13 December 2015 | Simpson Bay Marina
02 February 2013
09 October 2012 | Annapolis, Maryland
04 December 2011 | Indianapolis, Indiana
22 November 2010 | Indianapolis, Indiana
16 May 2010 | Lockwood Boat Works, South Amboy, NJ
08 May 2010 | Hamilton, Bermuda
11 April 2010 | Simpson Bay Marina, Simpson Bay Lagoon, St. Maarten
04 April 2010 | Simpson Bay Marina, Simpson Bay Lagoon, St. Maarten
03 April 2010 | Simpson Bay Marina, Simpson Bay Lagoon, St. Maarten
31 March 2010 | Simpson Bay Marina, Simpson Bay Lagoon, St. Maarten
05 March 2010 | Les Saintes, South of Guadeloupe
05 February 2010 | Simpson Bay Marina, St. Maarten
31 January 2010 | Grand Case, St. Maarten
24 January 2010 | Simpson Bay Marina, Simpson Bay Lagoon, St. Maarten
17 January 2010 | Simpson Bay Marina, Simpson Bay Lagoon, St. Maarten
11 January 2010 | Phillipsburg & Simpson Bay Lagoon
07 January 2010 | Simpson Bay Marina
03 January 2010 | Gustavia, St. Barths
29 December 2009 | St. Martin, Simpson Bay Lagoon

Catching Up In St. Maarten

13 December 2015 | Simpson Bay Marina
Kurt Flock / Sunny Skies & Fair Winds
For some odd reason, I stopped blogging. Perhaps too busy. Perhaps too distracted. I don't know. But Myananda has long since left South Amboy, New Jersey. Many, many miles have passed under her hull since then. I'll do some catch up and back filling as time permits, but for now, I want simply to re-establish this log, so at present, I'm aboard with Kate and Sophie, and we are in slip C-16 at the Simpson Bay Marina in Simpson Bay Lagoon on St. Maarten. Kate's been here a week now. I've been here three. I flew down in advance to splash Myananda after she spent this past hurricane season on the hard in Jolly Harbour, Antigua. Myananda is in great shape. We replaced all of the standing rigging earlier this year at FKG in Simpson Bay. That was many, many boat units, and we may have done so a bit early, but we had an issue with the center vertical plate on the bow furling/anchor assembly separating at the main weld joint, so we had no choice but to bite the bullet and dismantle the rigging to fix that. We opted to go ahead and replace the rigging which we just had inspected, and which was in good to serviceable condition. At any rate, here we are now, in good sailing shape, and with this test post, I will begin our blog anew!

South With The Salty Dawgs

02 February 2013
Kurt Flock
I should be keel hauled for sailing Myananda 2,000 miles or so from South Amboy, New Jersey to the British Virgin Islands and then on to St. Barth and St. Martin without adding a single post to this blog. I don't have much of an excuse except to say I was a bit busy and preoccupied with the logistics of getting her back to the Caribbean. Last July or so, it was becoming apparent she would spend a third winter in New Jersey if I didn't get her in the water and head south. It was a good decision to splash, because Hurricane Sandy ripped through New York and New Jersey just three weeks or so after I got the hell out of there. Lockwood Boat Works, the yard where I left Myananda, was hit hard by Sandy. I learned that water was up to the second floor in their welding shop and that boats in low lying areas sustained heavy damage. Luckily, I road Sandy out on the boat moored on a dock along Back Creek at Bert Jabins Yacht Yard in Annapolis.

Red Fehrle, Sue Humphrey, and Dennis Ryerson helped me move Myananda from South Amboy to Annapolis. We left Raritan Bay south of New York and sailed south along the New Jersey coast to Delaware Bay. We opted to sail up the bay on a favorable tide and take the Delaware-Chesapeake Canal to the upper Chesapeake Bay. The trip took us roughly two days, and we had a blast. We transited the canal at night, which was an amazing experience. I think we motored under three or four bridges, each of which appeared to be too low for us to get under, but we made it. The optics of that, especially at night, are just crazy.

