TARDIS - Time And Relative Dimensions In Space

It's Bigger on the Inside

23 November 2017 | Punta Gorda, FL
10 November 2017 | Indianapolis, IN
06 September 2017 | J & R Marine Services
24 March 2017 | J & R Marine Services
20 March 2017 | Punta Gorda Isles
19 March 2017 | Punta Gorda Isles
17 March 2017 | Captiva Island, Florida
13 March 2017 | Captiva Island, Florida
11 March 2017 | Matlacha, FL
07 March 2017 | Useppa Island
03 March 2017 | Pelican Bay, FL
28 February 2017 | Boca Grande, FL
22 February 2017 | Gulfport, FL
17 February 2017 | Mideira Beach, FL
16 February 2017 | Dunedin, FL
15 February 2017 | Dunedin, FL
11 February 2017 | Three Rooker Island
11 February 2017 | Three Rooker Island
10 February 2017 | New Port Richey, FL
31 January 2017 | New Port Richey, FL

Commissioning November 2017

23 November 2017 | Punta Gorda, FL
Raining
It's 11.11 and time to leave on our winter adventure. That's one happy couple in the photo. Preparing two houses and related articles of property is no easy chore. It's specially hard for Eileen as her house floods.

The few weeks leading up to departure found Eileen with plumbers, electricians and HVAC people in the basement installing a new furnace, water heater and water softener. All mounted high in the basement to be out of a potential for 4' of water inside.

For Charlie it's about the same but only no flood. Properties last mowing and tractors to winterize and put away is the primary issue.

But off we went to our AirBnB in Englewood, FL. Just 10 minutes from J&R Marine in Placida, FL.

The Cottage was great
Cottage - Englewood, FL

A place to sleep, cook & sew while the TARDIS is readied.




We had time to wax and buff the boat (again), service the Yanmar, and provision the boat.



We also brought down new boat cushions that Charlie's friend made. Patty Hole did an outstanding job for her first time at cushions. But then again, she can do most anything.



Joe stopped by (just a short 3 hour drive from New Port Richey) to help rig. We put on the sails and canvas then went to a good dinner with Charlie's cousins, the Buck's.



Registering the boat in FL after taking over 18 months getting new documentation from the Coast Guard turned out to be a breeze. All we can say is plan for a long time if you are documenting. Now the TARDIS is a documented boat again and legal. We have the sticker to prove it!



Quitting time every day of boat work was by 4pm. Then we went to a beach. We went to 4 in all. Each sunset was spectacular.



Launch day arrived bright and early on Monday, November 20th, 2017. We were scheduled to splash at 9am over 2 miles away. Randy and crew arrived when they said they would at 8am with the hydraulic trailer. The following photos tell the story well.

Hydraulic Trailer

Final instructions from Ronnie, yard owner

Pulling out of the winter berth on the hard

Trailering to the launch well in another boat yard

Transfer to Travel Lift

Splashing

Docked

And at 9:15 the motor is running and we are ready to leave the dock. Who would have known 9am launch means 9am launch in Flauda!

Don and Gail Buck came with a Bon Voyage gift in hand and provided us with some comfort and TARDIS went through the launch process. They will be joining us soon on their boat "Island Tyme" to explore what the gulf coast of Florida has to offer.

By 10:30 splash day we were off through the canals of Placida. We anchored a couple of hours to let the tide roll in before negotiating the lock to the Myakka River and Hog Island. Sorry no pics of this process, let us just say it's stressfull. We made it through with no problems. Did not run aground this time going out the final channel.

Eileen Plots our Course

As Charlie drives through the mangroves


Breakfast at anchor Tuesday, 11/21/17 before heading to Punta Gorda, 10 miles away.


It was a perfect day to sail to Punta Gorda so we did taking turns at the helm.





At anchorage outside of Fisherman's Village now.




Today is THANKSGIVING and we have allot to be thankful for to make it this far and to be here today.

Thank you friends who helped and supported us along the way, our customers at the Sailboats, Inc. that provided the means to make it happen and specially to our family while we are away.

Summer 2017 Fun - Family, Boats, Trips, Weddings, Babies

10 November 2017 | Indianapolis, IN
Summer
The summer went fast for Eileen and Charlie. No wonder...just of few of the fun times while home enjoying Indiana.

