China Rose

06 December 2016 | Riverside Marina, 2350 Old Dixie Highway Ft. Pierce Florida 34946
25 July 2015 | Luperon
24 July 2015
20 May 2015 | Georgetown, Exuma Bahamas
03 May 2015 | Staniel Cay
15 April 2015
05 April 2015 | Spanish Wells
04 April 2015 | GiGi and Rods wedding
03 April 2015
02 April 2015
31 March 2015 | 25 25'N:76 35'W
20 November 2014
15 November 2014 | Annapolis, MD to Charleston, SC
07 November 2014 | Departure 7 AM ETA 11/8 6PM
17 October 2014
17 October 2014 | Annapolis, MD
23 September 2014 | Annapolis, MD E Thielen, B Meyer, Capt R Starbird
20 September 2014 | Trinidad to Bequia Race Week 2014

China Rose for Sale Just Reduced $19,500

06 December 2016 | Riverside Marina, 2350 Old Dixie Highway Ft. Pierce Florida 34946
It is with heavy heart that Terry and I have decided to sell China Rose after nearly 10 years of adventures. She has taken us to New York, all around the Chesapeake Bay, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands. I have been sailing her through the islands for the past year and half.

We have priced her to sell - $19,500.

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Location: Riverside Marina, 2350 Old Dixie Highway Ft. Pierce Florida 34946

Sails are in good condition. The Genoa was just re-stitched by Quantum Sails
Storm sail
Asymmetrical spinnaker
Standing rigging was done in 2014.
Running rigging is in good shape.
300 Ah AGM house battery and 100 Ah AGM starting battery.
2 85W solar panels
LED anchor light
LED tricolor running lights
alternate LED running deck lights
raw water wash down pump
Engle refrigerator / freezer
Large original ice box

William Crealock Designer

Sail number 326
Hull Number 373
Columbia 36 1969-1973
PHRF 156
Sail Area 557 sf
Vertical clearance 45.8
LOA 35' 9"
LOW 28' 3"
Beam 10' 6"
Draft 5' 5"
Displacement 12,000
Balast 5,000

Edson pedestal wheel steering
Garmin 546 chart plotter (2016)
Compass - 6 inch
Wind speed and direction indicator
Knot meter
ICOM VHF M402 radio with remote mike
AM/FM/USB radio and cd player
Wireless router with Bullet booster

Yanmar YM30 29 hp 1300 hours (2010)
Racor 500 fuel filter
Yanmar secondary 100um fuel filter
1 - 30 gallon fuel tanks
1 - SS deck fill plates

#15 Rocna anchor
130 feet 3/8 G4 anchor chain
25 lb Holdfast Plow anchor
25 feet 5/8 3 strand nylon anchor rode
Anchor roller on custom bow plate

Complete cockpit enclosure with screens
Main sail with cover
Lazy jacks
14 ft spinnaker pole
150% roller furling Genoa with Sunbrella
Cursing asymmetrical spinnaker
Storm head sail
Cover - pedestal, winches, stove pile and hand rails

New aluminum spreaders (2010)
New quarter stays (2010)
New side stays (2014)
2 - mast set winches
2 - cockpit winches

Automatic bulge pump
30 gallon water tank
Water filter
Hand shower
On demand water pump with equalization tank
High pressure raw water wash-down pump
Composting Airhead

Garhauer heavy duty hoist
Black IMRON paint on hull
White Awlgrip paint on deck
Beige Awlgrip non-skid
Double vinul-covered life lines
2 - Dorado boxes with SS cowl vents
1 Nicro SS day/night solar vents
Custom fiberglass propane locker cover
Lewmar opening ports
Emergency tiller
Edson entertainment table
SS swim ladder
BBQ grill
10' Kayak

Engle refrigeration
Large ice box
Force 10 marine propane range and oven
10 pound propane tank
Newport diesel heater by Dickerson
On demand heater pump
Brass clock
Brass barometer
Brass ships bell
Brass weater glass
Teak key box
Custom book shelf
Wine glass rack
5 fire extinguishers
Smoke detector
Custom bed sheets

40 amp alternator Yanmar
2000 / 4000 watt surge power inverter
Xantera True charge 20+/40+ Battery Charger
300 Ah AGM house battery bank (2015)
100 Ah AGM starting battery
2 bank smart battery charger
2 Kaysera 85 watts solar panels
LED Tricolor running light
LED deck running lights
Steaming light
30 amp shore power cord
2 GFI protected AC circuits
2 cabin fans
LED cabin lights

