03 November 2016 | St. Petersburg, Florida
24 October 2016 | St. Petersburg, Florida
25 July 2016 | Port Colborne, Ontario, CA
21 July 2016 | Toronto, Ontario, CA
16 July 2016 | Admiralty Islands, St. Lawrence river
12 July 2016 | Trento, Ontario Canada
10 July 2016 | Whitby, Ontario Canada
09 July 2016 | Hamilton, Ontario Canada
06 July 2016 | Port Dalhousie, Ontario Canada
30 December 2015 | Tierra Verde Florida, the EdE J is on the hard in Cleveland
23 September 2015 | CYC Dock
08 August 2015 | Cleveland Yachting Club
13 July 2015 | NYC, the Hudson and Catskill
14 June 2015 | The Maritime Republic of Eastport, better known as the other side of the river from Annapolis
31 May 2015 | Portsmouth Virginia
28 May 2015 | Northbound ICW near Pamlico Sound.
25 May 2015 | Waccamaw River, SM 385
22 May 2015 | Middle of the AICWW

Happy New Year to All.

30 December 2015 | Tierra Verde Florida, the EdE J is on the hard in Cleveland
Ed/Fantastice here
The last few months have been a mixture of Boredom and Craziness. Ending a boat trip of 366 days does not set in until you start putting the boat on the hard for the winter, and then the depression sets in.

Fortunately the depression and boredom were broken by the fuel smell investigation, and receiving the Yachtsman of the Year award from the Cleveland Yachting Club. Meghan and Jake flew in for the award, and since I certainly could not have done it alone, I had an award plaque made for EJ for Christmas.

Meghan and Jake followed that with an invitation to stay in Florida after Thanksgiving and take on a few Daddy-Do projects. Like most young professionals, their time to do small projects around the house is limited by the demands of work and social life. I remember those days, so I was glad to come and do some projects at their home.

One of the things I like most about the St. Pete area is the abundance of Boating supply stores. They have a West Marine super store, with a real working display of electronics, and they have inverters, battery chargers, solar panels and about everything you need in stock. There is also Fiberglass Coatings Inc., with some of the greatest technical staff I have ever met, and a great stock of resins, glass and supplies.. Down the road in Bradenton, is one of the Endeavour Owners Forum buddies who happens to build boats for a living, a phenomenal resource for any DIY guy.

So I was able to fix some things at Meghan and Jake's house and fill my brain with Trivia about boat repairs..

Now for some gory details on the fuel smell. The smell original occurred shortly after a fuel fill up. I did not see anything in the bilge, but as we traveled I noted that the Bilge sock got a little pink, after a few hours of travel we docked disposed of the soiled sock, and the smell was gone. For haul out in Rocky River, I filled the tank, and the next morning the smell was back. Searching the bilge, I found nothing, and the bilge was dry. After putting the boat on the hard, a small pink film showed up in the bilge, and the bilge sock had a small area of pink. I began the process of emptying the tank into 5 Gal cans, removing 30 gallons. Changed the bilge sock and went home for the day. The next morning no smell.

At the suggestion of my boat building buddy, I cut a few inspection holes in the keel, and using an inspection camera, I found a cracked weld at a bend in the tank 3 inches from the top. Since I never filled the tank completely during most of the trip, who knows when the crack appeared. I removed the tank and took it to Florida with me for inspection and repair.

We plan to head north again after the first, and I am hoping for some el-Nina to keep Cleveland warm enough for some boat work.
Vessel Name: EdE J
Vessel Make/Model: Endeavour 42
Hailing Port: Cleveland, Ohio
Crew: Ed and EJ Mahoney
About: We started sailing 35 years ago on our first wedding anniversary, this is our fourth boat, purchased new in 1986. We are both Semi-Retired. Our daughter Meghan currently lives in Florida, she and her Fiancée enjoy cruising with us as their time permits.
Extra: Ed is a classic do it yourselfer, and undertaking the retrofit of the EdE J to prepare it for cruising. Watch the blog for some of his horror stories.
EdE J's Photos - Main
48 Photos
Created 15 March 2015
Pictures of the new Holding tank and the v-Berth under construction.
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Created 14 February 2015
20 Photos
Created 15 October 2014
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Created 14 October 2014
6 Photos
Created 2 October 2014
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Created 2 October 2014
Reprovisioning and some locking pictures
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Created 14 September 2014
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Created 25 August 2014
Pictures from the loop, North Channel to Chicago.
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Created 24 August 2014
Pictures of the Tank Installation.
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Created 19 June 2014