We arrived in Annapolis in time for the 2012 Sailboat Show. I had arranged a slip for the month of October at Jabin's, and that's where we kept Myanada during the sailboat show. (more to come)

Splash & Dash

09 October 2012 | Annapolis, Maryland
Kurt Flock / Fine
After sitting two long years on the hard, I suspect Myananda felt forgotten and neglected. No longer! We launched her at Lockwood Boat Works in South Amboy, New Jersey the last week of September in preparation for her return voyage to the Caribbean this winter. After dealing with some typical too-long-out-of-water stuff, Myananda cleared two draw bridges to enter Raritan Bay 17 miles south of Brooklyn, NY. She showed some reluctance by resisting our efforts to deploy the in-mast furling, but after a trip up the mast in a boson's chair to sort that out, she relented, and away we went departing for Annapolis finally at around 10:00 a.m. Dennis Ryerson, Red Fehrle, and Suzan Humphrey accompanied me on the two day voyage. We took a route up Delaware Bay and through the Delaware Chesapeake Canal that was terrific and interesting. We transited the canal at night ghosting under bridges that seemed in the darkness too low to get beneath, but all went well. We dropped anchor in the upper Chesapeake to catch some rest before proceeding to Jabin's Marina in Annapolis. It was a great trip with a great crew. I returned to Indianapolis after spending several days at the Annapolis Sailboat Show and working on boat projects during our spare time. In just three short weeks, Kate and I will return to Myananda to pre her for sailing in this year's Caribbean 1500. Crew and preparations are coming together nicely. Here's one photo I took from the bow of Myanada showing a misting morning breaking on the upper Chesapeake. Moments like this are why we sail!


04 December 2011 | Indianapolis, Indiana
Kurt Flock, Dreary Winter Weather
No sailor should have to go this long between outings. I never expected when I put Myananda on the hard in June 2010 at Lockwood Boat Works in South Amboy, New Jersey that she would still be resting in jack stands November 2011. Despite the lousy economy and depressed real estate market, our business conspired to keep us too busy to splash Myananda. There's few things worse on a boat than lack of use, so I headed to South Amboy in October to check on her and tend to a few things to keep her happier through another forlorn winter aground.

I was fortunate to have a good helper along, Aaron Williams, who spent his week long break from law school helping prep Myananda for better times. We quickly fell into the typical boat maintenance rhythm, putting grinders, sanders, and polishing equipment and supplies to use. Our main focus was removing months of bird crap from the topsides and prepping the bottom for a fresh coat of anti-fouling paint. Even though the boat was covered with a winter canvas, birds found openings and left quite a mess to clean up. It took literally days for us to get the bottom in proper shape for new paint. I decided to remove all the barnacle build-up so I could and polish the brass fittings for a fresh coat of primer and paint.

And then there was the electrical system. The batteries were pretty much shot, so we took things apart in preparation for installing a new set of Gel Cells before we set sail again. All in all, the boat was in surprisingly good shape for having been left high and dry for so long. We got a good coat of Micron paint on the bottom, and left her clean and buttoned up well for the winter.

I watched with dismay as the Caribbean 1500 left Virginia this Fall without me, but I took solace in knowing we'll splash the boat for sure next Spring and explore the northeast coast before taking her south again next year.

Wasting Away In Indy Land

22 November 2010 | Indianapolis, Indiana
Kurt Flock, cloudy, dreary, fall
[Photo above was taken in August when I traveled to Ontario with three friends (including Tom Spencer who starred with a broken rib in one of our 2009 Caribbean 1500 posts! The fishing was awesome!)

Well, I'd much prefer to be writing this from the hammock slung between Myananda's forestay and mast, but alas, I'm no where near that configuration. Instead, I'm at my desk, in my office in Indianapolis dreading the list of things I need to get done today. No, I won't be installing a new impeller or re-bedding my chain plates. I'll be calling clients for price reductions and talking with them about why their home hasn't sold yet.

Last year about this time, we were bobbing happily in an idyllic cove somewhere in the BVI's having just arrived with the Caribbean 1500. This year, we had to participate vicariously by watching our friends boat icons progress toward the islands on some Google Earth rendition of a sea map. Oh well.

