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The trials and sailing tales of Denny & Diane
Sailing the Banks
03/30/2007, Rocky Point

03/30/07 23 34.700"N: 76 02.519"W
We enjoy a nice visit to the beach and then head out at 010:30. We have 33 miles to cover today. We will make it from Cook's to Rocky Point. The wind is 15-20 out of the east, with a gentle 2-3 ft. swell. The first half of the trip is down wind with a following sea. The second half is a beam reach, with the wind picking up to 18-23, so it is a screamer for the last 15 or so miles?.
We arrive at Rocky Point around 1500, so we made the 33 miles at an average of 6.6. And saw the 8 knts for awhile. Rocky anchorage under these conditions but will be fine for the night.
This is the first time Susie has been on board with good sailing conditions, with no engines. She has always been motor sailing with us. Her only comment was "now I see why you guys love this". ? ?

Fall 2006
Georgetown Shuffle
03/29/2007, Cook's Point Lagoon

03-29-07 23 25.095"N: 75 37.462"W
Well we have done the Georgetown Shuffle for three weeks. You go from one side of the harbor to the other for relief from the 20-30 knt winds, and the boredom of not going any where for three weeks.
Our good friend Susie arrived on the 23 of March and we showed her the sights of G-Town. This included Sand Dollar Beach, Kidd's Cove, Lake Victoria, and Red Shanks. She met all our new friends and made some her self. But it is time to move on!
The wind has dropped down to 15-20 and the seas have laid down a bit so we are heading around through Hog Cay Cut and then proceed around the south side of Great Exuma. We have never been there so it is a new adventure.
Hog Cay Cut is no problem as we hit it at mid tide and don't see less than 5 feet. We turn west raise the head sail and have a nice down wind sail and head for Cook Point Lagoon.

Fall 2006
Something out of nothing

Making Something Out Of Nothing
Well we have not been anywhere exciting. We are still in Georgetown. A package is coming in Thursday, and then we should be moving some where new and exciting.
The most exciting thing that has happened is, I ran over the painter (line on dingy), with the boat, which immediately wrapped around the prop shaft. Luckily Diane killed the engine quickly, but not before it did some damage. It wound around the shaft and manage to pull the engine almost off it mounts, it did in fact shear one mount's bolt in half. Which then allowed the engine to move out of alignment, and it started leaking a bit from the "dripless" seal on the shaft.
Well I get the small leak fixed, (first priority keep water outside the boat), then I start removing the broken mount. With a quick ask for advice on VHF, "Mane Bris" came back and told me he had a complete workshop on his boat. So I remove the mount and head for "Mane Bris"!
The thread on the mount is metric thread, and no metric bolts around that size. We have a glass of rum, and then Hal says, "I wonder"! he gets up and grabs a C-clamp laying on the work bench. It looks like the same thread, it is made in China, and so it's metric. I grab a hack saw and harvest the screw shaft, then I remember I need another nut, so more hacksaw work and now I have a nut and bolt, and Voila new engine mount. Gotta love making something from nothing! Sailors are good at making chicken salad out of chicken crap. ? Remember the definition of cruising is working on your boat in exotic places!!!!!!!!!!

Fall 2006

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Port: Stuart, Fl
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