Not long after we got back in early April FUN POLICE made a trip to Eagle Creek. Many day sails and laughs were had with friends all summer long.



The queen of the good ship Eileen!


End of a good day...rolling sails. J24's are just the best boats for Eagle Creek.

Rolling Sails

We thrive on classics, our main transportation in 2017 were our old cars. They live to provide much enjoyment everywhere we go!

Max - 1988 Volvo 240dl

1991 Miata

Year of the weddings was on Eileen's side of the family. First up was a trip to Pensacola, FL for grandson Austins & Taylor's wedding in a beautiful BIG house at the beach with beds for 28!

Austin & Taylor - May 5, 2017

Oldest Grandson of Eileen
Austin & Eileen

We took a couple kayaks and an SUP to share in the gulf
Buddy & Madison

Next up in Eileen's family is Madison. She and Jeff got married in Chicago in June.

Eileen and Maddy

We all stayed in a condo/house and had a great time with all the boys while the girls got ready. Breakfast with the guys.

Eileen, Charlie, Greg, Austin, Jordan & Hunter

On Charlie's side it was baby time. Cassie and Brad gave birth to WILBUR RAYMOND on September 29, 2017. The happy family


Brad, Cassie, Wilbur & Elmer

And did we say BABIES? Yes, I think so. Great Grand Baby Boy is coming in Eileen's family in January to Austin & Taylor. AND, grand baby boy to Charlie's in April to Carly and Matt. Boys...yes we have lot's of boys!

Indy is summer is 500 time. Yes we do that too. While we don't go to the INDY500 we do see the Gran Prix.

Practice day for the 500

We also go sailing allot. Here we are on Meredith's Catalina 25 on a glorious day

Meredith, Eileen & Charlie

There's lots of family time too
Charlie & Elmer - Indians Baseball Game

Sandbox Time


The Traubs, Carly/Matt/Charlie live on the Brehop Farm properties. Lot's of visits, meals and time to spend with grandson Charlie. Here is a visit by tractor.



And hanging out with Grandpa Charlie




And Family Birthday parties at the river resort
Zach's 17th!

or at a local restaurant


We have to earn our cruising kitty by working some. Here we are set up selling "stuff" at ECSC

Eagle Creek Sailing Club - ECSC Regatta & Beach Party

Then there's the annual NHT (nursing home tour) for the guys on Joe's Gozzard, "Interlude" to the north channel. 10 days of sailing, some 350 miles, 75% at least under sail. Where the wind blew we went. No destinations in mind. Big breakfasts thanks to Jimmy and Dan. Big dinners with all all contributing with some cocktails and beer thrown in for fun!

Interlude - 1988 Gozzard 36

The crew: Jimmy, Meredith, Joe & Dan
NHT 2017 - North Channel Lake Huron Canada

Eileen has a resort on White River in Indianapolis. The river is another of Indy's best kept secrets. It's a linear neighborhood where everybody almost knows everyone for 8 miles. And what's the main mode of transportation?

A 1965 Hydrodyne!!! "Radar Love"
Radar Love - 1965 Hydrodyne

And look who gets to drive!
Charlie at the wheel

And when speed boat is not in the water...there is FUN GUS - Hobie Outfitter for 2.
FUN GUS - 2012 Hobie Outfitter Tandem Kayak

or a Stand Up Paddle Board
SUP with Taylor aboard

Charlie doesn't live on the water. He lives on a farm with tractors!

This is the newest of the fleet. 1961 David Brown 995, 64hp beast.
1961 David Brown 995

Maintaining 30+ acres is allot of seat time. If it's not on BIG David it's on LITTLE David

1962 David Brown - Little David

or the best of them all...
1946 Farmall A

The summer of 2017 was a time to see something that doesn't happen much, a SOLAR ECLIPSE! Eileen and Charlie took a road trip to Cave In Rock, IL right on the Ohio River at the point of Totality.

Cave In Rock, IL

It's hard to describe the experience. Was it worth it? You betcha says Eileen!



As it got closer to time to leave we found time to run a regatta at ECSC with Meredith and Gordo. It was a windy and wild regatta but fun! Here's the RC crew

Florida Trip Summer '17

06 September 2017 | J & R Marine Services
Placida, FL
Charlie made a two week trip to the boat to do some work on TARDIS over Labor Day. It's great to be able to take your time without the pressure of a launch date.

