S/V Sally Ann

Just getting on this blog, be patient.

05 May 2011 | Scopus, Mo
25 April 2011 | Scopus, MO
11 April 2011 | Port O'Connor, TX
05 March 2011 | Port O'Connor, TX
24 February 2011 | Port O'Connor, TX
22 February 2011 | Port O
21 February 2011 | Port O
18 February 2011 | Port O
18 February 2011 | Port O

Update

05 May 2011 | Scopus, Mo
Larry
Well, I made it all the way to Mo without a problem and "only" spent $350 on gas. I left Victoria Thursday Eve ( April 21 ) and fought my way through Houston around 10 pm. I forgot we were coming into Easter weekend. Some heavy weather in north AR made me tie up for a night at a Wal-Mart in Pocahontas, AR. It has been wet and cold almost everyday since I got here at my daughter's place in south-east MO.

Tuesday morning I got up feeling poorly, shorter of breath than usual and hurting in my upper chest. By noon,after staying rolled in the blankets to try to get warm and not improving I figured I had better do something. People with COPD don't fare too well when it comes to pneumonia so I called my daughter at work and she gave me a ride down to the VA hospital in Poplar Bluff, MO. They shot me up on morphine which dropped my BP to the cellar and passed me off to the big hospital In Cape Girardeau, MO when they found they couldn't get my pressure back up. After a couple days in the mad house they called ICU and lots of chemicals pumped into my veins they let me go home. But not without a script for even more chemicals, $270 for 7 pills to continue their antibiotic treatment for my slight case of pneumonia. The only silver lining so far is the fact that by going to VA first they are paying for the hospital stay including the 80 mile ambulance ride.

I was beginning to think that leaving the warm dry climate of south Texas was not such a good idea and then came the storms, tornadoes and floods. Right now would not be a good time to be going upstream on any of the rivers or waterways in this part of the country. It could very well be a month or better before the waters recede enough to make travel safe.

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Trip postponed.

25 April 2011 | Scopus, MO
Sally Ann finally made it back to the water on Tuesday the 12th. Lee helped me step the mast, it took us a couple hours as we took our time to make no mistakes. It is only my third time and Lee's first. He did help me take it down a month ago so he wasn't entirely lost. We got her off the trailer and motored east two miles to Clarks and tied up there. His wife picked us up and took us back to the motorhome so I could take it back to the park.

I spent the night on the boat since it was too late in the day to go out, the next morning Lee came by, we had planned to start and test the jet drive but all the rocking and rolling all night from the traffic on the ICW had my about half sea-sick. Lee gave me a ride to my motorhome and I layed down untill noon. His wife gave me a ride back to the boat. Another day lost but I did feel better.

Lee came back by the boat early Thursday and we had coffee and I decided to go for it. We started the pump on the thruster and had to prime it with it running to get the flow going. At just above idle it was rolling the water aft of the jets somewhat. He reved it up and I raised the jets to the surface they started sucking air and blowing a long stream of bubbles. We couldn't do a preformance test right then but from my preliminary estimates I'd say it will put out a good deal of thrust. I hope to get a chance to thoroughly test it soon.

I motored west on the ICW and turned into Esprito Bay. The wind was just coming up big time and I motored straight into 25kts and two foot swells all the way across to Matagordo Island and Army Hole ( the old airbase). My best speed on the ICW was 5.3 kts but out on the bay I was slowed to less the 3 by the waves and the wind. It took three and a half hours to make the 10 nm out here.

Friday and Saturday the wind howled out of the north and north-east gusting to 30 kts at times. I had 6 lines on the boat and wondered if the cleats were going to hold. I am tied up to the old dock here, it is well protected from the wave action but we still rocked and jerked all night. The wind was calm this morning but is back up out of the south-east now. I am hoping to get out of here early in the morning tomorrow if the wind is calm again at daybreak. Maybe if I get off this bay the winds won't be quite so bad.

I don't have any internet service out here so I'll have to wait and post later,

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4-25

I finally got out of the dock at Matagordo Is. on Wednesday morning the 20th, the wind was down to 10 kt at sunup and made it almost to the Victoria barge channel when my outboard quit. I was making about 5 kts and wishing I had the jib up. When the engine quit I was bucking a 25 kt left crosswind and it blew me right into the spoil area at the west edge of the channel. There was a barge right behind me and his wake plus the wind pushed me even farther into the mud.

Luckily Bruce on his house boat "Miss Madeline" had left the island dock about an hour behind me going the same direction. He pulled me out of the mud and as I still couldn't get the outboard to run he towed me back to Charlie's Bait Camp where there is a launch ramp. From there I called Lee and he brought my motorhome and trailer down to the ramp. We upstepped the mast and loaded her out.

After enduring the high winds for a week and then have that compounded by even more problems I decided to give up the trip plan for now and haul on up to Mo so I could take care of the VA medical stuff I have been putting off all winter. I also have some estate business in Illinois that I should be tending to.

