The Voyages of s/v Lucky Bird

21 August 2019 | Straits Marina, Mackinaw City
06 August 2019 | Village of Brockport
30 July 2019
27 July 2019
21 June 2019 | Wickford Cove Marina
20 May 2019 | Antlantic Yacht Basin
13 May 2019 | Homer Smith Marina, final Salty Dawg Destination
21 April 2019 | Frenchtown, St. Thomas V.I. Easter Celebration
20 April 2019 | Brewers Bay, St. Thomas VI
11 April 2019 | Nanny Cay Marine, Tortola, BVI
28 March 2019 | Green Cay Marina, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
25 March 2019
24 February 2019 | Jolly Harbor Marina, Antigua

Time is getting short

18 May 2009 | n41 50 49.9 w87 39 0.6
There has been a considerable amount of action around Lucky Bird. Last week end Alice and I decided to install our Hydrovane self-steering device. The job went like clockwork do to the excellant engineering and very thoughtful design of this incredible machine. The most difficult aspect was mounting the fist bracket, the "H" bracket, because of the location. It has to be mounted on the lowest part of the transom which is also the farthest reach from inside the lazarette. Once the H bracket was in place we used a 1 1/2 inch piece of pvc pipe to achieve vertical alignment and to measure and cut the "E" bracket arms. Hydrovane has done an extraordinary job engineering this unit down to a means for expanding the brackets to provide for more easily sliding the rudder shaft and flange. The whole project took four hours with a break for lunch and a beer. Not too shabby for us older folks.

Once that task was complete we moved on to the bottom. I really wanted to see what the boat looked like under the paint so we started stripping. First by sanding with an orbital sander and 40 grit paper. Far too slow and costly in terms of paper. Then we found Petit Bio Blast paint remover and we were off to the races, well sort of. We painted on a layer of the remover, waited and then exerted an awful lot of energy to strip away a paint layer or two, then another coat of the remover and repeat the process. A 42 foot boat looks very large when removing four layers of paint a few inches at a time. A final ordibtal sanding with 80 grit cleans up the gel coat and we are now ready for three to four layers of barrier coat and three of antifouling.

I've also started work on the aft arch having mounted our KISS wind generator and brought down to the boat our new Furuno radar. We'll have the wind gen, the radar, a solar panel, two GPS antennas, two VHF antennas and a WIFI antenna mounted back there on the arch. Just imaging the fun wiring all these devices and building a NMEA 2k and NMEA 0183 network all hopefully before we splash Lucky Bird around June 16th.
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Vessel Name: Lucky Bird
Vessel Make/Model: 1990 Moody 425 cc
Hailing Port: Kenosha, WI
Crew: Robert & Alice Smith
About:
Alice and I have spent considerable time together on the water; cruising and racing on the waters of New England, the Caribbean and Lake Michigan.

Sailing is our passion and together we've been fortunate to experience the thrills, the camaraderie and the enjoyment boating provides. [...]

We seek the freedom, excitement and challenges of voyaging.

Lucky Bird's Photos - Main
This is our second journey south to the Caribbean. This time we've chosen to exit Lake Michigan and proceed south through the in-land waterway system to Mobile. We'll start around Labor Day and take our time exploring the history of middle America.
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Created 28 July 2017
30 Photos
Created 12 July 2013
101 Photos
Created 17 July 2012
Bob and Alice return to Lucky Bird after spending the summer in Addison.
31 Photos
Created 4 December 2010
Heading into the Windward Islands and further south
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Created 22 February 2010
121 Photos
Created 11 June 2009