2017 had pressure from a different source however. During the drive to FL hurricane Harvey bore down on TX. And right after that a new tropical depression was forming which later became hurricane Irma. It's a long painful process to be at the boat wondering what path the storm will take. As it turned out TARDIS was dead in line with all the projections for a "5". Lucky for TARDIS, not so lucky for others, Irma took a turn inland and none of the 290 boats in storage had damage. Charlie left on Wednesday, a few days before the storm arrived having prepped the boat as best as possible.

Top on the list was installing new refrigeration, a solar panel with hot water radiator, motor maintenance and a wax job. All got done except the motor work was incomplete.

Project 1: Refrigeration was purchased from CRUISE RO from California. We got new compressor with a cold plate. We met Rich Boren, the owner, at the Annapolis Boat Show and liked what they had to offer. Next up from Cruise RO is their water maker next summer.



The installation went without incident following their directions. Charlie never had to call for help either. Had a small issue with corrosion at the electrical panel that was easily corrected and had a cold beer out of the box the next morning!



Project 2: Solar Panel purchased from Custom Marine Products out of Michigan. Charlie was studying solar for the past year and happened upon their website. After a phone call and thinking about it, it seemed like the right people to do business with. The order was placed for a 160w Solar Panel with a Radiator and 12v water circulation pump for hot water. Tom Trimmer, the owner, was very helpful and explained everything thoroughly. What's interesting is that Tom is a member of Duncan Bay Boat Club in Cheboygan, MI where our friend's Gozzard is. Charlie saw the installation and didn't realize it at the time



The installation went as planned. Never had to call Tom either as their directions were straight forward. The plumbing was the most difficult part due to the location of the water heater.



The very next day Charlie had a COLD beer with his HOT cockpit shower thanks to Cruise RO and Custome Marine Products!

Project 3: Wax boat. Charlie didn't have to buy anything or call anyone for advice. So this project was free. A shoulder massage would have been nice but a COLD beer from the boat fridge worked just fine.
August 2017

A bunch of other little things were accomplished as well. It was tough work in 100 degree heat and sleeping on the boat. Fans help



Any trip to the Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda area of FL would not be complete without a visit with the BUCK family. Charlie got to spend the weekend at their condo. Unfortunately cousin Gail had a very scary health issue. It turned out OK for now and Charlie was glad he was there at the time.

TARDIS was left ready to defend for herself. This photo was taken the day Charlie headed north.

Decommissioning

24 March 2017 | J & R Marine Services
Summer Layup
All good things come to an end. We spent the week after Charlie's family visit unloading the boat. Our U-Haul was available a day early giving us plenty of time to unload and pack up. We used Charlie's cousins dock and parking lot for this.



Thursday was moving day. First Charlie's Tahoe with U-haul was taken to J & R Marine Services storage lot. An Uber was hired and we got back to TARDIS early afternoon for the last ride and anchor. It was a beautiful afternoon for the 2 hour trip to the anchorage in Tippacanoe Bay on Myakka River near Hog Island. The wind was expected to blow in the upper 20's that evening. It didn't disappoint us and was right on time.


Eileen Battening down the hatches...note the white caps.

It rained for only the 3rd time in 6 weeks and we had another awesome dinner while we rode out the wind. Sometime early in the morning the wind quit and when it was daylight we took off for the lock to the haul out. We had an appointment for the travel lift at 9am so we had to get going early on the 90 minute run in the canals to the lift.



This photo was taken just before we entered the outer channel and just before we ran aground. We put some 250 miles under our keel, anchored in a dozen places and navigated allot of narrow channels and never touched the bottom. NOT TODAY!!

About 3 hours later the tide started coming back in and we bounced our way to the lock. Let's just say we were nervous, white caps were starting to form and the wind was on our port stern quarter. To help pass the time, we had time to remove the dodger and bimini and Eileen made breakfast. Finally we arrived at the self operated lock.


Closed


Open


The other side

Whew...that wasn't much fun but we did it.



Now on for the 90 minute ride.



The marina staff at Charlotte Harbour Boat Storage was waiting on us and it didn't take long to haul TARDIS, pressure wash and put her on a hydraulic trailer for the 2 mile drive with the mast up to the storage lot. Time went fast!






See the truck cab...that's where Charlie hid for the ride to his Tahoe


View from the cab going down the highway.

