The Sailboat Palani

Boat Shopping In Punta Gorda

After getting the settlement check for the boat accident I took a look through the websites that list boats for sales. A quick search found a 1979 Morgan Outisland 415 (41′ foot) for sale in Punta Gorda in SW Florida for just about the same...

Maiden Voyage

Had a productive Saturday. Practiced docking stern first which is harder to do with a sailboat. Since there is only a single propeller sailboats tend to walk (move sideways, in the case of Palani to the port side) in reverse. So you have to...

Trip Down The St Johns

After everything that had happened the day before Friday started out with a wonderful sunrise on the St Johns. Standing on the deck of my new boat watching the sun come up over a river that’s smooth as glass was energizing and filled me with a sense...

Palani Is Launched

Well, the first day of boat ownership was a challenge. A perfect storm of poor planning on my part, inexperience – again on my part and mechanical issues.  Palani is Hawai’ian for “FreeMan” and the sailboat will provide a means of...

Got My Backyard Back

So 7 months after Hurrican Matthew they’ve reopened Dock 2 and I moved back on Saturday. Totally different experience from being up in the cove. The area is much more open so it makes the boat seem bigger.  There is better airflow so fewer...

Plugging Holes

I’ve been taking care of a bunch of small projects around the boat. I’m still waiting on the insurance company to submit an offer to settle for the damage done 2 months ago. It’s been a long and frustrating process as patience...

2017 Plans and Ideas

As is the tradition on a New Year I took a look at what had been done in the last 6 months and started to plan for 2017. As with most things in life, a lot of the projects are limited to timing due to budget but there are a lot of projects that...

To Go Or Not

My long term plan to sail off into the sunset when I retire in 9 years is multi-faceted. Having been raised in an offroading family with an emphasis in long distance desert trips I’ve always been a little bit of a “boy scout”, in...

Head Remodel

One of the things that came out of the Hurricane Matthews experience was a case of the molds. During the height of the storm, there were a few small leaks that started up at various stages. When the conditions where tropical storm level there were a...

Boat Book

One of the challenges of owning the Palani is that the previous owner died so I don’t have an easy source to what the game plan was and the boat was part way through a refit before I bought it. As the Cabot’s were sometimes sold as just...

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