SV Why Knot- No plan, no schedule, no destination.

The passing of my life mate has ended the cruise of Why Knot. Thanks to those that followed her voyages. It gave us wonderful memories and a heck of a life

Dreams in Works

Who: Bear (Jo) and Bligh (Howell) Cooper and Scurv
Port: Port Aransas, Texas
Our greatest challenge was to actually bring in the dock lines at our home port and get going. Next came the actual act of living aboard which is way different than weekending or the occasional extended sail. This is life avoiding causing your mate to drop stuff or run into bulkheads. This is having so much stuff aboard that one has to inventory. This is life without land transportation in strange places. This is meeting folks and hating to say good bye, then looking forward to the time when courses cross again, to the surprise of seeing them at some unexpected place.
14 October 2015
16 February 2015 | Port Aransas
18 December 2014
02 December 2014 | Port Aransas, Texas
09 October 2014 | Port Aransas
28 September 2014 | City Marina, Port Aransas
04 September 2014 | Clear Lake, Texas
01 September 2014
24 August 2014
13 August 2014
09 August 2014 | Clear Lake Shores, Texas
01 August 2014
13 July 2014 | Clear Lake, Texas
29 June 2014 | Clear Lake/Canyon Lake
17 June 2014
15 June 2014 | Solomons, MD- same old slip- not moved
12 June 2014
28 May 2014

