Archive for February, 2008

A Whales Tale

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008


   What better than a cold February day to reminisce about old sailing adventures. I was thinking about what to write about when I remembered the time I almost got hit by a whale off the coast of Maine. I just so happened to have my camera next to me when the whale broke the surface about 40 feet from the stern of my boat. And believe me, the picture above does not even come close to doing justice to what I saw before me. (more…)

Addendum to the Merc outboard project

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

   I FIXED IT!!!!!  At the end of my last blog I mentioned how I pulled the starter cord and it didn’t snap back. I didn’t know what was wrong and surmised I installed the spring to the hand rewind starter assembly backwards. I couldn’t figure it out at first. And it took some time to investigate what was going on and in the end I just plain old fashioned “slept on it”. As I said before, this was the first time I ever worked on an outboard engine, it was all a learning experience. Turns out I installed the white plastic ratchet to the rewind starter in backwards. It was that simple. So, now the next step is on the next fairly decent day to take the engine outdoors, put some fuel in the tank, and pull that cord. I’ll be crossing all my fingers that I can assure you.  :-)

Update on the Merc outboard project

Sunday, February 24th, 2008


   I was finally able to put the Merc outboard back together yesterday. As I had mentioned in a previous blog entry, I had to disassemble EVERY single component in the engine and clean out the sand and rust. The picture above can attest to that. What you’re seeing is the piston and crankshaft is in the center between the two parts of the cylinder block. The flywheel and other misc parts are in the background. (more…)

Winter in Mattapoisett

Monday, February 18th, 2008

  I thought I’d post a few pictures of Mattapoisett and the boatyard in the wintertime. I ate lunch down at the wharves yesterday ( taking a break from working on the boat). It’s beautiful down there in the winter just looking out over the harbor and out onto Buzzards Bay. The water is a deep blue. Very cold looking. (more…)

Further Adventures in Maintenance

Monday, February 18th, 2008

  I was able to get down to the boat yesterday and get some work done. I accomplish my primary objective for the day, that being the installation of the new packless shaft seal ( i.e. the modern version of a stuffing box as explained in an earlier blog). The picture above is the drive shaft and the new shaft seal near the end of the installation process. (more…)

Rebedding the Keel

Saturday, February 16th, 2008


  Mattapoisett Boatyard notified me this week that the work for removal and rebedding of Galatea’s keel had been completed. I haven’t seen it yet, I plan on heading down to the boat tomorrow to check it out  and get some work done of course. Dave ( the boatyards manager) was nice enough to send me these photo’s of the work after the keel had been separated and the 5200 bedding compound removed. (more…)

How I found the name Galatea

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

  I wanted to mention how I came about naming my sailboat, Galatea.

   I bought the Cal 28 sloop Karen in August of 1999. My friend Mike bought the boat a couple of years before that, I think in 1996, at which point he renamed the boat to “Karen”. Naming it after his wife.

   We’ll I sailed Karen all that summer. Though, there was never a question that I had to change the name of the boat. But to what? My plan was to relaunch her the next spring with a new name. (more…)


Sunday, February 10th, 2008


 Our friends John and Ann keep their sailboat, Aeolus, in Mattapoisett, as well. Pictured above, she’s an early 1980’s 25 foot Cape Dory. Beautiful boat. The Cape Dory’s are sturdy, well built fiberglass sailboats with classic lines. It wouldn’t surprise me if it were an Alberg design. It has that look.

I’m impressed every time I step aboard Aeolus with how well maintained she is. John is meticulous in his upkeep and it shows. Aeolus is a head turner without a doubt. I like just sailing past her in the harbor to check her out from time to time.

The other thing to mention is the meaning of her name. John told me once but I forgot. Looking it up on Wikipedia, Aeolus was the ruler of the winds in Greek mythology. Great name.

Molly’s Cove

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

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    Molly’s Cove is the best anchorage in Mattapoisett Harbor. It’s located across the harbor from the Boatyard mooring’s. In the picture above of the  Harbor it’s at the far left.

    It doesn’t really look like a cove. Actually, it appears to be just the western section of the harbor. But the beauty of the cove is that the holding ground is good, it’s in the lee of the prevailing winds, and it’s quiet. Any cruising sailor heading up or down the Massachusetts coast or local sailors gunkholing in the area would do well to spend a night at Molly’s Cove. (more…)

Galatea Under Sail

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

    I was going through my digital pictures when I came across this. It’s one of the few pictures I have of Galatea under sail. Janet’s father took this picture from the town wharf in Mattapoisett a couple of years ago ( I think the summer of 2005). We sailed past the wharves before heading out to the Bay for a daysail. If you look closely you’ll see me standing at the helm and Janet sitting beside me waving.