Myananda is presently winterized and on the hard in New Jersey. Kate and I spent three solid days removing our kit from the boat, cleaning heads, disconnecting and blowing out pumps, and pumping 25 gallons of the pink stuff through all of our water lines. It was a huge project, and one that I would not have gotten finished without some able assistance from a very capable Lockwood Boat Yard worker.

So no sailing entries from this author for a few months. Plan is to splash Myananda next April or May and do some sailing in the Newport, RI and Maine areas, perhaps pushing our way up Long Island Sound. In the meantime, we wish everyone the best for a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year!

Myananda's In New Jersey!

16 May 2010 | Lockwood Boat Works, South Amboy, NJ
kurt flock / warm, breezy, hazy
[The above photo shows Myananda stuck in the mud of Cheesequake Creek near Lockwood Boat Works 17 nautical miles south of Brooklyn.]

[New Gallery Post - Myananda's In New Jersey! - 5/16/10)

It's 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning, and I just finished coffee and breakfast aboard Myananda. I am alone on the boat, and all is quiet. Myananda and I are moored safely at the Lockwood Boat Works marina just up Cheesequake Creek off Raritan Bay 17 nautical miles from Brooklyn, NY. This is NOT where I planned to be, but this is where winds and circumstances lead me (more about that later). The folks here are friendly, and this will be Myanada's new home for the next month or two.

I arrived here Friday around 1:30 p.m. after dropping Norm off at the Mansion Marina in Great Kills Bay. Norm's mother developed a life threatening blood clot, and we diverted to New York from our planned Newport, Rhode Island destination so he could disembark and get to the hospital soon as possible. This diversion to NY likely would have been made regardless, because our sail to Newport had been made very difficult by uncooperative winds.

Lockwood Boatworks has been in operation for over 75 years. It's a family run business with over 12 brothers and sister running the place. It's built up a creek on land that was previously a swamp. They have to dredge the channel to maintain access to the marina, and you have to go under two drawbridges (one highway, and one railroad) to get to the place. And if you draw six feet like we do, you need to do this during high tide.

Well we missed the 11:00 a.m. draw bridge opening, so we had to hang out in Raritan Bay until the noon opening and make a run for it up the creek. I didn't think we were going to make it to even the first draw bridge,as I watched the depth meter drop to 5.9'. I know I plowed a furrow across the muddy creek bottom getting up to the bridge, but at least the channel depth climbed back up to 12' or so. After scooting under the highway draw bridge, we had to radio in a request for the railroad to open it's drawbridge, which looked like a relic of 18th Century engineering. The distance between the highway bridge and the railroad bridge is only a couple hundred yards, and the railroad guys were taking their sweet time about opening the bridge for me, so I found myself playing an interesting game of trying to hold Myananda in place against the creek waters running an outbound tide and headwinds wanting Myananda to turn around and head back to Raritan Bay. This went on for a half hour until the railroad guys finally raised the damned bridge, and I scooted on up the creek.

Mary Ann at Lockwood emailed me instructions for getting to their marina, and I had one hand on Myananda's helm and the other on my trusty iPhone, which had the emailed instructions on display. Mary Ann warned me that I might make it to their facility if I hit the bridge openings during mid tide, but my luck was about to run out. As I made the last turn off Cheesequake Creek toward the Lockwood Yard, my depth meter dropped to 6.0', then 5.9', then 5.6', and with what seemed like a sigh of relief, Myananda came gently to a stop with her keel buried in the soft New Jersey mud. What an ignominious ending to two long weeks of open ocean sailing. I'd run aground!

So there I sat with Red and Suzan, staring at a finger dock about eight feet off our starboard rail. Red and Suzan had volunteered to hang with me after Norm left to help me get Myananda to Lockwood. Now they were tantalizingly close to a dock that would lead them to a cab and then an airport and then to home. So we tossed over a dock line over a dock cleat and horsed Myananda close enough for Red to jump off and secure a couple mooring lines. There were mostly for appearance, because we were as stuck in the mud as a hair in a biscuit. At least we were on terra firma again.

