The Sailboat Pomaika'i

A Week In Fort Myers Beach

Spent a week in Fort Myers Beach on the new boat. Mostly it was just some time to unwind from work but I did get a few tasks done. Figured out the old autopilot system. I’ll probably replace this with a more modern (energy efficient) autopilot...

Port Charlotte to Fort Myers

Sitting here at the Fort Myers airport waiting for the flight back to Jacksonville (but via North Carolina for some absurd reason, Jacksonville is the redheaded step child of travel destinations) going over my simple “one day move” of...

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...

Christmas Break

Took a week off of work for the holiday break. Originally the first few days were supposed to be dedicated to the sail plan changes but the rigger came out two weeks early and did the first phase of the install by himself. So spent most of the week...

The Tiny House Movement

The start of my sailing dream is based on the economic crash of 2008. After closing my businesses and frustrations with the employment environment of Souther California I spent a lot of time re-evaluating my priorities in life. At the time I was...

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...

V-Berth Remodel

I took the Thanksgiving week off from the day job to work on the v-berth area of the boat. Except for the 2-day cold snap, it was a really nice week. I got a taste of what I’m looking for when I retire. Worked a few hours (some days 4 or 5...

Bad One Night Stand

Hurricane Matthew passed about 40 – 50 miles east of Jacksonville as a Category 3 hurricane on Friday the 7th of October. Pictures and videos at the end of the post. Thursday the 6th of October was spent doing the final preparations. The...

Prepping For The Weekend Visitor

Spending the next couple of days preparing for Hurricane Matthew to show up. This weekend should be interesting, my first hurricane. The picture above is Windytv’s prediction of Saturday morning. As with most people in Jacksonville been...

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...

The Cabot 36

Palani is hull number 18 in the Cabot 36 series. She was manufactured in Canada in 1978. She is rigged as a cutter, this means she has 3 sails. The main sail, a large genoa located at the bow and then a smaller jib that is between the main and genoa...

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