Archive for March, 2009

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…)

March Madness

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

My March Maintenance Madness continues……  I’m sore and exhausted today after another marathon day of fixing the boat yesterday. I’ve got so much accomplished already, though still just the tip of the iceberg. The picture above is the steering mechanism. The rudder was loose last year so I had to tighten the steering cables. That in itself is easy. The tough part was tearing out everything just to get at it. You sailors out there know exactly what I mean. Everything in a boat is always in the worst possible place it can be. It’s intentionally designed that way. (more…)

Jellyfish

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.

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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…)

Another Maintenance Update

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

 Lots to report on. Last weekend I went down to Mattapoisett to work on the boat.  Sure enough, as I started looking into things, I found more work for myself. My first project of the day, the steering linkage to the rudder needed tightening up. So, when I crawled into the stern by the steering mechanism, the first thing I noticed was a dark, black mold surrounding one of the plastic thru-hull fittings to the stern. When I went to give the thru-hull fitting a tug to see  what was up, the damn thing just broke off in my hand. (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.