Musings of a sailor, writer, dreamer

05 June 2010 | Green Turtle Cay
22 August 2008 | Cooley’s Landing Marina, Fort Lauderdale
29 June 2008 | Bimini
26 June 2008 | Lynyard Cay
20 June 2008 | Hopetown Harbor
10 June 2008 | Man O’ War Cay
05 June 2008 | Marsh Harbor
28 May 2008 | Black Sound, Green Turtle Cay
24 May 2008 | Green Turtle Cay
19 May 2008 | Moraine Cay
18 May 2008 | Mangrove Cay
18 May 2008 | West End, Grand Bahama
06 February 2008 | Fort Lauderdale, FL
13 August 2007 | Long Cove, Tenants Harbor
09 August 2007 | Robinhood Marine Center, Riggs Cove
02 August 2007 | Seal Cove just inside Cape Elizabeth
29 July 2007 | Salem, Mass.
23 July 2007 | Brenton Cove, Newport Harbor
22 July 2007 | Mystic Seaport, CT
15 July 2007 | Newport Marina, Jersey City, New Jersey

Beaufort Breakdown Blues

16 June 2007 | just leaving Beaufort docks
Clear, winds SW 10-15 knots
We attempted to leave Beaufort on Sunday, June 10th, but less than thirty minutes from the dock, the engine started surging and we returned to the slip. I won't go into all the details, but let it suffice to say that we had parts shipped in from Lauderdale, a nice mechanic named Craig spent more than four hours with us, and a healthy dose of swearing and sweating came to pass before we were finally able to leave today, almost one week later.

I considered going into all the details of our engine trouble. This is a sailing blog, and the word "blog" comes from the phrase "web log." It's an easy transition for sailors who must keep logs that chronicle the details of wind and sea state, engine hours, and miles traveled, to write a blog with much of the same information. But to me, travel is about more than just the mechanics of getting somewhere. I have never been a fan of the sea books or blogs that become what I call the "we had flying fish for breakfast" tales or the personal blogs wherein people document each detail of their lives ad nauseum.

Who cares?

Imagine if E.B. White were still alive today and keeping a blog. Every entry would provide a peek into the whys and wherefores of our place on this planet. As White once wrote, "I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."

So, rather than singing the blues, I want to tell you about the sweetness I tasted during our stay at Beaufort, North Carolina.

There was a resident great white heron that walked the docks unafraid of my dog until Chip was almost on him. Then, he lifted off the dock with a grace unparalleled.

Beaufort has a restaurant named the Grocery Store, the laundry is called the General Store, and the nicest people on Front Street are the Pirates.

The Big Rock Swordfish Tournament was happening in Beaufort, and I learned that when it comes to music, sport fishermen are the NASCAR people of the marine world, and country music can sound good.

While watching the sport fishermen clean their catch, I asked if I could buy some fish, and I was handed a dolphin filet two feet long. I discovered their kindness and generosity are without compare.

The farther you walk along Taylor Creek at night, the quieter the world grows, and anchor lights and stars begin to blur.

I discovered that here in the south, they sell ammo at the checkout at the hardware store.

And though I tried many new tastes, shrimp and grits was not one.

Fair winds!
Vessel Name: Talespinner
Vessel Make/Model: Caliber 33
Hailing Port: Fort Lauderdale
Crew: Christine Kling
About: Christine is the writes nautical fiction including the suspense novels featuring tug and salvage captain Seychelle Sullivan and the the Caribbean thriller, Circle of Bones. She cruises aboard OPB's (other People's Boats) and her own Caliber 33 Talespinner.
Christine has cruised the waters of the South Pacific, Caribbean and Atlantic for over 35 years. She has been a charterboat cook, windsurfing instructor, crew, and homeschooling mom. Christine bought her own boat in 2005, and it has been her primary home ever since. Christine is fulfilling her [...]
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/kling/
Talespinner 's Photos - Talespinner (Main)
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I live aboard my Caliber 33 in Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Some photos of our cruise along this coast
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Wild Matilda sails into New York Harbor and out into Long Island Sound
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The crew

Who: Christine Kling
Port: Fort Lauderdale