Saturday, November 8, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Vertical bulkheads, and decks glassed in place.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Transom extension work underway at St. Augustine Marine Center, FL.
In the last second of this video you can see water backwash up to the second step of the original transom. The video shows about 6-7 knots of boat speed. At speeds less than 5 knots, in large waves water would cycle on and off the bottom step, generating lots of turbulence and slowing our boat. It felt like we were towing buckets each time it happened. The new transoms should eliminate this.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Fun in the Turks and Caicos. Revisiting good friends.
Paul, Venice and Evanson with the crazy crew of Sunny Ray in Paul and Venice's front yard
Taking a break from painting.
.Sunny Ray tied up to the dock in front of the marine police station and marina office.
Cruising downwind with our favorite sail combo, the "Spin jib" rig. With this sail combo our main is lowered and furled to the boom. The main halyard is fastened to the end of the boom providing a backstay to help stabilize the mast in case we get hit with strong winds before we have time to roll up the code zero spinnaker. Makes for an incredibly smooth ride surfing down waves with the auto pilot rarely moving the steering wheel. It's downwind all the way from the Virgins to Florida a wonderful trip if you ever get the chance.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Santa Dale made and gave this necklace to me for Christmas.
It was decided that these meatballs must be the largest meatballs on Hassel Island.
(Since there aren't many people on Hassel Island)
Armories at Hassel Island
After our visitors left, we spent 2 weeks hunkered down in St. John, Tortola, Virgin Gorda & Marina Cay as the "Disneyland of sailing" had turned into a rodeo of windiness. We headed for Charlotte Amalie in the hopes of finding convenient dinghy docks. On the way, Ray & Dan both noticed a strange vibration. After investigating, Dan found a crack in a weld dire to attaching our mainsheet to our rigid bimini. Once again, we felt lucky to be in a place where we could get repairs done. In this case, aluminum welding. But, because it was the holidays, we were in town (where the cruise ships come in) for longer than we planned.The city of Charlotte Amalie.... not only does it have giant cruise ships docked (and anchored), sailboat of all kinds, ferries that leave large wakes and jetskis, but it also has a floatplane that lands & takes off in this bay.
The floatplane comes through a cut between the town and Hassel Island, then turns to land in the bay (which the pilot can't possibly see if it's clear ahead of time). (And Ken, the landings are incredible!)
Check out what we were tied up next to when we were having the welding done. This dock submerges to go under the vessels, divers set the struts holding them and then the dock rises up.
Dale got to ride her favorite horse Pepper before we left St. Thomas.
We also got to spend time with fun friends at Hassel Island, whom we knew from the homeschool group here. Circe, Tim, Zach, Ollie & Asher, we will miss you! Missed out on seeing Julia too.
Very nice to catch Leslie, David & Richie with a little time off.
Richie helped us ring in the new year by watching fireworks with us on a sleepover.
The original Sunny Ray
We feel so fortunate to have such wonderful friends & family in our lives. Thank you all for being part of it. Happy 2014!! Wishing you health & smooth sailing!