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Swingin' on a Star
Ship's log for the circumnavigating Saint Francis 50 catamaran, "Swingin on a Star".
The West Marine Crew
Randy
10/14/2006, US 1 and 84

Ron and Abbey from West Marine came over to visit with their significant others, Jeff and Stormy. While we try to spread the commerce around I think we probably go to West Marine at least every other day. Ron took us all to dinner at a little place up the river that we took the dinghy to. It was great listening to Jeff and Abbey's tales of their sailing trip from Florida to Australia. They are planning another trip in their new boat soon. Its amazing how many nice folks you meet in the boating world.

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Back in the Water
Randy
10/13/2006, LMC Working Dock

We hit the water late in the day on Friday and immediately proceeded with the renaming ceremony. Roq was a big help. You can see the New River flowing by here. The fish are constantly jumping out of the water across the way, I can only assume that they're trying to escape the horrendous pollution.

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Monohull Field Day
Randy
10/12/2006, LMC Yard

The anti-catamaran salts will have a field day with this shot. You can see that the Saint Francis has not only escape hatches for capsize hull exit, but also a red rectangle in the gel coat for spotting by air and jack lines on the underbody. You can see a small bit of glass work in the starboard bow where we found a void.

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Flying Boats
Randy
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.

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Best Place to Sleep on a Cat
Randy
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.

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Honey, I'm home
Randy
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!


Preparations
We live on a boat!
Randy
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...

Preparations

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