Credit Where Credit is Due

April 10, 2019 As you could sense from my last post, the engine and all systems were working great cruising around Pine Island Sound. Dave, Peggy and the whole team at Sweetwater Landing Marina did a great job in a difficult situation. I pulled in out of the blue to get a new prop, and

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Poking Around Pine Island Sound

April 7, 2019 Pine Island Sound doesn’t have the reputation it deserves as a cruising destination, because it isn’t very big — about 50 miles long by 20 miles wide — and it’s pretty shallow so the superyachts can’t go there. But it has two delightful small cities, Fort Myers and Punta Gorda, filled with

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Boat Work and Bugs

March 17, 2019 We are safely ensconced in incredible Legacy Harbour Marina in Fort Myers, and all seems well with the engine — but I want to go more than the 8 miles it took to get here before stating that definitely. This has been a really lazy trip.  I brought my sewing machine, all

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Shipwrecked!

Madison, CT March 9, 2019 So why is the Tardis flying through the air? Why is this post coming to you from Madison, CT? Where to begin? My friend Pat Harris and I were taking the boat across Florida on what had actually been a rather boring cruise across the Okeechobee Waterway from Vero Beach

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And Then There Was the Day I Fell In

March 2, 2019 Everything had been going great in Vero getting the dinghy ready for the big Okeechobee trip — blew right up, fits great on the roof, engine all serviced.  But then I got over confident and tried to attach the engine to the dinghy from a little dock next to the boat that

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Arnhem — Fine Furniture That Floats

February 24, 2019 Between the mold redaction, a great two weeks with Molly and a bug infestation (more later), I have been incredibly remiss in reporting on “Arnehm” another Olga 28 going together in Zebulon, NC.  I stopped by to see Sytse Douna, his friend, assistant and electrical guru Ton Schoenmaker (a frequent commenter on

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Tough Start in Vero

February 16, 2019 You know it’s going to be a tough day after two-plus months away from your beloved boat, you drive up to it and it has a hole in it that you can see through.  And the covers you labored over for months are not on the boat.   And the interior is

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Offcut is Finally Finished

December 20, 2018 With Tardis sitting in the Florida sunshine, I finally got around to finishing the pram dinghy Offcut. She’s a cute little thing, but her future is uncertain. My thinking was that a wooden boat should certainly have wooden dinghy.  Especially to avoid mockery, derision and head-shaking by the waterfront denizens when anchored

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Headed Back South

November 30, 2018 Tardis headed back to Vero Beach Tuesday behind Chadd Mowry’s truck and is now safely parked at Absolute Marine.  I won’t get down to late January, but I thought it would be better for the boat to be parked in the Florida sun rather than the Connecticut snow banks. But that put

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Hurricane Watch

October 30, 2018 So what was I doing in the English Channel just out of Portsmouth, UK, refreshing the National Hurricane Center website for the EASTERN Atlantic every five minutes?  It’s a long story. Molly and I just finished an incredible cruise around the perimeter of western Europe on the Viking Ocean Cruise ship Viking

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