Archive for May, 2008

Outboard Engine Saga Nearing An End

Friday, May 30th, 2008

The proverbial light bulb went off in my head last night. As I had mentioned in previous blogs I couldn’t get the water to flow through my Mercury 3.3hp outboard engine’s coolant system. After having put the engine completely back together from cleaning everything possible inside this past winter, I ended up having to open it up and reassemble the engine several more times trying to troubleshoot this problem. In the end, I spent more time on this than actually fixing the engine in the first place.

And I still haven’t fixed it. Yesterday, I had given up and called a mechanic in Mattapoisett (just leaving a message to call me). But something kept gnawing at me. (more…)

The First Sail of the Season

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

 dock

This past Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend was our first sail of the season. It was a picture perfect spring day in the high sixties, with no clouds in the sky other than a few puffy whites off in the distance.

The picture above shows Janet acting as our model showcasing Galatea at the dock. Before heading out Janet and I went to the dock at Mattapoisett Boat Yard to get some diesel fuel and fill up the water tanks. (more…)

The 2008 Sailing Season Begins

Monday, May 19th, 2008

 

  Galatea was launched last week!!!!!!

  The picture above shows her as we first aproached on the launch. As you can see the mainsail and the genoa are not on yet. Janet and I installed the dodger while it was still on the stands. (more…)

It’s a small world

Friday, May 16th, 2008

england

  Janet and I travelled to Great Britain in April. As the Brits say, we were on holiday. Well, one day we ate lunch at an old pub on our way to Kew Gardens, just outside of London. When we stepped out of the pub and started walking over to the botanical gardens, we came across a car with a Mattapoisett bumper sticker. One of those old yellow bumper stickers popular in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The ones that read, “Mattapoisett  It’s Special”.  We both got a great kick out of seeing it. There we where, across the Atlantic in a foreign country and someone had a Mattapoisett bumper sticker. It really is a small world :-)