Blessed Lady

This is the cruising blog of the sailing yacht Mabrouka. The Favorites in the side bar allow those with discriminating taste to filter for just the stuff you want to read. Thanks for visiting, Roy.

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20 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
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15 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
15 June 2015 | Mazatlan Marina, Mazatlan Mexico
13 April 2015 | Off Club Nautico, Mazatlan Commercial Harbor, Mazatlan, MX
15 February 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
13 February 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
25 January 2015
06 January 2015 | Mazatlan, MX
24 December 2014 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
24 December 2014 | Mazatlan, MX
22 December 2014
21 December 2014
18 December 2014 | Playa Isla de la Piedra, Mazatlan, MX
18 December 2014 | Mazatlan, MX
15 December 2014 | Ensenada des los Muertos, Mexico

On hold in Ballard

18 October 2013 | Ballard, WA
On hold in Ballard

I suppose this entry announces the end of my summer adventure. Mabrouka's back in Ballard, temporarily some 50 yards away from her old slip at Stimson Marina. My friend, Len, has kindly allowed me to raft up to his boat, Molly Bella, until I can find a slip for the winter. Thanks, Len!

Saturday I awoke with ants in my pants and it only required that I complete my daily reverence to the coffee gods before I cast off from the Tyee dock. Even as I did so, I was being encouraged by the wind to sail, so up went the main and mizzen as soon as I was out in open water. It wasn't to be, though. The tide and wind direction and strength, villains that they are, were only teasing again and it just didn't make sense to sail with only half a knot made good in the direction I wanted to go. So I motored across the sound and made my way in through the locks.

Since then I've been fiddling with odd jobs on the boat and looking for a winter slip. Slips are there, but not for live-aboards. If you don't remember from earlier blogs, my deal is that I am going to help Seaton Gras work on the Merry Maiden in exchange for slip rent.

Merry MaidenI'm excited to be able to contribute on this project. The Merry Maiden is a part of sailing history. Although I couldn't take up the mantle of my family's generations-old service as officers in the US Navy, I feel like I carried on the tradition in a different way with my career as a naval architect and my lifelong passion for sailing. In over 35 years, though, my profession never carried me toward yachts, certainly not toward hands-on work in wooden yachts. I suppose that was a dream of mine from the beginning that never really surfaced above the need to make a living, so to be able to finally indulge it in retirement is a real pleasure.

Seaton took me over to his storage lockers the Saturday I arrived to show me around the upcoming projects. It made me realize why Merry Maiden is floating about a foot above her waterline. There's an awful lot of her sitting in buckets and boxes and piles on land. Seaton knows what it all is, where it all is, and where it all goes, ...stanchions, Charlie Nobles, funnels, dorades, trim, and shelves.

So, stay tuned. I should have some interesting projects to share with you in the coming months.
Vessel Name: Mabrouka
Vessel Make/Model: CT-41
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Crew: Roy Neyman
Mabrouka and I have been partners in crime since October 1998, hanging about in West Coast waters, first in San Diego, then in Seattle. All of that time we've lived together aboard. [...]
I've called this blog "Blessed Lady" because that's my preferred translation from Arabic for "Mabrouka". She's a 1980 CT-41, one of several clones of the original Bill Garden design Mariner ketches. At 50 feet from the tip of her mizzen boom to the tip of her bow sprit, she's 16 tons of [...]
Mabrouka's Photos - Main
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On the streets of Freemont
Street art edited.
Elvis the stuffed cat is a memento of my daughters at the age of about 5.  The peace sign was a gift from good friend, Karyn Borcich.  Thanks to both!
This is Swan as I knew him, though in a more rugged environment than we ever shared.  We usually met at the coffee shop or at Voula
This is of Swan as I would also like to have known him, ...cigarettes, cameras and wine.
This is Steve hosting our Elliott Bay Design Group company picnic at his vacation home in Darington.
I never went fishing with Steve, although he let me try out his fly casting rig in the river by his house during one of the company picnics he hosted.  I
The winter slip on Lake Union
Temporary raft up with Molly Bella near my old slip at Stimson Marina
This album shares photos from mainland and Baja Mexico.
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 1 March 2015
The beginning of the South Pacific cruise, heading to San Diego and Mexico
1 Photo | 6 Sub-Albums
Created 15 August 2014
Killing time with local sailing and projects before heading south with the Coho Ho Ho cruiser's rally
56 Photos
Created 29 June 2014
Kathy and Karyn (with a "Y") used me as an excuse for a party. I was just fine with that!
25 Photos
Created 31 May 2014
On Lake Union where Mabrouka and I spent the winter
20 Photos
Created 31 May 2014
Shakedown cruise to Port Townsend
7 Photos
Created 25 May 2014
Gunkholing in the Seattle area, with me and Mabrouka getting our sea legs back under us.
50 Photos | 28 Sub-Albums
Created 14 April 2013
Custom made sailing skiff hand-built by NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA
18 Photos
Created 21 March 2013
Pre-retirement cruising pics
27 Photos
Created 21 March 2013
Photos accompanying Projects blogs.
43 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 12 March 2013