The Sailing Vessel Pomaika'i

Sailing From Fort Myers To Jacksonville

I sailed Pomaika’i from Fort Myers to Jacksonville, FL where I live on her. While this trip was filled with challenges, it was one of my most adventurous outings. There were a lot of firsts for me on this voyage. First time sailing overnight...

Fort Myers Beach… Again

Another trip to Fort Myers Beach last week to move the sailboat to Olsen’s yard to have repairs done. BoatTowUS was great with a short trip across the channel to the yard. At first we were hoping that we would only need to replace the...

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...

Boat Chores

Finally, Florida started holding up its end of the bargain for 2017. Gorgeous blue sky and mid 70 temps for the weekend. This motivated me to get out and do some boat chores. The first was figuring out why the knotmeter wasn’t registering. I...

Crash!

Well, Life thought I was bored, so it sent a phone call from the marina. I became un-bored. I was the victim of a boat crash. I got back to the marina as quickly as possible with a ton of worst case scenarios racing through my head (and the...

2017 Plans and Ideas

As is the tradition on a New Year I took a look at what had been done in the last six 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...

Christmas Break

Took a week off of work for the Christmas 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...

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 Southern 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 remodel. Except for the 2-day cold snap, it was a lovely week. I got a taste of what I’m looking for when I retire. Worked a few hours (some days 4 or 5, others 7 and 8)...

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...

Hiring A Rigger

I didn’t get any projects moved ahead this week. I’ve been moving the last of the stuff from the apartment (a duffle bag a day on my trip from work) and trying to sort out where I’m going to store everything. Unlike a house or an...

Maiden Voyage

I 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...

Photos On Flikr

  • Brown Pelicans
  • Sailing The Keys
  • Gulf Of Mexico Sunset
  • Juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron
  • Miami River Skyline
  • Fish Dinner
  • Seven Mile Bridge Crossing
  • Miami Beach
  • Miami Skyline