.
We took a ferry over to Hope Town for lunch and exploring... what a beautiful place - we will return.
We plan to return to St Augustine late November and will continue our cruise to the Florida Keys on Mozzie.
Casting off again!
Kathleen Sunny and oh so dry!
10/26/2013, Charleston SC
So we are off again on another adventure...just on a different boat! Mozzie was purchased before we sold Vicarious. Spencer saw her on Yacht world and we just knew she was the right boat for us right now. We knew after sailing (motor sailing 98%) 8000 miles in 18 months that we wanted more stability, better sailing speed and a galley up all for a bargain price. As with every boat purchase we took a bath on the selling end, so we were looking for serious value! We knew that this was to be our transition boat from mono hull to larger catamaran. Spencer wanted more speed, more simplicity and it had to be comfortable enough for a girl. Mozzie is a G Force 36 designed by Hans Giessler. Here is a Giessler fan page: (how great to be living in this social media time!) https://www.facebook.com/GCatOwnersAndEnthusiasts.
There are two amas (the "pontoons" on the sides) not connected to the "living pod" in the middle. Before we modified the layout here were 4 single bunks, 2 aft and 2 smaller ones forward both sides were identical with a sink/shower and toilet area. We put an Airhead compostable toilet on the starboard side and we just use a Sun Shower set-up for our showers, since there is pressurized water, but only cold. Why have a shower with just cold water? This boat is already camping enough for me! on the port side Spencer installed an Engle freezer in the toilet space. All 4 bunks are now storage. Where do we sleep then, you may ask...
Well, if you had been reading this b-log (boat's log) for the last 7 years you would know that we like to make alterations to customize our comfort. On Vicarious we took the salon and moved it to the wheel house. On Mozzie we moved the salon to the cock pit and turned the salon into a king berth. In the middle of this all is the galley. Just the way I like it. There were many things not to like about monohulls, but the one that irked me the most as the pink-chore/galley slave was that the galley was in "the hole."
others may call it the hull...;-) Mozzie is "galley up." That means I can just hand the captain his hot coffee from just a step lower than the cockpit and can see the sunset just like he can while preparing our dinner aboard. The living pod's cockpit area is enclosed either in plastic glass or screen so no bugs and no cold wind. The best thing??? No heeling (tipping) over! That alone sold me! I guess living my life on a slant just isn't in my DNA make up... Don't get me wrong though, I will miss that washer and dryer!!
I am writing this 6 days after casting off from New Bern, NC again, but this time there is a finite end to this cruise. We have rented out our house for 4 months and we are on the ICW headed to the Keys! We will be making a 3 week pit stop in St Augustine to rendezvous with the crew from Magic Inspiration, Jeff and Sandy and their cat Mango, to take off aboard Jeff's company's, (Prout Catamaran), brand new 63 footer to the Bahamas for 2 weeks to take pics of their 73 footer! Should be the trip of a lifetime! Thanks Jeff and Sandy!!! Then after that we will visit beloved familia for a week then NO MORE RUSHING to The Keys. Right now we are doing our regular push, push, push to get to SA, but well worth the push, wouldn't you think??
We will be back in the swing posting text and pics when we can and as always look forward to your questions, friendly comments and observations! Sail Vicariously through us! Love, Your captain, Spencer, Commander, Kathleen and spiritual guru, Ti Ti
PS For those of you who knew Mauri, our beloved cat, he has crossed over the rainbow bridge and is waiting for us on the perfect "green" catamaran on the other side. Our new baby is Tia Marie Nahala Bailey. Ti Ti Von Ti, Beyonce or Stinks for short. She is my soul kitty and the inspiration for my new direction firstname.lastname@example.org.