At her mooring

May 17th, 2014

Galatea hit the water this week! The picture above was taken from the boat launch on approaching the boat for the first time. I spent the afternoon getting her ready for sea. Couldn’t put the sails on, the winds were too strong. But I was able to put the dodger up, get the engine started, secure the batteries, and the 100 other things that needed doing.

Bottom Paint

May 17th, 2014

After stripping the old bottom paint off the hull of Galatea, the Boatyard applied a coat of Interlux barrier coat followed by a coat of hard epoxy anti-fouling paint. I requested the Boatyard use black paint. That way I’ll know when the red or blue ablative paint I use wears off. Read the rest of this entry »

Propeller Blues

May 17th, 2014

The summer of 2013 was one of the worst years in memory for marine growth. The propeller and shaft of Galatea were so badly fouled by August 1st,  I couldn’t get over 4 knots while motoring at full throttle. The picture above doesn’t do justice to how really bad the prop and shaft was fouled. Read the rest of this entry »

Soda Blast

April 27th, 2014

Last spring while I was painting the anti-fouling bottom paint just before launch, the old existing paint started coming off in sheets. It was really bad. Seventeen years of paint was failing. The paint buildup was thick and no longer adhered to the barrier coat. As I painted, the paint rollers kept getting covered with paint chips.The bottom paint applied ended up being a bumpy mess. And there was nothing I could do about it. The boat was being launched that week, I had no time to strip the old paint and start over. Read the rest of this entry »

Galatea Lives Another Day

April 14th, 2014

Hello…. It’s been awhile. Four years to be exact. Time really does fly. A lot has gone on during the past four years in my life. But not so much in the way of sailing. Galatea has been launched every Spring and hauled out every Fall. I’ve done a fair amount of sailing every year. But it’s been all day sailing around Buzzards Bay. Nothing of any real interest for my blog. Hence why I haven’t posted any entries in so long. Read the rest of this entry »

First Sail of the Season

May 16th, 2010

Hello. I’m writing this blog entry late Sunday afternoon from my patio, sipping a glass of home made wine, and simply relaxing. I just got home from a weekend on Galatea, no more than 20 minutes ago. In fact, if I close my eyes I can still  feel the motion of the boat. I had forgotten about that feeling you get after spending time on the water.

It was a great weekend. I went down to Mattapoisett by myself. Janet went away on a retreat, so it was perfect to spend some time by myself on the boat. I got down to the boat about 10am on Saturday, all ready to start putting the sails on, the dodger on…….. couldn’t even try do it. The wind was so strong there were 1-2 foot whitecaps in the harbor, excuse me, harba’h.

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Galatea was launched today

May 14th, 2010

Finally, the 2010 sailing season is here. All my hard work getting the boat ready for launch culminated with the boat hitting the water this morning. I was hoping to watch the event from my office using the MBY webcam. Unfortunately it didn’t appear to be working. That’s probably for the best. I’ve never seen the boat get launched. Not ever. I’d probably be too nervous watching. I’d be thinking of all the things that could go wrong. Envisioning the boat falling on it’s side, cracked open like an egg. No, better to just go down the following weekend to see  it sitting safe and sound on it’s morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Engine Maintenance

March 28th, 2010

  Got down to the boat this Sunday to continue my spring maintenance projects. Turned out to be too cold to do any painting or apply cetol to the teak. Instead it was good opportunity to work on the engine. Read the rest of this entry »

Here we go again!

March 9th, 2010

  Hello. I’m back! It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything in my sailing blog. In fact, I haven’t written anything all winter. And for good reason….. I haven’t done anything all winter.

 Well, it’s March and I’m ready to get going. Last weekend I went down to the boat for the first time this year. The picture above is before I stepped foot on the deck. The plastic tarp I tied down blew off as you can see. Otherwise, Galatea is looking great. Read the rest of this entry »

In Memory of Karl

March 9th, 2010

 There was some heartbreaking news a few days ago. One of the mainstays of the Mattapoisett boating community, Karl Collyer, passed away. Janet and I want to express our condolences to Karls family and his extended family at the Boatyard. He was a great guy and we are going to miss him.  The  photo above was borrowed from the Mattapoisett Boatyard Newsletter that Dave emails out to everyone. Hope he doesn’t mind. It’s a great picture to remember Karl by.