Threshold headed back to the Atlantic after seven years in the Med

13 years out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and 15 years after launching we are in Gaeta, Italy headed west this season.

19 April 2017 | Fort Lauderdale
21 December 2013 | Fort Lauderdale
29 September 2013
15 September 2013 | D-Marine
11 August 2013
29 July 2013 | In the hanger
25 July 2013
15 July 2013 | in the hanger
14 July 2013 | Didim, TK
02 July 2013 | D-Marin, Didim, Turkey
30 September 2012 | Didim Marina, Altimcum, TK
18 September 2012 | Bodrum, Turkey
04 August 2012 | Didam Marina, Turkey
25 June 2012 | Lakka, Paxos Island
14 June 2012 | Sami, Cephalonia
09 May 2012 | Cleopatra Marina, Preveza, Greece
02 May 2012 | Athens, Greece
23 December 2011 | Mesa, Arizona
01 October 2011 | Preveza, Greece
18 August 2011 | Soline Bay

Adventure in the Med

23 July 2011 | Kapriji Island
Weather nasty thunderstorm
Aside the daily arguments with the skipper of the Italian or French
boat that has anchored improperly very near us we have had a shortage of adventures since Scotland. Today's thunderstorm relieved that monotone. Morning light revealed dark threatening clouds where none had been forecast. Our anchor was set and tested in a rocky bottom which is always suspect both on the drop and the retrieval. Our stern was tied, double wrapped, to the rocky shore the night before and holding well. Karyn was foul weather dressed and ready for action while I watched the approaching storm on radar and Nathan captured lightening bolts with his camera. Soft rain and a consistent, light wind off shore  contributed to our male, relaxed stance while others worried.  We had already briefed the worst case " what-ifs" last night. This morning the steady breeze now became gusty and irregular while the lightening struck all around us. Suddenly the wind shifted 180 degrees and began to push us toward the rocks. Then it increased and Nathan, now on the bow, yelled past the whistling rigging that the anchor was dragging. Not wanting to drag sideways into the rocks I pushed the throttle of the already running and warm engine while Karyn let the shore line run out and off the transom, abandoned. For a time the wind was from everywhere and the rain was horizontal while the rarely seen rocks were ver near. Lightening crashed close by while the rain increased and visibility became near zero. While Nathan struggled to get the 150' of chain and the 88# anchor up and stowed and I tried, unsuccessfully, to keep the bow pointed into the wind. Conditions became worse. It began to hail.  It began to hail large stones the size of walnuts that stung like a sonavabich. Nathan took the worst of it on the bow while Karyn found a cockpit cushion to shield me at the wheel. Unbeknownst to all except me, I had lost control of the bow of the boat. Between the power of the wind and the anchor dragging on the bottom the bow fell off and we being blown down into the narrow, rocky, unseen, idealic cove of last evening. FULL REVERSE!, invert the compass course, back into the wind, will this work? where is the shore line?, watch the depth, watch the depth, rocks to starboard-steer to port, damn the hail on bare legs, hold the wind aft, boat speed aft? barely,  now we are moving, anchor is up Nate says, moving faster aft, depth increasing, depth increasing, slow the engine, under control, everyone is in the cockpit, more light in north, we can see those threatening rocks now....
This afternoon we are 20 miles north, in a perfect anchorage, tied to a mooring. The sun is shining while we are swimming and getting ready to go ashore to cute beach bar for dinner of grilled squid.
A perfect day for a wee dram.
Vessel Name: THRESHOLD
Vessel Make/Model: Custom Chuck Paine/Kanter Yachts
Hailing Port: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Crew: Steve and Karyn James
THRESHOLD is a custom Chuck Paine design from his Bouganvillea Series and built of aluminum by Kanter Yachts of Ontario, Canada. She is 17m LOA, 4.7m beam, 2.2m draft, 25m air draft, and weighs 27 tons fully loaded. We feel very fortunate to be able to own and cruise such a rugged, powerful, and [...]
THRESHOLD's Photos - Main
photos of apt., Didim, boat work, travels
28 Photos
Created 24 December 2013
5 Photos
Created 15 September 2013
Karyn and Steve at there work stations. Some of the "parts" that have come off the boat needing "help", and the bimini frame construction
11 Photos
Created 11 August 2013
8 Photos
Created 25 July 2013
Beginning of the refit. Mast lift and haul out.
11 Photos
Created 14 July 2013
Photos of the one place in the Adriatic that everyone sees.
15 Photos
Created 20 September 2011
Venice, August 4 to 11, 2011
12 Photos
Created 11 August 2011
6 Photos
Created 23 December 2009
Photos of some of the architectual works of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona
12 Photos
Created 23 December 2009
Street sellers working and then on the run as the police move them on.
9 Photos
Created 22 December 2009
Beautiful anchorages around the island of Ibiza, complete with beach bars, fisherman huts, and sunbathing touristas.
6 Photos
Created 18 October 2009
Finally, some photos of the interior of the boat. Finally, got the chance when we cleaned up for guests.
10 Photos
Created 13 September 2009
1 Photo | 6 Sub-Albums
Created 22 July 2009
Assorted, random photos of great people.
8 Photos
Created 24 June 2009
Select photos of Highland Games that included Heavy Sports, Dancing, Pipe Bands, historical displays
7 Photos
Created 24 June 2009
12 Photos
Created 6 October 2008
8 Photos | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 10 July 2008
6 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 26 June 2008
12 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 3 June 2008
6 Photos | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 11 April 2008
13 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 20 March 2008
Photos of Drag Queens, the parade and the party in Bar One at the marina.
16 Photos
Created 26 February 2008
4 Photos
Created 14 February 2008
Details and sailing photos
5 Photos
Created 13 February 2008
4 Photos
Created 11 February 2008