After helping me secure Myananda to the finger docks and tidy things up around the boat, Red and Suzan disembarked with their gear and headed home. These guys were were absolutely delightful company during our voyage, and I already miss their company. This was their second time sailing aboard Myananda. They helped me deliver Myananda from Annapolis to Hampton, Virginia last fall as we prepared to depart with the Caribbean 1500 fleet. That was a short overnight sail, but I sensed then they would make excellent sailing companions, so I invited them to fly to St. Maarten and sail Myanada back with me to the states.

We'd departed St. Maarten Saturday, May 1st at approximately 10:30 a.m. We arrived in New Jersey exactly two weeks later following the traditional and popular 65th longitude north to Bermuda. That portion of the sail was largely uneventful. We had wonderfully easterlies for much of the time; however they died out half way to Bermuda, and we found ourselves motoring for three days through a classic Bermuda high that would have becalmed us save our iron jenny.

The sail from Bermuda to Newport was another matter altogether, but I'll save a full description for another time, as I've too much to do today to write much longer. So for the moment, let's leave it that the winds and weather were very, very uncooperative, seemingly always on our nose and shifting back and forth from NW to NE as the lows and highs crossed over the north Atlantic. We zig zagged our way on what looked like a drunken sailor's course from Bermuda toward New England. For a while we decided to head for the Blue Water Yachting Center at Hampton, Virginia near the mouth of the Chesapeake. As that became untenable, we considered Delaware Bay, further up the coast, but there's really not much there, so we pointed toward Newport. At one point we were dodging squalls and found ourselves surfing quartering seas running 10' to 15' with winds gusting up to 50 knots. We sailed with a double reef in our Yankee. That was it. At least this was during daylight. At times our SOG (speed over ground) hit close to 10 knots! Talk about frisky sailing!

Anyway, I think everyone was ready to pack it in when we finally reached New York. It would have taken probably another half day to get to Newport, so all in all, everyone was happy to make landfall at Great Kills Harbor near NYC.

I have a thousand things to do to prepare Myanada for her haul out tomorrow. She's in desperate need of bottom job. I don't know exactly when her bottom was painted last, but we had it cleaned several times down island, and the old paint has lost it's ability to prevent the growth of barnacles and that nasty, furry stuff that looks like a slimy green fur coat. She'll be happy to be out of the water getting spiffed and prepped for her next adventure. There are several maintenance and repair items that need attention, so I'm focusing on getting her cleaned up and dried out before I head back to Indy to my wife, my dog, and my (gulp?) business.

