Archive for the ‘General Interest’ Category

At her mooring

Saturday, 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.

Galatea Lives Another Day

Monday, 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. (more…)

First Sail of the Season

Sunday, 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.


Galatea was launched today

Friday, 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. (more…)

In Memory of Karl

Tuesday, 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.

Mattapoisett in November

Friday, November 27th, 2009

  I usually go down to the harbor whenever I take lunch breaks while I’m down in Mattapoisett working on the boat. It’s a great chance to just sit there and take in the sights. See the harbor when it’s quiet and still. (more…)

Goodbye to another season

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Hi everyone. I’ve been remiss in keeping up with my blog. I apologize for that. The truth is, I hadn’t had anything to write about. This Fall, I went out for day sails whenever the weather was nice. But I didn’t have anything new to say. In October, the boat was hauled out of the water for the season. Again, you could read my last years blog entry for the haulout and it would have been the same thing. So, I thought, whats the point in writing anything.

However, for this winter I plan on writing about all my maintenance work. And I’ll post any good pictures I’ve taken during the season, or post any good sailing tidbits. Basically, anything to get through the long cold winter.

The Kayak

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

 I thought I’d show a picture of how we get the kayak ready. As you can see, we just inflate the boat on the foredeck of Galatea and then launch it over the side. It’s really easy. This picture was taken when we were at Onset.

Going ashore at Onset

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009


 My notes on going ashore at Onset: Onset is a small village within the town are Wareham. It’s a quaint little place, with a dual personality. During the day it has an old time friendly feel, with gingerbread houses, small town charm, families lining the beaches, salt water taffy and ice cream parlors with signs stating “Est 1895”. But in the evening, you don’t really feel safe walking the streets. There’s a strong police presence watching over a large number of teenagers hanging out and obviously up to no good, buying, selling drugs etc. Reminds me of my hometown. In any case, as Janet commented, “Onset’s great to visit as long as you get out of there before dark”.

 The picture above is the beach next to the wharf were we spent the afternoon.


Meeting up ……

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

 While we were in Red Brook Harbor we met up with friends of ours; John and Suzanne. They were sailing back from Maine and we planned to meet them Saturday afternoon. They sail all summer along of Maine so we had a lot of catching up to do. The picture above shows them on the way over to our boat Sunday morning with a plate full of freshly baked scones……. which were awesome. (more…)