I'll stay here at my daughter's place long enough to get my VA stuff done then go visit my sister in Lincoln, IL. She had a sailboat when she lived in San Diego years ago and I am sure she would just love to go sailing on one of the lakes in central IL.

I am hoping to continue my planned trip by putting in on Lake Michigan when the weather settles down in a month or two. Untill then I'll get some sailing experience by cruising a few of the nice lakes in Mo and IL.

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Almost ready.

11 April 2011 | Port O'Connor, TX
Larry
Back again. I have spent the last five weeks getting everything ship-shape, all the little projects done and one big one finished after six months.

The big project started back in September when I did the first CAD drawings. I went on Google patent search and looked for prior art. I have found that to be a good second step, keeps me from wasting time on something that won't work. A hair-brained idea isn't too far out there if somebody patented the concept years ago. It took a lot of head scratching and parts searching but I finally got it completed a week ago. I call it a water-jet drive or thruster for want of a better name. Now for the testing.

The plan now is to launch tomorrow (April 12) and check everyting out. I have loaded provisions enough for six weeks and 30 gallons of fresh water. My new pressure water system worked great. The wind has been howling for the last month, small craft warnings almost every day but I think that is past us now and I should get some good southeast breezes.

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Maiden Voyage

05 March 2011 | Port O'Connor, TX
Larry

I finally got Sally Ann in the water and she didn't sink, the bilge stayed nice and dry. David and Karen from the RV park helped step the mast and get her off the trailer. We hanked on both sails but ended up only raising the jib. We motored up the ICW straight into a cool northeast wind and out into Matagorda Bay for a little ways then turned around and raised the jib. The wind was too light so we motor sailed back to the marina and docked.

The next day, Thursday, I went back to the boat and fixed a few things that we found wrong on the shakedown. I worked on the outboard until I though I had it idling smooth enough that it wouldn't quit every time I closed the throttle. I checked out my laptop/gps/chart plotter and the depth finder, both working good. I found after dark that the anchor light was not working, have to take the mast back down anyway so I'll fix it then. I used a cheap 25 ft dock line from walmart to make a jib fence so I can drop the jib single-handed without having to go forward to keep it aboard.

Friday morning the neighbor across the road from me went with me to help load her back on the trailer. We started from the marina just as the morning fog was lifting and had a nice casual ride as we motored the two miles down the ICW to the boat ramp. When we turned into the boat ramp area the motor quit again (still don’t have it right) and we had all kinds of fun getting docked. After having to load the boat twice to get it straight on the trailer, we unstepped the mast and I brought her on home to the park.

A cold front roared through here this morning with 35K gusts, I'm glad I had her home on solid ground.

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Bottom paint

24 February 2011 | Port O'Connor, TX
Larry

Painting almost done, all I have to do is roll her forward and paint 16 little bare spots and touch up around the keel.

I had to do a patch job on the rudder, the PO said he motored into a shallow spot and the rudder kicked up into the prop and the prop was hungry. I mixed up some fiberglass jellied resin stuff from Wal-Mart and layed it out on wax paper, added some fiberglass cloth for strength and slapped it in place using the wax paper to shape it the way I wanted it. When it is almost set take the paper off.

I sanded all the old hull patches, thought about redoing them and decided not to, they held up this long, don't fix it if it ain't broke. Whoever did the old patches didn't sand them very good and didn't prime them either. I am firm believer in using primer. I did have reservations about using primer under the bottom paint so I did the rudder first and painted it. After drying overnight the paint was still looking good so I primed the rest of the patches. When in doubt do a small spot first so you don't have to redo the whole thing if it doesn't work.

I think it came out really nice, Sally Ann will be the prettiest girl at the ball --- or the ICW.

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Ready to paint, finally.

22 February 2011 | Port O
Larry
I finally finished the sanding today, what a job. Dirty, nasty, the sanding dust was terrible even with a face mask on. I have a roller trailer so I did all I could get to then used a come-along to winch her back about a foot so that I could do the rest. I'll paint what I can tomorrow and when the paint dries I'll roll her back forward and do the bare spots.

I motored the land yacht down here to Port O'Connor a week ago Monday and have been polishing, waxing and sanding ever since. The weather has been great for working outside. The ICW is about a half mile from this RV park and I can hear the commercial boats going out early in the morning.

I sure hope I can get her in the water in another week or two. The winds have been good for a short trip down the ditch to the Corpus Christi area. That would be a nice 'maiden voyage'.

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Vessel Name: Sally Ann
Vessel Make/Model: !977 Chrysler C-22 Fixed Keel
Hailing Port: Port O'Connor, TX
Crew: Just me
About: Maybe I can con somebody into going along.
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Who: Just me
Port: Port O'Connor, TX