I'll find time to upload more photos as well as descriptions of some of the more exciting and interesting moments of our voyage. I did manage to shoot some video as we sailed through that 50 knot squall and its high seas, so stay tuned!
Vessel Name: Myananda
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 456 Center Cockpit
Hailing Port: Indianapolis, IN
Crew: Kurt, Kate & Sophie Flock
Kurt & Kate Flock live in Indianapolis, IN where they've owned & operated a small real estate company for nearly 25 years - Flock Real Estate Group. [...]
Kurt & Kate kept an Island Packet 38 in the Caribbean for 8 years during which time they sailed extensively thru the island chains as far south as Trinidad with their two 4-legged kids, Isah & Sophie. Sophie will join them in their new adventures aboard Myananda & Isah will be with them forever in [...]
Myananda's Photos - The Greening of Myananda
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For some reason, our new OutBack FX charger/inverter went on the fritz. We spent over an hour on the phone with tech support at OutBack troubleshooting. For some reason, the unit was passing 120 volts through to our panel, but it was not charging or invertine our power. We tried every kind of reset possible, including setting the control panel back to the factory defaults, but no luck. The folks at OutBack were outstanding, and they ended up sending me three new circuit boards and a brand new contoller so I could rebuild the system. Jim at OutBack said "ordinarily we don
The new OutBack replacement parts arrived, so I tore into the unit eager to get it up and working. It looks more complicated than it is. There are really just three main circuit boards in the unit, and if you are careful and read the instructions, changing out the elctronics is fairly simple.
When you own a boat, you are forced up one steep learning curve after another. Kate took this photo so she could remember me if I blew the place up.
You gotta admit, it looks very much like I
This is a shot of the life lines connecting the gate to the push pit or rear stainless rails. We decided to replace the lifelines with stainless steel to better secure the aft deck and create space for installing solar panels on each side of the boat.
A worker holds a piece of cardboard to sheild the welder from wind and to confine welding sparks that may fly from the boat. New sections of stainless railing are being welded in place.
To connect new rails to the existing stern stainless, FKG first had to cut out the curved section of the existing configuration. Note the difference in the forward section to that on the port (far) side of the boat.
Ronell with FKG Rigging is setting up to weld new rails between the gate and stern railings.
The new rail sections are taking shape. Note also the 84" horizontal bar installed across the rear davits. This will provide a mounting point for the three new Kyocera 85 watt solar panels.
The weld points are visible where the new railing was joined to the old. These welds will be ground, sanded, and once polished will be invisible.
This is the sort of thing that will keep you up at night wondering. We took down a head liner in the galley to access the anchor control and chain meter as the lithium battery soldered on the circuit board of the meter needed replacing. We discovered a screw for a port hatch clip was screwed directly into a wire. Luckily it was speaker wire rather than part of the 120 volt electrical system.
A neighbor said "It looks like Christmas over there" as we opened boxes of new equipment to be installed on Myananda.
Kate has foam and starboard and contact cement all over the dock at FKG Rigging. This was one of those projects that had me shaking my head. Of course it started to rain while the contact cement was setting up, but Kate finally managed to get the cushions organized and off to the sail loft for reupholstering.
Kate applies contact cement to join pieces of starboard and foam as she "customizes" our throw cushions. The starboard was used to stiffen the foam and provide a more back support. Geesh!
Another piece of smaller tubing was sleeved inside the larger 1" tubing to strengthen the weld.
We purchased our new Kyocera solar panels and D400 wind generator from Island Water World. A driver unloads the new equipment at FKG Rigging
We hired Maintech to perform a little gel coat repair on the boat. A worker prepares a West System mix that produced a reasonably close color match.
The mounting system for the solar panels consists of two 14" risers and an 84" sectioin of 1" 316 stainless  tubing supported by struts.
We hired Ernst Looser of North Sails to fabricate a custom deck cover for Myanda. It performs two functions: it shades the boat, but more important, it enables us to keep our forward hatches open at night to catch the breeze without having to pop up to close hatches every time it rains. Rain clouds pass overhead frequently at night, so this was a quality of life enhancement.
Aligning the pole was a two man job. Installing the pole with the 30+ pound generator attached was a four man job. Norm and I attached the generator to the pole, ran the wires, and assisted with this phase of the installation.
Once the pole was in proper position, Alan drilled holes for the bolts that would secure it to the boat. A larger hole was drilled in the center so wires can pass through the transom. A strong, stainless backing plate was bolted on inside to strengthen during final assembly.
Ronell and Alan  position the new wind generator pole for installation on the transom. Properly aligning the angled base and keeping the pole on a vertical axis in all directions while the boat bobbed about was challenging. Untimately you eyeball it and say "go for it".
Ronell of FKG Rigging sands the welds with 400 grit paper prior to final polishing. Their work was flawless.
