Adventures with Mike and Claudia

Vessel Name: Sola Stella
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 43DS
Hailing Port: Lake Texoma
Crew: Mike and Claudia
06 December 2014 | Clear Lake, TX
30 November 2014 | Lake Texoma
17 February 2014 | Lake Texoma
02 February 2014 | Lake Texoma
31 January 2014 | Lake Texoma
26 June 2013 | Lake Texoma
12 June 2011 | Texoma
28 April 2011
07 April 2011 | Lake Texoma
27 March 2011 | Lake Texoma
18 February 2011 | Houston
15 February 2011 | Lake Texoma
04 February 2011
03 February 2011 | Lake Texoma
24 January 2011
19 January 2011 | Dallas, TX
Recent Blog Posts
06 December 2014 | Clear Lake, TX

Sola has arrived

Just got the news that Sola Stella has arrived safely at South Texas Yacht Service at Clear Lake. I don't know if boats are aware of things (sometimes I think they know more than their captains). I know I have always talked to my boats, but Claudia thinks I'm crazy anyway. If they do know what's going [...]

30 November 2014 | Lake Texoma

Heading for the Coast

Our last post from Lake Texoma. Sola is loaded on a transporter and ready to head south in the morning. We are taking her to Clear Lake to be recommissioned and a few odd and ends, such as a bottom job and moving the radar dome to the mast, prior to putting her back in the water. The lake is so far down that it was touch and go getting her out of the water. Thanks to Cedar Mills Marina for lifting us and swinging Sola forward so we could get the straps in the proper location. I won't miss Lake Texoma and the ridiculous Corp of Enginners, although I spent over 10 years there and learned to sail there. I will miss Tom, Karen, and all his family who put up with us and took good care of the Salty Dog and more recently Sola Stella at Buncombe Creek Marina, the only family owned Marina on the Lake.also we will miss Chap and Steffanie, our dock mates (wish you guys were going with us) Well this is new beginning for us. Hopefully by April we will retired and can start our cruising adventure.

17 February 2014 | Lake Texoma

Low lake level

We spent Saturday night on Sola Stella. Lake Texoma is really getting depressing. The drought continues and the Corp of Engineers continue to draw down the lake for the production of electricity. Our dock mates, Martin and Angela have decided to move Mystique to the Texas coast. This is making Claudia and I reevaluate when we will move Sola Stella. We have been planning on October, but are now talking about maybe spring or early summer, if there is no rain. Unless we get some real rains, the sailing on our end of the lake will be limited to the river channel. Our decision will be to move to Kemah or Mobile. Claudia favors Kemah and I think Mobile is a better choice. Claudia has complained about the bed being cold this winter, so we decided to install hyper vent under the mattress. Hyper Vent is a product designed for the tropics to provide ventilation to prevent mildew under the mattress, but we think it will also allow heat to circulate. In any case it wad easy to install and Claudia felt the bed was warmer.

02 February 2014 | Lake Texoma

Porta Bote

Porta-bote was having a big Super Bowl Sale, so we bought the 9 ft model to use as our dinghy when we go cruising. Was wondering if anyone else have any experience using one.

31 January 2014 | Lake Texoma

Preparing to Cruise

We are still working on Sola Stella, getting it ready for full time cruising about a year from now. To date we have added a new Raymarine C140W MFD, new digital radar and a great new 65 lbs mantus anchor. We are in the process of installed a Raymarine SeaTalkng backbone with a AIS transponder. We then [...]

26 June 2013 | Lake Texoma

New Boat

We haven't posted in a very long time and a lot has happened. We are now the proud owners of 2003 Jeanneau 43DS, which we renamed last Saturday as Sola Stella (Lone Star in Italian). She is in like new condition and we were lucky to find her, after searching the country. She was actually about 5 miles away, on Lake Lewisville, from where we live in Carrollton, TX. This will become our cruising boat, when we retire in about a year. Meanwhile we still have a lot to do before having seaworthy. I have begun replacing the 10 year old electronics. We will eventually need a davit system, life raft, water-maker, heavier ground tackle, etc. etc., but we at least have our dream boat!

