Limb injuries don’t go well with sailing. A slip and fall and I ended up with two fractures on my fibula, at my ankle and up towards my knee. Our sailboat has so many steps and thresholds that makes it incredibly hard to get around. Until these injuries heal it will be an adventure moving around and getting on and off the boat! Not an adventure I want to repeat again!!
We’ve set sail to the Keys to take part in the annual Fantasy Fest adventure. We are doing a direct shot out of Tampa Bay putting us in Key West in about 40 hours, Monday morning about 9 am.
We are lucky enough to have a wonderful WWS (Women Who Sail) girlfriend of mine from Calfornia to volunteer to be our Galley Goddess and crew member. She provisioned the boat so that we will have gourmet meals for the entire trip. This trip will be amazing having our very own personal chef on board.
While Sweet Escape is in the hard we decided the old worn out stripes on her hull needed to be removed and her hull be given a good be buff and polish to show off her beauty. Boy is she looking amazing as she sits on the hard having her bottom painted and waiting for a new rudder. It turns out Sweet Escape’s original rudder could not be repaired and a new one is being fabricated.
Fingers crossed, we are hoping to have Sweet Escape splashed the first week of October so we can give her a good shake down sail or two before we head off to the Keys for Fantasy Fest.
As I was at the boatyard yesterday another boat yard customer walked by shook his head and said “Hunter rudders!” and proceeded to tell me stories of Hunter owners losing their poorly designed/constructed rudders at sea. I have to mention from what I have read, not all Hunter rudders were poorly made, it seems it was during the times when Hunter was cutting costs and corners building their yachts. Anyway, losing your rudder at sea would be a terrifying moment because you would not be able to hold your course in any direction. You might be able improvise to get your yacht to safety or you might ultimately have to abandon your yacht and scuttle her to prevent her from being a danger. In any event we are getting a new rudder!
We haven’t posted in a long time because haven’t done anything but try and get out of the Florida summer heat. It has been unbearable, a season we don’t want to ever experience again on the boat. We hope to be able to be in New England next summer.
In the meantime we are singing the boatyard blues with an adult beverage or two waiting for the sunset! 🍸🍸
S/V Sweet Escape, our home, was hauled out this week to have her bottom painted. Maintenance that is done every 2 to 3 years for performance and protection. For our size boat, it is normally about a 10 day process when you hire a company. But it turns out that our rudder, something that steers the boat, was damaged before we bought her. Unfortunately, the surveyor never pointed out any damage or repaired damage before we bought her. Needless to say, the rudder is being shipped away to either be repaired by the manufacture or a new one made. This will not only add $$$$ to our bill but add a of LOT of additional time off the boat, maybe 30 days. Time I didn’t plan for, so I hope we don’t outstay our welcome at an unused vacation penthouse owed by a good friend. Bright side, we will be “landlubbers” for a little while longer enjoying living in a beachside condo that not only has fabulous views from every room but has unlimited internet & water, “real” toilets, AC, washer/dryer, and a huge kitchen. Cheers! 😂⛵️
Views from our temporary “landlubber” home.
What an awesome owner, Keith, of Advanced Sails here in St Petersburg, Florida. How often do you get a written quote only to find out when your job is done that the price is actually LOWER than quoted!! Keith did a fantastic job restitching our head sail that had torn and spent about 30 minutes with us explaining how to use our brand new sail that was found at the bottom of our locker.
I love the sailing community!!
Unfolding our new sail which is actually called a Drifter.
Playing with our new Drifter.
Captain we have a problem here!!! During our last sailing adventure we encountered 30+ knot winds and our headsail stitching gave out. After taking it down and examining it we thought we would be in for a huge bill from the sailmaker.
Local sailors sent me to an awesome sailmaker (Advanced Sails) who was helpful and honest. He told me “no worries, simple repair that will only cost you $180”. He said it appeared that we still have 4+ years left on our headsail cover and it would be best just to restitch everything.
I also took in our custom made Code Zero for inspection and he sailmaker said it appears the sail had never been used. When we bought our sailboat we wanted to buy a Code Zero and believe it or not we found this sail buried in the bottom of a locker. SCORE!!! OH wait DOUBLE SCORE we also found an extra mainsail buried. THANK YOU former owners!! These sails are amazing Kevlar impregnated high performance off-wind sails and this find has saved us a TON of $$$$$. I can’t wait fly this asymmetric sail.
Thank you You Tube for teaching us how to flake the sail!!
I am always looking for a deal and I’m the type of person that doesn’t like to buy anything unless I can get a discount or deal. I found these on Craigslist for a quarter of the price for a new set. So we’ve added the Froli Sleep System to our guest stateroom. It is an amazing system that not only allows ventilation under the mattress to prevent mildew but it adds amazing comfort.