Timing

14 August 2012 | Home-the Land One
Hotter than the Solomons
TIMING
August 14, 2012
Almost mid August and just a few weeks at most until we start phase VIII. We have not been in a procurement mode this trip home as in previous trips since we now have finally made Why Knot ready to go cruising. Though our sails are old and out of shape so to speak, we will attempt to get some additional time from them. Our days of racing, hence sitting for seconds looking at how we can tweak them are done. They still move us at respectable speed and that is good. That being the exception, we now have the boat list past the necessary things into the secondary things with the exception of that infernal forward head. That will be a high priority as long as we live in the water world.
Our time home has been filled with things to do, some of which have been very high priorities. For instance, our water well electrical conduit chose this time to fail thus requiring us to retrench 150 feet and install a new one. That one we did ourselves. Then last Friday, we had a storm with lateral winds that took out a dozen mature Oaks and Juniper trees and a major portion of our roof shingles. With a bit of luck we can get that repaired including substantial internal water damage before our intended departure date. One can speculate about the timing of such events since we consider this to be a dock side event. By that we mean that over the years, many things needing repairs have happened at the dock versus at sea, some just as we were pulling away. We view that as a good thing since anything that breaks at the dock is far easier to fix. Makes one sort of wonder what it happens that way to some sailors.
So, we did procure two things for the boat and crew. One is a Speedseal™ for the sea water pump on the engine. We have used this product before on other boats. It is a very cleaver device that replaces the impeller cover with a precisely machined one having an “O” ring for a seal rather than the paper one used originally. The good thing is that it is removed using “user friendly” thumb screws rather than those tiny slotted screws I no longer see in the dark. Methinks that gizmo will take a few minutes off the impeller changeout. My record is 16 minute in the ICW of Louisiana over two years ago. Might I get that down to something like 8 minutes? Did I mention that one version of that product has a sort of thrust bearing built in so that the impeller wear is greatly reduced?
The other procurement speaks to the issue of walking on icy docks. I know, I know that walking on icy docks is an alien concept since a mere 1,400 miles to the south will eliminate that. It is a product that fits over the shoes and using small cleats, becomes crampons of sorts. ICE is a dirty word when existing anywhere other than ones drink or food preservation but we are told we will definitely experience it in the Solomons this winter. It is no stranger to our area either so if we decide to jump ship some January day and head home, they might be useful here. We don’t do falls well especially Bear. This trip poses a bit of a challenge since we just removed heavy clothing. Do we rig for winter or wait until after the trip home for the holidays? Does Scurv need snowshoes?
Comments
Vessel Name: Why Knot
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 411 #24 built in Marion, SC
Hailing Port: Port Aransas, Texas
Crew: Bear (Jo) and Bligh (Howell) Cooper and Scurv
About:
Each other's only date in life. 30 years sailing Texas waters and now on the cruise of dreams (even though there are days when it is hard to believe). About Why Knot Why Knot survived Hurricane Katrina whilst in New Orleans. Year Built: 1998 L.O.A.: 41'-8" Hull Length: 40'-5" L.W.L. [...]
Extra: Scurv (ABSD= able bodied sea dog) signed on in October 2012. Scurv is a toy Schnauzer
Why Knot's Photos - Main
Pics along the way from Portsmouth to Mount Desert Island, Mine
35 Photos
Created 10 August 2013
Some photos taken along the way from the Chesapeake to Maine
33 Photos
Created 18 July 2013
Selected shots along the way from Wilmington to the Chesapeake.
13 Photos
Created 23 July 2012
Pictures of Scurv before and after his first haircut
8 Photos
Created 29 April 2012
Pics of along the Colonial Parkway in Virginia
18 Photos
Created 27 April 2012
Pics taken from Beaufort to Norfolk
23 Photos
Created 11 April 2012
Picture taken from Wilmington to Beaufort, NC
8 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Photos taken along the waterfront and underway around the Beaufort, SC area
20 Photos
Created 16 July 2011
Pictures taken from Charleston to Wilmington
40 Photos
Created 23 June 2011
The lighthouse in Hopetown, Elbow Cay, Abaco was built in the 1800s. Here are shots from the top
29 Photos
Created 1 April 2011
Nippers BG on Geat Guana Cay, Abaco. Posted here because of the stark beauty of the Atlantic shore
7 Photos
Created 1 April 2011
Pictures of things seen while underway.
16 Photos
Created 1 April 2011
Pictures of local favorites on Great Guana Cay
34 Photos
Created 9 March 2011
This is perhaps the prettiest of the Abacos that we have visited so far. Then again, there are degrees of perfection
20 Photos
Created 28 February 2011
Pics taken in and around Marsh Harbor and the Great Abaco Island
9 Photos
Created 23 February 2011
Shots taken on Green Turtle Cay of both the Atlantic and Bank side
6 Photos
Created 10 February 2011
These are random shots of Old Bahama Bay on the West End of Grand Bahama Island. This was our official port of entry.
8 Photos
Created 1 February 2011
The Heron spent about two hours sitting not more than 10 feet from Bear. This is his dock.
2 Photos
Created 19 January 2011
These are some pictures of a tug built in 1895 that was in commercial service for 112 years. It will be scuttled today for an artificial reef and dive spot
4 Photos
Created 13 January 2011
Here are some of the boats we have seen that struck us as unusual
6 Photos
Created 8 December 2010
Shots taken after leaving Charleston heading south to the jump off point of the Islands
6 Photos
Created 5 December 2010
Here are some pictures of favorite anchorages, landscapes and other things along the way
13 Photos
Created 26 November 2010
These are photos from our restart city. Having sailed from Port Aransas, Texas we stopped in Charleston for some medical repairs
8 Photos
Created 24 November 2010

Dreams in Works

Who: Bear (Jo) and Bligh (Howell) Cooper and Scurv
Port: Port Aransas, Texas
Our greatest challenge was to actually bring in the dock lines at our home port and get going. Next came the actual act of living aboard which is way different than weekending or the occasional extended sail. This is life avoiding causing your mate to drop stuff or run into bulkheads. This is having so much stuff aboard that one has to inventory. This is life without land transportation in strange places. This is meeting folks and hating to say good bye, then looking forward to the time when courses cross again, to the surprise of seeing them at some unexpected place.
Why Knot left Texas in January of 2010 bound for no particular harbor. We made ports of call all around the Gulf Coast to the Keys then north up the Atlantic Coast and to the Abacos.