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Swingin' on a Star
Ship's log for the circumnavigating Saint Francis 50 catamaran, "Swingin on a Star".
Flying Boats
10/11/2006, Lauderdale Marine Center

We hauled our boat out on October 11th and she was back in the water on the 13th (yes Friday the 13th). Very nerve wracking seeing your new boat flying around 15 feet above the concrete. And yes, we renamed her on the 13th as well. Good thing we went through the process correctly, de-naming, keels clearing the water, renaming, champagne and assorted chanting to Neptune and the four winds. We had the bottom painted, repaired a ding in one of the keels and had the Water Maker and Dyna plate through hulls installed. Not bad for a bit less than 3 working days.

Best Place to Sleep on a Cat
10/08/2006, Fort Lauderdale, FL

We love our Catamaran. The Saint Francis 50, like any boat however, is not perfect, but it will be when we get finished with it! That said you have to start with a solid platform, and the Saint Francis is an amazingly well built and appointed boat. We spent a year doing hard research including factory tours and many multiday sea trials in up to 40 knots of breeze. The Saint Francis 50 was as close to perfection as we could find. I'm sure that most owners feel the same about their boats.

We have quite a laundry list to check off while refitting.

- Spectra Newport 400 Water Maker with MPC5000
- ICOM 802 SSB/Pactor w/ SailMail
- Upgrade AC systems
- Drain AirCon into sump rather than bilge
- Install upgraded computer at nav station
- Integrate home theater with helm and nav (charts on the TV, etc.)
- Brownie's YP35 dive compressor and bottle locker
- New stern anchor and glass in a chain locker in the lazarette
- Splendide 2000 Washer/Dryer install
- Install dinghy chocks and outboard stowing systems
- Wind screen between cabin top and bimini
- Upgrade ground tackle (Rocna 40 and 300' of 3/8" High Test)
- Create secure stowage spots for all gear

Those are just the large bullets. It's going to be a lot of work over the next few weeks. That said there's always time for a little snooze with the pooch. Roq prefers the tramps to the hard gel coat.

Honey, I'm home
10/07/2006, Lauderdale Marine Center

We're starting to adjust to living on the boat. We still have no idea where things are in Fort Lauderdale though. It's strange coming home to the boat yard. The rain probably isn't helping with the vibe either. This yard also isn't the friendly "everyone's a cruiser" type yard either. It is power yachts and big business. Hopefully we'll be in the Bahamas soon!

We live on a boat!
10/06/2006, Lauderdale Marine Center

We live on a boat. Whoa.

It was very weird waking up in a strange place and then realizing that that strange place is your home, and it is moving.

Maybe if we clean up the piles of stuff everywhere...

Moving In
10/05/2006, Lauderdale Marine Center, FL

Not only is Hideko tired but our dog has turned into an alien. We arrived at the Marine Center at 7PM, less than 72 hours after leaving Los Angeles. It was a marathon drive and we couldn't have fit one more thing into the truck. Our rule was if it didn't make it into the pickup (short bed at that), it wasn't coming. George and Gillian from Saint Francis were wonderful and helped us unload the truck. Now we have to stow everything, not to mention get rid of the truck. I love Craig's list.

Driving some more
10/04/2006, Texas ?

Well I think we're actually out of Texas now. The highway through Louisiana is bizarre. You travel along on a perpetual bridge like structure with swamp and trees in all directions. Every once in a rare while there's an off ramp that drops you down to ground level where there might be a gas station and a mysterious road disappearing into the swamp.

Roq is getting tired of his little space in the back seat, or perhaps it's the towering stack of stuff looming over his little 3 foot square area. One more day to Fort Lauderdale.

10/03/2006, Texas?

Wow, what a wild departure. We had so much still to do yesterday I can't believe that we actually left. I was running around the house getting things completely set for the broker and packing the truck. Meanwhile Hideko took the Audi to Pasadena to sell it and then, this was a high priority, she had to spend all of the gift certificates that she had piled up over the past year.

As she shopped she ran into an old coworker who had quit at her work to play in a band full time. He was performing right down the street! So I picked Hideko up at around 9PM from the cafe and we headed for the state line, truck packed to the roof.

We only made it to Palm Springs before we had to take a break at a road side motel. Today we have had the excitement of crossing Texas. Texas is more like a country than a state...


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