So again... I direct you to another blogspot website for what I've been up to. I plan to sell my house possibly this summer and get my own sailboat on which to live. Realiziing I've much to learn I sought and found a volunteer crew opportunity for a couple months this winter. I flew to Jamaica on December 8th to help an supposed older German couple sailing the eastern Caribbean. Needless to say things were not as expected. The German couple was a German woman and Jamaican born, dual US citizen. The boat had been neglected the previous 12 years and the last time the bottom was painted wa 16 years ago. Some cosmetic repairs to the heavily mildewed interior were done prior to my showing up. The rest of the boat was as is an began to show various symptoms of neglect little more than a day after departing Port Antonio, Jamaica. After 5 days of non stop sailing with only 2 of the 3 able to take a shift at the helm we anchored 3 nights in Dominican Republic. The engine quit after maybe 2 hours of use... No engine oil...a leak and believe it or not...no extra oil was available? We ran the batteries down during the 5 nonstop days and sailed a night and another half night without running lights. The captain was old school? Or at least that was his reason for not having a chart plotter... The paper charts on board were small scale only and from 1984. I was apparently the only one with money at the time so ended up paying a Dominican fishermen to get us 4 quarts of engine oil. $60 US I paid Andy continue to wait for being reimbursed ? I could go on and on but it might be easier if you just checked out the blog I kept of my volunteer crew experience. I have stories and memories to share so it's all good... I'll try volunteer crewing again but will be a bit more questioning on the boat and the crewmates next time Click here to go to my blog
On July 24, 2012 I finished kayaking around Lake Superior. I was hoping to blog on this, my website but couldn't get the iPad app for my CMS to function so I used Blogger.
Check out my kayak trip here: kayakingaroundlakesuperior.blogspot.com You can check the archived day to day entries.. I've also embeded the Picasa slide show of all 809 photos uploaded to my blog below.
For my kayak trip around Lake Superior, I joined Dave and Amy of Wilderness Classrroom for the Canadian Shore, launching May 8th. I continued on my own the rest of the way from Sault Ste. Marie... Some may remember I also joined Dave and Amy on the first leg of their North American Odyssey which launched kayaking from Bellingham Washington on April 22, 2010. They then continued eastward and down the east coast. NEWS FLASH!!! The North American Odyssey has been completed upon their arrival to Key West, Florida on April 4th, 2013.