Touring Porto Plata

25 July 2015 | Luperon
Today I went on a long motor cycle drive into Porto Plata. About 60 kilometers. I have to say it was interesting and terrifying. The country side is wonderful rural and bueatiful. It looks a lot like Haiti but a little more organized with small towns along the way. Town and the main road are congested and no rules apply other than get ahead of the next guy. Lots of chicken, cows, horses, donkeys, ostrich's along with heavy traffic, all manner of trucks, potholes, missing man hole covers, dirt patches and hundreds of Chinese motor bikes. Three of us rode to town, had a nice lunch by the sea then did a little shopping in the wallmart style grocery and what not store. Tonight I came back to the boat fixed a chick pea buroto and went back to Wendy's bar for the movie. A fictional account of the Americas Cup Race which was very fitting for a room full of sailors. I'm not convinced that the motor cycle is the way to get around this country but it was a different way to kick start the tour.

I had a small motor cycle scooter back in the early 1970s. It was fun but not as much fun as a sports car which while dangerous was still a lot safer.

So at the risk of being hypocritical please don't mention my failing to Grace. After many years of preaching - successfully I think - ABSOLUTELY NO MOTOR CYCLES I don't want to open that door. I would rather be a hypocrit. I can live with that.


24 July 2015
Spent today getting to know the town a little more. Found the grocery store and the bank. Had a long chat with the canvas guy in town. Good thing because the sunbrella is starting to separate on the jenney so that needs to be re stitched before sailing again. Turns out he and his wife Susan have been sailing for years and now have given up the sailing life and built a house in Luperon. He warned me that Dominicans have a1000 ways to take you and you have to be on your game all the time. Not really my experience yet though I'm sure he is right about some. To illustrate his point he was told his house would be $150,000 USD, but he had to suspend construction when the costs passed $350,000 USD. the good news is that they have finished the house and moved in. Then I went and had a nice chicken salad for lunch. Very simple carrots, tomatoes and lettuce with and oil and vinegar dressing and a coca cola for $5. Not bad for a healthy lunch. I got a surprise email from a long time friend Carla Freeman who moved to Arizona 10+ years ago and we had lost contact with. Turns out she also knew a friend who recently passed. Then went to Wendy's- the gringo bar - that's not a bad phrase here - and chatted with several sailors about their experience sailing north and South. No shortage of stories and opinions as you might expect. There a lot of people here who have sailed as live aboards for 20 and 30 years. Crusty one might say. Storm clouds formed over us and we had a eight tropical downpour for a few hours. It was a welcome relief. I've been told it has not rained here in three months. So it cools the air - a positive - but now the mosquitoes come out. Monday is movie night so afternoon stories it turned into hot dog hour. For 50 pesos - that's a little more than a dollar - you can have a dog with relish and mustard and something they can cheese but I think it's created in a dark laboratory somewhere. then the movie Took Hanks and Linda Hunt (I think) in Cast Away. I stayed for a half hour before returning to the boat before sunset. I had not brought a flashlight and there are no city lights here and no moon at the moment so very difficult to find the boat after dark. Tomorrow I'm going to lookup a new friend that i was introduced to by our old friend Frankie. Rudy and Margaret who are long time sailors that are land-bound by age, now in their 80s and live part-time here in Luperon. She will be here with her son for a week around the 28th. To be continued...


20 May 2015 | Georgetown, Exuma Bahamas
Home in Washington, DC for Grace's college graduation. Will sail from Georgetown, Exuma to Luperon, DR in June.

Staniel Cay

03 May 2015 | Staniel Cay
Dove Thunderball grotto yesterday. Wonderful cave with lots of fish. The weather has been pretty bad with a tropical low hanging over us and bringing lots of rain and wind. Were of to Black Point on Monday for a little fun in a local Bahamian town. We should have stirring NE wind for the next few days then should then to the SE and SW for our sail south to Georgetown.


15 April 2015
Tonight Jim and Linda on s/v Double Trouble made a delicious lobster pizza. We had great fun sipping rum and talking about their adventures in the Caribbean. I am amazed they have taken their 30 foot Chrysler to Grenada and back. Tomorrow they'll stay the last part of their trip back to Florida.
Vessel Name: Gypsy Wife
Vessel Make/Model: Morgan-Catalina Classic 41 1989
Hailing Port: Annapolis, MD
Crew: Capt. Bob Starbird & Terry Thielen
China Rose Float Plan - QUAFIX 406 PLB ID 2DCE57721AFFBFF, MMSI #: 338170399 Columbia 36, slope rig, black hull #327, built 1970, MD 5202 N, 29hp Yanmar, VHF Avon 10, hard bottom raft, gray hull, built 1992, MD 3961 H, 15hp Honda Capt. Robert Starbird, 202.288.3490, rstarbird at yahoo. [...]
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