Friday, December 22, 2023
Well Sports Fans, Christmas 2023 is here, whether we are ready or not! I have a feeling the anti-american folks are gearing up to make a repeat of the 2020 year of hate and discomfort, but today everybody out there seems to want the Silent Night season to come alive. It feels nice outside, so let's have some cheer! Me too. For some reason I am reflecting a bit this year, could be I'm getting on in years and social security checks are on the way. Too bad we don't have grand children to spoil, I guess we will try to make do and fix the boat up a bit. About a month ago, I traveled North on the St Johns to Jacksonville, that journey used to take about fove or six hours, but the Albin 35 can cruise at 16 knots using about eleven gallons of diesel per hour. The trip used three hours worth of time and fuel. One thing I like about the Cypress Moon is that I can comfortably handle the vessel alone, docking and driving. Previously, I had traveled as far as Jax to Daytona solo with last boat, but the comfort level was a bit lacking due to distances I had to run from the helm to the deck to get lines ready, etc. Here are some recent imagery; We recently had new interior and exterior cushions, along with a new enclosure and a sunshade installed.
Thursday, August 31, 2023
We spent a couple weeks overseas, left the boat on the hard in case hurricane or bad storm came to visit, so we had excellent peace of mind while we were out having fun. I paid about $800 on haulout and storage for three weeks, so we had no issues to worry about despite a big hurricane drill on our return. Went back to get the boat today, about twenty minutes later I am tied up at our home dock.
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Well, We have somehow been incredibly lucky with the current hurricane, but one never knows what is coming over the horizon to cause havoc, right? There is still three more months in the season and we need to stay aware of hazardous weather to come. I was taking amoment to wander the web to check out old friends and their old blogs, looks like more than a few have "departed the pattern" in our life. Not me... We are still here in Florida enjoying the water and life in general in good heath with our friends, local and far away. As a matter of fact, we were visiting Europe for the past couple weeks where we reconnected with our London Friends from 27 years ago. I even purchased some lederhosen to dress up on a tracht kleidung day out in Salzburg! (As always, there was a couple of meters of Schnapps being offered to us)
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
After dropping a goodly amount of cash on keeping the Cypress Moon at the old Naval Base in Green Cove Springs, I was allowed to depart for home with a vessel that now had a working bilge pump. And fresh filters, oil and fan belt. So I have that going for me, which is nice. I headed solo in a southerly direction up the Ol' St Johns river on a 20 mile quest for home and hoping to make the tide that lets me rest on our home dock. Fairly simple, just make the engine roar louder with go-faster fluid and try not to hit any crab traps strewn across the river, thank-ewe. I think I drank a couple liters of water at 500 milliters a go, it was a sultry afternoon! Made it back and made a couple attempts at sideling up to the dock and made it compfortably on the second go-around. Cypress Moon now rests in her home spot and we have a few more tasks coming up. 1. Sand, prime and paint hard top of fly-bridge. 2. Install two Solar Panels, run wiring to batteries. 3. Sand, prime and paint front doors of house 4. Pressure wash all surfaces of Cypress Moon. There, not too much. Right? Photos and stuff; First off, On the way to the boat I decided to stop by the Shuttle Liquid Tank that lives in the harbor. Cool, I actually touched it. It felt like a light weight tank, hard to believe it carries the load it used to. The last couple of pix are of the home dock area. The ski ramp is owned by some neighbors, they won the Red Bull Soapbox Derby a couple years running. They ride bikes into the water on that ramp. Finally, our home dock.
Saturday, June 10, 2023
"Quiet, Numbskulls, I'm broadcastin'." Moe Howard Gonna do a video dump of some of the fun going on in our region. Jazz band playing in our living room. Four Swings without a Miss. Passing Fort Sumter and traveling ten hours offshore to Florida, onboard Cypress Moon.
Friday, May 19, 2023
Welp, long time, no see. Our last boat was a very nicely set up Newport 30 Mk2 which we donated to the local college about two and a half years ago. It was a gift from a friend so we felt better donating it rather than selling it on the market. We had painted it and replaced the sails and canvas so somoene is enjoying that boat in good health. Hopefully. Anyway, it was very nice to not have any boating expenses Per Month; Dockage ($250), Insurance (150) upkeep (All Of IT!) and so forth. But I was missing our trips on te water. I didn't want to redo our Trawler experience, those types of boats cruise at 8-10 knots per hour and you really have to be patient. For example, a trip to Jax from Palatka is five or six hours. I studied various boat types over the last four years and decided I wanted a boat that would be sea-capable, have longish range and be able to sprint above 15 knots for when we are in need of speed. Albin 32+2 or Albin 35 Command Bridge seemed to be an answer. The problem was not too many were really available and the prices were pretty high. I made an offer in Florida for a nicely set up 32+2, it had 1600 hours on the Cummins 370 diesel and the interior and control station had new upholstry. When we did the survey and test run I wound up paying $1300 plus a couple hundred on travel and lodging to find out the boat had some insurmountable issues. Darn. Got my deposit back and went to Virginia to look at this:
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Hello Sportsfans, Long time no see! We are still milling about smartly in Northeastern Florida staying dry (for the most part) and dodging deadly storms in the slick manner to which we aspire. Hurricane Ian definitely was destructive, it was supposed to directly approach us and as the storm interacted with Fort Myers it seemed that the storm began a bias towards the right, Easterly, as it traversed the Florida Peninsula. It is an ugly aftermath down there and we won't know exactly all the loss and damage for a few weeks. This is the view from Tuesday afternoon, the green dot is projected center of storm, we live a few miles North by the Hwy 17 sign.