Moved Back To Canal Dock
07 September 2016
Well, we gave the Burnt Store Marina a 3 week tryout and decided to return to the canal dock behind nice couple of 80+ yrs old. The marina negatives were: bird poop, ramp beside head of dock and most pass our boat at ramming speed (not no wake speed), not much parking, long dock to walk down, mostly pilings, not very friendly staff at office, much further time/distance from home, much more expensive, etc. The only negative at the canal dock is can't go/return at low tide.
Moved To Burnt Store Marina
08 August 2016
Well, the rented canal dock in Port Charlotte did not work out because we could not get out anywhere near low tide, so limited sailing etc mucho. Plus it is such a long trip to the gulf. So moved to Burnt Store Marina to a floating metal dock with 6 ft MLW depth and much closer to the Boca Grande Pass to the Gulf (10 miles vs 23 miles from other location). Takes about 25 min car drive to go the 21 miles from home. Wifelife galore around this marina...two sets of Ospreys, pelicans, great blue and white herons, dolphins, alligators, seagulls, and all types of fish. It is interesting to see what fish guys are cleaning at the SS fish cleaning station at the end of the dock.....Cobia, Red Snapper, Trout, Grouper, and in season can also be Redfish and Snook. They have live entertainment every day or nite at the Patio Bar at the restaurant overlooking the marina.a
Equipped For Serious Cruising
13 July 2016
Info for sailors interested in how this boat was amazingly equipped by two previous owners who had visions of serious cruising:
* Two 80w Sharp PV solar panels with Xantrax Freedom inverter/charger
* 2013 Achilles LS2R (hold 540 lbs) inflatable dinghy with 2013 Honda 2.3 Hp outboard
* Garman GPSMAP 276C
* West Marine WC-5 smart battery charger
* BALMAR ARS-5 multi-stage voltage regulator
* Datamarine S-200DL depth sounder and S-100KL knotmeter
* 2013 Profurl C350 roller furling
* Custom lazy jacks system
* Lofrans manual windlass (works great...no power eater)
* 2006 Yanmar 3YM30 (2013 complete inspection and refit)..rated use 1/2 gal per hr: in 1987 model year went from 2GM20 to 3GM30
* 2016 Cockpit cushions made by C Cushions INC in Texas
* 2013 Mast and Boom (sand blasted, primed, repainted white)
* 2013 Tides Marine mainsail track and slides
* 2013 New standing rigging and running rigging
* 2013 Elliott Pattison (California) new full battened mainsail, 125 genoa, staysail, and storm trisail
* Raymarine ST6002 Smart Pilot series II autohelm
* 2013 Lightning Master and grounding rod
* 2013 Mobri Radar Reflector
* 2013 Lever Arm option for inner forestay (easier to rig and un-rig)
* 2013 Rigid Boom Vang with 2" dia tube
* Raymarine AIS 650 transceiver
* Raymarine C Series Radar chartplotter
* Weems and Plath solid brass classic model wall units (clock, temp/humid, barometer)
* ORIGO Range alcohol stove and oven
* Chromed bronze dorade vents (vs standard plastic)
* Indel ISOTEMP water heater
* Sureflo Smartsensor 4.0 water pressure
* Technautics Coastal 12 cold plate refrigerator
* West Marine Tahiti 7x50 binoculars (waterproof, fogproof, compass, rangefinder scale)
* Canon 12x? binoculars (with stabilizer)
* Force 10 BBQ grill
* Uniden UM625c VHF and Uniden WHAMx4 (base station and hand unit)
* 2007 Sailomat 700 windvane
* Honda EU1000i fuel electric generator
* Standard Horizon HX851 portable VHS
* Shakespeare 5250-AIS
* 3 Batteries (house, starting, and extra)
* Nicro Marine Solar Hatch Vent
* ACR GlobalFix EPIRB 406 MHz RLB-35
* 2013 Jabsco Twist & Lock Toilet 29090
* Flexcharge USA Combo Charge / Load controller
* Davis MK III Sextant
* West Marine Fish-Stix flatware, rubber based dinnerware, Magma stainless nesting cookware
* Dodger, dodger cover, modified bimini, winch and tiller and mainsail covers
* Full navigation plotting manual instruments
* Spare parts for everything and full tool kit
* Pyrotechnic signals and major first aid kit
* KATADYN Survivor 35 Watermaker (emergency manual)
* Spinnaker masthead block & halyard (but no spinnaker)
* Whisker pole with mast track/car....plus 2 boat hooks
* Chromed bronze portlights and winches (chrome wearing off some)
* 2 Offshore inflatable life jackets with lanyards and boat jacklines
* And many more misc stuff....too much to list.
