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Living Aboard a Sailboat, K-Dock, Fort Pierce City Marina, Florida
Thomas Lee
02/02/2013, City Marina, K Dock, Fort Pierce, Florida

I guess I have developed a routine on Saturday. I am up at 7 for my normal bike ride. When I go by Marina Square where the Saturday market is being set up, I stop and get bread, and return to WINSONG for coffee. Then it's back to Ace High Farms to buy oranges or grapefruit. In order to get oranges or grapefruit, I have to use my folding bicycle, that has a milk cart bolted over the rear tire. It serves as my truck. I always enjoy seeing Mr. and Mrs. Monahan and a young helper who is learning the citrus trade. How good is that! I really enjoy seeing them on Saturday.

Thomas Lee
02/01/2013, City Marina, K Dock, Fort Pierce, Florida

After I left the Port of Ontonagon on Lake Superior on August 1st, 2012 heading to Fort Pierce, my wife Margaret had many projects going, including having the sand dunes in front of our beach house pushed down. Dale Safer a fellow sailor in Ontonagon, just sent me this picture. Just off to the right, off camera, is Lake Superior.

Today is FRIDAY FEST in Marina Square, so it will be a fun night with live music and a LOT of people.

02/02/2013 | MB
Margaret looks quite competent next to her dozer. And as pretty as ever!
Thomas Lee
01/31/2013, City Marina, K Dock, Fort Pierce, Florida

Tomorrow I plan to bike down to the Fort Pierce Yacht Club. At the last Coffee With the Mayor, I met Commodore Craig Zezeck, and he invited me to come on over. Hopefully next year I can become a member. I go by the club every morning on my daily bike ride. Besides sailing events, they have numerous social events.

Thomas Lee
01/30/2013, City Marina, K Dock, Fort Pierce, Florida

I often spend the evening at the Tiki Bar at Fort Pierce City Marina. I can pick up a strong WiFi connection there. When using my MacBook, I had difficulty seeing the keyboard, so I have gotten a nice little LED light that plugs into the USB port on the computer. It's a hit. Numerous people have asked where I got it.

I am still flying the University of Michigan flag on WINDSONG. Today I was in the cockpit lying in the sun and listening to the radio when nice couple came down the dock. It turned out they had attended the U of M. But better yet. The lady was a librarian that worked at the American Library Association office in Chicago. How good is that. For those of you who don't know me, I am a old, seasoned, librarian, with an A.M.L.S. Degree from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. My wife's mother was also a librarian. Her dad was on a library board. I guess it kinds of runs in the family. I am also a board member of the Ontonagon, Michigan Township Library.

The first meeting of what is now the American Library Association dates back to a meeting held in Philadelphia in 1874. In attenance were 90 men and 13 women, among them Justin Winson (Boston Public, Harvard), William Frederick Poole (Chicago Public, Newberry), Charles Ammi Cutter (Boston Athenaeum), Melvil Dewey and Richard Rogers Bowker. Attendees came from as far west as Chicago and from England.

Later the headquarters of the ALA were relocated to Chicago, IL.

Thomas Lee
01/30/2013, City Marina, K Dock, Fort Pierce, Florida

Late in the afternoon the U.S. Customs and Border Protection vessel came into Moore's creek. You can't see it in the picture, but it had FOUR very LARGE outboards on it.... probablly 1,000 horsepower! The look around and then backed out with some difficulty. Sock Monkey hid!!

Thomas Lee
01/30/2013, City Marina, K Dock, Fort Pierce, Florida

The motto of Fort Pierce is THE SUNRISE CITY. On most days I am up just as the sun is coming up. Picture was taken this morning on a wonderful clear day at Fort Pierce.

02/19/2013 | Aleiah
Thomas Lee
01/29/2013, City Marina, K Dock, Fort Pierce, Florida

Snow and cold weather got you down.

The Mariner 31 that is next to me on K-Dock at the Fort Pierce City Marina, would be a good live aboard sailboat. One could live on the boat, enjoy the warm Florida weather, and do repairs that are needed.

