Archive for the ‘General Interest’ Category

4th of July in Mattapoisett

Monday, July 6th, 2009

  We spent the July 4th weekend in Mattapoisett this year. Originally we planned on sailing to the Vineyard. But the weather forcast called for thunderstorms and heavy winds during the holiday so Janet and I decided to stay local. One of the benefits of not sailing was getting the chance to go kayaking with our new inflatable kayak. (more…)

The Rain of June 2009

Monday, June 29th, 2009

 The rain for June 2009 was one for the record books.   (more…)

The Boatyard

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

   To get back and forth between Mattapoisett Boatyard and Galatea we usually take the launch. Especially if we’re just going out for a daysail. Yesterday, I snapped some pictures of the boatyard while we waited in the launch to head out. (more…)

Ready for Sea

Friday, May 22nd, 2009


Galatea was launched last week. She’s looking great. I spent all of last Saturday getting her ready; putting the sails on, getting the engine started, cleaning up. She’s ready for heading out to sea. I was tempted to take take her out for a spin after I finished all of my tasks. But I was still getting over the Swine flu so I didn’t have the strength to do it. The picture above is from the launch as we approached in the fog.


Along the shore

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

I’m posting some more of my photograph I’ve taken along the shore. What I consider the beauty that exists all around us. Today’s theme is flowers and the sea …….. (more…)


Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Last fall I posted some pictures of walking along the water in Lake Tashmoo in Martha’s Vineyard. The first picture in the blog was of a jellyfish. I thought it was cool, so I thought I’d post the rest of the pictures in that series.


Sea Fever by John Masefield

Friday, March 13th, 2009

  Janet’s sister, Susan, emailed me this poem the other day by John Masefield. It’s a classic, thought I’d share it for those who’ve never read it. It’s fitting for this mid March day, when spring is just around the corner…………

I MUST down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea’s face, and a gray dawn breaking. (more…)

Our Newest Yacht

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

   OK, maybe not a yacht. It’s our new inflatable kayak. Today was a warm March day in Boston and I had the opportunity to take the boat outside and pump it up for the first time.  The picture shows Janet taking some time out  from her  day to check out the new boat on our patio.

 We decided to get an inflatable kayak because of the versatility it’ll provide us. We’ll be able to inflate it on the deck of Galatea while we’re in a harbor somewhere. Or toss it in the back of the jeep and take a day trip up to the lakes of New Hampshire. Or even just an evening cruise in the Charles River by our home.


I’m Back

Saturday, February 14th, 2009


I’ve taken a hiatus from all things boating this winter of 2008/2009.  I haven’t done any work on the boat or made any plans for repairs.  Nor have I been updating this blog, obviously. Part of the reason I haven’t done anything was the very real possibility of layoffs from work due to the economic meltdown we’re all facing. If I lost my job I’d have to give up the boat. Probably just have to give Galatea away. With that reality I just didn’t have the positive attitude of doing all the work needed to get her ready for another season. Nor did I have a good attitude about boating in general. I was just down about the whole thing. (more…)

Along the beach

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

   Today I thought I’d post some pictures from along the beach. These are pictures I took with my Canon digital camera on one afternoon in Lake Tashmoo on Marthas Vineyard. What I like to call water art. As I mentioned in a previous blog I like to capture pictures of the sea, the water, things and sights other people might take for granted or don’t take the time to really see what’s right in front of them. Enjoy! (more…)