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
15 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
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

By the by...

11 March 2013 | Ballard, WA
Roy / No change in the weather
For those of you who are tired of project postings I have good news, ...I'll be running out of them soon. I promise. I can only think of one or two more right now. Also, I understand you can filter this blog by the type of posting. Note that there's usually a posting type, right now either Project or Reflections, at the bottom of each post. If you click on this under a type of posting you're interest in, it should filter for that type of posting. Filters for these categories should also appear on the right side of the blog.

I eventually plan to have more categories, my purpose being to allow discriminating readers to filter out the bull-pucky they're not interested in. My thinking presently tends in the following directions:
- Reflections is, as should be apparent already, my thoughts on life, mostly as pertaining to cruising, but I reserve the prerogative of wandering off that topic as much and as far as I damn well please.
- Projects is my means of boring technically disinterested readers into sending heart-rending comments to plead that I leave them out of such balderdash.
- Blog Rules and Regulations are intended to lay down the law and/or otherwise describe how I'm working this blog site. It's my site and I'll do what I want with it, thank you.
- Definitions and Lore, though it does not yet enjoy any entries, will be a means for this wise old salt to educate you landlubbers on nautical terminology or other such nonsense as I see fit. This, I hope, will allow me to wax nautically poetic with such words as scallywag, bulwark, and lazarette without ruining my rhythm by stopping to define the words as I go.
- Prose and Poetry is a tactic I intend to use to counter the Projects category. That is, if I can't drive you away with exhausting technical treatises, I'll turn to original (or even plagiarized) word art to accomplish what I couldn't by other means.
- Equipment, as if Projects wasn't enough, is another way for me to indulge the engineer in me by posting more technical stuff. We're like magpies, you know. If it's bright and shiney we want to feather our nest with it. That's what I'll do!

In actuality, I haven't really figured out how this blog works, so I may have to eat my words here. I'm sure you're standing by with antici....................pation for that lovely eventuality.
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
Photos 1 to 10 of 10
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