Primary items that some other boats have that this one does not are:
* Traveler for self tending staysail with staysail boom
* More lines run to the cockpit (we only have mainsheet and boom vang)
* Two anchor ports on bow to the anchor locker (we have only one port)
The great things this boat has that other Orions don't are:
Tides Marine mainsail track (easy), rigid boom vang (don't need topping lift or boom gallows), full battened mainsail, newer more Hp Yanmar, very high quality sailmaker in CA, Sailomat windvane (might sell it?)
Key points about this boat for around this local area and for distant cruising are:
Draft 4 ft, mastheight 41 ft, full keel with forefoot cutaway (seaworthy and handling, and maneuvering better than old full keel), varied sailplan with staysail, very heavy-strong well built to withstand rough conditions (oversized standing rigging and lifelines, thick walled boat, HD bronze portlights, strong heavy hatches, HD tiller and propeller protection for withstanding rough runaground and crab/lobster pots, mast stays 4-bolted through side of hull vs cabin top, stanchions strong and on raised platforms for better water integrity, 6'2" headroom but narrower cabin with many handholds for better living in ocean seastates, high bulwarks along deck walkways instead of small/low toerails.
Whew, that was a lot of research and writing but I wanted to have a good reference.
12 July 2016 | Port Charlotte, FL
So what's new...nice to register as an antique vessel (over 30 yrs old) in FL ($4 vs $120 annual fee) and saved no sales taxes since not registered until after 6 months ownership from purchase in Mexico of California vessel. Now that means monies available for needed boat stuff as follows (boat owners will appreciate, otherwise just many boring details): 2 new larger fenders (8.5" x 26"), new #12kg Rocna Vulcan plow anchor, cockpit seat cushions, removable alum 5-step swim ladder, motor mount foundation rebolting (had to pump out and remove fuel tank for access), realigned motor drive shaft, replaced toilet pump assembly. The 35 lb CQR is for sale on Craigslist and will keep the older 25 CQR...so will have basically two 25 lb anchors for bow (one has 104 ft of 5/16" chain) and smaller Fortress for stern anchor. Motoring at 2400 rpm's is 5.3 kts....or more with current. No strong winds or waves yet, but it handles any size big boat bow wave with ease....boat weight guessing probably about 11,500 (10,000 dry weight). Water 70 gal, fuel 23 gal, waste 18 gal capacities. First docking + pump out and refueling went without a hitch. Also installed two drink holders in cockpit and a web dockline/misc wall bag. Also insulated the engine space walls for less noise when motoring....old insul was gone, just adhesive left. The manual anchor windlass works great.
I finished patching 5 holes in the dinghy and fixing tears in the carrying bag and got the Honda 2.3 hp motor working great.....so ready for use as tender for anchoring and going ashore.
Not quite ready for an overnighter yet....getting close.
Oh, and she sails/handles great....sailplane moves her along with impressive speed for this heavy a boat and autohelm works great. The dodger and small bimini supply adequate sun shade. The two cabin hatches, and 10 portlights supply adequate ventilation when down below at dockside or underway. When underway we open the front windows in the dodger.
Next on list to do are: buy/install boat name on stern, replace some portlight gaskets, reinstall one stereo speaker in cabin, cover 3 2" holds holes in bulwarks (cut out for earlier access to replace chainplates), repair bilge pump electrical panel, learn how to use nav electronics
Adventures On Sea Spirit
15 June 2016
1983 Pacific Seacraft Orion (tiller and Plan A cabin layout) delivered by truck from Huatulco, Mexico to Charlotte Harbor boat storage on Dec 21. Was "on the hard" and worked on it for 3 months, much needed jobs. Splashed about April 1st, motored out South Gulf Cove neighgborhood, thru canal lock, next docked in Port Charlotte behind a canal home about 2 blocks from Port Charlotte "Beach Complex". We are about 2.5 hrs from the Boca Grande Pass leading into the Gulf of Mexico, which is right on the ICW. Still have too many tasks to list but she sails and motors well. The previous two owners equipped this vessel very well for serious cruising....major investments in 2006 (new 3YM30 Yanmar, Sailomat windvane, chartplotter, radar, other full electronics) and 2013 (new sails, new Pro Furler, standing and running rigging, Achilles dinghy and Honda 2.3 motor, Mast Mate main track, jiffy rigging, mast repainted, etc). Almost everything needs some attention, some fix, some rust/salt water corrosion, some replacements...much too much to go into. But I like problem solving and boatwork, so it is a delightful hobby. Getting to know every inch of her and exactly how she ticks and how to care for her.
So there you go. Will post pictures soon.....lightning fried desktop computer modules recently, so now converting files to new laptop.
Good to be with you folks.
Jim (from Blacksburg VA a year ago)
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