Sola has arrived

06 December 2014 | Clear Lake, TX
Mike/ it's a beautiful day
Just got the news that Sola Stella has arrived safely at South Texas Yacht Service at Clear Lake. I don't know if boats are aware of things (sometimes I think they know more than their captains). I know I have always talked to my boats, but Claudia thinks I'm crazy anyway. If they do know what's going on, then I can only imagine Sola's excitement at crossing the Kemah Bridge and seeing the bay on her port and 100's of her fellow sailboats to starboard. I even imagined her yelling to her former dock mate "Mystique", "I'm here, I've finally made it, see you on the Bay, as soon as they put me back together, I can't wait to feel saltwater under my hull again". I'm sure she is sick of Texas Lakes, where she could never strut her stuff and drive with the wind, like she was designed to dol

Anyway it's an exciting day for me, Claudia, Skipper (the sailing dog) and most of all Sola Stella.

Heading for the Coast

30 November 2014 | Lake Texoma
Our last post from Lake Texoma. Sola is loaded on a transporter and ready to head south in the morning. We are taking her to Clear Lake to be recommissioned and a few odd and ends, such as a bottom job and moving the radar dome to the mast, prior to putting her back in the water. The lake is so far down that it was touch and go getting her out of the water. Thanks to Cedar Mills Marina for lifting us and swinging Sola forward so we could get the straps in the proper location. I won't miss Lake Texoma and the ridiculous Corp of Enginners, although I spent over 10 years there and learned to sail there. I will miss Tom, Karen, and all his family who put up with us and took good care of the Salty Dog and more recently Sola Stella at Buncombe Creek Marina, the only family owned Marina on the Lake.also we will miss Chap and Steffanie, our dock mates (wish you guys were going with us) Well this is new beginning for us. Hopefully by April we will retired and can start our cruising adventure.

Low lake level

17 February 2014 | Lake Texoma
Mike
We spent Saturday night on Sola Stella. Lake Texoma is really getting depressing. The drought continues and the Corp of Engineers continue to draw down the lake for the production of electricity. Our dock mates, Martin and Angela have decided to move Mystique to the Texas coast. This is making Claudia and I reevaluate when we will move Sola Stella. We have been planning on October, but are now talking about maybe spring or early summer, if there is no rain. Unless we get some real rains, the sailing on our end of the lake will be limited to the river channel. Our decision will be to move to Kemah or Mobile. Claudia favors Kemah and I think Mobile is a better choice. Claudia has complained about the bed being cold this winter, so we decided to install hyper vent under the mattress. Hyper Vent is a product designed for the tropics to provide ventilation to prevent mildew under the mattress, but we think it will also allow heat to circulate. In any case it wad easy to install and Claudia felt the bed was warmer.

Porta Bote

02 February 2014 | Lake Texoma
Mike
Porta-bote was having a big Super Bowl Sale, so we bought the 9 ft model to use as our dinghy when we go cruising. Was wondering if anyone else have any experience using one.

Preparing to Cruise

31 January 2014 | Lake Texoma
Mike
We are still working on Sola Stella, getting it ready for full time cruising about a year from now. To date we have added a new Raymarine C140W MFD, new digital radar and a great new 65 lbs mantus anchor. We are in the process of installed a Raymarine SeaTalkng backbone with a AIS transponder. We then plan to connect a computer at the Nav Station to emulate our MFD. Have ordered cockpit cushions, which we expect any day.

Things still to be done:

1. Figure out what to do about a dinghy, we are seriously considering a porta bote, which would save having to install davits on the back of the boat where we really don't have much space due to generator cabinet.
2. Communications, i.e. SSB, sat phone, etc.
3. Watermaker
4. Cockpit enclosure, we currently have a bimini, dodger, and connecting cover, but no side certains. Additionally this is the original canvas, which is approaching 10 years old.
5. Solar panels, wind generator.

Also hopefully we have sold our old boat, the survey is next Friday and if things go we will have more money to invest in Sola.

New Boat

26 June 2013 | Lake Texoma
We haven't posted in a very long time and a lot has happened. We are now the proud owners of 2003 Jeanneau 43DS, which we renamed last Saturday as Sola Stella (Lone Star in Italian). She is in like new condition and we were lucky to find her, after searching the country. She was actually about 5 miles away, on Lake Lewisville, from where we live in Carrollton, TX. This will become our cruising boat, when we retire in about a year. Meanwhile we still have a lot to do before having seaworthy. I have begun replacing the 10 year old electronics. We will eventually need a davit system, life raft, water-maker, heavier ground tackle, etc. etc., but we at least have our dream boat!
Sola Stella's Photos - Main
Lake Texoma Sat Jan 29 before the ice storm--
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