The Mariner 31 was the first fiberglass boat built by Far East Yachts in Japan. The interior woodwork is wonderful. The biggest issue, that I can see, is the deck and deckhouse Water has leaked in and done damagein places to the wood core. It is my opinion that this could be fixed by injecting epoxy into the soft parts in the deck and deckhouse. It's kind of a dental like project.

Last week, staff from the marina started the diesel engine. It sounded good.

Construction details:

HULL. Extra thick fiberglass-reinforced polyester resin with ½ inch expanded Polyeuathane insulation. Ballast secured inside keel. Deck and house of plywood covered with fiberglass. Deck thru bolted to 5" hull flange. Cockpit seats and bridge deck of 7/16" Teak over plywood. Cockpit coamings of African Mahogony. Toe rail of Teak thru bolted thrugh hull flange. Bronze fittings with Nylon bearings securing rudder stock. Bronze thru the hull fittings. SPARS. Sitka Spruce with stainless steel fittings.

DECK FITTINGS. Bronze and stainless steel.

CABIN INTERIOR: Main cabin has dinette making into double berth. Quarter berth aft. GALLEY. Top opening stainless steel icebox of 200 lb. Capacity leading from cockpit. Stainless steel sink with pump. Space for three burner oven type gimbaled stove. Food lockers, dish lockers, drawers. Lights above stove and sink.

HEAD. Large, with sink , mirror, American Groco toilet. Locker. Room for a shower.

FORWARD CABIN. Two berths with shelves aft of chain locker, hanging locker, lockers under each berth.

WATER. 40 gal tank FUEL: 38 Gal tank.

LOA: 30 feet 10 inches LWL: 25 feet 6 inches Beam: 9 feet 9 inches Draft: 3 feet 9 inches Sail Area: 460 Sq Feet Displacement: 11,500 Lbs.

Price: $8,500 or best offer

I think that a $4,000 offer would probably be accepted.

Marina phone: 1-772-464-1245

Or e-mail me at: [email protected]

Thomas Lee
01/28/2013, City Marina, K Dock, Fort Pierce, Florida

I got a nice phone call this morning from Mayor Linda Hudson of Fort Pierce. She was calling to thank me for the book I gave her on living on a sailboat at the Fort Pierce City Marina. It was kind of her to call. She asked of I had other ideas of promoting Fort Pierce. I said I would think about it and we would talk later. I asked her to check out my new web site She said she would.

Last winter I flew down from to Fort Pierce and stayed for a week. The first time I visited the City Marina, and K-Dock in particular, I knew it was the perfect place to live on a sailboat for the winter. I was right! And since I tied up at K-dock on October 15, 2012, I have discovered many more reasons that this is a great place. It's kind of like when I met my wife Margaret for the first time, I just knew that I had met the perfect person. And I was right. It it has just gotten better over time. How good it that!

I also talked today with Ellen Gillette the writer who did a story of me for the St. Lucie Tribune. When she visited me on WINDSONG to interview me, she had grandson with her. She said that the grandson asked her how the Sock Monkey was. The Sock Monkey is happy to know that someone remembered him. He also wants to go to the next Coffee With the Mayor.

01/28/2013 | Debbie Desorcy
Great blog Tom! Are there any pictures of Windsong with all the holiday lights at night?
01/28/2013 | Debbie Desorcy
Great blog Tom! Are there any pictures of Windsong with all the holiday lights at night?
Thomas Lee
01/28/2013, City Marina, K Dock, Fort Pierce, Florida

Margaret has been asking me if they have limes at the Saturday Fort Pierce market in Marina Square. Answer. Yes. In the picture they are 3 for a dollar. Sock Monkey says - is that a good price?

Thomas Lee
01/27/2013, CITY Marina, K Dock, Fort Pierce, Florida

Got a nice e-mail from a fellow sailor from Lake Superior. He seem's to have turned into a pirate. Sock Monkey wanted to get in the act as well. It's really hard to control a sock monkey.

01/27/2013 | MB
Ha-Hahahahahahaha! Oh those sock monkeys

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