We took the mainsail off and our overnight gear. Eileen cleaned the entire inside of the boat with vinegar and this is where we left her to sleep for the summer.



Maybe later in the summer after the HOP's are picked Charlie will make a trip to Florida and work on the few things needing fixed. Refrigeration, auto helm and fuel leak on the diesel. Plus it will be fun? to sleep on the boat and hang out with all the other boaters.

Friday we headed back to Indiana after stopping at the Traubs to see family and exchange a few things we borrowed for things we left. It took us two days to drive home with the trailer but it was fun and we had NCAA basketball games to listen too

Charlie welcomed us when we got home.

Family Visit

20 March 2017 | Punta Gorda Isles
Perfect
Today was an exciting day for us. Charlie's family paid us a visit and we went sailing! They also delivered Charlie's truck after charging a dead battery and buying gas! Plus they brought needed supplies - BEER

Kelley's - Cassie, Brad and Elmer (4)


Traub's - Carly, Matt and Charlie (2)


The day turned out to be perfect. After the hour motor boat ride to Charlotte Harbor we hoisted sails in light and variable winds. We didn't care - we were together.



But the wind built to a steady 8-10 - absolutely perfect for their first sail with Charlie's grandsons on TARDIS



We sailed 20nm in perfect waters of Charlotte Harbor



Elmer and Charlie had a great time. Elmer played cars and ate so he could take his life jacket off below.



Elmer never naps but Charlie does and zonked out. Perfect.



Elmer also is interested in the electronics and watched them closely



He also is in NINJA training so walking about a moving TARDIS is a piece of cake.



Everyone took their turn at the helm and did great. It's allot different than a tiller. When I get photos of other's steering they will be added but here is Brad at the helm.



While others steered Eileen and Charlie got to enjoy the day.



Here's a couple more happy couple pics




When we got back to the dock we went to Harpoon Harry's on Fisherman's Wharf for dinner and games (Elmer beat Charlie at air hockey!) Tired and hungry...



Captiva Island - Punta Gorda Isles

19 March 2017 | Punta Gorda Isles
Windy
Before we left for Punta Gorda (our final destination) we had a few days to enjoy Captiva. We kayaked to Blind Pass at the south end of Roosevelt Channel. We also got to eat lunch at the Green Flash Restaurant with our friend Mike Huffer.


Dredger working the Blind Pass Channel.

We left Roosevelt Channel early on Sunday morning just after sunrise for a 40nm journey. 8 hours. The first third found us motoring directly into the wind. We had been through this part so there was nothing new that we were concerned about. Traveling on Sunday was crowded. Some were considerate and others not as they passed. We like the considerate people!!

Once we got to marker 74 at Pelican Bay we turned towards Punta Gorda. The wind was up and on our port beam. Under one reef and 50% of the jib we moved along nicely at 6 knots. About half way we turned to a close port beat and dropped the centerboard. The boat performed well but we still had to tack TWICE (we think it's the only time we tacked the boat yet!) to make the mark into Ponce Inlet at Punta Gorda



By the time we got to Punta Gorda it was "Breezy", Florida's word for howling! We never negotiated the entrance to PGI before. The waves (slight chop! no) were 3-4' and foam streaks on the water. Meaning 20+ in Indiana. Life jackets on weather to go forward. All went well and we made through the pass safely and the hour run to the Buck's dock where we waited Charlie's family.

Here we are at Buck's dock. While we are here the Buck's are in the Bahamas at Bimini! Thank you Don and Gail for the use of the dock.



There was a strong crosswind at the slip, the neighbors came out and helped us dock thankfully as this was only the 2nd time we pulled in a slip in SIX weeks.
Vessel Name: TARDIS
Vessel Make/Model: 1979 Tartan 37C
Hailing Port: Indianapolis, Indiana
Crew: Charlie Brehob, Time Lord; Eileen Leonard, Companion
About:
Lifetime avid, formerly competive, sailors who had their own J-24's. Eileen owns "Fun Police" and Charlie owned "Beerrun" sailing at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis. Both have owned numerous types of sailboats and have a great deal of experience in many types of small sailboats. [...]
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A properly maintained and piloted TARDIS can transport its occupants to any point in time and space. The interior of a TARDIS is much larger than its exterior, which can blend in with its surroundings through the ship's chameleon circuit. TARDIS has just undergone a ten year restoration after [...]
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