There were a couple issues with how our boom was rigged, so we had Shag of FKG Rigging make some alterations. The boom sheet attachment point was too far forward causing the boom sheets to chafe on the bimini when close hauled. Also, the preventer system was poorly designed, so we added a boom bale and installed a new swiveling attachment point and self-storing preventer attachment line. It
David (right) and an assitant work on installing new sliders that hold cockpit coaming compartment covers in place. One of the covers broke, and we discovered the original tracks were installed in a way that precluded easy replacement, so we redesigned the system and had Maintec fabricate and install the new panels and tracks.
The tails of the cover attach to the cap shrouds via lines sewn into the cover.
The new cover has seven attachment points that allow it to be drawn taut into its streamlined shape. Sides were cut to allow easy access to the forward deck.
We took Norm to dinner at Bamboo Bernie
Another view of the restaurant bar from outside.
The neon lights of the Riviera Hotel give downtown Maho a Las Vegas feel.
A view of the new cockpit coaming compartment sliders. It doesn
The Admiral issues final orders as Norm and I prepare for another sortie to Budget Marine or Island Water World for materials needed to continue our work. The trips were endless, and boat units were sucked from my wallet like crazy. Myananda is moored to FKG
Norm checks the welding job before diving into the work of installing Myananda
Ronell gives a careful eye to his grinding and polishing work. Note the new solar panels in the background!
Shading compromises the function of solar panels, and some shading on a boat is inevitable. We
The final result or Kate
We recently added colored zip ties to our anchor rode to mark depth. Our Lighthouse windless meter is a useful tool when it
Norm Harlow joins Kate and I for cocktails, hors d
Ronell prepares to lay a bead of 3M 4200 on the backing plate as we prepare to install the completed wind generator and pole assembly on Myananda. The large hole in the middle of the base will allow the #6 copper wiring to pass through the hull from the  generator.
It looks like we
Closer view of the mounts fabricated by FKG Rigging in St. Maarten. They are made of a really hard plastic resin that can be cut and machine tooled just like metal. They are strong, durable, and won
Our new Eccletic Energy D400 wind generator sits atop the new 2" stainless pole fabricated on St. Maarten by FKG Rigging. Those guys did an outstanding job! We expect the addition of the solar and wind generating systems will enable us to go for days without running our engine or Fisher Panda generator. Going green will enable us to save time and money for fuel, filters, and diesel maintenance work ... hopefully!
We mounted two 130 watt Kyocera solar panels on the new aft stainless side rails. They are designed to tilt or swivel up and down on the top rail. Though it would be nice if they could also tilt toward the sun like the rear panels, that would require significantly more engineering work and boat bucks. We
Closer view of the Kyocera 130 watt side solar panel that pivots on the tope side rail.
We rearranged and improved our boom rigging by adding an outboard bale. This will be useful when we retrieve unconscious crew members knocked overboard during accidental jibes and what not. We also moved the main sheet becket and block aft about eight inches and installed a new swiveling becket to secure a self-storing boom preventer line.
Shot of our new D400 wind generator. We haven
With as much solar power as we put on the boat, we joked about changing our Australian propane grill to a simple, electric model!  Not!
The highly polished stainless of our new assembly gleams in the early morning sun.
Numerous folks at the marina have stopped to examine and admire our new installations.
We had to run some large #6 tinned copper wire from the solar panels to the controller below deck, so we used these Blue Sea thru-deck fittings. Rubber gaskets will be fitted to provide a nice, water tight penetratioin.
Our wind generator control is installed in a custom water tight box below deck in the aft starboard lazerette. "BREAK" is misspelled. It should be "BRAKE", which is a position that prevents the generator from spinning at high speeds.
FKG Rigging provided the slick custom mounts for our rear solar panels. We used two on each 85 watt panel. They cost $56 a pair and were a simple mounting solution for the installation we envisioned. They are friction clamps that allow the panels to be tilted. They can also be tightened permanently into position. We may add a stabilizing strut on each side to really secure the panels while we are underway.
Another view of our new fore deck cover fabricated by North Sails. Ernst Looser came on the boat, took a few measurements, and came back a few days later with a piece of canvas that fit perfectly!
A line on the top of the cover is provided for attachment to the stay sail halyard to provide another lift and tensioning point.
Our much awaited cockpit screens finally arrived from Quantum Sails on Tortolla in the British Virgin Islands. Our cruising buddies Charlie and Jeannie who sailed their Catalina 47, Lady, in the Carribbean 1500 brought them over to St. Maarten and saved us the cost of shipping. They
While we are at the marina or anchoring out, we
The OutBack FX is reinstalled under our aft stateroom berth. We increased ventilation of the battery compartment by installing a new 4" pancake fan (upper left) and cutting holes into the compartment dividers to increase air flow and circulation. The fan is ducted to our aft starboard lazerette so we are not putting heat back into living quarters.
We installed our new OutBack FLEXmax 60 charge controller and HUB4 communication interface in a small space under our stateroom berth. The breakers and connections for the solar array were installed in the same location. Access is easy and convenient if the components require servicing.
Each solar array has it