Month: March 2014

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Sailing the Gulf Coast – Boys Weekend 2014

To the chagrin of the wives, my two younger brothers (Alex and Ross) and I decided to make a weekend trip (boys only) to see our father (Gil) down in southeast Texas. Note that “wives” is plural because we are all married, not just me with multiple wives. We hadn’t been together at the same time since Summer of 2011. Man, time flies.

photo credit here

Upon our arrival to Pleasure Island Marina, we were greeted by my dad, his 2-year-old sheepdog and some vicious mosquitoes. I bunked up with the pops on his Islander 28 sailboat. Alex and Ross were on a nearby friend’s boat. Come morning, Alex was found sleeping in the rental car due to the veracity of the mosquitoes. Ross must be tougher or worse smelling.

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We had a quick breakfast at the Yacht Club and then prepared s/v Gambit for a sail out on Sabine Lake. This was the first time either of my bros had been on a sailboat, other than a small dinghy in Mexico. They didn’t know a jib from a gybe (and probably still don’t). The wind was blowing a fresh 10-14 knots and we had a great sail. I was actually impressed with how quickly the fundamentals of sailing set in for both of them. Looking back to my initial experience, I suppose I struggled more with stepping the mast and rigging the boat than I did with the actual sailing, as well.

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As a reward for not breaking his boat or injuring him, Gil treated us to a crawfish boil…15 pounds of them mud bugs to be exact.

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IMG_0407We took a drive over to Holly Beach, Louisiana on Saturday morning. This was a beach we used to spend time at as kids when visiting family in Vinton, LA. We encountered a very scary looking sea creature and also watched some fishing pros reel in a large Bull Red fish. Good times.

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By midday, the fog had burned off and we set sail for the Sabine Lake Causeway Bridge. The crew had more confidence from the previous day and we were really starting to look like we knew what we were doing.

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We had the engine on approaching the bridge but were able to short tack right through it without even engaging the transmission. Then disaster struck…the crew of s/v Gambit had run out of beer! There was no option but to turn around and go back to the marina.

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All in all, the 1st Annual Boys Weekend was a success. So much so that we will be doing it again next year…time and place TBD.

Thanks Dad and Brothers for a great weekend!

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Git-R-Done

Our boat work progress has been nonexistent for the past few weeks (other than the hired work for the deck repairs and paint), as our schedules are not gybing with another trip down to Mexico for the moment. But that doesn’t mean that we aren’t buying boat parts, supplies, spares, etc. That, also, doesn’t mean we have been slackers on other tasks as well. Check this out…

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We sold our little trailer sailor that started it all…Goodbye s/v Glenda Faye!

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We had ANOTHER garage/moving sale. More success at getting rid of stuff.

But since we got rid of some stuff, we decided we needed more stuff...i.e. boat stuff.

But since we got rid of some stuff, we decided we needed more stuff…i.e. boat stuff.

Colter said “NO WAY” to selling THIS in the garage sale. He wants to add it to the “ditch bag” for emergency use only.

Block wall to be repaired…work starts on Monday.

This BIG girl just got out of surgery. She had two big moles removed, teeth cleaned, and anal glands expressed. The kids college fund has taken another hit.

Then this thing tried to land in our backyard.

Just a little motivator I came across on FB. My thoughts exactly.

Just a little motivator I came across on FB. My thoughts exactly.

So that was a little recap of some recent activity. Our plans were to have the house on the market by now, but we still have some last-minute work to do:

  • Full interior repaint (painter starts Monday)
  • 8 floor tiles replaced (DIY soon)
  • Repair sprinkler system and seed lawn for grass (I had boycotted grass for the past two years to conserve water and $$$.  Grass in the desert seems dumb to me but I guess people like it when they are house shopping because it is pretty. Never mind the absolute waste of water, a very limited resource, that we rely on from Colorado to keep our own lawns and the 100+ golf courses in the Valley looking forever green.)
  • Install new vanity lights and towel bars once paint is complete
  • Sell, sell, sell more stuff!

Once these tasks are wrapped, sell and sail we will!

*Boring boat related question-

I am really struggling with laying out big $$$ for 300 feet of new 3/8 anchor chain plus a new anchor. s/v YOLO currently has 200 feet of 5/16 chain with a 55lb Delta anchor. She will probably be weighing a little over 30,000 pounds once we are fully loaded up for cruising. Keep in mind that we intend to be spending A LOT of  time on the hook.

  • Is the current tackle too skimpy?
  • If we do upsize the chain, would we need a new windlass gypsy to accommodate the different link size?
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