Seahawk Flies to Naples, FL

The crew of Last Dance will sail her from her home port of Pirates Cove (near Gulf Shores, AL) to the Exumas in the Bahamas and return, January-April 2008.

31 May 2017 | The Wizard of Id aka Retired Commander Ray- not really!
30 May 2017 | The Seahawk crew minus Roger, the photographer
27 May 2017 | Chihuly Glass- St Petersburg, FL, Exhibition
27 May 2017 | Perdido Bay Homeport
27 May 2017 | Bluewater Bay Marina Sunset
27 May 2017 | Cooks Only Restaurant- Panama City Marina
27 May 2017 | Catholic Church, Boca Grande, FL
27 May 2017 | Clearwater Beach Fading in the Distance
29 April 2017 | Seahawk in her Clearwater Beach Marina Perch
29 April 2017 | Sunset at Galati's, Holmes Beach
29 April 2017 | Gasparilla Marina, Placida, FL
29 April 2017 | Temporary Anchorage- Overheating, Uncle Henry's Marina Channel
29 April 2017 | Banyan Tree Archway, Boca Grande, Gasparilla Island
28 April 2017 | Houseboat Bar along ICW near San Carlos bay
28 April 2017 | Caloosahatchee River near Ft Mayers
28 April 2017 | Garden at Palm Cottage, Naples, FL
28 April 2017 | Palm Cottage, Naples, FL
28 April 2017 | Naples Pier
21 April 2017 | Sara's Favorite, Edison Estate, Ft Myers, FL
21 April 2017 | Edison's Summer Home, FT Myers, FL

Ho Hum, Another Day in Paradise

21 April 2017 | Edison's Summer Home, FT Myers, FL
Monday, April 17th

The run from Venice to Ft. Myers was a long slog, but was uneventful. It was just another beautiful day on the water. That being so, this seems like a good opportunity to tell you about our screens.
It all started as a result of the rough passage from Apalachicola to Clearwater. The guys decided that Seahawk was not riding level and wondered whether there was water in the buoyancy tank in the starboard ama. To check the tank Gerry had to take everything out of the hanging locker situated over the tank. Among the many things stored in that locker are the screens and Isenglass curtains bought with the boat. The seller didn't show us how to attach them and we didn't ask. We're smart people, right? Jean decided that since they were pulled out and she didn't have anything better to do while the guys dewatered the buoyancy tank, she would put up the screen curtains.
The screens have three types of attachment to the boat and to each other: slides, snaps, and zippers. The first three pieces attach to the boat with slides at the top and snaps on the edges, and the center back piece ends also wrap around two of the hard bimini supports and zip to itself. You would be surprised to learn how long it took us to figure out the zippers. Gerry figured out the "zips to itself" configuration and then it began to make some sense. The two pieces adjoining the forward side screens attach top and bottom with snaps. The forward edge zips to the aft edge of the forward side screen and the aft edge wraps around a bimini support and zips to itself. On the back edge of the side curtains there is an additional half zipper and there is a half zipper just like it on the center panel. The passageway pieces snap to the boat at the top and zip to the panels zipped to the supports at the back and on each side. Jean zipped the outer zippers but could not get the inside zippers to join, much less zip. Roger came to help but he could not join the zippers either. Then, with superior analysis of the problem, he unzipped the sides which were zipped, zipped the sides we previously could not zip and, voila, the remaining sides joined and zipped without problem. It is not for us to wonder why that is so, that's just the way it is. - JGR
Vessel Name: Seahawk
Vessel Make/Model: Gemini 105 Mc
Hailing Port: Lillian, AL
Crew: Jean and Gerry; Sara and Roger
After professional careers in Louisiana, Jean and Gerry retired to build their dream home on the water and pursue a long-held dream of sailing to the islands in the winter and to Nova Scotia in the summer. Sara and Roger both retired from Louisiana State University (Go Tigers!). [...]
Extra: Seahawk is moored in picturesque Perdido Bay near the community of Lillian, AL. The foursome previously co-owned Last Dance, a Beneteau Oceanis 321 which they sailed to the Exumas of the Bahamas in 2008. That cruise lasted 3 months and covered 2000 nm.
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